Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

Inadequate Funding for Communities

Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

  • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
  • The Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
  • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink only invested $2 million.

Decades of Underinvestment

A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

Cost Effective

No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

Everyone Benefits

Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

Accelerated Investment

In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.

Take Action

We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

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  • commented 2017-04-23 21:13:00 -0700
    Cycling reduces traffic congestion, reduces carbon emissions and reduces health costs for regular riders. People who don’t feel safe on roadways won’t bike a bike. Please build safe cycling infrastructure, you will be surprised by the numbers of cyclists.
  • commented 2017-04-22 11:45:00 -0700
    Dear future Premier,


    I respectfully request that whichever party wins this election commit to a dramatic increase in investment cycling infrastructure. We need to get people out of cars, not just for recreation but also everyday commutes and errands. That will only happen if we cyclists feel safe. Motor vehicles are not only bad for the planet, they are hazardous to human bodies!
  • commented 2017-04-21 08:52:58 -0700
    I commute over the 2nd Narrows bridge every day. A task made immensely easier by the upgrades to the sidewalks which the province invested in over the past few years. Unfortunately once you pedal over the bridge the connectors into North Vancouver and into Vancouver have not received the same amount of updates. In North Vancouver you are forced to cross multiple lanes on both sides of the bridge where cars do not obey the crosswalk signs for bikes. The off ramp by Fern st. to Mount Seymour Parkway is the most dangerous of all of them as it is a blind corner and cars are doing highway speed still. What is your plan for making sure non-motorized infrastructure (this includes pedestrian traffic) between jurisdictions such as the province and the cities flows smoothly (AND SAFELY). So that we do not see these dangerous pinch points where one government invests in a piece of infrastructure, which becomes popular and well used by cyclists, and the next one does not.
  • commented 2017-04-21 07:42:44 -0700
    We have a disjointed and dangerous collection of bike routes through out North Vancouver ( Spirit Trail ) especially approaching the second narrows bridge South bound , West side . What do you pledge to do to make these routes safer , especially in light of the massive rebuild of the Mtn Hwy / Trancanada interchange?

    In a similar vein , given the problems with vehicle congestion and the improvement in design of e bikes , what are your plans regarding taxation and incentives to purchase these vehicles ?
  • commented 2017-04-21 07:41:02 -0700
    We have a disjointed and dangerous collection of bike routes through out North Vancouver ( Spirit Trail ) especially approaching the second narrows bridge South bound , West side . What do you pledge to do to make these routes safer , especially in light of the massive rebuild of the Mtn Hwy / Trancanada interchange?

    In a similar vein , given the problems with vehicle congestion and the improvement in design of e bikes , what are your plans regarding taxation and incentives to purchase these vehicles ?
  • commented 2017-04-20 14:08:05 -0700
    Our society has fallen in love all over North America with our handy and luxurious vehicles, and have sacrificed a great deal for the convenience and pleasure we get from motor vehicles of our own.

    However, many people cannot afford private vehicles, especially as the gap grows between rich and poor, and fewer people can afford good housing.


    Even though my husband and I enjoy the use of a single private vehicle, we also walk, cycle, take public transit and paddle our small boats. However, our small town has difficulty providing safe walking paths in many areas.


    Safe walking paths and pathways such as those found in Calgary that are COMPLETELY SEPARATE from motorized traffic can change lives. Safe pathways away from motorized traffic can give people of all ages and stages more freedom to move safely around their communities, with a resulting benefit to the health care system, citizens’ personal well-being and community pride.
  • commented 2017-04-20 07:57:24 -0700
    As a cyclist and environmentalist, I fully endorse the following:

    Supporting the Communities on the Move Declaration for better cycling, walking and transit.

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy including investment, safe all ages and abilities designs and education.

    Investing $100 million per year over 10 years in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections.

    Updates to the Motor Vehicle Act including a safe passing distance law, 1.5m and reduced speeds.

    Universally available cycling skills training for children

    Making provincial roads, bridges and highways safer for cycling and walking

    This includes building a bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
  • commented 2017-04-19 07:41:58 -0700
    I have been a caring advocate for protecting our environment for over 30 years. I believe no issue is more important than directly caring for the health and well-being of our planet and people. Economics will fall into place naturally to support our choices of wellbeing. I have always lead by example and have been a commuter cyclist for over 10 years, my husband for over 20 years. Our vacations, recreation and spending always consider our environmental impact. I believe our most powerful ballot is the dollar and the way we choose to spend is a powerful force. Please priorotize your governmental spending as I do by focusing on the health and wellbeing of people and our natural environment by amply funding self propelled transit infrastructure – bikepaths and walkways.
  • commented 2017-04-17 08:44:13 -0700
    Hello, I believe in healthy, active lifestyles and one of the best ways to adopt that lifestyle is to use a bicycle in place of a vehicle for commuting and running errands. I hope each of you consider investing more heavily into cycling infrastructure as it will save money in the long term (as opposed to building wider roads). As I’m sure you’re aware, you can not build out of congestion. Wider roads don’t work. The only way to reduce congestion in a meaningful way is to get people out of their cars by either improving transit or improving cycling infrastructure (preferably both). Because just as a diversified forest has a better chance of repelling a beetle compared to a pine tree farm so does a multimodal transportation system have a better chance of overcoming congestion. Please consider increasing funding to cycling infrastructure improvements for the sake of our future. There’s no better investment than investing in our future.

    Thank you for your time.
  • commented 2017-04-15 09:32:13 -0700
    I live in Cloverdale and work in South Surrey. I would like to be able to ride my bicycle to work, but there are no safe routes 100% of the way. Many of the “farm” roads in South Surrey are narrow and have no shoulders. These roads used to be great for cyclists because only local traffic and cyclists used to use them, but now with the exploding population, more traffic is using these narrow roads to avoid bottlenecks on the major routes. I would like to see bike lanes and wider paved and maintained shoulders (clean-no debris). Riding a bike safely anywhere in Surrey is hit and miss as some roads have shoulders while many don’t and are too narrow.
  • commented 2017-04-14 19:04:41 -0700
    I leave BC every summer to holiday by bicycle in Europe because I feel safe there from cars and other vehicle traffic. There are many others like me who don’t feel safe cycling on BC roads. Cycle tourism is huge in Europe and could be here if the infrastructure to support safe cycling was in place. Touring cyclists are big spenders, if you build safe routes they will come. Your tourism revenue will increase
  • commented 2017-04-14 15:44:00 -0700
    In December 2014 my friend, Paul Bally was killed when he was hit on his bicycle on the Island Highway. This would not have happened if there was an adjacent, separate cycling path or if the Island Railway Corridor had been made into a cycling/walking path.


    I too commute by bicycle in the Comox Valley. I must admit I have become more nervous and have had my share of close calls with motorists.


    Please do what you can to make one or both of the above improvements for cyclists.
  • commented 2017-04-12 22:35:10 -0700
    Save our city from megative effects the over dependence of automobiles.
  • commented 2017-04-12 14:54:24 -0700
    Cycling is Mass Transportation – It Needs to Funded Accordingly


    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment.


    To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, I recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents.
  • commented 2017-04-12 14:30:04 -0700
    In the Okanagan Valley there is so much potential for cycling: for tourism, commuting and local recreation. We need the investment of government to make all of tis benefits possible.


    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment.


    To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents.


    This investment will help address the deficit estimated to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking. Around $7 billion will be invested in B.C. over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available.
  • commented 2017-04-12 07:06:14 -0700
    I am a Physical Therapist who believes in preventative HEALTH. We need safe infrastructure (like Europe) for pedestrians and cyclings. This is the best way to move traffic, and propel people’s healthy choices. Please make BC a cycling destination for tourism.
  • commented 2017-04-11 17:11:26 -0700
    Please note that for me and many thousand of other British Columbians, improved bicycling infrastructure is an important priority. Cycling can make valuable contributions to reducing health care costs, reducing traffic congestion and reducing GHG emissions. Cyclists need infrastructure to ensure their safe and efficient movement on our roads, on a par with that provided to motorists. I will vote for the candidate who ensure this.
  • commented 2017-04-11 17:11:26 -0700
    Please note that for me and many thousand of other British Columbians, improved bicycling infrastructure is an important priority. Cycling can make valuable contributions to reducing health care costs, reducing traffic congestion and reducing GHG emissions. Cyclists need infrastructure to ensure their safe and efficient movement on our roads, on a par with that provided to motorists. I will vote for the candidate who ensure this.
  • commented 2017-04-11 17:11:26 -0700
    Please note that for me and many thousand of other British Columbians, improved bicycling infrastructure is an important priority. Cycling can make valuable contributions to reducing health care costs, reducing traffic congestion and reducing GHG emissions. Cyclists need infrastructure to ensure their safe and efficient movement on our roads, on a par with that provided to motorists. I will vote for the candidate who ensure this.
  • commented 2017-04-11 17:11:25 -0700
    Please note that for me and many thousand of other British Columbians, improved bicycling infrastructure is an important priority. Cycling can make valuable contributions to reducing health care costs, reducing traffic congestion and reducing GHG emissions. Cyclists need infrastructure to ensure their safe and efficient movement on our roads, on a par with that provided to motorists. I will vote for the candidate who ensure this.
  • commented 2017-04-11 12:15:12 -0700
    Too often I have had drivers pass closer to me as a person than they would a inanimate object such as a pole or wall.


    We should not wait for a multiple losses of life before enacting laws to protect people using our roads. In BC too often all decisions are made focused on cars and not with the approach of protecting vulnerable road users and encouraging envirnametally and economically repsosnisbel forms of transportation.


    The time for that to change is now as all road users have the right to come home safe to their family and friends each day.
  • commented 2017-04-11 08:46:58 -0700
    I am trying to participate in a greener and healthier movement by cycling instead of driving my car when commuting on the highways on Vancouver Island.

    I ride as far off the highway as possible but still feel very unsafe. There are no shoulders.


    If PEI can build a comprehensive trail alternative why can’t we do the same. Our railway track is sitting empty, unused and would be a wonderful safe trail to be used by pedestrians and cyclists. The land is cleared and would cost a minimal amount of money to convert it.

    Why is it sitting empty?
  • commented 2017-04-11 08:37:38 -0700
    Make roads safer for cyclists with greater distance between vehicles and cyclists. This will also make roads safer for all non-vehicular traffic and encourage everyone to get out of their vehicles and be healthy!
  • commented 2017-04-11 07:00:32 -0700
    More than once I have been clipped by a passing car on my bike and luckily, I have been unharmed (just frightened!). Now that my children are riding, please help keep them safe by instating and enforcing a passing law of 1.5 m.
  • commented 2017-04-11 06:55:51 -0700
    We are avid cyclists in Victoria. Please help keep my children safe with protected bike lanes and improved infrastructure!
  • commented 2017-04-11 06:14:56 -0700
    Hello,

    I am writing to ask that you implement a law stating a safe passing distance that is enforceable and punishable. I have been hit twice on my bicycle (bizarrely, both times at the same location). Sometimes, I am riding on a quiet backroad and I hear a car approach from behind. Although the other lane is entirely clear, they barely move over. Why the heck not??? Thankfully, there are other drivers who pass wide or move into the other lane. Large truckers are (for the most part) quite courteous, presumably because they have been instructed to move over to avoid knocking cyclist over with their blast of air or wider load. RVs and 5th wheel drivers have none of this road sense.

    Educating drivers about the safe passing distance, and the requirement to move into the other lane would go a long way into improving cyclist/pedestrian safety. In addition, enforcing this law when it is not followed will put some weight behind the message.

    We have so much to gain! When cycling and walking are seen as safer alternatives to driving a vehicle, it will help increase people’s activity and reduce congestion and pollution.
  • commented 2017-04-09 19:48:08 -0700
    Financial incentives often drive good intention, moving intention to action. The more bikes, electric or other wise on the road the better our congested roads, air pollution, and increase health, reducing large assists to our health care budget.
  • commented 2015-10-18 01:56:38 -0700
    please increase the funding to build 5 horizontal and five vertical bicycle roads in Vancouver , that only allow bikers, so we can make Vancouver Greener and help people with their health.
  • commented 2014-09-02 22:02:22 -0700
  • commented 2014-08-24 23:52:49 -0700
    This is a test

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I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:

  • Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
    • Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
    • Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
    • Provide safe routes to school for children
    • Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
  • Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
  • Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
  • Promoting cycling & walking
  • Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
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