The BC Government is Reviewing the Carbon Tax
Comments are due on August 31, 2012. See below for details and to Take Action.
The British Columbia Cycling Coalition strongly supports British Columbia’s world leading Carbon Tax. To improve its effectiveness and benefits to the people of BC, we strongly recommend:
- Investing revenue from the tax in transportation options including cycling, walking and public transit that enable people to reduce their use of gasoline and other fuels.
- Increasing the rate of the Carbon Tax as transportation options are improved using the revenue to cover the financing of the improvements.
- Extending the Carbon Tax to industrial produces that are currently exempt and using this addition $125 million in annual revenue to fund initiatives including cycling networks that will enable people to reduce their GHG emissions.
If the decision is made to continue revenue neutrality for some or all the revenue, we also recommend that tax and other measures that encourage cycling be included.
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.
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.
Please write on or before August 31:
Honourable Kevin Falcon
Minister of Finance
Premier@gov.bc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bruce.Ralston.MLA@leg.bc.ca, adrian.dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca, email@example.com