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Bike Sense : The premier safety and operations manual for cycling in BC.

The listings on this page are for courses and workshops in British Columbia. There are CAN-BIKE courses available across Canada. To find an instructor outside of BC, check our listings here.

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Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?

For a brief period of time, when B.C. was running the HST tax, electric bikes did, in fact, receive tax exemptions. It seems that in the transition back to the system we currently use, minor details such as taxes on assisted bikes slipped through the cracks.  

For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.

For individuals, the re-added tax could be a barrier to purchasing, or converting to, an e-bike. Electric bikes suitable for commuting typically cost $1500-$3000, making the suggested PST exemption worth about $105 - $210 for buyers, plus on-going PST charges on maintaining parts. Additionally, a rebate would provide financial incentives for individuals to incorporate active transportation into their daily lives.

Electric bikes are being studied by biking centres around the world. The Netherlands, and Norway have measured significant increases in bicycle trip length, and frequency due to use of electric bikes.  In 2013, a survey in the Netherlands reported that 5 percent of the total population, and 10 percent of the 60+ population owned an e-bike, and those with electric models ride twice as many kilometers compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike. In 2014, they found that those with e-bikes rode 22% more kilometres per week, and the average commuting distance rose from 6.3 to 9.8 kilometres. Assisted bikes make up 21% of bicycles sales in the Netherlands.

Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.

With B.C.’s aggressive climate targets for 2050, and municipal initiatives to increase active transportation, removing financial barriers to access electric bicycles is logical. Considering that it was not long ago that we actually didn’t pay taxes on these bikes, it is more of an error correction, than a radical request.

The British Columbia Cycling Coalition has submitted a formal request to remove the PST and add rebates, similar to those available for electric cars, as part of their Climate Leadership Action Plan recommendation.

Also included in the recommendations a billion dollars over ten years for bike paths and protected bike lanes as well as improved design standards that can safely accommodate electric bikes and enable longer distance commuting.

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Take Action: Tell the Leaders to Remove the PST and Add Rebates for E-bikes
Let them know how more affordable electric bikes and dramatically increased investment in cycling networks will help you and others in your community get around.

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Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign. Don't be shy- Feel free to share and celebrate the news with fellow bikers at stop lights, or with your barista- social media is not the only way!

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Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by generous contributions from folks like yourself. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 

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trail_big_puddle.jpegLarge sections of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Rail Trails in BC are being threatened by motorized use including ATVs, dual sport bikes, motorcycles, automobiles and 4x4s.

The use of these Rail Trails by motorised vehicles is ruining the surface of the trails making it very difficult if not impossible to cycle, walk or use wheelchairs comfortably on them. The noise and pollution of gas-powered vehicles makes using these trails much less pleasant for other trail users and the speed of these vehicles pose a safety risk.

These rail trails, which include the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia and Western Rail Trail form a significant portion of the Trans Canada Trail in BC, linking rural and urban residents with health and fitness benefits, active transportation opportunities and have great low-carbon tourism and recreational potential.

For the past 20 years, volunteers across BC have worked to obtain the Provincial and Federal dollars and public donations necessary to assemble the TCT in British Columbia as a recreational greenway for cyclists, walkers and equestrians across British Columbia. The rail corridors were reserved and funded with the expectation that they were for cycling, walking and equestrians.  Adjacent landowners supported rails to trails on this condition because motorised uses are often incompatible or disruptive to farming and ranching.

Because rail trail gradients are ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances on a pathway without highway traffic.  When the cycling tourism potential of these trails is developed, they will offer a superior trail product that would provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and products and improve the livability of adjacent trail communities.  The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association completed in 2015 a strategy plan supported by Destination BC describing how these rail trails could be developed into a tourism product.

We need to have money invested in natural resource management and transportation to solve the impasse with motorized recreation users.  Communities along the rail trail corridor deserve to benefit from gains in health and fitness, active transportation, and cycle tourism initiatives, as has been done elsewhere in North America.  One of the suggested ways to move ahead is to consider designating the TCT a linear park or greenway officially so that cultural, historical and natural resources are protected to the full extent possible, such as under the BC Heritage Act.  

The status quo is not acceptable making it necessary that something must be done.  People cycling are being routed off the rail trails due to their poor condition onto highways.  These rail trails are often the only safe options for travelling between communities for those who can’t or don’t want to drive. The only other options are roads with high speed traffic that often don’t even have shoulders.

We recognize that in addition to recreation, ATVs and other gas powered vehicles are used as low cost transportation by some who can’t afford to drive or are unable to drive. With rural poverty being a challenge around BC, we will work with groups and individuals to help address these issues with solutions that do not involve the use of motorized vehicles on rail trails. While improving cycling and walking will help many, we realize that not everyone can or wants to cycle or walk longer distances. Possible measures to consider are:

  • Encourage the government to fund and build motorised trails that provide needed access without the use of rail trails
  • Allowing ATVs to use road shoulders
  • Allowing ATVs to use roads in a community

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Write BC's Leaders to Save the Trans Canada Trail
Tell them your experiences on trails damaged by ATVs and 4x4s. Let them know what great cycling and trails connecting communities would mean to your friends and family

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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.

 

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As part of UnGaptheMap, HUB Cycling is encouraging bold and innovative infrastructure to connect Metro Vancouver’s cycling network.

 

One such solution is cycle highways which are suitable for all ages and abilities and would provide direct, safe routes across longer distances and connect communities and destinations across our region.

Building cycle highways would improve cycling efficiency and attractiveness, shift people out of other congested modes and provide benefits such as reduced greenhouse gases, healthier habits and viable active transportation options for residents and tourists to get to destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.

Cycle highways already exist in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and the UK and could be implemented along routes such as the BC Parkway, Lower Lynn interchanges, and parallel to sections of Lougheed Highway.  

Show your support for cycle highways by emailing your MLA and BC’s elected leaders and asking them to consider and allocate funding for cycle highways in all new projects.

With your support, cycle highways could play a major role in achieving the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s cycling policy objectives, and in doing so, significantly ungap Metro Vancouver’s cycling network.

Here are some key points that you can incorporate into your letter…

  • Despite cycling being the fastest growing mode of transport in Metro Vancouver, the cycling network is disconnected and a lot of people are unable to find safe routes to their destinations.

  • Over 40% of locals want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are scared of dangerous road conditions.

  • I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people cycling.  

  • Cycle highways, which are getting more people biking in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, would be a suitable solution for many of Metro Vancouver’s highest priority gaps.

  • Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations.

  • The introduction of cycle highways would reduce congestion and greenhouse gases, provide healthier transportation choices and would encourage residents and tourists to access destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.

  • Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by backing the introduction of cycle highways and considering this solution when planning all road and transit projects. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities, to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in North America.

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