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The Inside Passage Bike Route is a proposed cycling touring linking Comox, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Chemainus, Duncan, Mill Bay and communities in-between. It will also connect with BC Ferries to Hornby Island, Denman Island, Gabriola Island, Saltspring Island and Thetis Island. The Route is a project of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, the Oceanside Cycling Coalition and the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition. The goal is to establish a continuous trail for cycling along the beautiful eastern shore of Vancouver Island. The upgraded cycling facilities will also enable locals to cycle more for their daily trips.
Help make the Inside Passage Bike Route and other cycling improvements on the Island happen. Please sign the Billion for Cycling and Walking petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.
The Vancouver Island cycling coalitions are working with other cycling groups and the BC Cycling Coalition to help create a designated bike-touring route linking the whole of the Island with the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.
The Inside Passage Bike Route will enable cycling tourists to safely and conveniently access hotels, stores, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, farms, wineries and tourist attractions thereby greatly enhancing their vacation experience and benefiting local businesses, the economy and increasing tax revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Québec’s Route Verte, a province wide network of cycling routes, has proven to be very effective in attracting tourists from around the world and nearby states and provinces. In 2006 it is estimated that Route Verte users spent 134 million supporting over 2,800 jobs. This economic activity is estimated to generate more than $36 million in tax revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.
The Inside Passage Bike Route project is at end of Stage 1 which involved the route selection and mapping. Each coalition partner has established the best route through their area, created a map and identified alternative routes and points of interest.
Currently, in Stage 2, each partner organization is identifying sections that need infrastructure upgrades. Stage 3 is the development signage and wayfinding methods, including printed and digital maps. The end goal will be a continues signed recreational bike route all along the island with options for site excursions and alternative routes and point of interests.
Help Make it Happen
The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Inside Passage Bike Route and other cycling improvements on Vancouver Island thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.
Bold Action Now
It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk safely for their everyday trips and recreation.
Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.
Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.
Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.
Cycling is Popular
There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. Almost 70% of adults in BC ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Many want to cycle more, with around 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.
A Transportation Bargain
On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a bargain that will benefit far more people per dollar invested than other transportation projects, it does take a significant amount of cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:
- Metro Vancouver: $850 million
- Capital Regional District: $275 million
- City of Kelowna: $267 million (cycling and walking)
- City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
- City of Kamloops: $13 Million
At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.
The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%.
The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.
By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.
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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