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
Bob MacKie signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-15 05:53:00 -0700
Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.
To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.
The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.
Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.
Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.
Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities.
Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic.
Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.189 signatures
Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts
Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.
We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.
Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.
Bob MacKie tagged Brenda Guiled's Complete the Salish Sea Trail Network with very high 2014-12-02 17:38:44 -0800
We need to complete what's known informally as the Salish Sea Trail Network, which means putting bike lanes through Salt Spring Island to complete the Lochside Trail, Galloping Goose, Humpback Connector, and Cowichan Valley Regional Trail. This fabulous, world-class circuit, with loops within loops, connects 9 provincial ridings and 4 federal. MOTI and Tourism BC can do wonders for a very large region by finishing the last stretch and getting word out about it to the world.
Bob MacKie commented on two suggestions 2014-10-15 07:42:58 -0700The business impact of providing a cycling trail that passes through Victoria and environs will have significant business/tourism impact. Quebec did this over ten years ago and has been reaping the benefits ever since:
“Québec, Canada has also seen a measurable impact of bicycle tourism on its economy. In 2000, province-wide spending by bicyclists totaled $166 million. The Québec bicycle industry generated sales over $181 million, supporting 2,800 jobs and generating $17.2 million in tax revenues for Québec and $13.6 million in national taxes. To draw tourists and encourage cycling, Quebec developed a network of 2,702 miles of bicycle paths and roadway routes called La Route Verte, which is promoted as the “best bicycle route in the world.” In 2000, when only part of the route was complete, La Route Verte cyclists spent a total of $95.4 million, corresponding to approximately 2,000 jobs and $15.1 million in tax revenue for Québec and $11.9 million for the Government of Canada. xii In 2005, bicycle tourists spent $83 per day, more than other tourists’ average of $66.xiii " (Bicycling Means Business: The Economic Benefits of Bicycle Infrastructure, Darren Flusche, July 2012)
Bob MacKie answered 2014-09-26 08:00:09 -0700Q: Please chose your top priority:
A: More funding for bike paths and separate bike lanes in your community
Please let us know what you think the top priority should be for the BC Cycling Coalition. This will help us plan our efforts over the coming year.Take the survey