A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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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%

Funding Sources

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.

Take Action

Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

More Info

BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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
6,640 SUPPORTERS

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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%

Funding Sources

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.

Take Action

Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

More Info

BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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  • Christopher Anstey
    signed 2018-04-27 08:30:56 -0700
    I want to see my friends after their next ride.
  • Light On Ptsd
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-26 21:37:37 -0700
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • Light On Ptsd
    @Lightonptsd tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-26 21:37:33 -0700
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips https://www.bccc.bc.ca/everyone?recruiter_id=25610
  • Jon Watkin
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-26 15:25:12 -0700
    I am a Cycling advocate and event organizer
  • Jon Watkin
    signed 2018-04-26 15:24:44 -0700
    I am a Cycling advocate and event organizer
  • Megan Cramb
    signed 2018-04-20 15:56:27 -0700
    I believe that cycling and walking regularly is both beneficial to individuals from a health standpoint, and will help improve the quality of life of many by allowing us to reach our climate targets; There are currently a significant number of barriers preventing the general population from biking and walking, however these can be easily addressed by Implementing the above Active Transportation Strategy. It is incredibly important to make this a priority.
  • kieran smith
    signed via 2018-04-20 10:13:50 -0700
  • herve monier
    signed 2018-04-18 20:53:42 -0700
  • Xavier Law
    signed 2018-04-18 11:57:33 -0700
  • Julia Wu
    signed 2018-04-17 21:28:36 -0700
    Biking is a fun and healthy way to stay active! More biking = more happiness.
  • Yayuk Joffres
    signed 2018-04-17 20:32:13 -0700
  • Britt Antoniuk
    signed 2018-04-17 18:49:50 -0700
    I am a cyclist – I do own a vehicle but would rather cycle as much as possible. It is better for my health, the environment, and my pocketbook. The safety of our roads (or lack thereof) holds me back from cycling in town. I have had far too many close calls with vehicles whilst cycling. Deivers just dont see us, dont care, or think we shouldnt be on the road.

    There just isnt the infrastructure available to safely ride a bike – at least not in Kamloops, BC……..
  • Benny Li
    signed 2018-04-17 15:35:30 -0700
  • Heather Stewart
    signed 2018-04-17 15:00:12 -0700
  • Patricia Gooch
    signed 2018-04-17 08:23:58 -0700
  • Doug Magnuson
    signed 2018-04-16 19:48:53 -0700
  • Chris Wardman
    signed 2018-04-16 10:15:26 -0700
  • Genevieve Higgs
    signed 2018-04-16 08:31:00 -0700
    cycling is wonderful and everybody should get to do it!
  • Michele Carr
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-16 04:19:54 -0700
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • Robert Fitzsimmons
    signed 2018-04-16 04:14:50 -0700
  • 景億 柯
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-15 18:22:21 -0700
    I’d like to ride a bike in great Vancouver.
  • Ching Yi Ko
    signed 2018-04-15 18:21:42 -0700
    I’d like to ride a bike in great Vancouver.
  • Nikolas Wamsteeker
    signed 2018-04-13 10:17:31 -0700
    Bicycling has a whole slew of benefits and advantages. It deserves recognition and support.
  • Jed Maddock
    signed 2018-04-12 09:13:03 -0700
    I believe that keeping the environment clean and our bodies healthy is important.
  • Mark Nicholas
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-10 06:48:36 -0700
    i am a bicyclist
  • mark nicholas
    signed 2018-04-10 06:48:23 -0700
    i am a bicyclist
  • Sharon Daly
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-09 20:35:19 -0700
    Cycling is a green way to get around, and good exercise, as well. The less any of us need to depend on transportation, fueled by oil, the better chance our Environment has. Consequences are better health, and enjoyment, for all.
  • Sharon Daly
    signed 2018-04-09 20:35:01 -0700
    Cycling is a green way to get around, and good exercise, as well. The less any of us need to depend on transportation, fueled by oil, the better chance our Environment has. Consequences are better health, and enjoyment, for all.
  • Jakob Dulisse
    signed 2018-04-09 14:23:52 -0700
  • Jack Friesen
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-09 09:31:21 -0700
    I just signed!

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