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
6,639 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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  • Bruno Vernier
    signed via 2019-10-19 13:08:37 -0700
  • Ward Strong
    signed via 2019-10-19 12:39:51 -0700
    I feel that cycling infrastructure in less urban parts of BC is falling behind and needs to be addressed.
  • Tom Skinner
    signed via 2019-10-19 12:01:51 -0700
  • Barry Lycett
    signed via 2019-10-19 11:56:47 -0700
    I walk and cycle, especially for health and safety.
  • Carol Vignale
    signed via 2019-10-19 11:09:32 -0700
    As an everyday cyclist for transportation,

    I want to improve cycle safety for all and to encourage others to get out of cars and cycle as well.


    Cycling is a key component of cleaner air and healthier folks both physically and mentally.


    Safe cycling is an enjoyable way to get around.


  • CarolAnn Glover McGillivray
    signed via 2019-10-19 11:02:10 -0700
    I have been cycling instead of driving for 28 years with only a thin white line between me and cars zooming by at 80-90Km /hr. Now that texting drivers are taking out as many of us cyclists as drunk drivers, I need separated, safe cycling paths! And I need them soon….I am 73 and can’t wait 30 years for this to happen!
  • Clayton Fuller
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:39:26 -0700
    We need less vehicles and more public transportation, and biking is the cleanest there is.


    Thank You
  • Dominique Armstrong
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:25:36 -0700
    Cycling is our family’s only mode of transportation other than our legs. Safe cycling for families is of great importance, as is a great cycle pathway system. Thank you Victoria for all the beautiful bike paths recently installed.
  • Chelsea Romero
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:25:27 -0700
  • Augusta Lokhorst
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:23:50 -0700
    I know that cycling can be a viable mode of transportation and at the same time can contribute to a healthy population.

  • Edward Schmitt
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:15:48 -0700
    I am concerned about the slow implementation of safe and attractive planning and development of bicycle transportation services. I also would like to see improved consultation on planning by municipalities as their experts often do not seem to use the wisdom and experience of cyclist and the various organizations that are dedicated to enhancing bicycle safety while encouraging more participation in cycling as a safe means of transport.
  • Christina Larson
    signed via 2019-10-19 10:05:28 -0700
  • Colleen MacDonald
    signed 2019-10-13 18:44:24 -0700
    I want to cycle in safety throughout BC and currently there are not enough safe connecting routes in many areas. Please consider closing the gaps and encouraging more people to use active transportation – bike, walk or roll – instead of a car.
  • Peter McCaffery
    signed 2019-10-03 13:12:19 -0700
  • keith Gaunt
    signed 2019-10-03 13:05:07 -0700
    I am an enthusiastic cyclist, and have ridden much of the proposed route. I believe it will bring tourists to Vancouver Island
  • Nigel Philcox
    signed 2019-10-03 12:41:44 -0700
  • Lori Duggan
    signed 2019-09-14 21:51:56 -0700
    I’m concerned about climate change. I ride to be in nature and for the simple pleasure in this otherwise complicated world.
  • Stephanie Hendy
    signed 2019-08-15 10:27:04 -0700
    This is the best land for cycling and we are pioneers in creating safe routes for everyone to enjoy.
  • Robin Day
    signed 2019-08-13 22:08:50 -0700
    I just rode that stretch of highway and have seen first hand the safety issues. In Europe the cyclist is well respected and not unusual to have 4 foot paved shoulders.
  • Jim Tallman
    signed 2019-08-13 19:23:44 -0700
  • Catriona Scheffer
    signed 2019-08-08 13:52:31 -0700
    I want to be able to bike with kids from the ferry and avoid the hwy which is not safe.
  • Nancy Martin
    signed 2019-08-01 16:06:41 -0700
  • Marek Malewicz
    signed 2019-07-24 22:36:11 -0700
  • Sharon
    signed 2019-07-21 10:07:47 -0700
    Sharon Horsburgh
  • Brooke Hodson
    signed via 2019-07-16 08:14:01 -0700
    I bike daily and am retired. Would like more safe bike lanes in Kamloops
  • Andrew Brown
    signed 2019-07-13 11:38:37 -0700
    I am an avid bikepacker who would love to see more people to abandon their cars for newer transportation options.
  • angele besner
    signed 2019-07-09 19:11:08 -0700
  • Connie Elder
    signed 2019-07-07 12:33:22 -0700
    I’m a Lower Mainland resident who does frequent cycle touring on Vancouver Island but am put off visiting north of Duncan because of the lack of bicycle trails. So right now we spend most of of tourist dollars between the Saanich Peninsula and Sooke, although we have ventured as far north as Duncan and Cowichan.


    If a similar safe, off-highway trail network was in place from Nanaimo through Comox, or even better Victoria through Comox, we’d be regulars visiting Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox, and the circle tour over to the Sunshine Coast.


    Best would be to have two trail options: along the coast and along the old E&N railway line.
  • mark gallant
    signed 2019-06-18 19:44:29 -0700
  • richard sales
    signed 2019-05-17 19:06:03 -0700
    I’m signing because I ride on the roads and that’s sometimes terrifying. I ride 1000k+ every six weeks – so ride a lot. Today it was 33.8K. I’d LOVE some bike lanes. I’d LOVE to be able to ride to Nanaimo (from Qualicum Beach) without getting in the Hwy 19 Life & Death Crap Shoot. I’d LOVE to ride to Victoria. I’m 71 and ride a Pedego! Bought it two years ago and every day I am more addicted. And feel much better, much lighter, stronger etc. No PST for EBikes. That’s a flaming no brainer! ANd I’m glad you didn’t include horses in your laundry list of activities to share bike lanes/paths with. Horses have made the cool Coombs to Parksville trail like riding on a corduroy road or a washboard. I know the shaking is good for the lymph system, but not so hot for the bike itself.

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