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
6,638 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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  • Monica Trejbal
    signed 2019-05-05 19:31:22 -0700
    I use this route as a cyclist and it needs to be safe and could also be an enjoyable ride. Lets invest in cycle-tourism.
  • Georgia
    signed 2019-04-26 17:16:34 -0700
  • John Robertson
    signed 2019-04-25 22:24:58 -0700
  • Andree
    signed 2019-04-21 22:10:03 -0700
    highway 99 needs a bike lane !!
  • Weina Jin
    signed via 2019-04-21 15:13:21 -0700
  • Ben Cardoenn
    signed 2019-04-20 19:50:25 -0700
  • Celia Hill
    signed 2019-04-13 17:21:03 -0700
    I bike quite a bit, I also like walking. Both reduce use of my car.
  • Beatrice Okyere
    signed 2019-04-11 21:20:35 -0700
  • Janet Fletcher
    signed 2019-04-11 12:30:00 -0700
  • Linda Maxwell
    signed 2019-04-11 12:28:31 -0700
  • A Hermann Kerr
    signed 2019-04-11 06:58:53 -0700
    I am a cycle tourer. British Columbia is a world class cycling destination that is severely lacking proper infrastructure. We have some very poorly maintained roads. If we did half of what Quebec, then there would be a huge bump to cycle tourism. Cycle tours spend money locally they don’t just buy fuel. We have a very long way to catch up to Quebec with Velo Quebec and La Route Verte. On infrastructure along highway routes there is a need for properly maintained shoulders in width, paving as well as just sweeping, and there are many places in BC it is just not done. I am very critical of this because for the last nine years I have ridden a trike due to balance issues.
  • Henry Williams
    signed 2019-04-10 22:35:34 -0700
    I ride
  • Andrew Maxwell
    signed 2019-04-10 20:55:47 -0700
    We need our government to stop their criminal negligence and face up to the extinction crisis,…this billion dollar plan is a step in the right direction.
  • Donald Betts
    signed 2019-04-10 15:27:05 -0700
    A bike is my transportation and recreation , have been riding for 61 years .
  • Geoff Taylor
    signed 2019-04-10 14:43:54 -0700
  • Chris Cowan
    signed 2019-04-10 14:24:17 -0700
    I’d love to have safe cycling lanes as an alternative to driving to neighbouring towns in this area. Also for scenic trips… safe cycling lanes along our Kootenay highways would be a HUGE tourist draw.
  • Imtiaz (Taz) Visram
    signed 2019-04-10 07:13:03 -0700
    Love to bike, cheaper, healthier and good exercise
  • Jeremy Wex
    signed 2019-04-09 21:57:12 -0700
  • Peter Ball
    signed 2019-04-09 19:07:27 -0700
  • Paul Levett
    signed 2019-04-09 18:35:51 -0700
    I want more people to walk and cycle safely in BC
  • Miranda Hughes
    signed 2019-04-09 16:26:05 -0700
  • Paul Logan
    signed 2019-04-09 15:17:29 -0700
  • John Evans
    signed via 2019-04-09 13:55:16 -0700
  • Keith Osborne
    signed 2019-04-09 13:23:00 -0700
    Cycling should be safer. There is not enough safe cycling lanes or trails for all ages
  • Kalvin Tarasoff
    signed 2019-04-09 12:50:52 -0700
    I cycle to and from work. I also ride in supported rides all over the lower mainland.
  • H. MacASKILL
    signed 2019-04-09 11:00:20 -0700
    I am an avid (non-electric) mountain cyclist.

    I get nearly run over on a regular basis, following the rules of the road.

    I believe in staying active as we age.

    Thank U !
  • peter avis
    signed 2019-04-09 09:33:20 -0700
    I regularly commute bertween Nanoose Bay and Nanaimo. The Island Highway north of Nanaimo and south of Parksville lacks sufficient shoulders to permit safe cycling. There are two workable solutions to this hazardous section of Vancouver Island. The most desireable solution would be to construct separated cycle pathway within the E&N rail grade which is currently unused north of Nanaimo. The alternate solution is to created a separated cycle path beside the Highway. This would likely be a more difficult and expensive solution than would be converting the E&N railgrade to trail use. Conversion of the E&N grade to trail use would have significant benefit to the local tourism economy while at the same time providing a safe commuting route for midisland residents. Conversion of the railgrade to trail use does not preclude the revival of active rail use at some future time should that use become economically viable. Clearly rail use is not economically viable at present. Conversion of the rail corridor to trail use make economic sense and avoids the significant costs which would necessarily be incurred in creating a safe cycling corridor along the Island Highway.
  • Bill Brown
    signed 2019-04-09 06:11:15 -0700
  • Paulette Turcotte
    signed 2019-04-09 03:36:53 -0700
  • Terry Gaboury
    signed 2019-04-09 02:08:23 -0700
    Staying active helps mr stay healthy. Having cars push me into curs, door me & otherwise abuse me restricts my freedom to choose active transportation. And when I walk to the grocery store, I’m constantly jumping out of the way of cars.Even parking lots are danger zones Too much priority given to cars.

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