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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Showing 3706 reactions

  • 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.
  • Freya Keddie
    signed 2019-04-08 23:33:25 -0700
    I want to feel safe when I cycle!
  • Sue Stroud
    signed 2019-04-08 23:32:25 -0700
    We need to get people out and about, it’s healthy so let’s make it safe and affordable. We need separated bike lines with trees & place making.
  • Marguerita Bilac
    signed 2019-04-08 22:27:54 -0700
    I cycle to work because its healthier, cheaper and better for the environment. Its also fun. Except when I have to ride between parked cars and tons of fast moving traffic. We need more bike lanes!
  • Bryn Grey
    signed 2019-04-08 22:18:45 -0700
    I’m signing because:

    a) the more people on bikes the better it is—for our health, for air quality, for combatting climate change

    b) I’d like to be able to bike to and from work/school safely and conveniently, without worrying about being hit by drivers and without having to go kilometers out of my way for a “safer” route

    c) cycling is fun!

    d) using a bicycle to get around town is MUCH better for the environment

    e) bicycles cause so much less wear and tear on roads and infrastructure!
  • Jim Fergusson
    signed 2019-04-08 21:12:23 -0700
  • Patrick Downey
    signed 2019-04-08 20:52:27 -0700
  • Michele Bates
    signed 2019-04-08 20:40:54 -0700
    Cycling is extremely healthy for the individual and for the environment shared by everyone!
  • Dorothy Dueck
    signed 2019-04-08 18:49:12 -0700
  • Sandra Berg
    signed 2019-04-08 18:01:37 -0700
  • Andrew Godon
    signed 2019-04-08 17:49:28 -0700
    Climate change, safety, quality of life
  • Teresa Connors
    signed 2019-04-08 16:21:24 -0700
  • Barrie McDonald
    signed 2019-04-08 16:20:06 -0700
    Bicycle is healthy. I ride lots to keep my youth. Im 63 and most peaple dont think im that old. They allways say 45. Clean air food and water helps allso. Hole body heath make a very happy population.
  • Thomas Nicol
    signed 2019-04-08 16:18:27 -0700
  • Gretel Griffin
    signed 2019-03-27 07:46:35 -0700
    I support and would use safe bike routes because it promotes tourism, healthy lifestyle and is good for the environment. I have travelled on European bike routes and have seen the benefits to safer biking when dedicated routes are provided.
  • Rainer Fehrenbacher
    signed 2019-03-20 16:21:08 -0700
  • Richard Campbell
    signed 2019-03-18 16:22:56 -0700
  • Kegan Doyle
    signed 2019-03-15 17:46:54 -0700
    I’m signing because active transportation is the future—and we need all levels of government to make it a major priority.
  • Alexandre Vigneault
    signed 2019-02-10 09:42:38 -0800
    Car is not the only method to move around
  • Sarah Ly
    signed 2019-02-04 16:54:21 -0800
  • Claire Debruyn
    signed 2019-02-04 16:50:36 -0800
  • Gabby Raaby
    signed 2019-02-04 16:43:13 -0800
  • Lissy Orr
    signed 2019-02-04 16:31:01 -0800
  • Chiantelle Rey
    signed 2019-02-04 16:27:48 -0800
  • Eric Byun
    signed 2019-02-04 16:22:23 -0800
  • Sophie Hughes
    signed 2019-02-04 16:14:57 -0800
  • Cale Simpson
    signed 2019-02-04 16:03:22 -0800
  • Tao Phillips
    signed 2019-02-04 16:01:20 -0800
  • michelle Taylor
    signed 2019-02-04 15:46:25 -0800

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