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
5,592 SUPPORTERS
408 needed to reach 6,000

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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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  • signed 2017-12-29 21:55:51 -0800
    I’m signing because cycling is a more sustainable means of transportation that not only helps the environment and our physical health, but also helps the community be emotionally healthy.
  • signed via 2017-12-29 18:49:43 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-29 15:23:01 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-28 21:33:06 -0800
    I’m a cyclist and believe cycling has so many personal and social benefits.
  • signed 2017-12-28 17:27:08 -0800
    Because government often talks the talk but does not ride the bike regarding climate change
  • signed 2017-12-28 16:17:59 -0800
    I ride and I see the increasing problems.
  • signed 2017-12-28 10:22:22 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-26 22:04:16 -0800
    We need better bike infrastructure.
  • signed 2017-12-26 13:03:54 -0800
    Cycling is good for your health -reduces heart disease, obesity, mental health problems.

    Cycling helps the planet -reduces energy needs, greenhouse gas emissions, land demand for vehicle infrastructure.

    Cycling saves money -households save on fuel, vehicle costs, gym memberships. Governments save on roads (far less wear on roads), parking and traffic infrastucture costs in the long term (bikes take up less space, require little parking space, free up parking space for drivers), health care costs (healthier population = lower health costs).

    But these things are only possible when cycling is SAFE and ACCESSIBLE.

    By making cycling safe, everyone benefits: drivers, cyclists, government.
  • signed 2017-12-26 08:45:15 -0800
  • signed via 2017-12-26 08:29:55 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-25 15:39:56 -0800
    Penticton is in desperate need of bike infrastructure
  • signed 2017-12-25 12:17:25 -0800
    Bike person. We need more lanes and freedom of an area of the toads
  • signed 2017-12-24 20:27:36 -0800
    We live in a small city with a limited tax base for improvements such as cycling lanes, etc.

    So help from senior governments is definitely needed.
  • signed 2017-12-22 13:22:09 -0800
    I am signing because safer streets are in everyone’s benefit, including motorists!
  • signed 2017-12-22 04:51:43 -0800
    I ride to work everyday and put more miles on my bike every year than our family car. It’s not obvious my kids will be able to do the same.
  • signed 2017-12-21 20:26:00 -0800
    I bike to work every day because of the infrastructure we have now. I’d like more people to have this option available to them.
  • signed 2017-12-21 19:46:04 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-21 14:38:51 -0800
    Walking and biking and transit make so much more sense than building an environment where everyone has to drive.


    It is cheaper

    It is more convenient in many cases, especially in cities

    It brings massive health benefits

    It makes us happier

    It is better for the environment.


    Not reallocating funding for biking walking and transit is just plain silly
  • signed 2017-12-21 12:24:37 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-21 10:00:49 -0800
    I want the BC government to offer rebates to purchase ebikes.
  • signed 2017-12-21 09:07:34 -0800
    I completely believe that the future of personal travel/transport MUST be

    by non-motorized vehicle . Bikes are cheap….relatively….

    and make us feel better….we just naturally get healthier

    We make the roads safer for people who do not have as much confidence on their bike as others. Then we get more …..and more……and more…

    our Goal…..the AMSTERDAM of North America

    People of Vancouver……do not be wimps….

    we can ride most days…..ok….not on icy days

  • signed via 2017-12-21 07:45:47 -0800
    It is important to encourage more activity to support healthier lifestyles by making it safe
  • signed via 2017-12-21 07:15:38 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-21 06:58:40 -0800
    Québec has a great infrastructure for cyclotourisme, even though winter takes over 4-5 months each year. Areas like le Petit Train du Nord (Saint Laurier to Saint Jerome, more than 200 km of converted rail) live through the cyclotourisme from May to October. Why can’t BC do the same?
  • signed via 2017-12-21 06:58:12 -0800
    Québec has a great infrastructure for cyclotourisme, even though winter takes over 4-5 months each year. Areas like le Petit Train du Nord (Saint Laurier to Saint Jerome, more than 200 km of converted rail) live through the cyclotourisme from May to October. Why can’t BC do the same?
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-21 06:38:08 -0800
    I just signed!
  • signed 2017-12-21 06:37:39 -0800
  • signed 2017-12-21 05:26:28 -0800
    I have toured on my bike in Quebec for a vacation twice now , and see how even in a province with winter conditions, so many people of all ages and abilities cycle for health, recreation and daily commuting. The province and cities invest in the infrastructure and it is astounding how many people cycle. Cycling tourism is a big part of the economy even in rural areas. It promotes health, the community spirit, and local economies. BC can benefit as well if we develop a connected network of cycling infrastructure. We can do it.
  • signed 2017-12-20 18:29:18 -0800

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