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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  • Anne Downing
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-16 17:42:15 -0700
    I just signed!
  • Anne Downing
    signed 2018-07-16 17:41:49 -0700
  • Danielle Dionne
    signed 2018-07-16 15:10:16 -0700
    Getting outside is healthy! Our government funds outta support this!
  • Lisa Corriveau
    signed via 2018-07-08 11:16:26 -0700
  • Graham Shortt
    signed 2018-07-04 04:17:00 -0700
    Active transportation is healthy transportation, more enjoyable and better health. Make cycling safe so more people can enjoy of all ages and abilities.
  • Doug Moore
    signed 2018-07-01 17:05:52 -0700
  • David Hardie
    signed via 2018-06-28 16:22:06 -0700
  • Pat Taddy
    signed 2018-06-28 14:50:08 -0700
    I’d like to see a much greater investments in infrastructure that makes it practical and safe for cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, people riding mobility devices and in fact all types of non motorized traffics to use public spaces. Traffic laws and enforcement should also change to reflect the vulnerability of these commuters and a greater onus put on drivers to accommodate these types of road users. We currently still prioritize car use in road design to a very damaging degree.
  • Tim Hubberstey
    signed 2018-06-28 11:35:20 -0700
    Cycling is my primary mode of transportation even though I do own a car.


    I live in a rural area and the highways are my “bike routes.” It is common for the shoulders to be covered in sand/gravel left over from the winter, shredded transport truck tires, and debris from logging trucks. The provincial government needs to take more action to ensure that the shoulders are maintained so as to be usable for cyclists.


    It should be mandatory for truckers to stop and remove a blown tire instead of just driving until it has fully disintegrated leaving a trail kilometres long of shredded rubber.
  • Linda N. Riddell
    signed 2018-06-28 09:25:10 -0700
    I used to be a cyclist, now a driver, and I’d love to ride again but am fearful because of the behaviours of driver-to-driver, let alone driver to cyclist.
  • Leonardo Curiel
    signed 2018-06-27 22:37:58 -0700
  • Roger Loy
    signed 2018-06-27 19:09:53 -0700
    I ride frequently 2-5 days per week.
  • Nicole Vittoz
    signed via 2018-06-27 11:48:25 -0700
  • Craig Pamplin
    signed 2018-06-26 16:44:36 -0700
    I ride my bike to work downtown every day and I want safer bike infrastructure.
  • Xiaoli Tang
    signed 2018-06-26 13:43:07 -0700
  • Max Melchior
    signed 2018-06-22 18:23:42 -0700
    Cycling is an economical, practical, and healthy way to commute with minimal infrastructure requirement, and little environmental impact. However, cycling in BC does not feel safe, it should be possible for both children and all adults to cycle without constant fear for their lives, in a hostile environment. There is no reason a 12 or 14 year old (or even younger) shouldn’t be able to get around independently and safely.
  • Aaron Hersog
    signed 2018-06-22 08:00:09 -0700
    This investment makes communities more livable.
  • Lindsay Sparkes
    signed 2018-06-22 07:43:13 -0700
  • Linda Kirste
    signed 2018-06-22 07:38:54 -0700
  • Douglas Gook
    signed 2018-06-22 03:27:03 -0700
    I LOVE the wind in my hair, the sound of birds and the smell of flowers as I travel!!!
  • Nicolas McAtherson
    signed 2018-06-22 00:40:08 -0700
  • Frederick Ma
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-21 22:55:17 -0700
    Because more bikes are more sustainable than more cars!
  • Frederick Ma
    signed 2018-06-21 22:55:02 -0700
    Because more bikes are more sustainable than more cars!
  • Garry Friesen
    signed 2018-06-21 22:46:46 -0700
    Without cycling infrastructure, there are more acciidents between cars and cyclists, as well as pedestrians and cyclists. Safer cycling will produce more cyclists and less car traffic, reducing congestion and pollution, reducing healthcare costs, etc.
  • Melissa Lee
    signed 2018-06-21 22:09:24 -0700
  • Stephne Wood
    signed via 2018-06-19 15:11:30 -0700
    I would love to cycle this route safely.
  • Eric Edwards
    signed 2018-06-19 08:04:15 -0700
  • Rachel Cripps
    signed via 2018-06-11 13:22:32 -0700
  • Terry Gilmour
    signed 2018-06-09 18:49:55 -0700
  • Jenica Frisque
    signed 2018-06-08 12:46:40 -0700

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