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
5,593 SUPPORTERS
407 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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Showing 3492 reactions

  • signed 2017-12-08 16:15:04 -0800
    The government should not be collecting tax on ebikes. There should be as many incentives as possible it creates less gridlock on our road ways, reduces pollution and increases the general health of the consumer.
  • signed via 2017-12-02 07:15:32 -0800
    I like bikes
  • signed 2017-11-22 06:29:43 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-21 19:23:25 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-18 11:04:56 -0800
    Biking is a sustainable and impact free way of transportation, which does not kill thousands of people every year.
  • signed 2017-11-17 21:32:37 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-16 09:07:21 -0800
    I’m signing because I love to cycle and I don’t feel safe sharing the roadway with vehicles who don’t respect our right to be there.
  • signed 2017-11-15 15:38:02 -0800
    Bicycle safety on the roads right now is largely a matter of cyclist being at the mercy of drivers who don’t believe they should keep a safe distance from cyclists.
  • signed 2017-11-15 12:29:59 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-15 12:26:50 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-15 12:15:45 -0800
    I ride for physical, mental, spiritual and environmental health – all of which our society is in dire need of. I would like to see a healthier community and I believe cycling (and walking) can really get us there.
  • signed 2017-11-14 14:43:31 -0800
  • signed via 2017-11-13 16:12:29 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-12 13:07:28 -0800
    I live in Powell River and have family in Vancouver. I want to increase my options for commuting between the two cities, while also reducing my transportation cost and carbon emissions. I have cycled this distance a number of times but have found it to be very unsafe in several spots along the penninsula between Egmont and Sechelt and through Sechelt itself. This is due to insufficient (or non-existent) shoulder space, high levels of debris on small shoulders, and the curvy nature of the road itself, which increases the risk of motor vehicle/cyclist collisions (especially because most drivers do not anticipate cyclist traffic in this roadway). I also whole-heartedly support initiatives that encourage cycle tourism on the Sunshine Coast—it is an affordable, accessible, and eco-friendly form of tourism that will prop up small businesses in our communities.
  • signed 2017-11-12 00:05:10 -0800
    The community could really benefit from this. There are a lot of health issues on the coast that could find remedy in more enjoyment of the outdoors.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-10 12:21:52 -0800
    Cycling is awesome!!
  • signed 2017-11-10 04:13:14 -0800
  • signed 2017-11-09 09:05:34 -0800
  • signed via 2017-11-08 14:20:16 -0800
    I don’t have a car and rely on my bike every day. There are some good bike lanes and I try to stick to them as much as possible. But there are still many parts of the city where I have to risk my well-being to enter. Also because just this morning I rode past a cyclist that was hit by a car and he was alive but didn’t look good :(
  • signed 2017-11-08 13:21:58 -0800
    …..because it’s 2018…..
  • signed 2017-11-08 10:05:27 -0800
    I’m signing because if BC leads – than other provinces will follow.
  • signed via 2017-11-07 20:18:07 -0800
    I am passionate about the individual, community, and national benefits of cycling.
  • signed 2017-11-04 18:59:50 -0700
    I believe cycling solves several of problems we face. It helps transportation congestion, physical health, and the environment.
  • signed 2017-11-03 16:00:58 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-31 16:44:59 -0700
    Walking and cycling are wonderful transportation devices that requires greater support. A great need for health and safety.
  • signed 2017-10-31 16:43:15 -0700
    I would prefer to ride a bike in safety.
  • signed 2017-10-31 14:48:34 -0700
  • signed via 2017-10-30 12:04:23 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-28 20:01:17 -0700
    Im signing because I feel that everybody has the right to safe active transport.
  • signed 2017-10-28 20:00:35 -0700
    Im signing because I feel that everybody has the right to safe active transport.

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