My Vision for Cycling and Walking
Create Your Own Vision for the Cycling and Walking for Everyone Petition
It is time for bold action now to enable every child, woman and man in BC to cycle or walk for their everyday trips.
The British Columbia Cycling Coalition is recommending that as part of the new Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of BC invest a billion dollars over ten years in cycling and walking to make this happen. 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.
To help make this a reality, please share some or all of the following:
- your vision for cycling in your community or BC
- what a billion for cycling and walking would mean to your family, friends, community, organization or business
- what cycling and walking improvements you would really like to see in your community
- why cycling is important to you
You can also include a cycling photo or an image that inspires you.
Then share it with your friends to encourage them to sign the Cycling for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition!
Good news! The BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommendations include increasing investment in cycling and walking. The BC Cycling Coalition presented our recommendations including investing $1 billion over 10 years in cycling and walking to the Committee in September. Specifically, the recommendation on page 53 of the report states: 94. Increase investment in active transportation (cycling and walking) in urban and rural communities, including infrastructure improvements and safety education, to promote healthy lifestyles and provide social, environmental and economic benefits. This recommendation is arguably stronger than last year's recommendation (page 53) as it supports increased investment in active transportation not just investment which may not imply an increase. Thanks to everyone who make submissions or completed the survey. Much appreciated! The report states: Active transportation also emerged as a recurring theme within the online survey, with many respondents proposing active transportation (as well as transit) related recommendations under the “other” options. The report acknowledges some of our key points on page 51. Providing appropriate and safe infrastructure to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking gives British Columbians access to practical, affordable and alternative means of getting around. Proponents pointed to the economic, social and public health benefits of increasing investment in active transportation through reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, improved physical and mental health, and improved overall quality of life. A number of submissions also referenced the economic opportunities of attracting visitors to the province through cycling tourism. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) and the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) reiterated their suggestion from previous years for the development of a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy. The BCCC emphasized the need for a multi-modal transportation system for all ages and abilities, while the BCHLA focused on designing communities to support activity in children and families. Both organizations also supported cycling education to improve safety and decrease conflicts between road users. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring. Take Action 1. Sign the Petition Please sign and share the Cycling for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition. 2. Donate Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by generous contributions from folks like yourself. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 3. Write Premier and Your MLA Please Premier Clark know that you want dramatic increased investment in cycling. We are recommending $1 billion over ten years. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, local_organization_email, local_mla_email
Advocates are calling for 10% of the 40 year $120 billion sales tax proposal on L.A. County's November ballot to be spent on cycling and walking Currently, only $5.4 billion is being proposed for cycling and walking. Research from other counties and Metro's own "Strategic Plan" for active transportation estimates a funding need of $740 million to $1.7 billion per year for biking and walking projects, Butler said. Walking and biking combined make up almost a fifth of all trips taken in the county and disproportionately account for nearly 40 percent of traffic fatalities. Metro's ballot measure proposal would fund completion of the L.A. River bike path between downtown L.A. and the west San Fernando Valley and the City of San Fernando bike path along the Pacoima Wash. More here. $12 billion US is $15 billion Canadian. The population of L.A. County is 10 million or around 2.5 times greater than BC's making $6 billion the equivalent amount per person. Over 10 years, that would be $1.25 billion. Currently only 1% of people in L.A. cycle work, less than half the 2.1% in BC. So, lets make the same kind of bold investment in cycling. Please sign the Billion for Cycling and Walking petition to help everyone in BC cycle for their daily trips. And please help us reach more cycling supporters by donating to our campaign!
Congratulations to new London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his historic victory. During the campaign he promised to double the annual cycling budget to £164m ($305 million CAN). Cycling is a form mass transport that requires serious investment. As London's population was 8.4 million in 2012, that amounts to around $36 per person per year, almost the $40 per person per year invested in the Netherlands. If BC was to invest at the same rate, that would amount to around $165 million per year. Time for British Columbia to follow the lead of the British and invest in cycling for everyone. Please sign the Billon for Bikes petition and donate so we can reach a lot more people. London is investing relatively large amounts in cycling is because it is really their only near term option. They are expanding transit capacity but these efforts are both very expensive and can take decades to complete. TfL commissioner, Peter Hendy states: capacity on London's transport network would be improved far more quickly and cheaply, and with positive effects on the cycle routes, than other schemes on the horizon such as Crossrail 2. Even back in 2013, bicycles accounted for 24% of vehicles in London's morning rush hour. London's cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, told the Guardian: Cycling is clearly a mass mode of transport in central London and until now it hasn't been treated as such. Nearly all provision for cycling is based on the presumption that hardly anyone cycles, that you can make do with shoving cyclists to the side of the road and that just clearly is wrong. Sadiq Khan has also said: "I am committed to continuing the investment in the Cycle Superhighways programme and upgrading existing segregated cycle ways to a higher standard. I also want to roll out more 20mph zones in residential areas, having long campaigned for their introduction in my own constituency of Tooting. Moreover, I would be strongly in favour of adopting a variant of the Idaho Law and I have pledged to revise the list of junctions in need of immediate attention, prioritising improving those where the most deaths and accidents have occurred. Doing this is absolutely essential because Londoners must be able to move around their city with confidence and as safely and efficiently as possible. More here.
The New Zealand government is investing $390 million ($339 million CAN) in cycling and walking over 3 years, a $96 million increase over the previous three years. A key component is the $67 million Skypath project over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. From RNZ News: Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw said the $390 million National Land Transport Fund package would be the largest investment ever in walking and cycling infrastructure for New Zealand. "More and more Kiwis want the freedom to cycle safely around their towns and cities, and this investment in safe cycle infrastructure is needed to making that possible," said Mr Shaw. Patrick Morgan, from Cycling Action Network, said the funding was good news for those who ride bikes, and those who didn't. "With more and more people discovering the joy and convenience of riding a bike, it's no surprise the government wants to invest. "But this is not just about getting on your bike. We're all better off with less congestion, lower transport bills, cleaner air and better health," Mr Morgan said. New Zealand's population is almost the same as British Columbia's. With an active transportation deficit of over $2 billion in B.C. communities, it is time the B.C. Government step up and invest a similar amount in biking and walking networks.
Olso is planning on increasing its cycling mode share to 16% by 2025 by investing to $2.1 Billion (Kr13.8 billion) to create a network of 510km of cycling infrastructure. From Cycling Industry News: Once completed, the updated network will place 85% of citizens within 200 metres of a cycle path. Within the inner city, eight key routes will cover 50 km and will form key commuter arteries. The announcement adds that the bulk of these will be suitable for riders aged 2 to 80 years, suggesting that these will be segregated from traffic flows. More here. Norway is also planning on investing $1.25 billion on cycling highways. Clearly, Norway is setting a great example that BC and Canada should follow. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
Ontario is investing $93 million in cycling infrastructure this year, more than doubling the initial $42.5 million announced earlier this year. This is 10 times the amount that the BC Government has invested this year through the BikeBC cost sharing program. Toronto alone is receiving $25.6 million, almost 3 times the funding for all of BC in in 2017. This is in spite of the fact that BC's rate of cycling commuting in BC is twice that of Ontario's. According to the 2016 Census, 2.5% of people in BC cycle to work while 1.2% commute by bike in Ontario. Please Email the Premier. Ask him to dramatically increase investment in cycling. The investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market. While the BC Government recently announced increases in the Carbon tax can be used for green initiatives, it has yet to commit any of this revenue to cycling infrastructure. Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change states: Reducing greenhouse gas pollution from transportation is one of the most important actions we can take to fight climate change. Creating more bike lanes in communities big and small makes it easier and safer for people across the province to choose cleaner, quicker ways of getting around. This investment shows how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market are working together to build a healthier planet for future generations. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport says: Cycling keeps our communities healthy, active and well connected. We want to ensure that people across Ontario have the infrastructure they need to keep cycling safe, accessible and easy for all. The benefits to jumping on a bike are endless – it can be a wonderful way to explore our cities and a healthy method to get those much-needed errands done More at: Major New Investment to Make Cycling Safer and More Convenient
A study has found that networks of protected bike lanes make cities safer for everyone including those driving and walking. Based on the experience of existing protected bike lanes, they predict that a complete network of protected bike lanes would decrease traffic fatalities by 44% and fatal/severe injury by 50%. The study by Wes Marshall from the University of Colorado Denver and Nick Ferenchak from the University of New Mexico, found that it was the protected bike lanes that resulted in the improvements, not higher cycling rates or safety in numbers. This is likely due to safer street design, and lower motor vehicle speeds This strongly increases the business case for massive investment in protected bike lanes. This investment, in addition to GHG emissions reductions, could significantly reduce ICBC costs that total around $4.6 billion per year. This would result in lower insurance rates so those that drive should be supporting investing in protected bike lanes if they want lower insurance rates.
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