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Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment. To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents. This investment will help address the deficit estimated to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking. Around $7 billion will be invested in B.C. over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. There is broad public support for cycling improvements 72% of B.C. On the Move Engagement Survey respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically Between 2008 and 2015, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents increased from 50,000 to 131,000. In 2015, 10% of Vancouver residents cycled to work, up from 4.4% in 2011. In the Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% to 15,400 between 2007 and 2013. Whistler’s cycling commute mode share was 8% in 2011, an increase of 31% since 2006. Many trips are within reasonable cycling distance In the Netherlands, electrically assisted bicycle trips average a distance of 9.8 km each way, while regular bicycle trips average 6.3 km. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 42% of commutes are under 5 km. In B.C. 65% of all commutes are under 10 km, making them practical using an electric bicycle. Inadequate Investment - Active Transportation Deficit Regions and communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of investment, these cycling networks may not be complete for 30 to 50 years unless senior levels of government dramatically increase funding. The BC Communities Road Safety Survey identified pedestrian and cyclist safety as top issues. For the the 81 municipalities that responded, “The most commonly reported challenges to implementing road safety activities were funding and staff with expertise.” TheCapital Regional District’s Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan estimated the cost of upgrading the bike network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million. In order to meet its target of 10%, TransLink has estimated that completing all-ages cycling networks around the Metro Vancouver region will cost at least $850 million. Kelowna’s cycling and walking Plan is estimated to cost $267 million. While the city is currently putting money aside for the program, staff have warned that at the current level of funding, the city will only have approximately $90 million to fund the plan. Squamish’s recently approved active transportation plan is estimated to cost $36 million. Surrey’s cycling plan includes over 400 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12 km per year, but has indicated that additional funding from senior levels of government would speed-up the implementation of the plan. Internationally, other jurisdictions are committing to significant increases in cycling. Norway, whose population is only slightly larger than B.C.’s, is planning to invest $1.25 billion in Cycling Highways to link suburbs to city centres. More Information Budget Submission - 2017 (includes references for information above) Communities on the Move recommending investing $100 million per year in active transportation.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of you to improve cycling around Vancouver and BC through HUB, BEST, Canada Bikes and the BCCC. Working with political leaders and staff in all levels of government, we have had many successes. From wider sidewalks on the Lions Gate Bridge and the Ironworks Bridge, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Path on the Canada Line Bridge, to the Central Valley Greenway. All told, these improvements total around $70 million. While there are many reasons why I work to move cycling forward, what I find most rewarding is seeing more and more people cycling. Especially families with children. Still, there is much to do. BC is a large province with great potential. We need cycle tracks along main streets so people can safely and comfortably cycle to shops, cafes, restaurants, offices and other businesses. We need safe connections between communities for locals and tourists. At least wide shoulders free of debris and preferable paths separated from high speed traffic. We need improved standards for paths and roads ensuring that obstacles are not placed on or near bicycle paths, that fencing and railings do not cause crashes or serious injuries and that shoulders are wide, well maintained and kept clear of hazards. We need a billion for bikes so we can fast track the completion of all ages and abilities cycling networks across the province. It is time for bold action. We need need to build stronger more organized cycling community across the Province to encourage leaders to make commitments to improve cycling and to provide the grassroots support they need when they show leadership in moving cycling. We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy. Please donate to support the Billions for Bikes campaign. I look forward to continue working with you to make this beautiful province a great place for people of all ages to enjoy cycling. Thank you for your great work and support.
Imagine that within ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle or walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. To make this happen, we are urging the BC Government to invest $1 billion over ten years in safe biking and walking networks in communities around the Province including yours. Your generous donation can help make this a reality!
There doesn't appear to be any increase in cycling funding in the 2016 Provincial Budget released on February 16. As well, on February 12, Minister Stone announced that that Bike BC funding will remain at $6 million per year in 2016. Vaughan Palmer speculates that this budget was rather modest with the big funding announcements saved for the election in 2017. Budget 2017 will carry the Liberals into the next provincial election and there’s the other reason (apart from economic uncertainty) why de Jong and his colleagues were holding back something this week. Between the current budget and the next three, the finance minister has socked away about $4 billion in forecast allowances, contingencies and projected surpluses. A hedge, to be sure, should the economy sour. But a way of funding election promises, too, once the time is ripe for the B.C. Liberals to tap into those reserves. More than enough for a billion over 10 years for cycling and walking! Take Action Please Premier Clark know that you want more funding for cycling. 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, email@example.com,, You can find more details on what we are proposing here. We plan on continuing our efforts to build public and political support for dramatically increased cycling funding. Please help us step up and take our efforts to the next level! Please make an on-going contribution of $5, $10 or $15 per month or a one-time donation. Photo: BC Cycling Coalition President Arno (left), HUB ED Erin and Minister Stone (middle); Government of BC
Please let the Province know that you want cycling to be a big part of the Climate Leadership Plan by emailing the Premier. The deadline has been extended to April 8 at noon. The BC Cycling Coalition and HUB met with officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. They are working on the transportation vision that will accompany Climate Leadership Plan. We had a comprehensive discussion diving into details around cycling highways, electric bikes, education, and infrastructure funding. We left feeling encouraged but they need to hear from you. We need bold action now in order to reduce emissions by 80% by 2030. We need to tell our government that we want infrastructure, and cycling education, and we do not want to wait 10 years for it. Let them know that cycling is a serious form of mass transportation that requires serious commitment, planning and funding to enable everyone to use it for their daily trips. You can find more details on what we are proposing here. More info at: http://www.bccc.bc.ca/climate Please Premier Clark know that you want cycling to be a big part of the Climate Leadership Plan. 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, email@example.com,, We want everyone in the Province to be able to cycle for their daily trips while eliminating fatalities and injuries. To meet these ambitious goals, we need your help. Please help out by contributing $3, $5, or $10 per month. A big thanks those who have already contributed!
Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:
- Outreach to organizations and businesses
- Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
- Meeting with politicians and staff
- Press releases and op-eds