Well, that didn’t go very well to say the very least. The Transportation Referendum failed with only 38% voting yes. This disappointing result serves to strengthen our resolve to campaign for increased funding for cycling improvements across the Province.
Support for the Mayors Council Transportation Plan and the Sales Tax was high late last year. There has been much already been much speculation as to why it it did not succeed so no need to repeat it here.
We do know that the vast majority of people do support better transit and cycling. In the Provincial Government’s B.C. on the Move public opinion survey, 92% of Lower Mainland respondents supported improved transit service with 72% supporting it strongly. Only 4% were opposed.
Support was particularly high among people who cycle. We called several hundred of our supporters in the Spring with those pledging to vote Yes outnumber Nos around fifteen to one. Same with those of you we talked with along bike routes and at events such as the Vancouver Bike Show.
Thanks to all of you who voted Yes and a special thanks to those who helped out by volunteering or donating to our campaign. While we did not succeed this time, we gained valuable experience and met some great people along the way.
Over the next few months, we will continue our efforts to build support for more funding for all ages and abilities cycling networks and education across British Columbia. We have already started a petition to cancel the tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 and instead invest the $225 million per year in cycling, walking and transit. The Province is also in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan. This is an ideal opportunity to encourage them to invest Carbon Tax revenue in solutions like cycling.