Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit not High Income Tax Cuts

Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.

To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.

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The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.

Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.

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Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.

Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities. 

Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic. 

Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.


189 signatures

Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts

Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.

We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.

Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.

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  • Damion Dooley
    signed 2015-07-14 08:20:56 -0700
  • Frederick Ma
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-07-13 23:47:06 -0700
    Petition: Invest $225 million/year in Walking, Cycling and Transit around BC not High Income Tax Cuts
  • Frederick Ma
    signed 2015-07-13 23:46:47 -0700
  • Donald Rennie
    signed 2015-07-13 23:00:41 -0700
    Raise the sales tax a full percentage point while you are at it. The whole province needs public transportation electrified and expanded.
  • Michelle Babiuk
    signed 2015-07-13 13:29:07 -0700
  • Dasha Maslennikova
    signed 2015-07-13 13:12:16 -0700
  • Bernadette Keenan
    signed 2015-07-11 13:07:03 -0700
  • Chris Lightfoot
    signed 2015-07-10 20:40:23 -0700
  • Tracey Eide
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-07-10 15:38:53 -0700
    Petition: Invest $225 million/year in Walking, Cycling and Transit around BC not High Income Tax Cuts
  • Tracey Eide
    @grandmacyclist tweeted link to this page. 2015-07-10 15:38:49 -0700
    Petition: Invest $225 million/year in Walking, Cycling and Transit around BC not High Income Tax Cuts
  • Tracey Eide
    signed 2015-07-10 15:37:41 -0700
  • Mary Sherlock
    signed 2015-07-10 00:02:25 -0700
  • Gili Rosenberg
    signed 2015-07-07 22:14:43 -0700
  • Diana Schroeder
    signed 2015-07-07 14:47:09 -0700
  • David Clancy
    signed 2015-07-06 00:42:24 -0700
    Well presented proposal, very rational and sound.
  • Don Clancy
    signed 2015-07-05 15:09:06 -0700
    I believe very strongly that increasing funding for bike paths would benefit all. It would also boost property values for those owning property.
  • Alex Precosky
    signed 2015-07-04 12:34:09 -0700
  • Randy Christensen
    signed 2015-07-04 09:41:26 -0700
  • Lee Hindrichs
    signed 2015-07-04 08:31:16 -0700
  • Emilia Turner
    signed 2015-07-03 22:31:40 -0700
  • Maya goldstein
    signed 2015-07-03 20:35:49 -0700
  • Stephen Hindrichs
    signed 2015-07-03 20:28:30 -0700
  • Gary Ansell
    signed 2015-07-03 18:52:54 -0700
  • Lisa Slakov
    signed 2015-07-03 17:46:54 -0700
  • David Dowdell
    signed 2015-07-03 17:30:42 -0700
  • Boyd Thomson
    signed 2015-07-03 17:23:04 -0700
  • Marion Orser
    signed 2015-07-03 11:22:50 -0700
  • Lucia Terra
    signed 2015-07-03 11:07:46 -0700
  • Kyrke Gaudreau
    signed 2015-07-03 10:22:17 -0700
  • Randall Sutton
    signed 2015-07-03 10:20:40 -0700