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

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6,631 SIGNATURES
6,000 signatures

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

Will you sign?

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  • Monica Steeden
    signed 2019-12-10 06:01:12 -0800
    More cycling can enrich everyone’s lives.

    Making cycling safer will encourage more people for generations to come to make cycling part of their lifestyles.
  • Ana Lukyanova
    signed 2019-12-02 10:46:57 -0800
  • Ian Shepherd
    signed via 2019-11-19 17:50:18 -0800
  • I. Lachance
    signed 2019-11-18 00:04:04 -0800
  • David Mullens
    signed via 2019-11-07 07:41:16 -0800
    The Netherlands realized the direction they were going in and changed their thinking, which resulted in one of the best cycling communities on Earth. We should look to their example.
  • Ann Wilson
    signed 2019-10-29 09:56:48 -0700
    I’m a Victoria senior who doesn’t own a vehicle and cycles and walks almost everywhere I need to go in Victoria on a daily basis. There are so many plusses to these modes of transportation for both me personally and for the community at large.

    I whole-heartedly support and encourage further initiatives on the part of all levels of government to support and promote these safe and healthy modes of transportation for folks of all ages.
  • Carol MacMillan
    signed 2019-10-28 11:04:08 -0700
  • Barry Leigh
    signed via 2019-10-27 09:16:17 -0700
    Having Cyclists share travel on the same space as automobiles, many fo which are exceeding the posted speed limit is far too dangerous. My wife and I both enjoy cycling and we would use our bicycles a lot more if safer routes were available.

  • Joel Kailia
    signed via 2019-10-25 15:54:11 -0700
    Biking can save the environment
  • Ray Hooper
    signed via 2019-10-25 11:17:01 -0700
  • lisa pilott
    signed via 2019-10-21 11:27:11 -0700
    I am a year-round biker and I would love to feel supported by my government in building the supports required.
  • Jared Verstraete
    signed via 2019-10-21 10:42:31 -0700
  • Sandra Walton
    signed via 2019-10-20 23:14:03 -0700
    I support cycling as a form of transportation and recreation which should be supported by safe, accessible bike routes.
  • Jenny Wright
    signed via 2019-10-20 20:17:19 -0700
    I feel that when infrastructure is built, people will get out of their cars and start actively transporting themselves to many of their daily activities which are often within 5-10 km of their homes. Creating a connected network of safe pathways and public transportation will positively impact health and the environment.
  • David Samuelsson
    signed via 2019-10-20 19:26:12 -0700
    I am 77 and love cycling. However when I do, a lot of the time I don’t feel safe. I’m fact at times it is a life threatening experience. I live on the Sunshine Coast and the traffic a lot of the times is nothing short of horrific. Never mind no separated bike lanes, no bike lanes at all. With the steady growth on the coast, plus the huge increase in tourism, the highway traffic is approaching gridlock status during ferry times. These concerns need to be addressed fairly soon as the Coast is being touted as a tourist cycling route.

    Thank you,

    David Samuelsson

    Sechelt
  • Monica Ashwell
    signed via 2019-10-20 16:38:14 -0700
    I love biking and I am brave about where I bike. But many others don’t get to bike because it doesn’t feel safe. Safer biking infrastructure would make a huge difference.

    (Ever notice how grumpy car drivers are—me too when I’m in a car. Biking makes for happy people.)
  • Mel Monro
    signed via 2019-10-20 16:27:39 -0700
  • Richard Nuesch
    signed via 2019-10-20 14:09:59 -0700
    Just came back from Europe. Seeing Denmark and the great quiet, peaceful cities with all the bicycles just felt so great.
  • Peter Lake
    signed via 2019-10-20 12:31:15 -0700
  • Carolyn Thomson
    signed via 2019-10-20 11:31:41 -0700
  • Rocky Blondin
    signed via 2019-10-20 11:09:29 -0700
    This investment would pay for itself twofold at least! It’s time Cycling got the kind of money other recreation activities take for granted!
  • craig bassett
    signed via 2019-10-20 11:08:48 -0700
  • Elena Chow
    signed via 2019-10-20 08:33:00 -0700
  • Liam Reilly
    signed via 2019-10-20 06:57:02 -0700
    I’m a cyclist and I care about fellow cyclists and the environment.
  • Jeannette Blanchard
    signed 2019-10-20 04:43:16 -0700
    It is important to get more cars off the road but building safe cycling routes
  • Georgina Price
    signed via 2019-10-19 20:16:42 -0700
    This works in other countries, it can work here too!
  • Derek Holden
    signed via 2019-10-19 17:34:10 -0700
  • Christine Cybulski
    signed via 2019-10-19 17:33:05 -0700
  • Sharon O'Dornan
    signed via 2019-10-19 17:09:06 -0700
    I want to cycle safely.
  • Daphne Clegg
    signed via 2019-10-19 16:31:35 -0700
    I’ve already bought an ebike and would love a re-bate and also safer bike lanes to cycle in.

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