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!


Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

BC to Establish Active Transportation Strategy in 2019!

Good news! The BC government has stated it will establish an active transportation strategy in 2019 as part of it's CleanBC plan. This has been one of the BC Cycling Coalition's top goals. We are really excited to see it move forward. Thanks to all of you who sent letters, signed the Cycling and Walking for Everyone petition and donated to our campaigns. Your actions really make a difference!

We are also excited that Minister Trevena met with us the day after the CleanBC plan was announced. It is great to have a Minister of Transportation committed to developing an active transportation strategy. 

From the CleanBC plan, page 25:

It’s not an option for everyone, but driving less can help reduce costs, stress and the risk of accidents,
not to mention cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In 2019, the Province will establish an active transportation strategy with measures to support new infrastructure, education and incentive programs, and safety improvements for people walking, cycling and using other kinds of active transportation.
As we expand our transportation infrastructure, we’re making sure that major projects like new bridges and interchanges are designed to make walking, cycling and transit use as safe and convenient as possible.
They mention investment levels from some of the world leaders, so, hopefully, we will soon see similar levels in BC so everyone can bike and walk for their daily trips. From page 26:

We currently spend about $1.50 a year per person on active transportation, including things like bike lanes, walking paths and well-planned connections to transit. 

Among global leaders in active transportation, annual per-person investments are growing. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year on active transportation programs; Denmark invests $34 per person, and New Zealand recently announced an investment of $24 per person on infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. Lessons learned in these leading jurisdictions will help to inform the new B.C. strategy.

While this is definitely great progress, still lots of work to be done to ensure that the B.C. Government develops a great active transportation strategy and invests enough to ensure everyone can ride a bike for their daily trips.

Please Donate to our Cycling for Everyone campaign. 

We will keep you up to date on the consultations for the active transportation strategy. For breaking news, please Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter

  

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Protected Bike Lanes Make Communities Safer for Everyone

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.

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Finance Committee Recommends Eliminating the PST on Electric Bikes

Following our submission in October, the recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services included eliminating PST on electric assist bicycles.

While this is definitely good progress, it is only a recommendation to the B.C. Government.

Please help make sure they eliminate the PST from electric bikes:

Write the Premier and Ministers

Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. In addition to this not being very fair or equitable, the PST on electric bikes is also a real hassle for bike shops when they are repaited as PST is charged on the electrical parts but not the other parts of a bike.

The recommendation is on page 78 of the Report on the Budget 2019 Consultation:

95. Encourage the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles by eliminating the PST on electric assist bicycles.

The report includes some of our input on electric bikes on page 73:

The British Columbian Cycling Coalition further identified opportunities to extend cycling as a transportation
option for more people with the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles. Electric bicycles can increase the
number and length of cycling trips, and enable people with physical challenges to cycle for transportation.
Cargo bicycles, on the other hand, help people to carry children or larger loads on their bicycles, and can be
used by businesses for deliveries. They recommended exempting these bicycles from the PST to encourage
their adoption and use.

By enabling more people to cycle further for more trips, electric bikes can also help B.C. meet its climate goals.

More information

B.C. Budget Submission - Cycling and Walking are Affordable Mass Transportation |BC Cycling Coalition

Electric Bicycles - Affordable Healthy Clean Transportation | BC Cycling Coalition

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$669 Million Surplus for BC, Time for Massive Investment in Cycling

The latest BC budget update forecasts a surplus of $669 million. A significant surplus should be used to help address the cycling and walking deficit we estimate to be at least $2 billion and perhaps as high as $10 billion.

For example:

  • The Capital 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.

The government really should not be claiming a budget surplus while seriously underinvesting in safe cycling and walking networks.

While progress has been made in some BC communities, the vast majority of people still don't have access to safe protected bike lanes and paths separated from traffic. As a result, many people don't have the healthy affordable transportation choices they need resulting congestion, pollution, high GHG emissions and traffic injuries and fatalities. Communities with higher levels of cycling and walking have significantly lower traffic fatality rates.

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. New Zealand's population is almost the same as BC's.

Take Action 

Encourage the BC Government to follow New Zealand's lead and invest at least $100 million per year in cycling and walking. Let them know what improvements you want in your community.

1. Make a Budget Submission

Make either a personal submission or one on behalf of an organization or business you represent. The deadline is Oct. 15 at 5pm

2. Donate to our Cycling for Everyone Campaign

3. Email the Premier

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New Zealand Investing $390 Million Over 3 Years in Cycling & Walking

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. 

 

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Greenways Can Really Reduce GHG Emissions

Car and bus use by people living within 300m of the Comox Greenway has decreased significantly according to a UBC study. The resulting 21% reduction in GHG emissions really helps make the case for investing in cycling and walking improvements as part of the new BC Climate Plan.

This research by Victor Douglas Ngo, which was  part of a larger study Larry Frank, found:

University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers surveyed people living near Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway the year before and after its completion in 2013. About half of the 585 participants lived within 300 meters of the greenway, and the rest were within a 500-meter radius. Results showed that the closer group (300 meters) reduced their daily car or bus travel distance by 18 per cent after the greenway was built.

“These participants logged 2.8 kilometers of car or bus travel per day, compared to 3.4 kilometers the year before,” said Victor Douglas Ngo, the study’s first author and a researcher at the health and community design lab at UBC. “Less commuting also meant they generated 21 per cent less travel-related emissions, producing 520 grams of emissions a day, from 660 grams the previous year.”

The group that lived more than 300 meters away did not show the same reductions in car or bus travel. Their motorized travel actually increased by 37 per cent to an average of 2.6 kilometers per day per person, from 1.9 kilometers previously. In addition, their average individual carbon emissions grew to 510 grams per day, from 330 grams previously.

This research along with the increases in cycling to work in BC communities further helps build the case for significantly increased investment in biking and walking as part of BC's new climate plan.

Please the Premier know that you want cycling to be a big part of the plans to address climate change. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

Image: City of Vancouver

 

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BC Communities Proving Lots of People Will Bike to Work

Four years ago when we asked people if they wanted to cycle more; 65% said yes, if they could ride on protected bike lanes. Now, more and more BC communities are proving that is indeed the case with the 2016 Census results showing 12 communities with more than 10% of commuters cycling to work. In fact, thanks in large part to increases in cycling to work in BC, cycling is the fastest growing mode of commuting across Canada.

Please write the Premier to ensure everyone in BC can cycle safety to work

Leading the way are the Ashnola (33%) and Qualicum (29%) First Nations followed by Thompson-Nicola (21%), Revelstoke (15%), Soowahlie (14%), Quaaout (13%), Victoria, Oak Bay, the Comox First Nation, Stewart and Whistler. See how many people commute via bike in your community via Census MapperSeveral neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Victoria have similarly high levels of cycling to work including Strathcona (18%), Fairfield / Gonzales (17%), Kensington-Cedar Cottage (16%) Grandview Woodlands (15%) and Fernwood (15%). 

Unfortunately, many BC residents still don’t have access to safe cycling routes for their daily trips. People like to live in areas where they can walk and cycle and are often willing to pay more for housing to do so. Those with lower incomes including many families with children are forced to live in out in areas where it is difficult, dangerous and time consuming to walk and cycle. The result is lower levels of physical activity, higher transportation costs, limited access to jobs & services and a higher risk of injury & death in motor vehicle collisions. Those in rural communities without regular transit service are especially in need of affordable transportation choices. Census Mapper clearly shows the impact of distance on cycling levels.

Key measures that will help enable those who live further away from employment centres, educational institutions and other key destinations cycle for their daily trips include:

  • Complete networks of all ages and abilities cycling networks that enable everyone to safely cycle via the direct routes
  • Cycle highways to enable longer distance commutes and other trips
  • Motor vehicle free rail trails for cycling, walking and other forms of active transportation as well as horseback riding
  • Electric bikes to enable more people to cycle longer distances

Please write the Premier. Let him know about your cycling challenges and the improvements you would like to see in your community.

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Ontario Investing $93 Million in Cycling This Year

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

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BC Budget Report Recommends Increased Investment in Cycling & Walking

Some good news! The Finance Committee's report on the 2018 Budget consultations recommends the creation of an active transportation strategy including increased investment in active transportation infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. 

This marks the first time the creation active transportation strategy has been mentioned in a budget report, an important step forward. Still, work needs to be done to ensure the BC Government promptly moves forward on the creation of a strategy and commits the resources needed to create and implement a great active transportation that will enable everyone to safely cycle for their daily trips.

Please Email the Premier for an Active Transportation Strategy and Increased Funding Cycling

Specifically, from the Report on the Budget 2018 Consultation (page 68):

Active Transportation (Cycling and Walking)

81. Create a provincial active transportation strategy, including increased investment in active transportation infrastructure, education and promotion, as well as safety initiatives.

The report said quite a few of the survey responses focused on active transportation and transit. Thanks to all of you who responded to the survey or made submissions!

BC Cycling Coalition Executive Director Richard Campbell made a presentation to the committee in September highlighting the need for safe affordable active transportation networks in communities across BC. Thanks also to our partner organizations, HUB and BC Healthy Living Alliance for making presentations and submissions.

BC Cycling Coalition Budget Submission

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Building Biking and Walking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs than Roads

Building bike paths, greenways and sidewalks creates more construction jobs than road projects.

In one study (page 42) requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AATHO), transportation enhancement projects including greenways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities created 17 jobs per million dollars invested. Therefore, investing $1 billion in cycling, walking and greenways could around 17,000 jobs in communities around BC.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts by the University of Massachusetts Political Economic Research Institute found that:

For each $1 million, the cycling projects in this study create a total of 11.4 jobs within the state where the project is located. Pedestrian-only projects create an average of about 10 jobs per $1 million and multi-use trails create nearly as many, at 9.6 jobs per $1 million. Infrastructure that combines road construction with pedestrian and bicycle facilities creates slightly fewer jobs for the same amount of spending, and road-only projects create the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

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More Bucks for Biking - Take the BC Budget Survey!

Last year, thanks to your efforts engaging in the budget process and writing letters, the BC Government increased its investment in cycling from $6 million to $9.25 million. A good increase but still not enough to enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips. Much more is needed. 

The BC Legislature's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is asking for your input.  

Please complete the survey or make a submission by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16. 

Here are some suggestions for survey responses that you can copy over (If your responses disappear, just click Launch Survey button again). Always good to add your local cycling projects and other ideas. Especially ones that will have a big impact. More in our submission from last year. Please also send your comments to the Premier.

Question One
What are your top priorities to help make life more affordable in British Columbia?

-  Investing $100 million per year in networks of bike paths, protected bike lanes and sidewalks in communities around the province. Every child, woman and man in BC should be able to chose to walk and cycle for their daily trips. Cycling and walking are the most affordable transportation solutions both for individuals and governments. This will also help make our roads safer reducing crashes, injuries, health care costs and ICBC rates.

- Removing the PST and add rebating for electric bikes. This will help make green transportation more affordable for many people in BC especially with long commutes or mobility challenges. It is unfair that there are rebates for electric cars but not for electric bikes.

- Increased funding for maintenance of shoulders, bike lanes and paths used by people who cycle.

- More funding for road safety education focused on cycling.

- Increased funding for cycling skills training for children. 

Question Two

What service improvements should be given priority?

- More enforcement of traffic laws focused on saving lives; speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving. This will help save lives, reduce healthcare costs and lower ICBC rates.

Question Three
What are your ideas, approaches, and/or priorities for creating good jobs and to build a sustainable economy in every corner of our province?

- Investing funding in cycling and walking networks across the Province will create jobs in communities around the province.

- Cycling and walking infrastructure generates significantly more jobs per amount invested than road projects.

- BC has great cycling tourism potential. Unfortunately, BC is not investing enough in building and maintaining high quality cycling tourism routes. For example, sections of the Trans Canada Trail and Kettle Valley Railway are unridable due to poor maintenance and damage caused by motorized vehicles.

- Good cycling and walking facilities will attract talent and businesses to BC communities.

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A Greener, Healthier BC

Copenhagen knows that nothing is more convenient and environmentally friendly than a journey through downtown on a bike. Photo: Adele Peters, Fast Company

Take Action: Email the Premier

Consider the full cost of owning a car -- it hurts your brain doesn't it? 

Owning a car has its perks -- long-distance traveling at your own convenience, a sheltered transport for avoiding the cold, wet, dreary rain, and the all-important storage for our bag of groceries. But bearing the cost of the finances that come with it is a tremendous headache that you would not be able to afford in the long-run. In British Columbia, premiums have been steadily increasing over the past six years, and today, the average BC driver pays $1550 per vehicle each year. A primary driver of rising insurance costs has been the increase in settlement claims -- the premiums we currently pay is not high enough to cover to cost of most paying claims. 

We can change this. 

Copenhagen has a long standing history of its deeply entrenched cycling culture. Seventy percent of the population owns a bike, not because of rocket-high prices of owning personal vehicles, but rather their extensive and wide array of the modes of transportation made available to them.

Since cars are made redundant in the city, the Copenhagen City Heart Study involving nearly 20,000 city inhabitants aged 20 to 100 years old in a cardiovascular population study concluded that cycling at high or average speeds increase life espectancy of the participants by 5 and 3 years respectively. Additionally, it is found that there is a 30-percent decrease in mortality rate among adults who commute by bicycle daily

Our society could gain an increase in productivity from a healthier work force when we promote cycling in central business districts. Promoting a bicycling culture in British Columbia would also spark a positive economic impact towards local bicycle rental shops and for our wholesale dealers in the private sector. If that's not enough, our tourism industry would also receive as well as provide major economic benefits to our cities. 

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New Government Brings Opportunity for Improvements to Cycling and Walking

John Horgan and Bowinn Ma visit James Wilson at Obsession Bikes

The results from the survey sent out by the BC Cycling Coalition to parties during the election campaign indicate that both the NDP and the Green Party are willing to support an Active Transportation Plan, which would include cleaner and more sustainable transportation options including cycling and walking.

Please write Premier Horgan to let him know you support increased investment in cycling

The NDP have promised to that they will be "committed to making cycling, walking and other forms of active transportation safer and more accessible, and we will work with communities to determine what investments are needed."  

The Green Party have made similar promises, with commitments to "develop criteria for sustainability analysis of transportation investments and prioritize investments that promote transportation choices with a low carbon footprint, such as cycling"

While this is a good starting point, there is still much work that needs to be done before concrete results can be achieved. With a new government in place, there is a very real opportunity for change. Please take a moment to write a letter to your elected officials showing your support for increased investment in cycling.{{action?html=Dear Premier, Bike Paths Please!&tag=Provincial Funding Letter&anchor=#mailer&action_count_page_slug=provincial_funding_letter&action_label=emails sent}}{{hide_welcome_widget=true}}

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Communities on the Move - Biking, Walking, Transit & Wheelchairs

Creating Smart, Fair and Healthy Transportation Options For All BC Communities

The BC Cycling Coalition is proud to be a part of the Communities on the Move Declaration, joining partners including BC Healthy Living Alliance, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association.

Show your support by sending a quick email to the leaders and candidates. We strongly encourage organizations and businesses to support improved cycling, walking and transit by endorsing the Declaration.

Vision

We envision that in 10 years, across BC – in communities small and large, it will be easy, safe and enjoyable to get around, whether by walking, biking, ride-sharing, by public transit or in a wheelchair. We want to see the provincial government making progressive investments that support active, connected and healthy communities.

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  • Healthy Communities: Safe biking and walking routes, good street design and regular transit should be available to all British Columbians so that it is easy to be active and healthy. These can also make it easier for people to be socially connected which is important for mental health.
  • Mobility for All: A range of transportation options should be available to all British Columbians – including those who live in smaller communities, and vulnerable groups such as children, older adults and those with disabilities or low incomes as well as non-drivers – so that everyone can have access to education, employment, shopping, healthcare, recreation, cultural events and social connections.
  • Clean Air and Environment: Public transit and active modes of transportation should be available to all British Columbians as these can reduce local air pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
  • Economic Opportunities and Cost Savings: Active and public transportation facilities are smart investments as they can stimulate local business and tourism in communities of all sizes. These investments can also control rising healthcare costs because regular physical activity keeps people healthier and out of the healthcare system.
  • Consideration of Community Needs: All BC communities should have a range of convenient, affordable transportation options that are tailored to their context – whether urban or remote, dense or dispersed, small or suburban.
  • Safety for All Road Users: The design and rules of the road should ensure that all British Columbians can arrive at their destination safely.}}

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  • A Provincial Active Transportation Strategy
    • Invest $100M per year over the next 10 years to support the development of local cycling and walking infrastructure within a larger provincial network.2. Prioritize the completion of connected cycling and walking transportation networks.
    • Develop an Active Transportation unit within the Ministry of Transportation to provide professional planning and policy expertise at the provincial level.
    • Invest in Active School Travel Planning and standarized cycling education for healthy, active children.
  • Investment in transit
    • Invest in the full implementation of the BC Transit Strategic Plan 2030 and local governments’ ‘Transit Future Plans’ to grow transit service and meet local needs.1.
    • Ensure a fair share of capital funding and secure, predictable regional revenue tools for the full implementation of the TransLink Mayor’s Council 10-Year Vision.
    • Continue and expand the universal bus pass (UPASS) program to students and employees of post-secondary institutions.
    • Invest in public transportation systems that serve small, rural, remote and isolated communities such as the use of school buses and bus services that feed into regional centres.
  • Commitment to equity
    • Ensure transit accessibility for people on disability assistance by increasing the affordability of transit passes.
    • Improve handyDART service to meet demand and to expand accessibility to evenings, Sundays and holidays.
    • Ensure funding is allocated geographically and equitably across the province. Recognize infrastructure deficits for pedestrian, cycling and transit modes as well as limitations faced by rural, remote, geographically isolated and small communities as part of funding criteria.
  • Consideration of Regional Needs
    • Work with local governments to establish a Rural Transportation Strategy. Develop and invest in innovative community transportation systems, ride-sharing, tele-services and telecommuting options that can serve rural and remote British Columbians.
    • Develop and support implementation of Winter City Guidelines that give residents the opportunity to be active all year long. This should include operational measures such as snow-clearing for active transportation networks and improved winter road maintenance.
    • Support the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council to pursue alternative funding mechanisms.
  • Commitment to Safety
    • Support the BC Road Safety Strategy Vision Zero: work with partners to create safer streets and to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roads of BC. Speed limits should be reduced and strictly enforced, including through the use of cameras and other proven safety measures.
    • Prioritize safety measures for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and those in wheelchairs and mobility devices.}}{{action?html=Yes. I want Healthy Transportation CHOICES!&anchor=#mailer}}
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Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee

Good news! The recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services include exempting e-bikes from the PST. This was among the recommendations the BC Cycling Coalition presented to the Committee in September.

Specifically, the recommendation on page 23 of the report states:

29. Exempt e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to encourage British Columbians to pursue active forms of transportation. 

Of note, this was the only recommendation the Committee made regarding the PST. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring.

Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles (cars) are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?

For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.

Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.

More here.

Richard Campbell posted an official response

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Increase investment in cycling - Finance Committee

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 [email protected] and cc:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected][email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],  [email protected] [email protected], local_organization_email, local_mla_email 

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$730 Million Surplus for BC, Time for a Billion for Bikes

Finance Minister Mike de Jong reports that B.C. is ending the fiscal year with a $730 million surplus. Investing a good portion of the surplus in cycling and walking will increase affordability by enabling people to reduce their transportation costs.

CKNW reports:

The B.C. economy grew by an estimated three per cent in 2015, more than triple the national average. A massive surge in property transfer tax has left the province’s coffers fuller than expected, and more help could be coming from the province to deal with housing affordability.

The Province has recently announced several cycling improvements:

  • Seven Vancouver Island communities (Langford, Saanich, Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Capital Regional District, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District) will get nearly $2.7 million in Bike BC Funding for cycling facilities
  • Updates to Highway 97 in West Kelowna include wider shoulders and improved lighting from Glenrosa Road to Hebert Road 
  • Upgrades to the Sea to Sky include the Porteau Bluffs cycling warning system and may include improved shoulders near Whistler

While this is a start, much more is needed to enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips.

Take Action

Please Premier Clark know that you want more cycling. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

Email [email protected] and cc:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected][email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],  [email protected][email protected], [email protected],,

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A Stolen Bike Sparked Ali's Career

At the age of 12, a curious incident set young Cassius Clay on a new path. On an October afternoon he rode his new bike to the Columbia Auditorium. Later, when he went back to get it, it had been stolen. Someone told him there was a police officer in the basement, so Clay went down there. The basement turned out to be a boxing gym—the officer, Joe Martin, was a boxing enthusiast with his own gym. After listening to his volley of threats against whoever stole the bike, Martin invited him to come around to his gym and learn something about boxing.

Six weeks after he started training with Joe Martin, Clay fought and won his first bout.

Read more: Muhammad Ali - A Stolen Bicycle - Clay, Martin, Boxing, and Cassius - JRank Articles http://sports.jrank.org/pages/91/Ali-Muhammad-Stolen-Bicycle.html#ixzz4Ae2bnmfV

Photo credit: Steve Schapiro via Listverse

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Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.

Impossible is potential.

Impossible is temporary.

Impossible is nothing.

Muhammad Ali

Photo credit: Steve Schapiro via Listverse

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Olso to Invest $2.1 Billion in 510km Cycling Network

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.

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