Lets Make Canada a Great Cycling Nation!

The BC Cycling Coalition is working with Canada Bikes and other organizations across Canada to encourage the Federal Government to develop National Cycling Strategy, increase investment in cycling & walking and make vehicles safer for people cycling and walking.

Our country can benefit immensely from joining the many countries that have developed a national cycling strategy and seen significant results.

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Help Make Canada Bike Friendly - Support A National Cycling Strategy

{{show_more?html=Canada Bikes is working with British Columbia Cycling Coalition and organizations across Canada to encourage the Federal Government to develop, fund and implement a National Cycling Strategy. Our vision is straightforward - a Canada where people of all ages and abilities can cycle safely, conveniently and enjoyably to, from and within any community in the country. Encouraging more people to ride a bike has many benefits - for our health, for our wallets and for our planet. 

Our country can benefit immensely from joining the many countries that have developed a national cycling strategy. A national cycling strategy is a plan to achieve the overall goal of more cycling written in consultations with the public and stakeholders. It is evidence-based, includes  financial implications and results in a set of policies, guidelines and actions. A Canadian cycling strategy will guide all levels of government and partners as they work to improve conditions for cycling across the country. 

Last June, we stood next to Minister McKenna on the steps of Parliament as she called for the development of a national cycling strategy. Since then we have been working closely to ensure that pedestrians and children getting to school are just as integral to our plan and see strategies of their own developed too. Now 141 organizations from across the country have joined our call.

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Make Cycling Investment a Federal Priority - Write the Minister

{{show_more?html=The Government of Canada is investing tens of billions of dollars over the next ten years on transit, green infrastructure and social infrastructure. There objectives include:

  • help families struggling to make ends meet
  • make communities thrive
  • protect the environment
  • help the economy grow 

Making cycling a major focus of the investment can help them cost effectively accomplish their goals. They have already invested in many cycling projects including the Central Valley Greenway, the North Shore Spirit Trail and the ENN Trail.

To help enable everyone in BC to cycle for their daily trips, we recommend to the Federal Government implement a National Cycling Strategy that includes:

  1. The priority for infrastructure spending be sustainable transportation including cycling and walking. A dedicated fund for cycling and walking would be a good idea.
  2. Cycling and walking facilities be improved for all infrastructure projects involving roads including utility work. Anytime a road is torn up, protected bike lanes and protected intersections should be the default option when rebuilding it. This will enable cycling improvements to be made at a lower cost.
  3. Cycling facilities be an integral part of all transit projects. This includes connections to the stations, protected bike lanes or paths along the transit route and secure bike parking at the stations. These cycling facilities should be a core funding component of projects, not an add on that gets cut when budgets are tight. For example, the $30 million earmarked for walking and cycling connections was cut due to TransLink funding challenges.
  4. Provide resources for the expertise needed to design high quality cycling facilities everywhere. Smaller communities in particular often lack the resources to implement leading edge improvements. Other countries are far ahead when it comes to developing national standards, training opportunities and leadership on design best practices. The Federal Government has an important role to play in shaping provincial and municipal policy so that infrastructure for cycling is front and centre of the design of investments, rather than just an add-on or ignored entirely.

With respect to climate change policy, we recommend:

  1. The use of Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling infrastructure. The Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan includes the use of Carbon Tax revenue for transit and active mobility including cycling and walking. We urge the Federal Government to encourage other provinces to follow Alberta’s lead.
  2. The use of Carbon Tax revenue to eliminate the GST and provincial sales taxes on pedal-powered and electric bicycles. High quality bicycles and electric bicycles can be expensive. Removing taxes will make them more affordable for Canadian families.
  3. The adoption of a High Shift Cycling Scenario in climate plans to ensure the full potential of cycling is realized. A report by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis, projects a HSC cycling mode share of 12% in 2030 and 16% in 2050.

Please support our efforts by making an on-going contribution of $5$10 or $15 per month or a one-time donation.

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.

Based on the numbers above, we estimate that it will take around $2 billion to complete cycling networks in communities across BC and are proposing that the Provincial Government invest $1 billion over the next decade with the other $1 billion coming  from the Federal Government and municipalities.

Federal investment combined with local and Provincial 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%.

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More Info

National Cycling and Walking Investment Submission | BC Cycling Coalition

Stimulus that Sticks: Why Building a Bike Friendly Canada Cannot Wait | Canada Bikes

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MP Johns Introduces National Cycling Strategy Bill

MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a private member's bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy on October 4. The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports a national strategy where the Federal Government works with the provinces and municipalities to enable all Canadians to safety cycle.

A Canadian Cycling Strategy will:

  • Commit the federal government to set clear targets for the expansion of cycling friendly infrastructure;
  • Encourage more Canadians to choose cycling as their mode of transportation;
  • Improve national safety standard measures, such as side guard rails for trucks;
  • Support the cycling industry in Canada;
  • Increase education for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

“We need to do more to make Canada a cycling nation,” said Johns who has biked to work on Parliament Hill every day since being elected. “It’s time for a national plan to get more Canadians using this low cost, environmentally friendly, and healthy mode of transportation.”

From MP Johns

Many other OECD countries have already adopted cycling strategies and have seen a significant increase in cycling as a result. Canada lags behind in many cycling indicators, including the number of children who cycle to school which remains at 2%. Whereas in Germany, 15% of children cycle to school, and in the Netherlands 50% of children cycle to school.

A National Cycling Strategy will lead to a healthier society, more livable communities, safer cycling options, reduced congestion, and significant savings for our healthcare system. Additionally, Canada's unique landscape is a perfect draw for cycling tourism.

Take Action

Please email the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport supporting a National Cycling Strategy:

[email protected] 

and cc these others including your local MP:

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

Let them know what safer cycling would mean for your family and community.

Help us build support for a National Cycling Strategy and safer cycling in BC. Please make on-going contribution of $5$10, $15 or $20 per month or a one-time donation

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More Info

Towards a Bike-Friendly Canada: A National Cycling Strategy Overview | Canada Bikes

An Act to Establish a National Cycling Strategy | MP Gord Johns

Bill C-312: An Act to establish a national cycling strategy

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Minister Garneau establishes task force to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces will establish a task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks. Sadly, this was prompted by recent deaths of two female cyclists in Ottawa and Montreal.

The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports measures to make vehicles and especially trucks safer for people cycling and will be working with the Government and Canada Bikes to help ensure measures are implemented soon.

From Task force to examine new technologies, education and awareness

The task force, established through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators will explore cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs.

Garneau states, "I'm pleased to work with my provincial, territorial and municipal colleagues to explore options to reduce collisions and improve safety for everyone on Canada's roadways. Whether it's through technology, equipment, or an educational approach, we need to find out what works best in order to improve safety for Canadians."

From Transport Canada's actions to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on Canada's roadways

The task force is not limited in what it can explore, and will examine several potential countermeasures, including cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs focused on identifying risks and safer driver practices.

Heavy trucks, due to their size, present a unique safety risk to vulnerable road users. Research shows that driver visibility is a major cause in fatal collisions involving these groups. 

Transport Canada will look at the potential benefits of modern technologies, such as sensors and cameras, to improve the visibility of vulnerable road users around heavy trucks and improve safety for all road users. As part of the study, the department will test these technologies at its motor vehicle test centre. The desired outcome is to identify the most effective solutions for protecting the safety of these individuals. ‎The results of the study will help inform policy, and could lead to federal and/or provincial regulatory measures.

The Mayor of London just announced the banning of unsafe trucks. Hopefully we will see similar strong action in Canada.

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Help Make Cycling a Big Part of Canada's Climate Plan

The Canadian Government asking for comments regarding Canada's approach to climate change. Until June 24th 2016 comments may be submitted online. Following review, the First Ministers will meet in the fall to finalize their plans.

Norway, a country with a climate similar to ours, is making large investments in cycling as part of their ambitious climate plans. They are spending $1.25 billion on a network of cycling highways and Olso is investing $2.1 billion on a 510km cycling network.

Please encourage Canadian Government to make cycling a big part of our plans.

If you live in one of the following communities, you can speak to you local MP in person at a Climate Change Town Hall:

Find more Climate Change Town Hall here.

The BC Cycling Coalition is working with Canada Bikes and organizations across the country to encourage the Federal Government to implement a National Cycling Strategy.

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Carbon Tax and Financial Measures

1. The adoption of a High Shift Cycling Scenario in climate plans to ensure the full potential of cycling is realized. The Global High Shift Cycling Scenario (HSC) by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and UC Davis, confirms the significant potential of cycling to reduce GHG emissions while increasing the affordability of transportation. For Canada, the report projects a HSC cycling mode share of 12% in 2030 and 16% in 2050. More here.

2. Use of Federal Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling infrastructure. We support the introduction of a Federal Carbon tax and recommend that a portion of the revenue be used to fund cycling and walking infrastructure. This will enhance the effectiveness of the Carbon Tax by giving Canadians more carbon neutral transportation choices.

3. Increasing access to bicycles and electric bicycles through measures to them more affordable. High quality bicycles and electric bicycles are expensive. These measures could be funded through Carbon Tax revenue.

  1. Eliminate the GST/HST pedal-powered and electric bicycles.

  2. Eliminate duties and tariffs on pedal-powered and electric bicycles. 

  3. Provide rebates on electric bicycles. Some Provinces are offering or planning to offer rebates on electric cars. As electric bicycles are even more efficient and can help reduce GHG emissions, rebates should be offered on them as well. Rebates in the range of $500 to $700 would help significantly.

Infrastructure Recommendations

1. Prioritize those transportation projects designed to get people moving by sustainable forms of transportation. Canada’s approach to climate change and transportation equity deserves a sense of urgency. It follows that all new infrastructure projects deemed acceptable to the federal government follow strict environmental rules leading to outcomes that help us meet our international obligations.  Similarly, other levels of government do not always have the means to directly recoup the health benefits that cycling offers. Federal infrastructure investment programs are important opportunities to areas of overlapping interest and projects should be approved for federal funding based on their likely impact in areas of federal purvey.

2. Ensure that, if deemed eligible for federal funding, all new/upgraded roads infrastructure projects include family-friendly protected walking and cycling design.  As investments in new and upgraded infrastructure have a lifespan of decades, it is critical that a complete streets approach be adopted now to ensure that these generational investments eliminate serious injuries and fatalities among people walking and cycling. We must insist upon highway/roadway design that includes protected bike lanes, protected intersections, traffic calming and design best practices known to dramatically reduce the safety risk to Canadians. Cycling facilities cannot be optional. Canada’s 2015 Road Safety Strategy’s ultimate goal is to continue to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions on Canada’s roads. No project approved by the federal government should work counter to this goal.

3. Understand that funding for cycling is integral to any mass transit project. Canadian jurisdictions are just now beginning to realize the need to link cycling infrastructure and transit. The reason for doing so is as simple as providing an exponential increase in effectiveness for any given station or stop. Cycling and transit are mutually dependent and thrive most when approached together. Mass transit represents a major financial investment, thus it is in the federal government’s interest to insist that multi-modal transportation be approached wholistically and that cycling be engrained whenever a mass transit project is proposed.

4. Provide resources for the expertise needed to design high quality cycling facilities everywhere. Smaller communities in particular often lack the resources to implement leading edge improvements. Other countries are far ahead when it comes to developing national standards, training opportunities and leadership on design best practices. The Federal Government has an important role to play in shaping provincial and municipal policy so that infrastructure for cycling is front and centre of the design of investments, rather than just an add-on or ignored entirely.

5. Provide leadership. As soon as possible, we recommend making a public federal commitment to increasing cycling as a form transportation in Canada. Making verbal public commitments and important gestures are one of the simplest and most inexpensive actions that can be taken by a political entity. Doing so would inspire municipal governments, provincial governments, non-profit organizations, government administration and the people of Canada themselves to do their utmost, knowing that we are united in our purpose.

Please submit your ideas by June 24th 2016 here.

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