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  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition via 2016-04-10 16:30:33 -0700
    I need to know I can cycle safely with my 6 yr old.

    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 for their everyday trips.

    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

    4,355 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
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  • answered 2015-06-21 14:26:55 -0700
    Q: How great a danger are drivers distracted by phoning or texting to you when you are cycling?
    A: Very Dangerous

    Distracted Driving Poll

    The Province of BC is currently asking for public input on distracted driving including texting or calling while driving. The BC Cycling Coalition will be submitting recommendations and wants your feedback to help guide our recommendations.

    Take the survey

  • donated 2017-03-21 13:03:29 -0700

    Monthly Individual Membership

    The BC Cycling Coalition is the leading provincial voice for people who cycle. By joining the BCCC, you are supporting our efforts to improve cycling around the province for people of all ages and abilities.

    Our team has over 60 combined years of experience successfully championing improvements and developing innovative programs that encourage more people to cycle more often. These successes, achieved through engaging government, individuals and businesses include:

    • Increased funding for cycling facilities in communities by 50% over three years, $18 million
    • Doubling the frequency of shoulder sweeping on highways popular with cyclists
    • Province adopting a cycling tourism strategy
    • Wider paths on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, $20 million
    • Cycling and Walking safety upgrades to the Stanley Park Causeway, $7 million
    • Central Valley Greenway, $40 million
    • Cycling and Walking Path on the Canada Line Bridge, $10 million
    • Protected bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge, $30 million less than sidewalk widening

    Your individual membership with ongoing monthly reoccurring payments will be much appreciated. This commitment will help provide more certainty for our campaigns, advocacy efforts and programs.

    • If you are a new member, you will be eligible to vote at our AGM and receive membership benefits once your totally contributions reach $15 (half of an yearly individual membership).
    • If you are renewing your membership, you will continue to eligible to vote and receive membership benefits as long as the month payments continue.
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