Help make cycling part of Canada's Climate Plan
June 20, 2016
The Canadian Government is asking for your ideas to address Climate Change and the BC Cycling Coalition is working to make the cycling community’s voice heard.
Ideas that the BCCC and Canada Bikes are recommending as part of the Climate Plan and a National Cycling Strategy include:
- Ambitious national targets for cycling
- A Federal Carbon Tax with some of the funding going towards cycling and walking infrastructure and programs
- Increasing access to bicycles and electric bicycles through measures such as tax rebates and the elimination of duties on both pedal powered and electric bikes
- Ensuring that cycling facilities are included in transit, road and utility projects that receive Federal funding
- Providing resources and expertise to help communities design and build high-quality all ages and abilities cycling facilities
- Funding and standards for cycling highways linking communities
The Liberal Government has expressed an interest in cycling as part of the solution for climate change. At Bike Day in Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna called for a National Cycling Strategy. In his letters to the Provinces on transit funding, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi said "I would also encourage you to work with municipalities and transit agencies to promote targeted investments in active transportation."
We want to ensure that the government continue to see cycling as a solution, therefore it's important that they hear from people like you. You can help make cycling a safer, more feasible and attractive option for more people by submitting your comments online by June 24, 2016.
Alternatively, if you live in one of the following communities, you can speak to you local MP in person at Climate Change Town Hall: