Help Shape BC's Climate Policy

February 10, 2016

For the next six weeks, all British Columbians have the unique opportunity to make an enduring impact on provincial climate policy.  Until March 25th, the Government of British Columbia is soliciting input on its Climate Leadership Plan. This final phase of the process is most critical, because it's the time for the public to do their part: 


How Cycling Fits Into Climate Leadership

Transportation produces 37% of ghg emissions in BC - cycling can play a big role in helping us reach our emission targets by actually eliminating motor vehicle trips, and contributing to less idling and overall congestion on our roads.

You can encourage the Government of BC to make investments in cycling and walking projects, and safety and accessibility upgrades to the existing road network a significant component of the Climate Leadership Plan. This work will allow more British Columbians to cycle and walk as part of their daily lives, and achieve the overall VisionZero objective.

We support the BC Cycling Coalition's request that the provincial government implement 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

The long-term sustainability and health of BC's social, economic, and environmental programs and outcomes depend on public input and action. The voice of cycling can make a difference - make your voice heard by March 25th!