Petition for an Increased Active Transportation Budget in BC

The Right Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC


The Right Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC
The Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
The Honourable Bowinn Ma, Minister of State for Infrastructure
The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance

Dear Provincial Leaders,

We, who are residents of British Columbia, present you with this request:

In light of these arguments:

  • That walking and cycling are inclusive, affordable, healthy, joyful, good for the environment, both locally and globally, and that they produce zero climate pollution;

  • That the 2021 CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 sets a goal to double active travel mode shares, and to reduce distances travelled in light-duty vehicles 25% by 2030;

  • That experience shows that when more people cycle and walk, automobile travel declines significantly;

  • That while many more people want to walk, roll and cycle, they are discouraged by inadequate sidewalks, dangerous crosswalks, and an absence of safe protected bike lanes;

  • That active transportation improvements are particularly important for children, parents, people on lower incomes, people with disabilities, and seniors;

  • That such improvements make our communities safer, more inclusive, affordable, equitable, healthy and happy; and

  • Less than 1% of MoTI’s $2.7 billion budget is currently invested in active transportation;

  • That transportation produces 40% of British Columbia’s climate pollution;

To: The Right Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC
From: [Your Name]

Therefore, we call on you to establish a plan to achieve BC’s 2030 active transportation mode share targets, and to increase the provincial Active Transportation program funding to $100 million annually, and the maximum for a project to $5 million, by re-allocating funds from highway expansion projects.