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Comment of the Day

Here is one of the public comments made today, January 25/2010, by a signatory of the petition.

I bike. But as a physician I also see the daily result of a population that does not move their bodies as part of their everyday lives. From knee replacements to back surgery, the provincial government pays.

Why on earth would a government that knows the escalating cost of healthcare discourage people from making fitness part of their everyday lives? Through a simple tax break, encourage everyone to get on their brand new funky bike to run one errand a day. There would be enormous payback in our healthcare. Please help decrease the weight and increase the fitness level of the people coming to my operating room.... better yet, prevent the need altogether! Bike. Cheaper. And don't get me started on the environmental impact too.....

Dr. Laura D., Vancouver B.C.


Thank you for visiting squeakywheels.ca! I created this website to bring together cyclists from across BC who wanted to voice their opposition to the government’s decision to impose a new tax on cycling.

For almost thirty years, bikes (and bike expenses like repairs, helmets and locks) have been PST exempt. Why? Because successfive governments agreed it made no sense to tax such a healthy and environmentally-friendly form of transportation.

This rationale has only become stronger over time as we’ve learned more about the benefits of healthy living and the importance of reducing our carbon emissions. The more we can encourage people to ride bikes rather than drive cars, the better it is for everyone. It means less traffic congestion, less wear and tear on our roads and potentially lower health-care costs.

I wonder if the B.C. government can explain how jacking up the price of a bike is going to help make B.C. more sustainable or encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices. How does this possibly advance B.C.’s Climate Action Plan?

A government that increases taxes on green transportation is traveling in the wrong direction.

I am of the view that we need to create incentives for green transportation and disincentives for more polluting forms of transportation. Standing up for cyclists as an Opposition MLA is one way that I can help keep the pressure on.

While we were unsuccessful in stopping the government from imposing the HST (on bicycles) we were part of a larger movement that has successfully kept alive the opposition to the HST.

Cyclists continue to argue that tax increases on green transportation options - like cycling - are a mistake. We are calling for provincial policy changes which will create incentives for people to choose greener ways to travel.

I will continue to make these arguments in and outside of the BC Legislature and I welcome your input and support.

Lana Popham
MLA Saanich South