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Many people helped to make this event a success. First of all, I want to acknowledge Samuel Godfrey, my talented Constituency Assistant. And.... Michael Dayan of Helliwell Productions did a great job behind the camera. I also want to praise the inspired work of Mikael Colville-Andersen, of Copenhagen Consulting. He graciously allowed us to use his photograph in our poster. And thanks to Michele Murphy for designing such a striking poster! The Victoria artist Ami Muranetz created a beautiful and eye-catching banner – thank you! (Click here for Ami’s website) Also thank you Jacob and Amber for your help in postering Victoria. I’d also like to thank my new part-time Constituency Assistant Ben Johnson for all his great help and Mike Vasilev for his excellent volunteer networking efforts. Thanks to Julie Kaye and Bill Gaylord for doing such a good job with the sound system. Mark Hutchison, thank you for your work on the squeakywheels.ca website! And kudos to Pedal Pundit Jamie Ollivier for his poetry and videography. (Click here to see his website). Thanks to the brilliant coffee people at Caffe Fantastico.

Thanks to the cycling industry for showing support, especially bike stores (like Fairfield Bike Store, Russ Hayes, and Capital City Cycles), bike manufacturers like Kona, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, and the Victoria Pedi-Cab Company.

Thanks to all the folks in Nanaimo for showing great initiative and pulling off an excellent event in your home town!

Thanks to all the speakers and the MC Maestro David Cubberley.

And finally, to the 500 cyclists who came out for the rally and the 5000 people who signed the petition: THANK YOU!

Lana Popham MLA, Saanich South Critic for Agriculture and Lands

PS. Check out the latest video from the much-loved “Pedal Pundit” of Vancouver:


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