Cycling

Victoria is undergoing the development of the first protected cycling infrastructure in the city, starting in the downtown core. When complete, the new active transportation network will encourage people of all skill levels to ride, skate and rollerblade throughout the Capital City.

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Pandora Avenue Protected Bike Lane Construction

Construction on the city's first protected active transportation lanes is well underway on Pandora Avenue with major roadwork being completed in the 500 and 600 blocks of Pandora between Store Street and Douglas Street. Read more about the Pandora two-way network that's set to open in Spring 2017.

Fort Street Protected Bike Lane Construction

Fort Street will be the next corridor in the active transportation network after Pandora, offering cyclists, skateboarders and people using scooters and rollerblades a two-way protected lane through the heart of the city. View the designs here.

Network Timeline

We didn’t arrive at building an AAA active transportation network overnight, seasons were spent on community engagement, technical feedback and technical design before shovels hit the ground on Pandora Avenue. The network map below is a quick overview at how we got to where we are now and where we're headed. The network will be rolled out in phases, read more about the planned phases and routes.

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Fast Facts

Looking for a primer on the new network, how we got here and what's next? Click the links below to expand the answer and be sure to visit the corridor pages in the navigation for a closer look at specific routes.

  1. What is the Network?

    • We are building a network of safe connected bicycle routes across the entire city. The goal is to support and encourage more people who live, work, play and visit Victoria to ride bikes
    • Victoria is a mature city - we are making investments to maximize the efficiency of the transportation network and roadways
    • The all ages and abilities bike routes will consist of physically separated bike lanes as well as shared roadways and multi-use trails.
  2. Who is the Network For?

    • The city has a number of standard bike lanes and local streets where many people feel comfortable riding. We are building on this success by developing a network that can support riders of all ages and abilities
    • These investments will not only benefit those who travel by bike - the goal is to reduce demand and make improvements to increase safety for all road users.
  3. Why are we Building It?

    • The city has established a foundation in our Official Community Plan to support active & multi-modal transportation. This means investing in pedestrian, bicycles, transit and other modes to help improve transportation choice for residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maximize the impact of our existing roadways
    • Building attractive bike facilities also helps to support new residential and commercial development - the City of Victoria is expecting to grow by more than 20,000 people over the next fifteen years
    • Cities all over the world are transforming the built environment to create all ages and abilities infrastructure and have seen dramatic results in increased ridership, reduced parking demand, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved economic activity.
  4. Who Helped Design the Network?

    The following people, stakeholders and organizations assisted us with investigation, analysis, design and have and continue to provide feedback into the network:

    • External Agencies: BC Transit, CRD, ICBC, as well as surrounding communities such as Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay
    • Internal City departments: Emergency Services (Fire and Police), Public Works, Parks, Planning and Engineering (Transportation and Underground Utilities)
    • Neighbourhood Associations: Victoria’s 13 neighbourhood associations were engaged or given the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed bike lanes
    • Business/Industry Associations: Downtown Victoria Business Association, the Greater Victoria Harbor Authority, Greater Victoria Economic Development Agency, and the Greater Victoria Hoteliers Association
    • Consultants: Experts in transportation engineering and planning
    • Community:
      • general public
      • businesses
      • women
      • students
      • accessibility community
      • urban design experts
      • cycling community
      • transportation planners and engineers
  5. How was it Developed?

    • In 2014 the City embarked on a consultation and design process with a goal to increase the number of people riding bikes
    • We are using international transportation engineering design standards and best practices to ensure that new infrastructure is safe and comfortable for all road users.
  6. When Will it be Complete?

    • This project is currently underway. Between now and 2018, the City will be completing projects on Pandora Avenue, Fort Street, Cook Street, Humbolt Street and Wharf Street
    • The goal is to have 24km of all ages and abilities bicycle infrastructure completed - extending into every neighbourhood across the community.
  7. Where is it Being Built?

    • We are starting the "minimum grid" in the downtown core - the place where most people do not want to cycle or are concerned about safety
    • In the near future, we will spread out to neighbourhoods and villages, connecting safe bike facilities to where people live, go to school and work.
  8. How is the Network Funded?

    The funding for the AAA bicycle network is primarily funded by monies received through the federal gas tax transfer program. The City has also secured grant funding towards the program through the Bike BC program.