Phase 1

The Active Transportation Network - Phase 1

In May 2016 City Council approved an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling route which when completed will provide over 24 kilometers of enhanced bicycle infrastructure. The cycling network will be implemented over four phases with each one including further consultation with the businesses and residents along each route to help refine the detailed design of the bicycle facilities.

Within the existing budget of $7.75 million, the implementation strategy is focused on building a minimum grid of 5.4 km of protected bike lanes in the downtown core by the end of 2018.

The minimum grid consists of five corridors, including Pandora Avenue, and will provide safe facilities where there is high demand for active transportation infrastructure. The complete bicycle network is composed of eight corridors to connect the neighbourhoods and urban villages to the minimum grid of an all ages and abilities bicycle facilities in the downtown core. 

Upon completion of the minimum grid (Phase 1), Victoria’s new bike lanes will be comparable to the amount of fully protected bicycle lanes in downtown Vancouver (5.6 km excluding Burrard Bridge) and downtown Calgary (5.5 km). 

PHASE 1: Establishing the Minimum Grid

RECOMMENDED BICYCLE NETWORK AND PHASING STRATEGY

The first AAA corridor currently being built in Phase 1 is Pandora Avenue, with construction having started in October 2016.  When completed in Spring 2017 this corridor will provide a fully protected two-way bicycle facility on the North side of the street from Store Street to Cook Street connecting the communities of Fernwood, North Park, Harris Green, Downtown and Vic West in addition to major employment districts and the Capital Regional District regional trails.

The proposed Phase 1 implementation includes the following corridors:

  • Pandora Avenue (Cook Street to Store Street)
  • Fort Street (Wharf Street to Cook Street)
  • Wharf Street (Pandora Avenue to Government Street)
  • Humboldt / Pakington (Government Street to Cook Street)
  • Cook Street (Pandora Avenue to Pakington Street)

Learn more about proposed future phases.

  

FINANCING

The current budget allocation for Biketoria cycling infrastructure is $7.75 million and it’s estimated that the current budget is sufficient to complete the minimum grid by the end of 2018. 

MODE SHARE

Given Victoria’s mild climate, moderate topography, scenic routes and compact density, Victoria holds a strong potential for a shift in transportation mode share to increase biking from its current four percent mode share to the goal of 25 percent by 2038. 

The City’s commitment to increase the cycling mode share and prioritizing bike infrastructure is vested in the Official Community Plan and the Strategic Plan 2015-2018, CRD Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, and the Bicycle Master Plan. 

Construction of an all ages and abilities active transportation network will support this goal in shifting the City’s transportation mode share in addition to reducing road congestion, mitigating CO2 emissions, improving community health, enhancing urban living, and making Victoria a more attractive, vibrant and happier City.

 BIKETORIA FINAL REPORTS

In April 2016, consultants from Urban Systems presented their final recommended Biketoria network to Council in a presentation that can be viewed here. City of Victoria staff also presented an accompanying report identifying several key design considerations for Council to consider, along with a recommended bicycle network. That report can be found here.

(Please note that the reports are large files and may take several minutes to download and view)  

PUBLIC INPUT & CONSULTATION

The Biketoria initiative started from feedback from Victoria residents, asking for a more robust and safer cycling network. Since then we have held a number of surveys, have had numerous neighbourhood sessions and continue to engage with the community gathering public input about the routes.

Here’s a Recap of What We Heard

Review what's been said about #BIKETORIA so far in a report on the first stage of engagement and during a number of in-person discussions.

PROJECT BACKGROUND 

Looking for some background information on the #BIKETORIA cycling initiative? Follow the links:

DOCUMENTATION

Looking for the details on Biketoria? We’ve got them. From detailed interim reports outlining every step of the project to presentations and staff reports. Put a fresh cup of coffee on, here’s the list: