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.
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
Phase 1 of the bicycle network prioritizes the downtown core to establish a minimum grid of protected bike lanes where there is high demand for comfortable, convenient and connected cycling facilities to encourage more people to bike downtown. The Pandora Avenue protected bike lanes are complete and services an average of 1500 cyclists / day (May to August 2017). Fort Street is the second corridor to be constructed which is planned for construction from Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. The remaining corridors for Phase 1 include Wharf Street, Cook Street and Humboldt Street which will provide north – south connections connecting Fort Street Pandora and the Humboldt Valley. Future phases include prioritizing north-south and east-west connections across the municipality and connecting urban villages and neighbourhoods.
The proposed Phase 1 implementation includes the following corridors:
- Pandora Avenue (Cook Street to Store Street) - complete
- Fort Street (Wharf Street to Cook Street) - construction Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
- Wharf Street (Pandora Avenue to Government Street) - consultation
- Humboldt / Pakington (Government Street to Cook Street) - consultation
- Cook Street (Pandora Avenue to Pakington Street) - consultation
Learn more about proposed future phases.
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.
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.
- Biketoria Engagement Feedback and Summary
- Biketoria Summit, Engagement Labs and Salons
- Biketoria Engagement Report
- Biketoria Community Engagement Report
Looking for some background information on the #BIKETORIA cycling initiative? Follow the links:
Looking for the details on Biketoria? We’ve got them. From detailed reports outlining every step of the project to presentations and staff reports. Put a fresh cup of coffee on, here’s the list:
- Biketoria Final Report [PDF - 89.4 MB]
- Biketoria Final Executive Summary [PDF - 27.1 MB]
- Andreas Rohl presentation to City Council