Low Carbon Mobility

Vision

By 2050, people, goods and services moving around Victoria will generate little or no GHG emissions. A seamless and integrated mobility system prioritizes low carbon transportation including walking, biking, public transit and shared electric mobility options. Residents live in well-designed neighbourhoods with attractive amenities. The few remaining machines using internal combustion engines run on renewable fuels.

The Challenge

How we move goods, services and people around the city adds up to 40 percent of our community GHG emissions. Most of these emissions come from burning gasoline in passenger vehicles, or from commercial vehicles who largely rely on diesel fuel. But it’s not just city residents burning fuel - Victoria is the economic hub for a region that is home to nearly 400,000 people. Each day, tourists and residents from other municipalities travel in and around Victoria.

The Plan

Reducing GHGs from this sector will require a shift to low carbon modes of transportation. It will mean choosing active modes of transportation like walking and cycling more often; introducing improvements that enhance the convenience and use of public transit; and opting for renewably powered and energy efficient vehicles. Bringing down transportation related GHG emissions will also rely on neighbourhood design features to ensure residents can access the amenities and services they need without reliance on a vehicle.

Read more about the plan to reduce transportation related GHGs in the Climate Leadership Plan [PDF - 4.9 MB] on page 34

What are the City’s Goals for Transportation?

Goal 1: All Victorians have access to low carbon, high-performance and affordable multi-modal transportation

By 2030, 25 percent of all trips by Victoria residents are taken by public transportation.

By 2030, 100 percent of BC Transit buses in Victoria are renewably powered.

By 2030, Victoria residents choose walking and cycling for 55 percent of all trips.

Goal 2: Vehicles in Victoria are powered by renewable energy

By 2030, renewable energy powers 30 percent of passenger vehicles registered in Victoria, and 100 percent of passenger vehicles are  renewably powered by 2050.

By 2030, 30 percent of commercial vehicles operating in Victoria are renewably powered.

Goal 3: Smart land use minimizes transportation emissions

By 2030, 100 percent of Victoria’s neighbourhoods are “complete” by design with substantial transportation system diversity.

What can I do?

The City supports all modes of transportation. There are many ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using fuel-efficient driving techniques, driving less, choosing others forms of transportation like transit, walking and cycling, and switching to low carbon fuels.  Here are some tips to get you started.

Today:

  • A well-maintained vehicle along with simple driving techniques can reduce fuel use
  • For shorter trips, try walking or cycling. Evaluate how frequently you drive and think about how your trip might be completed by a more energy efficient, human-powered mode.
  • Public transit serves every neighbourhood in Victoria. Consider taking BC Transit for a more relaxed commute, or for a late-night ride home. For longer distances, use regional park and ride locations, or consider bike share to get to and from transit stops.
  • If you need to drive, share a ride! Talk to your coworkers, neighbours and friends to see if you can carpool to common destinations. Sharing a ride to the grocery store, team practice, school or office allows you to connect with your community and save money on gas!

Tomorrow:

  • Consider purchasing an electric bicycle, or an electric or hybrid vehicle. The price tag may be higher up front, but will likely save you money over time. A number of City parkades and private properties have been retrofitted with charging stations
  • Join a local car share to enjoy all the benefits of a vehicle, without the hassle of owning one.
  • If your household currently relies on two cars, consider transitioning to a one-vehicle household. This shift can be supported by the Scrap It Program that offers a variety of incentives for removing older vehicles from the road.