Victoria's AAA Cycling Network
Victoria is building a network of All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling routes across the City.
The AAA cycling network plan was adopted in 2016 and the City is aiming to complete all projects by 2023. Once the network is complete, 95% of the municipality will be within 500m of a AAA cycling route, providing safe and convenient access to village centres, parks, recreation centres and schools.
Want to learn more about bikes, and how to ride them? The new edition of Bike Sense from the BC Cycling Coalition is available online here. Print copies are distributed through education programs and awareness campaigns, at community events and are avilable at City Hall at the Engineering desk on the second floor.
One of the goals of the 32km All Ages and Abilities cycling network is to encourage those who do not currently feel comfortable riding, such as younger children or older adults, to ride more often. While some people feel comfortable on roads with minimal or no cycling infrastructure, the City is building a network of safer infrastructure to encourage more people, more often, to ride. This is in addition to conventional painted bike lanes that can be found throughout the city.
Go Victoria, the City’s Sustainable Mobility Strategy, was adopted in 2019 to meet the needs of the community for generations to come while recognizing the limited space in city streets.
Did you know?
The Greater Victoria region is projected to grow by 20% to nearly 500,000 people over the next 20 years- this means a lot more trips in the City
27% of all trips to, from, and within the City are by walking, cycling or rolling- this is one of the highest rates in Canada! By 2030, the goal is for 55%.
In 2017, 9% of all trips to, from, and within the City were by cycling- the next measurement will be in 2022.
Between 2007 and 2016, an average of two pedestrians/cyclists died due to traffic collisions each year. The City's AAA cycling network projects provide safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians and are key initiatives helping the City’s reach and maintain "Vision Zero" targets of zero annual traffic fatalities and injuries.
Here are what AAA cycling facilities look like in the City:
Advisory bike lanes are a shared-use road design that provide dedicated space for cyclists while also supporting two-way vehicle traffic. Low traffic volumes and speeds support this road design. Humboldt Street, which forms part of the City's All Ages and Abilities cycling network, is the first in Victoria to feature advisory bike lanes though this design is used in cities across Canada, the US, and around the world.
Just like our many narrow local streets with no centre line and parked cars on both sides, motorists simply yield to one another and cyclists to pass safely. The dashed lines that form the painted bike lanes indicate that motorists can use this space to pass once they've checked for cyclists.
Advisory bike lanes also remind motorists that riders of all ages may be present and to use caution.
Check out this short video to learn more about advisory bike lanes.
Cycling Network Progress
Phase 1: Priority completion of the downtown core where demand and safety risk were highest.
Phase 2: Create regional connectons, establish east-west and north-soth routes to City boundaries.
Phase 3: Add neighbourhood connections to provide equitable access to network.
Kimta Rd E&N Connector: Construction scheduled to start in summer 2022.
Fort Street East - Approved by Council in March 2021: Construction expected to start in summer/fall 2022.
James Bay cycling corridors: Superior, Montreal, and Government Street- Approved by Council in August 2021: Construction expected to start in summer/fall 2022.
Visit the Current Projects page for more details on the projects above or subscribe to our active transportation email distribution list to receive updates on these and other cycling projects in your neighbourhood by emailing email@example.com with the subject line 'Active Transportation email list' to sign up.
For information and opportunities to provide input on upcoming projects visit the City’s engagement hub.
For a map of all cycling facilities in Victoria, check out the Bike Routes map layer on VicMap.
For a map of cycling routes throughout the region, check out the CRD's cycling map: CRD 2022 Cycling Map
Warmer weather means busier neighbourhood bikeways and multi-use pathways. If you are cycling, remember to:
- Slow down in high traffic areas
- Use your voice or bell to alert other riders and motorists
- Give lots of space to pass safely – including when sharing “elephant’s feet” crosswalks (those dotted rather than striped)
- Yield to pedestrians at all intersections including painted crosswalks and floating bus stops
- Follow the rules of the road on every trip- including using your hand signals when you are turning and come to a full stop at intersections
- Light up at night- all bikes must have a front white light and rear red light/reflector
- If it's raining, be prepared for slippery surfaces and slow down
- When riding on multi-use pathways, stay right except to pass
Get more tips for everyone sharing neighbourhood bikeways and multi-use pathways.