Transportation

Victoria is easy to get to, and get around. Downtown and surrounding neighbourhoods are compact, and walkable by foot, stroller or wheelchair.

The City of Victoria works to make roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, pathways, and crosswalks safer and more accessible for everyone. We are the cycling capital of Canada and enjoy many pedestrian and cycle pathway systems.
 
We are served by an excellent transportation network. Ferries carrying passengers, automobiles, trucks and trailers make more than 100 crossings to and from the mainland daily, linking motorists to Vancouver to the east, Seattle and Port Angeles to the south and Prince Rupert and Alaska to the north. The network also includes an international airport, helicopter and seaplane services and buses.

Transportation Trends

The City of Victoria works with regional partners to collect a variety of transportation data and information to help plan for and prioritize investments in transit, cycling, walking and roadway management. Recent studies by the Capital Regional District (CRD) and Statistics Canada indicate that there are notable increases in people choosing walking, cycling and transit in Victoria.

Below is a summary of findings for the City of Victoria:

Survey source 2011 2017 Trend

CRD origin and destination survey 2017

 

Trips within Victoria

All modes

24 hour period

11+ years old

Driver: 40%

 

Passenger in Vehicle: 9%

 

Transit Riders: 6%

 

Cyclists: 5%

 

Pedestrians: 39%

 

Other: 2%

Driver: 34%

 

Passenger in Vehicle: 8%

 

Transit Riders: 7%

 

Cyclists: 9%

 

Pedestrians: 41%

 

Other: 1%

Increasing use of transit, walking and cycling for all trips within Victoria

CRD origin and destination survey 2017

 

Trips to, from and within Victoria

All modes

24 hour period

11+ years old

Drivers: 55%

 

Passengers in Vehicle: 11%

 

Transit riders: 10%

 

Cyclists: 4%

 

Pedestrians: 18%

 

Other Users:2%

Drivers: 50%

 

Passengers in Vehicle: 11%

 

Transit riders: 12%

 

Cyclists: 7%

 

Pedestrians: 19%

 

Other Users:1%

Increasing use of transit, walking and cycling for all trips to, from and within Victoria
 

2011

2016

 

Statistics Canada

 

Journey to work only, by mode

Car, truck, van as driver or passenger: 50.2%

 

Transit riders: 13.9%

 

Walking, biking & other: 35.9%

(22.8% walking, 10.6% biking, 2.5% other)

Car, truck, van as driver or passenger: 48.4%

 

 

Transit riders: 14.3%

 

 

Walking, biking & other: 37.3% (23.3% walking, 11.1% biking, 2.9% other)

Increasing use of transit, walking and cycling for commuting to work

 

Current Transportation Projects

Click here for Street Fax, a listing of daily road closures, obstructions, and other road work that might impact your travel plans or commute. Street Fax is posted weekday afternoons. 

Commuters in Victoria will also find an efficient network of roadways, paths and trails, and transit connections.