Cycling

The City is building a new network of all ages and abilities cycling infrastructure.

The goal is to improve road safety for people on bikes and connect the downtown core with schools, parks, community centres and other destinations.

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2020 Projects
The next phase of development for the City's bicycle network is focused on connecting neighbourhoods to the downtown core. Planning is now underway for projects on four corridors:

  • Kings-Haultain
  • Government Street North
  • Richardson Street
  • Kimta Road

Since October 11th, City staff have been collecting community input through an online survey, neighbourhood meetings, on-street information stations, and corridor tours providing valuable insights to inform the road design. The preliminary concept survey is open until November 30.

Check out the latest design concepts at one of the upcoming Open House events, scheduled from November 30 to December 7.
To access the online survey and learn more about upcoming events, visit engage.victoria.ca.

Wharf Street Warm Up

Take part in the Wharf Street Warm Up on the latest All Ages and Abilities bike lane! The event takes place November 30 from 11am – 2pm and will include live music, gift giveaways, a food drive, refreshments and engagement on 2020 cycling corridors. We hope you can join us!  

2019 Projects
The City of Victoria is continuing to make investments in active transportation to improve safety and comfort for people walking and cycling. There are three major projects in 2019 proposed for The City of Victoria: Vancouver Street; Harbour Road; and a Hillside/Quadra connector. Information, proposed designs and engagement opportunities took place in Spring 2019 and were approved by Council in August 2019. Construction on all three projects is expected to start in early 2020.

Recently Open: Wharf-Humboldt Corridor
The Wharf-Humboldt protected bike lanes are now open. The shared-use cycling facilities along the remainder of the Humboldt corridor are scheduled to open in early 2020 once underground improvements are complete. 

Learn more about the new features on Wharf and Humboldt Streets.

Current Projects

Vancouver Street, Harbour Road, Hillside Quadra Connection

Wharf Street, Humboldt Corridor

Dallas Road

Fast Facts

Looking for a primer on the new network, how we got here and what's next? Click the links below to expand the answer and be sure to visit the corridor pages in the navigation for a closer look at specific routes.

  1. What is the Network?

    • We are building a network of safe connected bicycle routes across the entire city. The goal is to support and encourage more people who live, work, play and visit Victoria to ride bikes
    • Victoria is a mature city - we are making investments to maximize the efficiency of the transportation network and roadways
    • The all ages and abilities bike routes will consist of physically separated bike lanes as well as shared roadways and multi-use trails.
  2. Who is the Network For?

    • The city has a number of standard bike lanes and local streets where many people feel comfortable riding. We are building on this success by developing a network that can support riders of all ages and abilities
    • These investments will not only benefit those who travel by bike - the goal is to reduce demand and make improvements to increase safety for all road users.
  3. Why is the City Building It?

    The City’s Official Community Plan (OCP) has established bold transportation mode share targets which include 60% of all trips and 70% of trips to work by Victoria residents to take place by walking, cycling and public transit by 2041. Regional transportation goals for cycling include 25% of all trips by bike in urban areas such as Victoria by 2038. Based on 2011 data for the City of Victoria, an estimated 50% of all trips* and an estimated 50% of trips to work are by transit, cycling and walking, and an estimated 4% of all trips and 11% of trips to work are by cycling (Sources: National Census Data 2011 and CRD Origin and Destination Study 2011).

    Encouraging cycling, along with walking and transit use, is an important strategy to manage expected population growth and support community health, affordability, economic development, air quality and climate action objectives. As the City grows in population, we will need to shift some of our trips to transit, cycling and walking because these are much more efficient modes of transportation than single occupancy vehicles.

    Building attractive bike facilities also helps to support new residential and commercial development - the City of Victoria is expecting to grow by more than 20,000 people over the next fifteen years. Given Victoria’s mild climate, moderate topography, scenic routes and compact density, the City holds a strong potential for a shift in transportation mode towards cycling to help achieve these goals.

    Cities all over the world are transforming the built environment to create all ages and abilities infrastructure and have seen dramatic results in increased ridership, reduced parking demand, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved economic activity.

    * 50% of all trips within the municipality. For all trips to, from and within the municipality, it is 32%.

  4. Why an "All Ages and Abilities" AAA Network?

    For many people, conventional bike lanes do not provide the safety and comfort required to share a busy roadway. Typically, people fall into four cycling-potential groups (Source: Geller, R. 2006, Portland):

    • Strong and Fearless - Willing to cycle on most roads amongst cars (less than 1%);
    • Enthused and Confident - Willing to use conventional bike lanes with busy intersections and network gaps (7%);
    • Interested but Concerned - Interested in cycling but choose not to cycle due to safety concerns (60%); and
    • “No Way No How” - Not interested in cycling (33%).

    The City is currently implementing a network of AAA cycling facilities to target the majority of people who are interested but concerned about safety.

  5. Who Helped Design the Network?

    The following people, stakeholders and organizations assisted us with investigation, analysis, design and have and continue to provide feedback into the network:

    • External Agencies: BC Transit, CRD, ICBC, as well as surrounding communities such as Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay
    • Internal City departments: Emergency Services (Fire and Police), Public Works, Parks, Planning and Engineering (Transportation and Underground Utilities)
    • Neighbourhood Associations: Victoria’s 13 neighbourhood associations were engaged or given the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed bike lanes
    • Business/Industry Associations: Downtown Victoria Business Association, the Greater Victoria Harbor Authority, Greater Victoria Economic Development Agency, and the Greater Victoria Hoteliers Association
    • Consultants: Experts in transportation engineering and planning
    • Community:
      • general public
      • businesses
      • women
      • students
      • accessibility community
      • urban design experts
      • cycling community
      • transportation planners and engineers
  6. How was the Cycling Network Developed Over Time?

    • Over 20 years in the making: Bicycle planning, design and implementation is not new to Victoria. Our bicycle master plan dates back to 1995 with a goal of improving safety.
    • 2012 OCP Transportation Goals: Extensive community consultation to inform the Official Community Plan lead to the development of key policy areas to establish a multi-modal transportation system, prioritize pedestrian, cyclists and transit users, connect destinations and efficient road use.
    • 2014 Network planning: City staff embarked on a City wide consultation process to re-engage with the public on the Cities bicycle network. Key messages heard included safety is the largest barrier to more people cycling, be bold and be a leader, cycling for all ages and abilities and make cycling irresistible. Through the 2014 network planning process staff consulted with the public on a revised bicycle network and initial AAA bicycle network.
    • 2015-2018 Strategic plan: Goals identified in the Strategic Plan of 2015 – 2018 include, increase the number of trips by bike, build protected bicycle facilities, complete 4 – 8 AAA bike corridors, design with a complete streets lens and build the bicycle network.
    • 2015-2016 Bicycle Network Enhancements and Priorities: The #Biketoria study brought together an international team of world class bicycle infrastructure engineers and planners to review and enhance the 2014 bicycle network, identify priority corridors for implementation and develop conceptual designs for 24 kilometers of roadway on 8 priority corridors.
  7. Where is it Being Built?

    • We are starting the "minimum grid" in the downtown core - the place where most people do not want to cycle or are concerned about safety
    • In the near future, we will spread out to neighbourhoods and villages, connecting safe bike facilities to where people live, go to school and work.
  8. Why Prioritize the Downtown Minimum Grid?

    • Highest concerns for safety: Collision data from ICBC and VicPD clearly identify that the greatest risk to cyclists exists in the downtown core. Cycling to and from the city centre will not be attractive to a broader range of users until safe facilities are established.
    • High demand for active transportation infrastructure: Victoria is British Columbia’s Capital City and the metropolitan centre of Greater Victoria. The City is home to many businesses, commercial, retail and tourism services, and attracts thousands of inter-municipal travellers daily and millions of tourists yearly. Thousands of cyclists enter the City daily, many along the high quality regional trail networks which currently terminate upon reaching the downtown core. A downtown minimum grid will vastly improve inner and inter-municipal connections and facilitate new ridership with the provision of AAA facilities to service the highest density of key destinations in the region – downtown Victoria.
    • Attract more trips by bike with improvements to safety and comfort: In addition to accommodating existing demand, new AAA bicycle facilities will support growing demand for high quality bicycle facilities to connect to the downtown minimum grid from the various villages and key destinations through the City. 
    • Resolve bicycle network gaps: Bicycle planning and infrastructure investments to date have not made a large investment in the downtown core. Many comfortable bicycle facilities exist surrounding the downtown core in the form of quiet local roads or buffered bike lanes on busier streets but the existing infrastructure of conventional bike lanes on Douglas street or signed bike route on Wharf or Vancouver streets do not attract the user group of “interested but concerned” citizens to attract more people to bike to, from and around the downtown core.
  9. When Will it be Complete?

    • The first two bike lanes are now open on Pandora Avenue and Fort Street.
    • Between now and the end of 2019 the City will be completing Phase 1 of the AAA cycling network with the next priority projects on Wharf Street, Humboldt Street and Vancouver Street.
    • Other projects planned for 2019 include:
      • improved connections to the Galloping Goose on Harbour Road
      • improved connections from Vancouver Street to Tolmie Avenue via Fifth Street and Graham Street
      • improved connections to Dallas Road via Beacon Hill Park
    • The goal is to have 32km of all ages and abilities bicycle infrastructure completed - extending into every neighbourhood across the community, by the end of 2022.
  10. How is the Network Funded?

    The funding for the AAA bicycle network is primarily funded through Federal Gas Tax Funding. The City has also secured funding through the Provincial Bike BC program, Trans Canada Trail Foundation and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.