The first phase of Victoria’s all ages and abilities (AAA) network prioritizes the downtown core to establish 5.4 kms of safer cycling routes. The initial investments are focused on encouraging more people to bike downtown with a goal to improve safety, comfort, and convenience.
The minimum grid consists of five corridors, including Pandora Avenue, Fort Street, Humboldt Street, Wharf Street and Vancouver Street. Protected bike lanes will be installed on busy streets and shared-use neighbourhood bikeways will be created on traffic calmed streets. Improvements at intersections will improve safety and movement for all road users.
Phase 1 Cycling Network:
- Pandora Avenue (Cook Street to Store Street) - complete
- Fort Street (Wharf Street to Cook Street) - complete
- Wharf Street (Pandora Avenue to Government Street) – detailed design phase
- Humboldt / Pakington (Government Street to Cook Street) - detailed design phase
- Vancouver Street (Pandora Avenue to Southgate Street) – consultation underway summer / fall 2018
In May 2018 Council approved prioritizing Vancouver Street as a north-south cycling corridor for the AAA cycling network and deferring investments on Cook Street. This decision was reached after careful consideration of different design options on Cook Street that balance safety requirements for the bike facility, traffic impacts, and conflicts with trees, underground and overhead utilities. Cook Street remains on Victoria’s long-term cycling network but the first phase of investments will be prioritized on Vancouver Street in 2018 and 2019 to expand past the scope of Phase 1 (Pandora Avenue to Southgate Street) to include the entirety of Vancouver Street (Bay Street to Park Boulevard).
The complete bicycle network is composed of a “hub and spoke” layout designed to connect the neighbourhoods and village centres via (spokes) to downtown (network hub). Future phases include prioritizing north-south and east-west inter-municipal connections across the municipality and connecting urban villages and neighbourhoods to downtown. Learn more about proposed future phases.
Active Transportation in Victoria
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. 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. Learn more about the regional transportation trends.
The City’s commitment to increase the cycling mode share and prioritizing bike and pedestrian infrastructure is nested in the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan 2015-2018, CRD Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, and the City’s Climate Leadership 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.
Cycling Network Planning History
The City of Victoria initiated the AAA network planning process in 2014. After nearly two years of analysis, design and consultation in partnership with international consultants and local partners, the City adopted the AAA network. The initial 24km network has been supplemented with additional routes and connections and now consists of over 30km of planned infrastructure.
Here is a link to the short-term network map: AAA Bike Network Map - July 2018.RFSpdf.pdf [PDF - 1.3 MB]
Public Input and Consultation
Extensive consultation and engagement informed the network planning and the City continues to use an iterative design process to involve corridor stakeholders in project design to ensure investments are balanced and consider all road user needs.
Are you interested in staying informed about opportunties for public input on Victoria's cycling network? Email us and we will add you to our stakeholder list and let you know about opportunities for you to get involved.
Looking for further background information on Victoria’s cycling initiative? Follow the links below. (Please note that the reports are large files and may take several minutes to download and view)
- Biketoria Summit, Engagement Labs and Salons
- Biketoria Engagement Report
- Biketoria Community Engagement ReportBiketoria Final Executive Summary [PDF - 27.1 MB]
- Andreas Rohl presentation to City Council
- Types of facilities being proposed