Downtown Network

The first phase of Victoria’s all ages and abilities (AAA) network prioritizes the downtown core to establish safer cycling routes in the areas of highest growth and traffic volumes. Routes extend from the core into every neighbourhood, providing connections to parks, schools, recreation centres, libraries and employment areas. For many people, the long-standing conventional painted bike lanes do not provide the safety required to share a busy roadway with moving motor vehicles.  Improving cycling infrastructure safety, convenience and performance helps people choose cycling as a viable daily mode of mobility not only for commuting but other general purpose trips. 

As part of the Vision Zero movement, cities across the globe are investing in ways to improve cycling safety and reduce the risks of the most vulnerable road users.  This type of infrastructure is now common in leading cities around the world.  AAA infrastructure generally consists of: 

  • Protected bike lanes introduce physical barriers between cyclists and vehicle traffic.  These facilities are generally suitable in urban environments with higher traffic volumes, speeds, or land uses that generate significant non-local vehicle circulation. Protected bike lanes often include intersection treatments to provide separate, or dedicated, signal phases to allow pedestrians and cyclists to move through the intersection without conflict of motor vehicles.
  • Shared facilities are used on local roads and operate within lower speeds and volumes to reduce both the risk and severity of collisions involving vulnerable road users. In December 2018 Council directed shared road AAA facilities to be based on target volumes of 500 – 1000 vehicles per day and speeds of 30km or less. While shared-use AAA routes provide improved safety for those cycling, they can also create a more pleasant street for pedestrians and residents.  Interventions can improve overall road safety, offer opportunities for new public spaces, maintain or add to on-street parking supply, reduce ambient noise levels, while maintaining local access to residences, businesses and services.
  • Off street pathways provide a comfortable cycling experience, removed from conflicts with automobiles. Off street pathways can be multi-use where cyclists, pedestrians and other forms of non-motorized users share the same space or dedicated only for those riding bicycles.

Network Progress:

In 2019 the City of Victoria is undertaking an alignment review for two neighbourhoods: James Bay and Oak Bay. Stay tuned to learn more about routing options, analysis and providing your input on AAA investments in these neighbourhoods.

 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, 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

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. Each project has a chance for community members, stakeholders, commuters and business owners to get involved. Are you interested in staying informed about opportunities 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. 

 

Project Background

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)