Vancouver Street AAA Cycling Corridor Complete

Just in time for the National Commuter Challenge, Canadian Environment Week, Go by Bike Week and Clean Air Day, the Vancouver Street All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling route is ready to ride. Thanks to the City’s complete streets approach, there are plenty of benefits for pedestrians as well.

The two and a half kilometre project is a part of the City’s 32 kilometre priority network and extends from Bay Street to Park Boulevard. The design features traffic-calmed, shared-use bikeways in North Park and Fairfield with one-way protected bike lanes in the downtown core.

The route connects with the recently completed Graham-Jackson AAA corridor, which extends from Bay Street to the Saanich border at Tolmie Avenue. It also connects to the Dallas Road off-street AAA pathway via multi-use pathways in Beacon Hill Park. Additional work included new traffic signals, road safety upgrades, as well as new paving, accessibility features, landscaping and public seating. 

The project was built with support from the federal Gas Tax Transfer Program, which the Government of Canada has proposed renaming “The Canada Community-Building Fund”. The Fund is administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities in partnership with the federal and provincial governments. The City also received funding for the project through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Climate Innovation Program. 

Completion of this route is a key milestone in the City’s AAA network. An additional ten kilometres is slated for construction in 2021 and planning for future phases is also underway. The City is currently seeking final public and stakeholder input on cycling routes in James Bay. The public can visit the Have Your Say platform at engage.victoria.ca by June 11 to provide feedback and learn more. 

For more information on federal infrastructure funding, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca.  

Quotes: 

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps –  “With a growing population, the City is continuing to invest in walking, cycling and public transit to support healthy and affordable transportation options for everyone. This latest addition is just in time for summer! And, with this latest corridor completed, it is now possible to bike all the way from Dallas Road to the Victoria-Saanich border on a safe, secure cycling route.”

Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Government of Canada - “Investing in active transportation, such as the Government of Canada's investment in this new cycling route in Victoria, brings incredible benefits to communities including promoting a healthy

lifestyle, improving cycling safety, and reducing the environmental footprint. These projects build communities where families want to live, work, and raise their children. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, tackles climate change, and builds more inclusive communities."

UBCM President Brian Frenkel - “We are thrilled to see these community-building efforts within the City of Victoria. Federal investments are helping to create local jobs and transform streetscapes to encourage active transportation by residents, commuters and visitors.”

MLA Grace Lore -  “I want to thank the City of Victoria for their success with projects like the AAA Cycling Network. These projects make communities cleaner, more liveable, and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and all other road users,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “As part of Move.Commute.Connect., B.C.’s first-ever active transportation strategy, the Province is excited to provide funding support for projects that reduce traffic congestion, connect communities and make active modes of transportation more accessible for all British Columbians.”