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TransLink’s role in supporting Cycling in Greater Vancouver ProWalk/ProBike 2004 Gavin Davidson, Program Manager, Bicycle Planning Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority September 9, 2004 Overview TransLink and the GVRD Expenditure on cycling Programs

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TransLink’s role in supporting Cycling in Greater Vancouver

ProWalk/ProBike 2004

Gavin Davidson, Program Manager, Bicycle Planning

Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority

September 9, 2004


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Overview

  • TransLink and the GVRD

  • Expenditure on cycling

  • Programs

    • Bicycling Infrastructure Capital Cost Sharing

    • TransLink owned infrastructure

    • Integration with Transit

    • Information and Marketing

  • Impact of improvements


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Greater Vancouver Region

  • 21 cities in regional federation

  • 2.2 million residents, 3.0 million by 2031

  • Rapid growth in walking and cycling

  • Significant transit usage

  • Growing congestion

  • Pressure to expand transportation infrastructure


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TransLink: Responsibilities

  • Created in 1999

  • Unique in Canada

  • Integrated approach to:

    • Transit

    • Roads

    • TDM

    • Air Quality

  • Funding from Transportation Sources


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Transportation – Fast Facts

  • Approximately 6 million person trips/day

    • 11% by transit

    • 12% by walk

    • 2% by bicycle

    • Balance by motorized vehicles


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Cycling program

Goal

Increase use of bicycle as mode of transport

Strategies

  • Improve safety through design

  • Prioritise infrastructure

  • Understand bicycle commuters and support programs that motivate people

  • Build cycling facilities

  • Leverage investment


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Cycling Expenditures

  • Currently 2600 lane KMs of bike routes in region

  • Increasing investment planned

  • TransLink’s commitment

    • 5% of road capital budget for cycling

    • Over 1% of roads operating budget for cycling


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Bicycle Infrastructure Capital Cost Sharing

  • Pays for construction of bike routes across the region

    • 50% cost sharing with municipalities

    • Accelerates planned improvements

    • 2/3 for Municipal projects 1/3 for regionally significant projects

  • 2005 to 2007

    • $13.45 million will leverage $16.37 million

    • Total investment $29.82 million

    • Approximately 150 KM of bike routes to be added


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TransLink owned infrastructure

  • Knight & Pattullo Bridges and BC Parkway

    • Improvements in safety and continuity needed

    • Over $1.5 million to be spent by 2008


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Integration with Transit

Buses, SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express

  • Buses

    • 75% with racks

    • 100% by 2007

    • Where transit priority exists travel times competitive w/ car


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Bikes on SkyTrain

  • Permitted outside of rush hours

  • Estimated 300,000 in first year (0.5% of all riders)

  • Review of regulations planned


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Lockers and Racks

  • Lockers

    • 340 at SkyTrain stations and park & ride lots

    • 50% rented

    • Increased promotion needed

  • Racks

    • Over 700 spaces at SkyTrain/park & ride lots

    • Advertising pays for racks

  • Expansion planned


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SeaBus and WCE

Bikes permitted at all times


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Promotion - Education - Research

Goals

  • Increase mode share, improve safety

    Strategies

    • Encourage

    • Examine

    • Educate

    • Advertise


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Impact of improvements

  • Comprehensive data unavailable

  • Counts in 1995 & 2001 suggests cycling on rise

    • Pender (est. 2000) 100% increase

    • Heather (est. 1996) 200% increase

  • Evidence from UBC 1997-2004

    • UPASS

    • Cycling improvements

      • 1999 University Boulevard Bike Lanes

      • Bike Racks

      • Bike stencils and paths

      • Showers, change rooms and lockers


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UBC Cycling Mode Share 1997-2004

  • Volume up from 2,700 (fall) to 3,200 (summer)

  • Mode share up from 2.5% to 3.5%