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State of Cycling in Metro Vancouver

TransLink and HUB Cycling have partnered to deliver the Benchmarking the State of Cycling in Metro Vancouver 2019 report and dashboard to establish a resource by which we can measure the progress of increasing cycling and improving cycling safety.

Key takeaways from the 2019 report include:

  • The length of bikeways nearly tripled from 1,700 km in 2009 to 4,600 km in 2019.
  • 46% of the regional cycling network is assessed as Comfortable for Most People, and about 65% of residents live within 400 metres of such a bikeway.
  • Females made up 35% of cyclists in 2016, up from just 27% in 1996.
  • The share of people cycling to work increased from 1.7% in 2006 to 2.3% in 2016, which was achieved by growing the number of bicycle commuters by nearly 65%.
  • The collision rate involving cyclists was relatively stable between 2008 and 2017 at 21 and 23 collisions per million trips, respectively.

 

Cycling as Part of the Solution

Metro Vancouver is growing. Over the coming years, an increasing number of people and goods will need to travel on an increasingly congested transportation network. At the same time, we face environmental challenges that can impact livability in the region.

With careful planning and strategic investments, we know cycling can be part of the solution – it contributes to improving affordability, convenience, connectivity, and health outcomes for residents across the region.

 

Investing in Cycling

As the region’s transportation authority, we’ve been making significant investments to continue the expansion of safe and reliable transportation services – now and in the future.

The 10-Year Vision identified that the key to unlocking cycling’s potential is to invest in traffic-protected bikeways to support cycling by people of all ages and abilities. We’re also making cycling easier for customers by expanding our offering of Bike Parkades, making more space for bikes on SkyTrain, and updating policies to allow buses to transport e-bikes. The Phase One and Two Investment Plans have enabled funding to support this important work in partnership with local governments, and much remains to be done.