In 2016, the City of Vancouver made significant progress in realizing some major milestones of the Transportation 2040 Plan. The successes of this year are laying the foundation for a transportation system that will serve the needs of our growing city for decades and future generations.
Major successes in 2016 include:
- More than 50% of all trips are now taken by foot, bicycle, and public transit, achieving the Greenest City 2020 transportation target four years ahead of schedule.
- The average distance driven by residents is now reduced 27% over 2007 levels, surpassing our Greenest City 2020 transportation target to reduce it by 20%.
- Reached 10% of all work commutes taken by bike, the highest of any Canadian city.
- The Arbutus Corridor was purchased from CP Rail, and the City installed a temporary pathway to allow residents to enjoy the corridor while consultation on the long-term pathway continues in 2017.
- Launched Mobi by Shaw Go, Vancouver’s public bike share program, with massive success. Since launch:
- 136,510 trips
- 397,010 km travelled
- 10,350 annual, monthly and day passes sold
- The Mayors’ Council and TransLink approved a $2 billion investment in transit and road improvements, the largest in almost a decade, securing funding for new B-lines, increased transit service, and pre-construction and consultation work on the Millennium Line Broadway Extension (Broadway Subway).
- Launched Vancouver’s first fast-charge Electric Vehicle station, in collaboration with BC Hydro, Province of BC, Natural Resources Canada, and BMW.
- Car share memberships reached 26% of Vancouver residents having a car share membership.
As the City grows and changes, we’re developing a strategy on mitigation of traffic congestion to be presented later in 2017.
Whether it’s short-term initiatives or ideas further along on the horizon, we’re investing in projects that deliver lasting value and contribute to Vancouver’s future as a green, healthy city.