City reaches transportation milestones in 2016

December 30, 2016 | Better Transit

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.