New report shows City meeting Greenest City 2020 transportation goal

May 12, 2015 | Better Transit

50% of trips in Vancouver made by walking, cycling or transit

A new report presented to City Council today showed that the City of Vancouver is achieving its Greenest City 2020 goal for transportation mode share, with 50% of trips within the city now consisting of walking, biking, or transit — up from 40% in 2008.

Car use in the City has declined even as the economy and population have grown, while cycling has seen a steady increase: city-wide cycling trips saw a year-over-year increase of 20% from 2013 to 2014.

“Our Greenest City and Transportation 2040 actions are making Vancouver a safer, cleaner, more environmentally friendly city to get around,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Investments in safer walking and cycling – protected bike lanes, improved crosswalks, better lighting – are encouraging people to walk and bike more, and we’re now seeing big increases in walking and bike trips throughout the city.”

Other data released today at City Council included:

  • There were 99,000 daily cycling trips city-wide in Vancouver in 2014, up from 83,000 in 2013
  • Pedestrian traffic is up 4% since 2008
  • The distance traveled by car has decreased in Vancouver. Using ICBC Air Care data, vehicle kilometers traveled per capita is down 21% since 2007 — surpassing both the Greenest City 2020 and Transportation 2040 goals.

Mayor Robertson said that although the progress is encouraging, there is more work to do.

“We still have more to do to improve our transportation system,” added the Mayor. “Our Transportation 2040 goal is to have 2/3s of all trips by walking, cycling, and transit, which will require major investments in transit to get us there. That is why we need a yes vote in the transit referendum: to ensure we get a Broadway Subway, add more buses, and make progress on cutting congestion in Vancouver and throughout the region.”