Bikes and buses


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My presentation to the Victoria Regional Transit Commission on June 27, 2013, supporting options for transit priority that would preserve access for bikes along targeted corridors.

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Bikes and buses

  1. 1. Bikes and Buses Protecting bicycle access on transit priority routes John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  2. 2. Victoria is Canada’s Cycling Capital • More cyclists per capita than in any other city in Canada • Commuter share of trips can exceed 10% of traffic in core, peak hour traffic • Significant numbers of cyclists trip chain using transit on key routes • Mode share higher on improved routes John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  3. 3. Douglas destinations • Cyclists, like transit passengers and other downtown commuters, are drawn to key destinations along Douglas • Afternoon rush exceeds 250 bike trips, - nearly 1,000 per day John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk • High use of bike racks along Douglas reflect travel demand on corridor • Government and Blanshard are not substitutes for bike trips using or destined for Douglas
  4. 4. Diverse users • Commuters • Shoppers • Transit connections • Recreational and touring cyclists accessing other destinations John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  5. 5. Transportation Vision in the CRD From the Transit Future Plan . . . “To be a leader of integrated transportation solutions connecting people and communities to a more sustainable future” A Transit Future Plan will: • Influence and support land use that lends itself to service by public transit and active modes of transportation (e.g., walking and cycling • Support a sustainable transportation network • Integrate the transit network with regional and local cycling and pedestrian networks • Encourage and create high quality pedestrian and cycling links to transit stops and stations • Provide bicycle storage at appropriate stations, stops, and on transit vehicles “Integration of the transit network with active modes of transportation (e.g., walking and cycling) will increase the catchment of transit services and provide opportunities to further reduce the amount of single occupancy vehicles on the road.” Regional and local cycling plans support cycling on Douglas, other priority corridors • Official community plans, transportation plans, support walking, cycling, and transit • Douglas St is on the city’s cycling network. • The Saanich commuter network includes Douglas, the TC highway, Mckenzie • All routes identified in the regional cycling network • A CBWS/DVBA October 2012 parking study found more than 1,000 bikes parked in in the public right of way in downtown Victoria , many on or near Douglas St., (and not including workplace secure parking). John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  6. 6. What other cities do • Seattle opposite side on one way streets • Shared lanes in Vancouver • Cycle tracks in many cities John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  7. 7. Other priority routes Trans Canada Highway • Highway commuters need options – Goose congestion is a growing issue Mckenzie to Uvic • Uvic – Saanich expanding levels of service for cycling on corridor Demand for 3 position racks John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk
  8. 8. Long Range Design Plans • LRT – dedicated transit lanes • Cycle track/Separation Medium term designs for Douglas should be easily adaptable to transit futures, best practices for bikes and transit Transit needs to attract market share from drivers (at more than 70% of regional trips), not cycling (3% of regional trips, 5.9 % of commuter market ) John Luton, Executive Director, Capital Bike and Walk