On Track!
Lessons Learned for Cycle
Tracks in Canadian Cities
Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP
Urban Systems Ltd.
Andreas Rohl MA...
Agenda
1. Overview
2. Case Studies
1. Ottawa
2. Vancouver
3. Copenhagen
3. Discussion
Case Studies
1. The Why
Rationale for cycle tracks
2. The What
Key Design Features
3.The Who
Public Engagement
4. Lessons ...
Part 1
Cycle Track Overview
Source: City of Copenhagen
Why? Increase Bicycle Use
0%
2%
4%
6%
8%
10%
Victoria
Portland
Vancouver
Seattle
SanFrancisco
Saskatoon
Montreal
Ottawa
Wa...
Why? Increase Bicycle Use
Source: 2006 Census
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
Copenhagen
Amsterdam
Munich
Berlin
Stockholm
Helsinki
Por...
Who? Types of Cyclists
For cycling to be viable and a mainstream transportation choice, routes
should be comfortable and low stress for people of...
Who? Motivators and Deterrents
High traffic speeds and volumes and the presence of buses and heavy
vehicles are the main d...
A cycle track is a
bicycle path along
a road, physically
separated from
motor vehicle
traffic, and distinct
from the sidew...
What? Types of Cycle Tracks
WHAT Types of Cycle Tracks
Painted Buffer
What? Parking Protected
Parked Cars
San Francisco, California
What is a Cycle Track?
Painted Buffer
Bollards
What? Bollards
Long Beach, California
What is a Cycle Track?
Painted Buffer
Curb
What? Barriers
Vancouver, BC
What is a Cycle Track?What? Barriers
Planters
Cambridge, Massachusetts
What is a Cycle Track?What? Visual
Visual / Texture
Cully Blvd, Portland OR
What is a Cycle Track?What? Elevation
Parked Cars
Elevation
What? Types of Cycle Tracks
Emergence of Cycle Tracks in
North America
Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks
Source: Green Lane Project
Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks
Number of Cycle Tracks
Number of Cities
Lane Kilometres
2008 2013
+ 325%
+ 325%
+ 600%25
...
Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks
0
25
50
75
100
125
150
175
NumberofCycleTracks
US Canada
Canada: 8 to 21
United States: 1...
Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks
Benefits
Increased
safety
More children &
youth cyclists
Increased women
cyclistsMore Cycling
Cost – effective
Increase
mo...
Impacts & Challenges
Increased Congestion
Business impacts
Loss of
Parking
Political Capital
Internal support
Media
Commun...
On Track!
Lessons Learned for Cycle
Tracks in Canadian Cities
Thank you!
Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP
Urban Systems Ltd.
bpat...
Part 2
Case Studies
Source: City of Copenhagen
Part 3
Discussion
Source: City of Copenhagen
Discussion
1. Building Internal Support
2. Engaging the Public
3. Addressing Design Challenges
4. Telling the Story
5. Eva...
APBP-BC Local Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Vancouver City Hall, Crossroads Building
507 West Broadway St...
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  1. 1. On Track! Lessons Learned for Cycle Tracks in Canadian Cities Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP Urban Systems Ltd. Andreas Rohl MA City of Copenhagen Robin Bennett MCIP, RPP City of Ottawa Mike Anderson MCIP, P.Eng. City of Vancouver
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Overview 2. Case Studies 1. Ottawa 2. Vancouver 3. Copenhagen 3. Discussion
  3. 3. Case Studies 1. The Why Rationale for cycle tracks 2. The What Key Design Features 3.The Who Public Engagement 4. Lessons Learned
  4. 4. Part 1 Cycle Track Overview Source: City of Copenhagen
  5. 5. Why? Increase Bicycle Use 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% Victoria Portland Vancouver Seattle SanFrancisco Saskatoon Montreal Ottawa WashingtonDC Winnipeg Toronto QuebecCity Philadelphia Boston Regina Edmonton Calgary Chicago Halifax SanJose LosAngeles Milwaukee NewYork Baltimore Detroit Houston Phoenix Dallas SanAntonio Bicycle Mode Share: Canada and United States Source: 2006 Census In many North American cities, bicycles account for only 1-2% of all trips
  6. 6. Why? Increase Bicycle Use Source: 2006 Census 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Copenhagen Amsterdam Munich Berlin Stockholm Helsinki Portland Vancouver Seattle SanFrancisco Montreal Ottawa WashingtonDC Toronto Philadelphia Boston Edmonton Calgary Chicago SanJose LosAngeles Milwaukee NewYork Baltimore Detroit Houston Bicycle Mode Share: Europe, Canada, United States What can we learn from the global leaders in cycling in increasing cycling?
  7. 7. Who? Types of Cyclists
  8. 8. For cycling to be viable and a mainstream transportation choice, routes should be comfortable and low stress for people of all ages and abilities Who? Types of Cyclists
  9. 9. Who? Motivators and Deterrents High traffic speeds and volumes and the presence of buses and heavy vehicles are the main deterrent to cycling for most people
  10. 10. A cycle track is a bicycle path along a road, physically separated from motor vehicle traffic, and distinct from the sidewalk What?
  11. 11. What? Types of Cycle Tracks
  12. 12. WHAT Types of Cycle Tracks Painted Buffer What? Parking Protected Parked Cars
  13. 13. San Francisco, California What is a Cycle Track? Painted Buffer Bollards What? Bollards
  14. 14. Long Beach, California What is a Cycle Track? Painted Buffer Curb What? Barriers
  15. 15. Vancouver, BC What is a Cycle Track?What? Barriers Planters
  16. 16. Cambridge, Massachusetts What is a Cycle Track?What? Visual Visual / Texture
  17. 17. Cully Blvd, Portland OR What is a Cycle Track?What? Elevation Parked Cars Elevation
  18. 18. What? Types of Cycle Tracks
  19. 19. Emergence of Cycle Tracks in North America Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks Source: Green Lane Project
  20. 20. Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks Number of Cycle Tracks Number of Cities Lane Kilometres 2008 2013 + 325% + 325% + 600%25 13 102 151 42 332 Change Source: Green Lane Project
  21. 21. Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks 0 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 NumberofCycleTracks US Canada Canada: 8 to 21 United States: 13 to 130 Source: Green Lane Project
  22. 22. Where? Emergence of Cycle Tracks
  23. 23. Benefits Increased safety More children & youth cyclists Increased women cyclistsMore Cycling Cost – effective Increase mobility options Less Sidewalk Cycling More women cyclists Improved Streetscape More pleasant walking
  24. 24. Impacts & Challenges Increased Congestion Business impacts Loss of Parking Political Capital Internal support Media Communications Traffic operations Cost Loss of Motor Vehicle Lanes
  25. 25. On Track! Lessons Learned for Cycle Tracks in Canadian Cities Thank you! Brian Patterson MCIP, RPP Urban Systems Ltd. bpatterson@urbansystems.ca
  26. 26. Part 2 Case Studies Source: City of Copenhagen
  27. 27. Part 3 Discussion Source: City of Copenhagen
  28. 28. Discussion 1. Building Internal Support 2. Engaging the Public 3. Addressing Design Challenges 4. Telling the Story 5. Evaluating and Monitoring
  29. 29. APBP-BC Local Chapter Meeting Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 - 5:00pm Vancouver City Hall, Crossroads Building 507 West Broadway Street (at Cambie Street) (Come to fifth floor reception area) APBP Meet and Greet Tuesday, July 9, 5:30pm Mahony & Sons (Burrard Landing in the Vancouver Convention Centre), 1055 Canada Place Way, Unit #36 RSVP To Brian Patterson, bpatterson@urbansystems.ca

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