By 2040 the City of Vancouver wants to see at least two-thirds of all trips made on foot, by bicycle and public transit.
While ambitious, the city has already taken great strides towards reaching this target when we consider that only 58% of trips are currently made using private motor vehicles, down from a staggering 90% in 1972.
The plan, known as Transportation 2040, will help shape the direction of public space developments and focus on creating communities that support make walking, cycling and transit attractive options. Providing accessibility tops the list for many of the planned directions, especially for public transit and cycling.
As shown in the graphic above, the plan's cycling directions will focus on those who are interested in traveling by bicycle but are afraid to under current conditions. To reach this group the plan includes expanding existing major routes, initiating a public bike share system, providing more secure bicycle parking and developing infrastructure that is accessible to all ages and skill levels.
Phase 2 of the consultation process for Transportation 2040 is currently underway. You can have your say on all aspects of the plan by visiting talkvancouver.com/transportation
ABOUT VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2012
Velo-city Global is the world's premier international cycling planning conference. The four-day event offers delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.
The Velo-city Global conference unites politicians, engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academics, researchers, environmentalists, advocates, educators and industry representatives. Delegates join forces and foster international collaborations. The event also draws experts from related areas, such as health, economics and the environment.
Velo-city Global 2012 is expected to host over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The conference will be held June 26-29 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel, accessible by the new Hornby Streetseparated bike lanes.
Visit velo-city2012.com/registration to register now.
Check back to the Countdown to Velo-city 2012 blog each week for updates on the conference, its speakers and the people on the attendance list.