Photo by Amy Walker
Dunsmuir Protected Bike LaneDunsmuir Street protected bike lanes in September 2010.
Bike commuters prevailed over Vancouver, BC's, spring showers in record-breaking numbers to make this spring's Bike to Work & School Week a huge success. 1021 new cyclists registered for the bi-annual Bike to Work Week competition and 20 percent more cyclists were counted at commuter stations - the highest number in the event's six year history. Bike to School Week saw a record-breaking 60 schools register to participate and promote cycling as healthy and fun way for students to get to school.
"The success of HUB Bike to Work & School Week reinforces that more and more people are choosing to bike as a viable transportation option." said Erin O'Melinn, Executive Director of HUB: Your Cycling Connection. "Now, more than ever, we need to continue the momentum by improving infrastructure, educating all road users and making it more convenient and safe to commute by bike."
Similar to recent findings in New York, the latest Transportation 2040 - 2013 Active Transportation Implementation Report from the City of Vancouver reveals that nearly all collisions (vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians) on Hornby Street and Dunsmuir Street have decreased up to 20% following the implementation of separated bike lanes. The report and recommendations for further improvement, which will be voted on by Council on June 12, also show that 40 percent more people are cycling in the City and the number of women and girls riding bikes has doubled due to the cycling infrastructure investments made over the past few years (Specifically, in 2011, 41 percent of all bicycle trips in Vancouver were made by girls and women. In comparison, the Canadian average in 2006 (based on Census Journey to Work) estimated that 30 percent of all cycling trips were made by girls and women, while other North American cities, such as Portland, measured 31 percent (2012) and San Francisco, measured 28 percent (2011) of all trips).
HUB continues to reinforce the need for and benefits of building a connected network of all-ages and abilities bike paths across Metro Vancouver, most notably along the Point Grey - Cornwall Corridor and via major bridge crossings.