A Transportation Strategy for Metro Vancouver
HUB Cycling works to help increase safe and accessible cycling across Metro Vancouver. There are a number of decisions and investments made at the provincial government level that directly and indirectly impact us regionally, and require coordination with TransLink and municipalities.
Our top priorities for working with our local committees, municipalities, and the Province of BC to improve cycling in Metro Vancouver are:
- Accelerate investment in cycling infrastructure & facilities to connect the region
- Provide universal access to cycling & safety education
- Amend the Motor Vehicle Act to improve safety measures and clarity on road use for all
- Improve driver training regarding cyclist interactions
Building cycling paths, separated bike lanes and facilities is a critical factor when it comes to getting more people on bikes, reducing potential conflicts with cars and connecting communities throughout the region.
Many B.C communities are already on board and have produced ambitious cycling plans in response to residents' demands, but they need funding and support from the Province in order to follow through with implementation.
In order to facilitate cycling across the region, the Province of BC can support municipalities through cost-sharing agreements and they can directly improve cycling facilities on the high-priority bridge & tunnel connections that fall within their jurisdiction, such as:
- Massey Tunnel
- Alex Fraser Bridge
Greater awareness of cycling safety & increased education for all road users will help make streets safer for all. Sufficient funds should be invested annually to provide cycling education for children & adults, as well as for cycling promotion programs including Bike to Work and Bike to School Week.
We strongly support universal access to cycling skills training through programs like Bike Right, which provides universal access to cycling skills training for children in school and in the community.
Adults in Metro Vancouver can obtain cycling safety education through HUB StreetWise Cycling Courses - find out more.
In BC, people on bike are governed by the Motor Vehicle Act. Aside from the ironic name, the legislation within it is inadequate to cover the safety and unique needs of cyclists as compared to motorists. Along with the BC Cycling Coalition and other partners, we are encouraging improvements to the cycling-related components of the Act (see our BC Motor Vehicle Act Improvements page for more information).
It is important that drivers also understand how to respectfully use the roads with cyclists, something that HUB and other groups are working with ICBC to improve. As an example, the Province and the Department of Motor Vehicles should review and amend current legislation to include 30kph zones on bike routes and a 1-metre passing law.
Research shows that North America lags behind European counterparts in terms of pedestrian and cyclist safety, and part of that is due to driver's education. HUB is working with ICBC, BEST and the BCCC to integrate more cycling and pedestrian safety into driver training manuals, courses and examinations.
We have seen the first steps of success, with ICBC adding better online training information after HUB and BEST sent in recommendations for content improvement. The next step will be to see these improvements added to all materials and testing.