Connecting the Region's Cycling Network Means Building a Future for Bikes in Metro Vancouver
Over 40% of people want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are scared. As a result of an inadequate cycling network, a lot of people are unable to find safe bike routes to the locations that they want to visit and therefore perceive riding a bike to be a risky activity. By not cycling, this 40% are missing out on benefits including saving time and money and being healthier as a result of getting regular exercise. If these people could feel safe cycling then the local community would also benefit as increased bike use reduces the strain on the transportation network and contributes to a greener, cleaner environment.
UnGapTheMap aims to create a safer, more connected bike network that would encourage more people to cycle more often. Hundreds of km bikeways, including new protected lanes, are needed across Metro Vancouver and HUB is actively defining and prioritizing the improvements that are needed.
We're looking to the provincial government, TransLink and municipalities to work together to fill critical gaps in our cycling network, and provide the policies, laws, education and promotion needed to support the fastest-growing mode of transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is UnGaptheMap just a campaign, or is work being done to actually improve cycling?
UngapTheMap is our name for coordinated work by HUB Cycling Board, staff and Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) members, in close collaboration with 10 local HUB committees across Metro Vancouver, to define all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling infrastructure 'gaps' in the region.
These gaps are defined according to municipality, jurisdiction and type, as well as qualitative criteria related to utility, safety and feasibility for improvement.
Gaps are mapped and input to a scoring tool that allows us to determine both relative and absolute priority, which supports dialogue and collaboration our committees, community groups, and different levels of government.
Regardless of funding sources and levels, UnGaptheMap gives HUB a master plan for defining and prioritizing cycling network gaps across the region, something which does not otherwise exist.
- What happened to the Mayors Plan - wasn't cycling part of it?
Some of the improvements specified in the Mayors Plan, such as recommendations on bridge, rapid transit and highway improvements, may still be implemented. The Mayors Plan called for 2,700km of bikeways, of which 300km would have been separated, but no routes or cycling facilities were otherwise specified.
- Where does funding for cycling improvements come from?
It depends on the jurisdiction within which they are built.
Transportation infrastructure that passes over, under, through or directly adjacent to areas owned by the Province of BC, TransLink, First Nations or private entities will usually be funded by those entities, in whole or in part, in cooperation with relevant municipal governments.
Examples of such projects include Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, Massey Tunnel, Northwest Marine Drive, Pattullo Bridge, and Stanley Park Causeway. Rapid or mass public transit is funded by the Province of BC by way of our independent transit authority, TransLink.
With few exceptions, the balance of the region's transportation funding comes from local, municipal governments.
No matter whether you drive, take transit, ride a bike or walk, each year a portion of the property and other taxes you pay goes towards the construction and maintenance of our highways, roads, multi-use paths and trails. This includes federal and provincial taxes.
- How can I help to UnGaptheMap?
You can contribute your time on a HUB Cycling local committee, or you can make a contribution online to the Better Biking Fund, which allows us to do the important work of communicating with decision-makers and building the case for better cycling systems.
How to Support UnGaptheMap
We're asking all Metro Vancouver municipalities to work with HUB, our committees, and community stakeholder groups, to prioritize and invest in efforts to 'ungapthemap'.
Tell your local elected official to #ungapthemap - let them know about the gaps that are affecting you and your community.
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