HUB Cycling Research Projects
HUB Cycling has long seen the need for a high-level analysis of our region's quickly evolving cycling network and has valued such work completed in other jurisdictions. Starting in 2018 HUB Cycling recruited TransLink to partner with us, and secured funders, to complete the Benchmarking the State of Cycling in Metro Vancouver, the first neutral snapshot of the extent and quality of bikeways across the Metro Vancouver region based on a common classification framework.
The State of Cycling report for the first time ascribes safety and comfort ratings for each segment of the network, from the Langleys and Maple Ridge to Richmond and Bowen Island. The report also documents trends related to the rates at which people living in Metro Vancouver are cycling, rates of collisions involving people cycling, and the extent to which cycling-supportive policies and practices are in place.
Through reporting on the bikeway network and trends in cycling-related data, this report offers an up-to-date picture of cycling across the region and is meant to serve as a benchmark against which progress can be measured. The State of Cycling is already informing planning at the regional and municipal levels, and the intention of project partners is to regularly update the data.
HUB Cycling is pleased to have completed case studies about the adoption of new forms of "Shared Micromobility" transportation in other urban regions, working with our academic partners at Simon Fraser University. The case study report is our contribution to broader SFU research completed to inform TransLink and other stakeholders as our region determines how to integrate new vehicle types into our existing transportation systems.
Shared micromobility is a phrase used to describe a variety of shared, publicly available, human and electric-powered vehicles including bike share (dockless and station-based), electric bicycles and electric scooters. Adoption of these new vehicle types is booming in cities around the world.
Shared micromobility offers transportation alternatives that generate low emissions, low noise levels and offer flexible integration with transit; however, cities with such new mobility have struggled with its regulation and ensuring it is complementary within an established and crowded transportation system.
Thus, this project aims to explore public perceptions of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver, to understand the potential for adoption and integration with regional transit and inform policy, infrastructure needs and best practices for regulation.
HUB Cycling is in a unique position to hear about challenges faces by different stakeholders in creating excellent cycling facilities. We understood from building developers and managers that they lacked good information to make decisions about cycling facilities, so in 2015 HUB Cycling completed the Not Just Racks research project, with core support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC, to learn about the dynamics and perspectives of key decision-makers in our region's real estate industry.
The Not Just Bike Racks report findings and recommendations are ever more relevant as our region increasingly integrates cycling into our transportation systems. It explains the dynamics that are faced by industry professionals in understanding best practices, working with evolving bylaws, and ensuring their buildings remain relevant as population preferences change about how they get move around the region. And Not Just Bike Racks profiles some local examples of excellence in building design and cycling amenities choices.
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Cycling Equity and Older Buildings
HUB Cycling is excited to be ramping up our new Cycling Equity and Older Buildings research project! It will be a practical analysis of the impacts of the design of older buildings from different eras on accessibility to cycling for people living and working in Metro Vancouver.
Our research collaborators include the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC, Atira Building Management, TransLink, Vancouver Coastal Health, and the City of Vancouver. The project funders and in-kind contributors include the QuadReal Property Group, Concert Properties, Urban Racks, Bunt Engineering, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and the Real Estate Foundation of BC. This project will build on HUB Cycling's growing research accomplishments.