Research Projects

An aspirational photo of a cycle highway that runs parallel to a railroad track separated by a fence. A young woman rides a cargo bike with her two children on the back. We see several other people cycling in both directions along the cycle highway behind her.


Cycle Highways in Metro Vancouver


Cycle Highways provide safe, protected, uninterrupted cycle routes over long distances and are a cost-effective way to make cycling more accessible and practical. HUB Cycling's in-depth report highlights the case for the development and implementation of Cycle Highways in Metro Vancouver.

Long-distance, fast, comfortable cycle highways are common in Europe and have significant potential to address many pressing challenges locally in Metro Vancouver. This project draws on learnings from European and other jurisdictions that have successfully built cycle highway networks. Within the Metro Vancouver context, we illustrate the demand and benefits of cycle highways. Cycle highways would be a jump forward to #UnGapTheMap. Some existing routes that could potentially be upgraded to cycle highways are analyzed. This initial project serves to start a conversation in the region about the next steps to make cycle highways a reality. 

Download the Cycle Highways in Metro Vancouver Report (PDF)

Read the Press Release (PDF)

View Report Highlights (PDF)

 

A mother and her daughter cycle on a protected bike lane in Vancouver.


The State Of Cycling in Metro Vancouver


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. 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. 

Download State Of Cycling Report (PDF)
Download Press Release (PDF)

 

 

An aerial view of Vancouver's old buildings in the West End in 1967. There are buildings of varying sizes, including towers, small apartment buildings, single-family dwellings and row homes.


Cycling Equity and Older Buildings Project


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.

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Photo credit: Livabl

 

A young woman and man in their 20s are stopped at an intersection in Vancouver. They are riding e-scooters. Their backs are to the camera.


Readiness for Shared Micromobility


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 offers transportation alternatives that generate low emissions, and 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, understand the potential for adoption and integration with regional transit and inform policy, infrastructure needs and best practices for regulation.

Download Readiness for Shared Micromobility Report (PDF)
Download Press Release 

 

A row of five bike racks with seven bikes locked to them. The row of bike racks is on the side of the road. A metal installation that shows the outline of a car is in front of the row of bike racks.


Not Just Bike Racks


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.   

Download Not Just Bike Racks Report (PDF)

 

A woman is riding with her two young children on a cycle highway in Europe.


Support HUB's Research


If possible, consider making a donation to HUB Cycling and support our advocacy work in expanding the cycling network across the region. Your support enables us to make an impact on people of all ages and abilities, and promote access to cycling across regional and diverse communities.

What is the Impact of Your Generous Gift? 

  • $2,500 will help us develop programs for communities that may face social, cultural, and/or financial barriers to cycling.
  • $250 helps us provide infrastructure research support needed for an advocacy project like cycle highways phase 2 analysis.
  • $100 will help HUB organize online learning to encourage people of all ages and abilities to bike like our Biking for Mental Health webinar.

Photo credit: Cycle Superhighways, Capital Region of Denmark