What’s Vancouver like when it comes to seeing the city by foot or bike? We reviewed the 2015 Report Card entitle “Walking + Cycling in Vancouver” by the City of Vancouver, and we’ve summarized the points we find most important from a mobility standpoint.
Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 Targets and Progress
Having already increased 10% since 2008, the city of Vancouver estimates that the percentage of trips made by foot, bike, or transit will increase to 66% by the year 2040.
According to the report, “As an interim target, Transportation 2040 also supports the Greenest City target to make at least half of all trips by foot, bike, and transit by 2020. We have reached this target five years early, with 50 per cent of trips in the city made by walking, cycling, and transit in 2015. By 2040, the total number of trips made by sustainable modes will grow significantly, while motor vehicle volumes will remain the same.”
Greenest City Action Plan: Active transportation is said to help Vancouver meet their Greenest City goals. Fewer car trips in Vancouver helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to cleaner air to combat climate change. Keys to achieving Vancouver’s Greenest City vision includes building a walkable and bikeable city through increased density, mixed land use, traffic-calming, interesting streetscapes, connected infrastructure, and a supportive culture.
How are Vancouverites getting around?
Vancouver is a leading Canadian-city when it comes to using mode share (a combination of transit, cycling, and walking) to get from point A to B.
Healthy City Strategy: Health is considered in the mode of transportation, which is impacting individuals and communities. An array of accessible, sustainable transportation options in Vancouver allows for an improvement in health and well-being. Many health benefits are associated with sustainable transportation, including reduced rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancers, and less respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
Read the full report here.
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