Campus Cycling Plan Implementation

Drone photo of the newly completed University Drive Connection Pathway
University Drive Connection Pathway, the first major cycling network improvement project on campus. Photo credit: Jeff Currie, Alterra Construction on behalf of Howard Sparks, Sparker Construction

Campus Cycling Plan 

The University of Victoria has developed its first Campus Cycling Plan and is committed to a campus where everyone can safely ride their bikes and walk no matter where they are headed. 

This plan guides future campus cycling infrastructure, including bicycle parking, cycling paths, and change rooms and showers. If you’d like to learn more about the Campus Cycling Plan and how it was created, visit the Campus Cycling Plan webpage. 

Implementation

The Plan outlines a 10-year approach for improving cycling on the UVic campus. Implementation of the plan’s policy recommendations and cycling network improvements are based on four key strategies:

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What's happening? 

Check here to see major project updates, contruction notices, and what to expect when on campus in terms of implementing the Cycling Plan. 

Ring Road South Pathway

Description

A new two-way cycling path and separated pedestrian sidewalk will be built in stages along Ring Road to connect University Drive to the new Engineering and Computer Science facilities.  

The Cycling Plan promotes active transportation and provides a vision for creating All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling networks on campus. The Cycling Plan was developed with extensive engagement and support from students faculty, staff and visitors. 

Construction

Phase one: construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021 and be completed in spring/summer of 2021.
  • Connects University Drive with the Engineering and Computer Science facilities along Ring Road.
  • includes pathway lighting, landscape improvements, new trees and indigenous plantings.

phase-1-ring-road-s.jpgPhase two: construction on phase two, the final phase, will proceed simultaneously with the new Engineering and Computer Science facilities being planned along Ring Road. 

Tree Retention

For all new projects on campus, UVic maximizes tree retention on site and when possible we reuse or gift harvested timber. Any trees removed are replaced by 2 or more new trees on campus.

For phase one of this project, the project team has carefully considered the Campus Cycling Plan and Campus Plan directions for this area. Active transportation safety was considered, and environmental professionals were engaged in the design for this new pathway. The project will be planting replacement trees and sensitively adding indigenous plantings to support the area's natural ecology.

Midgard Avenue Connection Pathway

Progress and Achievements

Check here to see the progress that has been made on implementing the Campus Cycling Plan and what has been completed so far. 

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Cycling network improvement areas
  1. Phase one: Complete! 
    • Remaining will be developed as part of Engineering and Computer Sciences expansion project 2022/2023
  2.  TBD
  3. Anticipated Summer 2023
  4. Complete! 
    •  The first major cycling network improvement project on campus!
  5. In-progress
  6.  TBD
  7.  Designed
    • Anticipated construction Summer 2022

Completed

Network Improvements

  • University Drive Connection Pathway - Henderson at Ring Road to the heart of campus

Description

The University Drive Connection Pathway was the first major cycling network improvement project on campus, and the first step in developing an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network at UVic. Development of an AAA network is outlined as one of the five bicycle planning priorities in the 2019 UVic Campus Cycling Plan.  

The Connection Pathway links University Drive and Ring Road with the heart of the campus, and with Oak Bay's Henderson Road bike corridor to the south. On an average day, the route sees approximately 1,370 bike trips to or from campus (26% of all cycling trips) and 700 pedestrians (6.8% of all trips by foot).

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University Drive Connection Pathway area of construction. 

The pathway improvements include:

  • Separated cycling and pedestrian pathways
  • Intersection crossing improvements
  • Bicycle and pedestrian pathway counters
  • New lighting
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Graphic rendering of proposed separated cycling and pedestrian pathways.

Image: Campus Cycling Plan (2019), pg. 21. 

 

Tree Retention

For all new projects on campus, UVic maximizes tree retention on site and when possible we reuse or gift removed trees. The trees that we do remove are replaced at least a 2:1 ratio on campus. For this project, 6 new trees were planted.

End-of-Trip Facilities, Bicycle Parking, and Bicycle Sharing

  • Ocean-Climate building (Queenswood) bike racks and shelters
  • Centennial Stadium bike racks and shelters
  • Student Health and Wellness end-of-trip facilities (changeroom and shower)
  • new bike racks outside of the CARSA and McKinnon buildings along Gabriola Rd. 
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Proposed Additional Bicycle Parking

 

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Proposed Additional End-of-Trip Facilities or Upgrades

Shared Space and Safety

  • CARSA corridor Slow signage

Other Project Updates

Network Improvements

  • Ring Road South - University Drive to Engineering and Computer Science facilities
  • Dawnview Crescent - Vikes Pathway 
  • Campus Greenway - west

End-of-Trip Facilities

  • End of trip facilities in all new buildings planned on campus

Shared Space and Safety

  • CARSA Pathway "Slow Zone"
  • Central Campus "Slow Zone" at University Drive

For inquiries, please contact Mike Wilson, Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability at planning@uvic.ca or 250-472-5433