Campus Cycling Plan Implementation

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Cycling network improvement areas

Campus Cycling Plan

The Campus Cycling Plan provides a comprehensive and coordinated approach to support cycling as a safe, enjoyable and convenient mode of transportation on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The plan is a guide for future cycling infrastructure, including bicycle parking, cycling paths, showers and change rooms on campus, as well as providing policy direction on strategies to improve levels of comfort and safety on shared paths and roads. If you’d like to learn more about the Campus Cycling Plan and how it was created, visit the Campus Cycling Plan webpage. 

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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Major Project Updates

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. 

University Drive Connection Pathway

Description

The University Drive Connection Pathway is the first major cycling network improvement project on campus, and will be 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 will 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. 

 

Construction

Construction site preparations began in the fall of 2020. Modified pedestrian and cyclist routes will be in place beginning Tuesday, October 13, and will remain in place until project completion in Spring of 2021.

There will be a few days between the end of October and the beginning of November that a small segment of Ring Road at University Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic. 

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, we’ll be planting 6 new trees.

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Ring Road South Pathway

Description

The project is part of the implementation of the 2019 Campus Cycling Plan. 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 first phase of the project will be complete in the Spring of 2021 and includes pathway lighting, landscape improvements, new trees and indigenous plantings. The final phase of the project will be completed with the Engineering and Computer Science facilities being planned adjacent to Ring Road. 

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

Construction is scheduled to begin on phase one in the spring of 2021 and be completed in the spring/summer of 2021. Construction on phase two, the final phase, will proceed simultaneously with the new Engineering and Computer Science facilities being planned along Ring Road. 

Phase one

Phase one connects University Drive with the Engineering and Computer Science facilities along Ring Road. The final phase will be completed in conjunction with the new Engineering and Computer Science facilities being planned along Ring Road. 

Tree Retention

Th university is committed to protecting and managing the ecological diversity of the natural areas on campus. 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. 

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CARSA-McKinnon Bike Racks

UVic is in the process of constructing 28 new bike racks to go outside of CARSA building along Gabriola Rd. View the construction map for the new bike racks!

Other Project Updates

In-progress

Network Improvements

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

End-of-Trip Facilities

  • CARSA-McKinnon bike racks and shelter
  • 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

Completed

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)

Safety

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