Campus Cycling Plan

Campus Cycling Plan

Why a Campus Cycling Plan?

The Campus Cycling Plan, a first for UVic, will provide 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 will serve as a framework to guide the development of future cycling infrastructure, including bicycle parking, cycling paths and end-of-trip facilities on campus, as well as providing policy direction on strategies to improve levels of comfort and safety on shared paths and roads.

Plan Status Update

Phase I
"Consult and Idea Generation" of the cycling plan was completed at the end of 2017. Phase I findings of the first survey and from the overall engagement activities are outlined in the Discussion Paper located in the Background and Documentation tab (see below).

Phase II
"Plan Development" is now underway this spring. Our second survey and Engagement Labs presented the cycling plan options. Although the survey is now closed the options are still open for viewing. Please share your feedback on the options at planning@uvic.ca. All comments and feedback collected throughout Phase II are recorded and considered in drafting the Campus Cycling Plan. 

Phase III
"Final Campus Cycling Plan" will be available for public comment in Fall 2018.

Learn more about the Campus Cycling Plan

What is the Plan development process?

Putting the Plan together will come in three distinct phases, with plenty of opportunity for UVic’s community to get involved.

Cyling plan timeline

Phase II
“Plan Development” of the Campus Cycling Plan offers an opportunity for the UVic community to comment on cycling options that derived from the outcome of the Fall 2017 survey and outreach. However, please note the following:

  • The intent of the survey is to receive broad community feedback on each of the campus cycling plan options presented
  • Community feedback will be used to inform the planning process
  • Preferred options will require detailed costing, tree removal and traffic analysis prior to being considered for full or phased implementation

Topics for discussion and design include:

  1. Enhancing cycling connections leading to/from the campus core
  2. Ring Road
  3. End-of-Trip facilities
  4. Cyclists and pedestrian safety on shared pathways

Phase III
"Final Campus Cycling Plan" will offer an opportunity for the UVic community to review the Final Draft version of the plan.

How can I get involved?

Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you cycle, walk, skateboard, drive, carpool or use transit. Your feedback and ideas are important to us!                        

We invite the campus community, stakeholders, neighbours and community partners to share their current travel choices and what would encourage you to use active mobility options more often.

Please share any comments to planning@uvic.ca. We are open to feedback and ideas!

Past Events

2018

Feb 26 - Mar 29
The second Campus Cycling Plan online survey (Metroquest) had over 550 participants commenting on plan options. The results of the second survey will further help us understand the UVic community's priorities. 

Feb 27, 28, Mar 1
Engagement Labs were hosted at three locations (McPherson Library, Student Union Building, and CARSA) to meet with folks about the proposed draft network designs, end-of-trip facilities suggestions and policy development ideas. The interactive labs provided an opportunity to offer feedback and ask questions in person - over 700 conversations were held!

2017:

Oct 17, 18, 25
Campus Pop-Up Booths
These booths were used to collect feedback at various locations around campus (SUB, Engineering Lab Wing, Petch Fountain, University Centre Lobby, CARSA lobby)

Oct 12 – Nov 24
Campus Cycling Plan online survey (MetroQuest)

Oct 12
Campus Cycling Plan Launch Party “Are You Ready to Roll?” 
UVic hosted an open event to provide attendees with an opportunity to complete the survey, offer ideas in person and hear the keynote speaker Gordon Price discuss the future of transportation.

Background and Documentation

Our Engagement Approach

UVic's Community Engagement Framework report provides for a consistent methodology to be used to determine the overall approach to an engagement program for campus land use planning and development plans and projects. An engagement approach, primarily in the involve category has been determined for this plan based on its scale, potential and future improvements to the transportation network, nature relative to the criteria listed and its review of the likely improvements.

Information will be provided to assist in keeping interested parties on campus and in the neighbourhood, up to date as plan development progresses.

For more information regarding the engagement approach or planning process, please contact 250-472-5433 or planning@uvic.ca.

What we heard during the Campus Plan process (2015-2016)

In 2016, UVic renewed its Campus Plan. The plan sets out a vision for the physical development of the campus over the next 10 years with longer term considerations given for the next 25 years. The plan’s direction is organized around a vision, open space framework, built form framework and mobility framework.

In developing the plan, UVic undertook broad public consultation with the campus community and neighbouring residents. Through the planning process, members of the campus community raised concerns with respect to bicycle-vehicle and bicycle-pedestrian conflicts. Cyclist-vehicle conflicts were primarily identified to be of concern on the main approach roads to campus and Ring Road, while concerns regarding cyclist-pedestrian conflicts were primarily identified in the academic core of campus, on pedestrian-oriented lands located within Ring Road.

These conflicts also persist, particularly at peak travel times, on several multi-modal pathways that connect the university to adjoining neighborhoods. Upon completion of the Campus Plan, the Campus Planning Committee established an implementation strategy that identified the development of a Campus Cycling Plan as a high priority.

What we need to consider

The Campus Cycling Plan must consider the physical resources of the campus and is a response to the academic and research programs, student and faculty needs and the relationship to the environment and the community. The scope of the Cycling Plan will extend across a number of related topics. The plan will need to consider the development of cycling infrastructure in relation to future infrastructure planning, other modes of transportation and parking, open space, landscaping and urban design principles.

UVic's Transportation Modal Split

The development of a Campus Cycling Plan is a key action item outlined in both UVic’s Sustainability Action Plan (2014-2019) and Campus Plan (2016).

Importantly, the development of a Campus Cycling Plan supports the Sustainability Action Plan’s goal of increasing the use of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling to 70% of the transportation modal split by 2019.

UVic’s Campus Plan also supports the Sustainability Action Plan’s ambitious mode share target, as well as the goals and actions to achieve this outcome. The current level of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling transportation use is 60%.

Modal Split

Active Transportation and UVic's Role

Active transportation is any form of human‐powered transportation. Walking and cycling are the most popular and well known forms of active transportation; however, skateboarding, wheeling, etc. are other forms as well. Active Transportation is any active trip you make to get yourself, or others, from one place to another ‐ whether it’s to work, school, the store or to visit with friends.

Active transportation can help reduce automobile dependence and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase physical activity, improve public health outcomes, increase social connections, and reduce infrastructure demands in the long term.

UVic has made significant progress in expanding and improving conditions for cycling in recent years through a variety of programs and facilities:

  • New bicycle parking facilities including Class I and Class II facilities
  • End-of-trip facilities, including showers and lockers which vary on a building-by-building basis
  • The Campus Bike Centre, which opened in 2014, offers 234 Class I bicycle parking spaces as well as bicycle lockers, clothing lockers and a bike kitchen
  • The SPOKES program, which was established in 2003, is a unique bicycle upcycling and loan program where volunteers give new life to, and use of, old bicycles. Refurbished bicycles are loaned to students, faculty and staff for a small fee
  • Annual sponsorship and participation in Bike to Work Week
  • Short-term bike lock loan program
  • Bicycle registration program with Campus Security Services (free of charge)
  • Cycling amenity maps
  • Focused social-media and cycling campaigns promoting safe cycling behavior on campus
  • Bicycle related resources on a dedicated cycling page

Documents

All content relevant to the Campus Cycling Plan is listed here for quick accessibility. This website is maintained on an ongoing basis, and will reflect an up-to-date listing of all available content.

Campus Cycling Plan - March 26, 2018

University of Victoria Campus Cycling Plan - Discussion Paper 2018-01-26

Discussion Paper Part 1

Discussion Paper Part 2

Discussion Paper Part 3

Appendix A-1_Bike Tour_Discussion Paper

Appendix A-2_Social Media Summary

Appendix B-1_Survey Maps Key Destinations

Appendix B-2_Survey Maps Bike Route Issues

Appendix B-3_Survey Maps End-of-tip Facility Issues

Appendix B-4_Survey Maps Bike Parking Issues

Appendix B-5_Survey Maps Safety Issues

Appendix C Part 1_Bicycle Strategy Mobycon

Appendix C Part 2_Bicycle Strategy Mobycon

Communications and Engagement Plan

Terms of Reference

Campus Plan (2016)

Sustainability Action Plan (2014-2019)

For enquiries about the Campus Cycling Plan, please contact Mike Wilson, Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability at planning@uvic.ca or 250-472-5433.