Campus Cycling Plan

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Cycling network improvement areas

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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.

Four key strategies

Implementation of the plan's policy recommendations and cycling network improvements are based on four key strategies:

  1. Transportation planning priorities
  2. Shared space and safety
  3. Cycling network
  4. End-of-trip facilities

Project updates

In progress

  • Centennial Stadium bike racks and shelter
  • University Drive pathway network
  • Dawnview Crescent-Vikes Way pathway network
  • CARSA-McKinnon bike racks and shelter
  • CARSA pathway "Share the Space" pilot

Completed

  • Bikeshare program (dockless with U-Bicycle
  • Ocean-Climate building (Queenswood) bike racks and shelters

Community engagement

Engagement framework

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.

The Plan was developed based on extensive input from students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus. The planning process was launched in the fall of 2017 and was developed over three phases.

How can I get involved?

Future opportunities for community engagement and project progress will be posted via this website.

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Five bicycle planning priorities

Based on input from the campus community, five bicycle planning principles were developed to guide Plan:

  1. Create a campus where students, staff, faculty, and visitors can safely ride their bicycles no matter where they are headed on campus
  2. Create a bicycle-friendly campus that will help achieve the transportation goals set out in the Campus Plan and the Sustainability Action Plan - working towards increasing the use of transit, cycling, walking, and carpooling to 70% of all trips to campus by increasing the cycling mode share to 10%
  3. Work towards the development of an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network by creating new and enhanced cycling infrastructure on campus, including bicycle connections, bicycle parking, and end-of-trip facilities
  4. Plan cycling network and facility improvements in a way that supports a balanced and connected multi-modal transportation system
  5. Improve levels of safety and comfort for pedestrians and cyclists on shared pathways across campus

Background information

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.

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. As of 2016, the current level of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling transportation use is 60%.

**Note that the results for the 2018 modal split transportation survey are still pending.

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; although, skateboarding, wheeling, in-line skating, using a mobility aid are other forms as well. Active Transportation is any active trip you make (humann powered) 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 offers 234 Class I bicycle parking spaces as well as bicycle lockers, clothing lockers and a bike kitchen
  • The SPOKES bike loan program, turning old bikes into like-new bikes
  • Annual sponsorship of and participation in the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week
  • Short-term bike lock loan program at McPherson and Law libraries
  • Bicycle registration program with Campus Security Services (free of charge)
  • Cycling amenities maps
  • Focused social-media and cycling campaigns promoting safe cycling behavior on campus
  • Bicycle related resources on a dedicated cycling page

Awards

The Campus Cycling Plan was awarded the Canadian Institute of Planner's 2019 Award for Planning Excellence Merit in the New and Emerging Planning Initiatives category. 

 

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