BC Communities Proving Lots of People Will Bike to Work
Four years ago when we asked people if they wanted to cycle more; 65% said yes, if they could ride on protected bike lanes. Now, more and more BC communities are proving that is indeed the case with the 2016 Census results showing 12 communities with more than 10% of commuters cycling to work. In fact, thanks in large part to increases in cycling to work in BC, cycling is the fastest growing mode of commuting across Canada.
Leading the way are the Ashnola (33%) and Qualicum (29%) First Nations followed by Thompson-Nicola (21%), Revelstoke (15%), Soowahlie (14%), Quaaout (13%), Victoria, Oak Bay, the Comox First Nation, Stewart and Whistler. See how many people commute via bike in your community via Census Mapper. Several neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Victoria have similarly high levels of cycling to work including Strathcona (18%), Fairfield / Gonzales (17%), Kensington-Cedar Cottage (16%) Grandview Woodlands (15%) and Fernwood (15%).
Unfortunately, many BC residents still don’t have access to safe cycling routes for their daily trips. People like to live in areas where they can walk and cycle and are often willing to pay more for housing to do so. Those with lower incomes including many families with children are forced to live in out in areas where it is difficult, dangerous and time consuming to walk and cycle. The result is lower levels of physical activity, higher transportation costs, limited access to jobs & services and a higher risk of injury & death in motor vehicle collisions. Those in rural communities without regular transit service are especially in need of affordable transportation choices. Census Mapper clearly shows the impact of distance on cycling levels.
Key measures that will help enable those who live further away from employment centres, educational institutions and other key destinations cycle for their daily trips include:
- Complete networks of all ages and abilities cycling networks that enable everyone to safely cycle via the direct routes
- Cycle highways to enable longer distance commutes and other trips
- Motor vehicle free rail trails for cycling, walking and other forms of active transportation as well as horseback riding
- Electric bikes to enable more people to cycle longer distances
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