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Green Transportation

Our goal: Make walking, cycling, and public transit preferred transportation options

We aim to improve your quality of life by making Vancouver a city where moving on foot or by bike is safe, convenient, and enjoyable.

Transit should be fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible, and public spaces should be vibrant.

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Our target: Make the majority (over 50%) of trips by foot, bicycle, and public transit
Our target: Reduce the average distance driven per resident by 20% from 2007 levels

Progress we've made so far

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Distance Driven
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Hover on data points for more information on that year's performance.
To learn more about this metric, see the 'How We Measure Success' section below.

2015-2020 priority actions

Short-term actions for achieving our goals for 2020.

Our 2015-2016 successes

Recent initiatives that bring us closer to reaching the Green Transportation goal.

Introduced a bike share program

Continued building a safer and more bike-friendly city

Secured the future of the Arbutus Greenway

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2015-2016  (8 MB)

Our 2014-2015 successes

Initiatives that brought us closer to reaching the Green Transportation goal from 2014 to 2015.

Enhanced experience for walking

Measured record increase in cycling

Advocated in Metro Vancouver's Transit Plebiscite

Get more details about our successes: Read the implementation update for 2014-2015  (2 MB)

How we measure success

The metrics for Green Transportation rely on:

  • Annual survey data from Vancouver residents about chosen transportation modes and distances travelled
  • Previous Translink Trip Diary survey data, which is conducted every five years; National Census transportation data; city and regional fuel sales data; and ICBC Aircare odometer data

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Initiatives that are helping us reach our goal and targets

Transportation 2040 Plan

The City of Vancouver's Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

Protected bicycle lanes

Find out about Vancouver's protected bike lanes – how they work, where they are, and how often they get used.

VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant public spaces

VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant spaces for walking and gathering.

Public bike share system

Vancouver’s public bike share program - Mobi, bikes we share – will launch in summer 2016.

Buses, ferries, trains, and planes

When you need to "go the distance", find pedestrian and bike-friendly alternatives to driving. Ride the bus, train, plane, or ferry.