Green transportation


Goal: Make walking, cycling, and public transit preferred transportation options

The air we breathe, the amount of land we need, our physical well-being, and the cost of travel are all impacted by our transportation choices.

To improve our quality of life, and achieve the City's green transportation goal, we need to make Vancouver a city where moving on foot or by bike is safe, convenient, and enjoyable.

At the same time, transit should be fast, frequent, reliable, and accessible, and public spaces should be vibrant places alive with people.

Green transportation targets at a glance

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

How we measure success

Indicator Baseline  2012  % change 2020 target
Percent of trips made by foot, bicycle, and transit  40% of trips (2008) 44% of trips  +10% * 50% of trips
Total vehicle km driven
per person
Not available  New survey
in fall 2013 
  20% below 2007 levels

* There has been a 10% change from the baseline of 40% mode share by foot, bike and transit and a 4% increase in mode share.

Priority actions and progress

Priority action

% Complete
Jun 2013

Complete a new Active Transportation Master Plan and update it with direction from the GCAP 75%
Improve pedestrian safety by developing and implementing a pedestrian safety study and action plan 100%
Work with partners to advocate for rapid transit for the Broadway Corridor 50%
Pursue the development of a bike-share program in Vancouver's downtown and other high-potential cycling areas 80%

Current programs that are helping the City reach this target

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.

Central Broadway Corridor

The Broadway Corridor plan will ensure that Central Broadway continues to be a competitive and sustainable business and residential area.


The Comox-Helmcken Greenway will provide an important east-west connection through Downtown from False Creek to Stanley Park and will be developed in two phases.

Public bike share system

In 2015, the City plans to launch a public bike share (PBS) system – a network of shared-use bicycles available for short-term use for a fee.

Separated bicycle lanes

Find out about Vancouver's separated bike lanes program. The video will show you how they work, and how to work within them.

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. Learn more here.

VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant pedestrian spaces

VIVA Vancouver is the program that reduces the use of cars on select city streets throughout the summer.

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2012-2013 highlight

The network of bike routes in Vancouver is over 255km long

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Improving active transportation

Learn more about this goal

Greenest City 2020 Goal 4

Read complete details of our green transportation goal in the Greenest City Action Plan

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Last modified: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:33