Last Chance to Comment on UBC Cycling Plan: October 8th!


The UBC Transit Consultation is currently underway. The final day to comment is Friday, October 8th!

For cyclists, it is important to comment because the UBC Cycling Plan is part of the Transportation Consultation. The “AMS Bike Coop” does not officially endorse or oppose the cycling plan, however we encourage you to critically review the plan and share your concerns.

To aid you in analyzing the plan, the bike co-op would like to share some of our concerns. Currently, the plan doesn’t appear to set measurable goals, have specific details on how bike paths will be affected by the new bus loop locations, or include new strategies to encourage cycling at UBC.

You can read more about our concerns below, or skip straight to the plan using the following links. Your input is needed to tell Campus and Community Planning what you, as cyclists, would like the plan to include!

View the Campus Cycling Plan: http://www.planning.ubc.ca/vancouver_home/consultations/transportation_consultation_2010/articles376.php

Make your Comments Here: http://www.planning.ubc.ca/vancouver_home/consultations/transportation_consultation_2010.php
(Scroll down until you see “Feedback Online”)

Possible Concerns

1. The cycling plan does not have a specific modeshare goal that it has set to meet. (An example of modeshare would be 20% of all trips or 25% of all trips within 5km) – The plan does not set measurable goals.

2. All 3 transit reconfigurations move (at a minimum) the trolley buses back to University Blvd. This is the entry point for over 50% of the cyclists entering campus. The plan mentions no specific mitigation measures to improve cycle entry/exit and flow. Because the two plans (bus & cycling) have not been integrated, it is very difficult for stakeholders (cyclists and public transit users) to critically assess the plans. – The plan has no specific information about how bike paths will be affected by the new bus loop locations.

3. Generally the end of trip facility upgrades seem to be good, with improvements including: additional bike cages, cycling showers, and bike racks. However many of the upgrades mentioned have actually already been implemented. While more facilities will be added few of them seem to be part of the ‘new plan’ and it includes legacy features and projects already in the works. No new ideas seem to have been proposed – The plan does not include new strategies to encourage cycling at UBC.