As a key part of the Regional Transportation Plan, the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan (PCMP) envisions the Capital Region as a truly livable and environmentally sustainable community, where walking and cycling are key components of an innovative and integrated transportation system.

The PCMP focuses on a collaborative approach to implementing the five E’s of sustainable transportation (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation) in both rural and urban communities. The plan identified a series of infrastructure investments and supportive programming to aid in achieving a regional mode share of 15% each for pedestrians and cyclists - with 25% in densely populated areas - by 2038.

PCMP Implementation Project

Funded through the Government of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund Transfer Program, the PCMP Implementation Pilot Project began in June 2013 and completed May 2015. The project received a Gold Award for Excellence in Planning Practice from the Planning Institute of BC - a testament to our region's commitment to active transportation and the collaborative efforts of our government partners, funders and community advisors. Implementation activities included:

Bikenomics - A Primer on the Economic Impact of Cycling in the Capital Region

The CRD worked with Urban Systems to carry out a preliminary scan of the economic impact of cycling in the capital region. The report provides important new information such as the impact of retail bicycle businesses and key business leaders' perspective on cycling-related impacts on tourism, small business and technology sectors.

Bicycle Rider’s Map

This convenient, pocket-sized map provides cyclists with information on routes and amenities across the capital region and includes an important comfort rating profile to help navigate routes best suited for different abilities.

It is available in municipal halls, recreation centres, schools, campuses and local bike shops.

Cruise with Courtesy

This educational campaign was designed to encourage road and trail users to be respectful and patient with each other. Courtesy is always a two-way street. If we follow the rules and forgive one another when we make mistakes we’ll all enjoy a happier commute.

Cycling Destination Wayfinding Guidelines

These guidelines were designed to encourage mode shift by helping cyclists navigate local bike networks and access major community destinations. Six communities received funding to undertake wayfinding pilot projects in their communities.

The guidelines were developed in collaboration with municipalities and stakeholders from across the region during a 9-month process. Corresponding sign templates for CRD communities are available by contacting Sarah Webb.

Cycling Skills Courses

The CRD partnered with the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society to offer free cycling skills courses in recreation centres, libraries, campuses and schools across the capital region. More than 450 adults and 100 children were provided on-road and in-classroom training in road riding, cycling safety, and route planning.

Special Events, Forums and Festivals

The CRD supported eight different community organizations by providing contributions of up to $10,000 to host forums, festivals and events which promoted cycling, walking and other forms of active transportation. In addition, the CRD partnered with the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition to host the Trans-Form Speaker Series which brought together award-winning speakers and thought-leaders to discuss issues related to cycling, walking and community planning.

Innovative Infrastructure Fund

This fund provided approximately $470,000 to eight different communities towards infrastructure projects that enhanced comfort, increased safety and encouraged walking and/or cycling.

Resources

PCMP Documents

Quick Facts

Total length of CRD bikeway:
775km

Comfortable for all riders:
(Class 1 standard):
25% of cycling network /
192km

Separated on-street bikeways:
Existing: 0km
Proposed: 329km

Bike & shoulder lanes:
Existing: 68km
Proposed: 191km

Shared lanes:
Existing: 14km
Proposed: 45km