Part of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the 2011 Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan (PCMP) sets out a strategy for significantly increasing active transportation throughout the region. The PCMP focuses on infrastructure and programming that respond to the needs of both rural and urban communities. The plan targets a regional mode share of 15% each for walking and cycling - with 25% in densely populated areas – by 2038. The CRD also has a Salt Spring Island Edition of the PCMP.

The PCMP included active transportation infrastructure guidelines to support municipalities implement the plan. These have now been updated by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

National and provincial active transportation information can be found here: 

Implementation 

Implementing the PCMP is a shared responsibility among the CRD, its member municipalities and electoral areas, and the Province. Since the development of the PCMP in 2011, many municipalities have developed and are implementing active transportation plans to achieve mode share goals. 

The CRD trialed different implementation approaches in its award-winning PCMP Implementation Pilot Project. The pilot collaboratively developed regional resources for local government and community partners and identified the best investments for the CRD to support active transportation. 

To support multimodal infrastructure development, the CRD worked with Urban Systems to carry out a preliminary scan of the economic impact of cycling in the capital region. The 2015 report Bikenomics - A Primer on the Economic Impact of Cycling in the Capital Region shows the economic development potential of active transportation. The report provides perspective on cycling-related impacts on tourism, small business and technology sectors. 

Ongoing implementation work arising from the PMCP and RTP include: 

2011 PCMP Documents

Quick Facts

Total length of CRD bikeway (January 1, 2021):

  • 2020: 888.99km
    Added 2019: 6.64km
  • Multi-Use Trail
    2020: 375.03km
    Added 2019: 0km
  • Buffered Bike Lane
    2020: 26.63km
    Added 2019: 1.11km
  • Standard Bike Lane
    2020:  472.80km
    Added 2019: 2.65km
  • Protected Bike Lane
    2020:  11.96km
    Added 2019: 2.88km
  • Time Restricted Bike Lane
    2020:  2.57km
    Added 2019: 0km