|Submission Date||May 5, 2020|
University of Victoria
IN-48: Innovation B
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Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
The University of Victoria Campus Cycling Plan (CCP) outlines a comprehensive and coordinated policy approach to support cycling as a safe, enjoyable and convenient mode of transportation on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Released in January of 2019, it is a comprehensive ten-year framework and guide for the implementation of cycling infrastructure, some of which the university has already begun construction. This includes cycling and pedestrian network pathways, bicycle parking, , showers and change rooms on campus. The CCP also provides policy direction on strategies to improve levels of comfort and safety on shared areas, pathways and roads. The Plan exemplifies the university’s commitment to fostering sustainable and active transportation choices; and as a result, the university received the Canadian Institute of Planner’s 2019 Award for Planning Excellence Merit in the New and Emerging Planning Initiatives category, which highlighted the Plan’s innovation and significance.
The CCP is based on extensive input from students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus, making this a truly collaborative effort between the University of Victoria, the campus community, and the further reaching local community.
To help guide the plan, five bicycle planning principles were developed based on input from the campus community. They are (see page i):
1. To create a campus where students, staff, faculty and visitors can safely ride their bicycles no matter where they are headed on campus.
2. To create a bicycle-friendly campus that will help achieve the transportation goals set out in the Campus Plan and the Sustainability Action Plan; notably, working towards increasing the use of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling to 70% of all trips to campus by increasing the cycling mode share to 10%
3. To work towards the development of an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network by creating new and enhanced cycling infrastructure on campus, including bicycle connections, bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities.
4. To plan cycling network and facility improvements in a way that supports a balanced and connected multi-modal transportation system.
5. To improve levels of safety and comfort for pedestrians and cyclists on shared pathways across campus
Based on these principles, four key strategies were identified to guide the implementation of the plan’s policy recommendations and cycling network improvements. Each of these strategies has an associated series of detailed actions to be taken in order to support their respective strategies. The four strategies are (see page 4):
1. Transportation Planning Priorities – Establish a decision tool to guide policy decisions and to prioritize the needs and safety of each group of road users on campus
2. Shared Space and Safety – Implement a shared space policy approach that promotes respectful active transportation etiquette and awareness in designated Shared Space areas
3. Cycling Network – Enhance the cycling network to improve safety and comfort for cyclists on campus in order to increase the cycling mode share to 10%
4. End-of-trip Facilities – Enhances end-of-trip facilities to improve the current level of service and support the demand that would result from a cycling mode share of 10%
The CCP has already begun implementation, with construction of various pathways, bike racks and shelters well underway.
The infrastructure outlined in the plan that is currently under construction and/or in progress includes:
- University Drive pathway network
- Dawnview Crescent-Vikes Way pathway network
- CARSA-McKinnon bike racks and shelter
- CARSA pathway “Share the Space” pilot
Some of the infrastructure outlined in the plan has already been constructed, including:
- Ocean-Climate building (Queenswood) bike racks and shelters
- Centennial Stadium bike racks and shelters
More UVic Campus Cycling Plan information: https://www.uvic.ca/campusplanning/current-projects/campus-cycling-plan/index.php
Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Coordination & Planning
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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