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Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

One of the best transportation stories of 2016 comes from Vancouver, British Columbia, which achieved its goal of having transit, biking, and walking account for 50 percent of all trips a full four years ahead of schedule. Bicycling is a big part of that shift, and now one of every 10 work trips is by bike.

Vancouver is a city that prides itself on rejecting freeways in the 1960s and 70s. It is the only major city in North America without freeways in the core. Recently the city set out to build on the achievements of previous generations by increasing "sustainable modes" to account for two-thirds of all trips by 2040 (read up on the city's goals).

I was in Vancouver for the ProWalk ProBike ProPlace conference this summer and spoke to several people involved in the effort to make Vancouver a more multi-modal city, including former chief planner Brent Toderian, Manager of Transportation Planning Dale Bracewell, and Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, the activist couple behind Modacity.

I hope this Streetfilm provides a taste what it's like to have so many different options at your disposal -- bike, bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, and more. And don't miss our short from earlier this year: Vancouver's Breathtaking Network of Protected Bike lanes.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • http://ecoplanning.ca/ Eric Doherty

    Great video! But be aware that it is about the City of Vancouver, which is only a small part of #MetroVancouver. The battle over freeways has been won in the City, but the provincial so-called 'Liberal' government (which gets lot of political donations from big oil) has been on a freeway building binge for over a decade. Fraser Voices is the leading grassroots group fighting the 10-lane $3.5 Billion+ bridge proposed to replace the 4-lane Massey Tunnel. See https://www.facebook.com/FraserVoices/?ref=bookmarks

    The fights against urban freeway expansion need great videos too!