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Rapid implementation of bikeways for healthy, safe, equitable and more sustainable communities
MARCH 23, 2023 @ 12 - 1PM PACIFIC TIME

Over the past several years, cities across Canada and throughout the world have increasingly shifted their approach to delivering bikeways by following a rapid implementation or quick build approach. This approach enables the delivery of safe and comfortable cycling facilities—as well as comprehensive cycling networks—all at once and at a lower cost compared to traditional methods. The flexibility embedded in this process also enables fast and responsive design adjustments, ensuring that as facilities are made permanent over time, they meet the needs of a broad range of users and contribute to the creation of vibrant, prosperous, and resilient communities.

Rapid implementation facilitates an urgent response to a range of critical issues facing our communities, including public health, the climate emergency, social inequity, road safety, congestion, and increasingly constrained municipal budgets. For this reason, this approach became a key strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic, with cities around the world re-allocating road space to meet physical distancing requirements and accommodate changing mobility patterns. The COVID-19 pandemic has created generational changes in how people move around urban areas with a significant increase in active transportation in communities around the world.

TransLink, with the support of Urban Systems, recently developed the Rapid Implementation Design Guide for Bikeways in Metro Vancouver. This session will provide an overview of the Guide and how rapid implementation of cycling facilities can help create more healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.

Matt Craig – Director, System Planning, TransLink
Brian Patterson, RPP, MCIP – Senior Transportation Planner, Urban Systems

Mar 23, 2023 12:00 PM in Vancouver

National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
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