Connecting the region's cycling network to build a future for bikes in Metro Vancouver
Over 40% of people want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are scared of unsafe route conditions. We're working with municipalities, TransLink, and the provincial government to #UnGapTheMap across Metro Vancouver so that more people can cycle more often!
As part of our #UnGapTheMap campaign, we have identified over 400 priority gaps in Metro Vancouver's bicycle network that if filled, would get more people cycling more often. Click here to find the gap you want to adopt.
Your Adopt-a-Gap contribution will help to #UnGapTheMap by making cycling safer for all ages and abilities. You can adopt any gap that's meaningful to you.
Don't See an Important Gap on the map? Suggest a Gap!
The gaps shown on the map are gaps that have been identified by our Local Committees as being priorities in their advocacy work—gaps that would have a large impact on safety and ridership. However, our committees are not necessarily aware of all the important gaps in their cities. That's where you can help, by letting us know which gaps in the cycling network we can prioritize!
At the end of the day, our committees decide which routes priority gaps. However, you can join our committees and help advocate for routes that you think are important!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help to #UnGapTheMap?
- Adopt-a-Gap to help sustain our #UnGapTheMap campaign.
- Join one of HUB Cycling's Local Committees who identify gaps and work with decision makers to #UnGapTheMap.
- Email your MLA and BC's elected decision-makers and encourage them to support the introduction of innovative solutions such as cycle highways.
- Tell your local elected official to #UnGapTheMap - let them know about the cycling network gaps that are affecting you and your community.
- Help us spread the word about #UnGapTheMap using this handy postcard which summarises the problem and how we're working to solve it.
Is #UnGapTheMap just a campaign, or is work being done to actually improve cycling?
#UnGapTheMap is our name for coordinated work by HUB Cycling Board, staff and Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) members, in close collaboration with 10 local HUB committees across Metro Vancouver, to define all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling infrastructure 'gaps' in the region.
These priority gaps are defined according to municipality, jurisdiction and type, as well as qualitative criteria related to ridership impact, utility, safety and feasibility. Using this prioritization framework, we have identified and prioritized over 400 priority gaps that if fixed would allow more people to cycle, more safely, more often.
Gaps are then mapped and our local committees work with community groups, funding partners and different levels of government to advocate for improvements to these routes.
Regardless of funding sources and levels, #UnGapTheMap gives HUB Cycling a master plan for defining and prioritizing cycling network gaps across the region, something which does not otherwise exist.
What happened to the Mayors' Plan - wasn't cycling part of it?
The Mayor's Council approved Phase One (2017-2019) of TransLink's 10-year Vision which allocates nearly $30m for regional cycling infrastructure, including $12m for upgrades to TransLink owned cycling facilities. From 2020-2021, Phase Two will provide $24 million to municipalities for cycling infrastructure and an additional $9 million for upgrades to TransLink owned cycling facilities. Check-out TransLink's interactive map to learn about Phase One and Two cycling projects in your community. As a key stakeholder, HUB Cycling is working to ensure these projects promote AAA cycling.
Where does funding for cycling improvements come from?
It depends on the jurisdiction within which they are built.
Transportation infrastructure that passes over, under, through or directly adjacent to areas owned by the Province of BC, TransLink, First Nations or private entities will usually be funded by those entities, in whole or in part, in cooperation with relevant municipal governments.
Examples of such projects include Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, Massey Tunnel, Northwest Marine Drive, Pattullo Bridge, and Stanley Park Causeway. Rapid or mass public transit is funded by the Province of BC by way of our independent transit authority, TransLink.
With few exceptions, the balance of the region's transportation funding comes from local, municipal governments.
No matter whether you drive, take transit, ride a bike or walk, each year a portion of the property and other taxes you pay goes towards the construction and maintenance of our highways, roads, multi-use paths and trails. This includes federal and provincial taxes.