Active Transportation

BC Active Transportation Summit – New Westminster – June 17th and 18th


New Westminster will be hosting this year’s British Columbia Active Transportation Summit, June 17th and 18th. The 2 day event will be held at the Anvil Centre and will bring together planners, engineers, and experts from local and provincial governments, industry, nonprofits, and academia to explore how to make active transportation for pedestrians, people with disabilities, and cyclists an essential part of all communities across British Columbia. We are a sponsor for the event and our team of Brian Patterson, Sarah Freigang, Dan Casey, Andrew Cuthbert, Jeremy Finkleman, Matthew Sallee, Barry Fan and Jamie Hilland are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with the active transportation community.

Transit and Active Transportation in Small and Rural Communities

When: Monday June 17th, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sarah Freigang, Community Planner, Urban Systems Vancouver
Andrew Cuthbert, Community Planner, Urban Systems Vancouver
Heather Lamb, Spinal Cord BC
Matthew Boyd, BC Transit
Alison Watson, Cycle 16 Trail Society

Sarah Freigang – Transportation Planner
Andrew Cuthbert – Community Planner
Small and rural communities are interested promoting active transportation, but their drivers for doing so are different from those of larger urban centres. Above all, residents want infrastructure that connects to recreation amenities, supports economic development and tourism and creates a safer environment. This presentation will explore three communities (District of Summerland, Village of Queen Charlotte, and the District of Tofino) that have recently completed active transportation plans from an economic development and tourism lens and that also provide more safe and comfortable active transportation facilities. The presentation will touch on the following themes:

  • Links to Recreation
  • Interest in Economic Development and Tourism Opportunities
  • Engaged Residents
  • Smaller Budgets for Implementation

BCAT Design Guide Workshop – A New Resource for BC – An Interactive Workshop

When: Monday June 17th, 1 PM – 3 PM
Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Lead, Urban Systems Vancouver
Dan Casey, Transportation Planner, Urban Systems Victoria
Jesse Skulmoski, Director, Planning and Strategic Initiatives at Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Brian Patterson, Active Transportation Lead
Dan Casey – Transportation Planner
The BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) is currently developing a comprehensive BC Active Transportation Design Guide which is scheduled for release in time for the Summit.

The Design Guide is a comprehensive resource for the design, implementation, and maintenance of active transportation facilities across the province of BC. The Design Guide is a detailed planning and engineering guide that provides practical design guidance and application information about transportation and traffic engineering, operations, maintenance, and management relevant to active transportation facilities.

The Design Guide brings together a broad range of resources – from local and provincial engineering standards to national and international best practices – and was developed with input from a diverse range of stakeholders across the province comprising local and regional government staff and representatives of other government agencies, advocacy groups, professional associations, and academics from post-secondary institutions.

Bike Share & Beyond: New Mobilities for the Near Future – A Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday June 18th 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Adam Hyslop, Transportation Planner for UBC Campus & Community Planning
Natalie Corbo, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator at City of North Vancouver
Trisha Cacchione, Director of Operations U-Bicycle
Allen Mankewich, Independent Living Consultant – Government and Community Relations
Anna Zivarts, Rooted in Rights
Tanya Paz, Tanya Paz Consulting
Jeremy Finkleman, Transportation Planner, Urban Systems Vancouver

As recent as two years ago, bike share systems were largely funded by municipalities who often coordinated (with or without the aid of non-profit agencies or corporate sponsors) the acquisition of stations and bicycles. By contrast, emerging bike share systems are generally 100% funded and operated by private actors. As a result of these changes to the industry, Canada has seen a growth in bike share systems from four systems in 2016 to almost 20 today.

The rapid emergence of these travel modes has implications on how we move about cities and on cities themselves. A frank conversation on issues, challenges, and near-term directions is proposed, comprising representatives from industry and the public sector to discuss and debate the following:

  • Should cities invest in capital intensive docked bike share systems in an era when dockless providers are increasingly offering to manage and operate services for free?
  • What is the role for bike share in a multimodal transportation system?
  • Two years into dockless bike sharing, what are the key challenges that have emerged?
  • Where should dockless vehicles park?
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    Jeremy Finkleman – Transportation Planner
  • Where (if at all) should e-scooters be accommodated?
  • How have municipalities been addressing equity?

The panel will be moderated by Urban System’s Jeremy Finkleman. Jeremy is a transportation planner and new mobility specialist with a strong analytical background. He is pioneering a new practice area in car and bike sharing, working and advising clients as to how best to leverage new mobility applications in pursuit of strategic goals. Jeremy has a strong background in transit planning, traffic modelling, as well as concept development and assessment. He has worked with provincial, regional and municipal clients across Western Canada.

Urban Systems presents: Tactical Urbanism 101

When: Tuesday, June 18th, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Anvil Centre Foyer and Hyack Square
Presented by:
Andrew Cuthbert, Community Planner, Urban Systems Vancouver
Jamie Hilland, Sustainable Transportation Planner, Urban Systems Winnipeg

Andrew Cuthbert – Community Planner
Jamie Hilland – Sustainable Transportation Planner
If you’ve wanted to learn more about Tactical Urbanism, then this is the workshop for you! Come and join experienced Tactical Urbanism practitioners Andrew Cuthbert and Jamie Hilland in this jam packed 1.5 hour workshop on Tactical Urbanism. This workshop that will provide a summary of what Tactical Urbanism actually is, where and when it should be applied, policy and contextual considerations, a review of past projects and their impact, and the basics of how to make a Tactical Urbanism project happen in your community, including potential materials and designs.

Following this discussion, workshop participants will work as a group to envision how to transform Hyack Square, located just across the street from the Anvil Centre, and then spend the last hour working as a group to use paint, chalk, and other materials to transform and activate this public space into a vibrant and friendly place for all.

Space for this workshop is quite limited, and registration is capped at 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Participants should register at the Urban Systems booth located in the Anvil Centre no later than 11 am on Tuesday morning.

Bi-Directional Bicycle Facilities – Poster Session

Presented by:
Barry Fan, Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems Vancouver
Matthew Sallee, Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems Victoria

Barry Fan – Transportation Engineer
Matthew Sallee – Transportation Engineer
Bi-directional cycling facilities or shared-use pathways can generally be suitable forms of cycling infrastructure when placed adjacent to highways, within greenway, utility or rail corridors, or within parks or adjacent to water features such has rivers or creeks. However, sometimes in a constrained urban context, municipalities are implementing bi-directional facilities due to space limitations, construction cost, street functionality and considerations on the built-up land-use context. Separated bikeways and pathways that follow the streets can be considered as an attractive option as they offer the directness of on-street facilities, while providing a high level of comfort for users.

While generally considered a less desirable option when compared to uni-directional facilities, bi-directional cycling facilities or shared use pathways can be designed to be comfortable and safe for all users. When considering a bi-directional facility, it is important to review the challenges associated with having contraflow bicycle travel. Contraflow movements require special attention at intersections, driveways and other conflict points as people walking and driving may not anticipate contraflow bicycle movements.

The purpose of this poster is to present case studies for recently implemented bi-directional facilities in the urban context that Urban Systems has designed across BC, including the Fort Street Bike Lanes (and Pandora Street) in Victoria, West Keith Road Bicycle Facilities in North Vancouver, Stanley Park Causeway Cycling and Pedestrian Improvements and the Russ Baker Way Multi-use Pathway on Sea Island. The presentation material will highlight best practices and context specific design considerations, including intersection treatments, types of separation, and more.

For more BC Active Transportation Summit information visit their website.

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