TransLink has approved the routes for major new regional bike infrastructure — the Major Bike Network (MBN).
Funding is already approved, and is included in the $9.3B 10-Year Vision as $131M for “Regional Cycling”. That’s 1.5% of total spending, showing that bike infrastructure is really cheap, and that you can do ambitious stuff, even spending less as a percentage than cycling’s regional mode share (~ 2%).
The plan calls for around 300 km of separated bike lanes, and 2,400 km of bike routes (usually in neighbourhoods with lower traffic). The MBN will be cost-shared with the municipality.
The MBN is based on the Regional Cycling Strategy (48-page PDF) published in June 2011 by TransLink. It’s a part of work intended to help deal with Vancouver’s big transportation problem.
It looks to me that TransLink and its municipal partners based their thinking in part on the success the City of Vancouver is having with its smart but small bike lane network. For this reason, TransLink’s funding will favour so-called AAA (All Ages and Abilities) type of bike infrastructure, since this is a highly successful way, it seems, to boost bike mode share in car-dominated Metro Vancouver. Successful because of the focus on people being able to choose a bike for transportation, as an additional option to other methods of getting around.
Also worth noting is the identification of places with high cycling potential within a community or within the region. See the cross-hatched areas on the map below.
Before the whining gets too loud, the existing Major Road Network (MRN) is getting $330 million in upgrades, including seismic ones. And this network was built long ago.