New transportation plan to seek Olympic Games-style transport mode shifts

During the last ten years, Vancouver has done better than any other city in the world in shifting transit trips from cars to foot, cycle and transit, according to city transportation engineer Jerry Dobrovolny.

Dobrovolny made the boast during a council report on the upcoming consultation for the city’s next 10-year transportation plan.

Between 1996 and 2011, when the downtown population rose 75 percent and downtown jobs rose 26 percent, the number of vehicles entering the downtown core dropped 20 percent.

A key goal of the city’s new plan, which will go out for the first phase of consultation next month, will be to continue that trend, perhaps driving to the levels achieved during the Olympics: 40 percent more trips, 30 percent fewer car trips and double the number of foot and cycle trips.

Stand by for consultation.