Metro Vancouver has completed the first phase in a study to assess existing transit and cycling options at regional parks.
Currently, most visitors come to regional parks by car. The study is part of an initiative to investigate ways to increase access to regional parks by public transit, biking or walking.
The Regional Parks Alternative Transportation Study, completed in August, provides an inventory of all regional parks and rates how well each park and greenway can be accessed by transit and by bike.
The study indicates that there is large range of accessibility to regional parks and greenways, with some being easily accessible and others having no access by transit or bikeway. Key findings show that:
- 33% of parks have excellent or very good cycling access;
- 26% of parks have excellent or very good transit access;
- 30% of parks and greenways have poor cycling access; and
- 33% of parks have no access to transit.
Some parks and greenways have similar ratings for both transit and bikeway access, while others have either good transit or good bikeway access, with a lower ranking in the other mode.
Metro Vancouver is now looking at a variety of tools to encourage people to get to a park or greenway without a car.