As British Columbia’s largest university, UBC is a destination for students, staff, faculty, neighbourhood residents, alumni and citizens from communities across the region. UBC is focused on reducing automobile trips to and from campus by adding new infrastructure, and making improvements to existing infrastructure that encourage our campus community to choose more sustainable travel modes.
RAPID TRANSIT STRATEGY APPROVED BY UBC’S BOARD
Last year the UBC Board of Governors approved the next steps to help bring rapid transit to the Vancouver campus, a once-in-a-generation transformational opportunity for improved connectivity for both the University and region. This included endorsing the ongoing technical strategy for rapid transit, approving the business strategy of exploring, along with external partners, a contribution towards the regional share of a rapid transit extension to accelerate its completion to the campus; an ongoing engagement strategy for rapid transit, including continued discussion with senior governments, regional partners, and the UBC community; and continued engagement with external partners to secure an agreement to complete rapid transit to the campus as a seamless continuation of the Skytrain’s Millennium Line.
Together, these efforts have the potential to unlock the transformational
social, environmental and economic benefits that rapid transit will bring to the
University and region.
WALK N’ ROLL CREATES CAR FREE MORNING
The Walk n’ Roll program promotes active and sustainable transportation to local elementary school kids from UBC neighbourhoods. It encourages kids and parents to give up their car commute by offering walking school buses and bike trains from different pick-up locations across UBC. To celebrate Walk n’ Roll, a new event – Car Free Morning – was launched to transform a vehicle entry area into a family friendly festival. Building on its success, Car Free Morning will become an annual event of the Walk n’ Roll program.
WAYFINDING IMPROVEMENTS FOR CYCLISTS ACROSS CAMPUS
Research by transportation planning students at the School of Community and Regional Planning indicated that cyclists have a difficult time navigating the campus. As a result, UBC is adding new wayfinding for cyclists to attract more people to designated cycle routes that connect to key destinations on campus. The new wayfinding signage will be installed next year.
TACKLING BIKE THEFT ON CAMPUS
Project 529 is a smartphone app that provides a community-based bike registration and recovery service. It keeps bikes safe from theft by recording unique information to help reunite owners with their stolen bikes.
Last year Campus + Community Planning, the University Neighbourhoods Association, and Campus Security partnered with Project 529 to help tackle bike theft on the Point Grey Campus. In September and October, a back-to-school campaign at student residences and campus-wide events including Crime Prevention Week and Bike to Work Week registered over 300 bikes on campus.
UBC OKANAGAN INCREASES TRANSIT CAPACITY AND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
NEW TRANSIT EXCHANGE
A new campus transit exchange completed in 2017 includes new bus bays, layover stations, transit shelters and cycling facilities. The result of a partnership between the Government of Canada, Province of BC, UBC and the City of Kelowna, the new facility is part of nearly $160 million in federal and provincial 2017 funding for BC Transit projects.
The project increases the capacity of the existing transit system, supports sustainable transportation options, and provides a critical hub in a regional network that connects people and communities to UBC Okanagan and across Kelowna.
IMPROVING CAMPUS ACCESS
Significant campus development and infrastructure improvements last year supported UBC Okanagan’s development as a vibrant, sustainable community. Multiple road and infrastructure projects improved campus access, increased transit options, and encouraged active transportation. This included the extension of John Hindle Drive, and a shared pedestrian and cycling pathway to provide access to campus from the west, slated for completion by September 2018.