Your Insights on Separated Bike Lanes in Vancouver

Three-in-five Metro Vancouver residents support the bike lane initiative, and seven-in-ten would endorse the implementation of a bicycle sharing system, similar to the ones currently in place in London, Paris and Montreal.

Vancouver, BC – Almost three years have passed since the City of Vancouver introduced separated bike lanes in certain areas of the municipality, and residents of Metro Vancouver are supportive of this initiative.

A new Insights West survey has found that three-in-five Metro Vancouver residents (61%) are in favour of the bike lane initiative, while just one third (33%) oppose it. Among those who reside in the City of Vancouver, support reaches 64 per cent.

Most residents responded positively to the perceived benefits bike lanes offer, agreeing particularly when it comes to  providing more opportunities for people to be physically active (75%), being safer for cyclists and motorists (74%) and reducing pollution (52%).

However, there are some drawbacks that are still causing concern to residents, with 70 per cent saying the bike lanes have made parking more difficult, and more than half (55%) asserting that they have hurt local businesses. Residents are split on whether the bike lanes are a good use of taxpayers’ money (agree 40%, disagree 47%).

Clear Interest in Bike-Sharing System in Metro Vancouver

Cities such as London, Paris and Montreal have implemented a bicycle sharing system, where bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis. Seven-in-ten Metro Vancouver residents (70%) would welcome the introduction of a similar program in Vancouver.

“While bike lanes have provided much fodder for discussions about Vancouver, most residents welcome the initiative and would like to see a bike-share program in place,” said Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “This sentiment is not only shared by those who rely on bikes to get to school or work, but also by people who take transit and drive.”

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary and has ten full-time and five part-time employees.

Results are based on online studies with Your Insights panel members conducted from June 22-25 , among 596 residents of the Lower Mainland aged 18+. YourInsights.ca is Insights West’s in-house access panel offering on-demand samples for both clients and research suppliers looking for Western Canadian populations. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for the Lower Mainland for age, gender, and region. While statistical margins of error are arguably not applicable to online panels/online studies of this nature, we have assumed that the same margins of error apply as if it were a true unweighted random probability sample: the sample would therefore have a margin of error of +/- 4.01 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty. View the detailed data tabulations.

For more information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs
Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com