Goal: By 2030, 50 per cent of all trips in Whistler are by transit and active transport
Personal vehicles are by far Whistler’s largest source of GHG emissions, accounting for 54% of Whistler’s total emissions. Moving beyond car-based transport to active transport and increased transit use is a key opportunity to reduce transport related emissions. Averaging out summer and winter 2019 survey results, 67% of full-time residents make most of their trips to work in cars, while 33% travel to work primarily using transit or active transport.
View the initiatives that support this Big Move goal, and find out the latest progress on each action.
Is there an opportunity for the community to take action on any of these initiatives? Or are they all RMOW-focused?
1. Increase transit service by keeping fares affordable to make transit the preferred personal transport option
2. Enable shorter trip times by infrastructure improvements such as queue jumper, bus acceleration lanes, or dedicated bus lanes
3. Continually improve accessibility, inclusiveness, and the overall travel experience for public transit
4. Continue to improve transit stop infrastructure such as shelters, benches, and accessibility.
5. Engage with the Provincial government and continue to collaborate with neighbouring communities on regional transit
Travel around Whistler by bus. Switching a 10-kilometre commute from car to transit could reduce your carbon footprint by 1500 pounds a year. What’s more, travelling by bus will become even cleaner in the future, thanks to BC Transit’s initiative to move towards a fully electric provincial fleet.
6. Prioritize development and maintenance of active transport infrastructure such as closing gaps in the Valley Trail Network
7. Scale up use of e-bikes and other e-mobility devices and address barriers to progress
Travel by bike or Class 1 e-bike. An e-bike produces roughly 1/6000th of the greenhouse gas emissions compared to a car. That means if you work 200 days a year for 30 years, you will emit the same greenhouse gas over your career commuting with an e-bike compared to just one day with a car. The RMOW introduced a draft e-bike policy that allows for the responsible use of Class 1 pedal-assisted e-bikes on the Valley Trail. Class 2 and 3 e-bikes are allowed on roads and the highway. Learn more about e-bike classes.
Land use considerations
8. Incentivize the development of compact neighbourhood nodes, and ensure new development is connected to transit and active transport infrastructure
9. Continued commitment to ensuring that Whistler is made up of increasingly complete and compact neighbourhood
Climate and Environment