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Bicycle Highways: What Canada Can Learn from International Experience

November 20, 2018

In Europe, bicycle highways are a powerful emerging tool to attract new riders, replace vehicle trips, and improve public health. They enable safe and comfortable long-distance bike travel between major destinations.

Most North American urban areas lack high-quality infrastructure for long-distance cycling trips. This gap will become more critical as e-bikes continue to shrink distances, making long cycling trips easier and more accessible.

Using international examples our presenters gave an overview of bicycle highway planning, design, and implementation.


Gavin Davidson – Principal, Gavin Davidson and Associates

Gavin is a professional planner and a nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, planning and facility design. He brings two decades of experience facilitating interdisciplinary teams and developing ambitious, award-winning plans and projects.

Sophie Edmondson – Principal Sponsor, Cycle Superhighways, Transport for London (UK)

Sophie leads the development and delivery of high-profile bicycle infrastructure projects. She is accountable for business case development, budgeting and governance for these initiatives, which have ambitious timescales and challenging stakeholder interactions.

Alex Taciuk – Bike Share & Active Transportation Coordinator, University of British Columbia

Alex leads active transportation projects and coordinates a dockless bike share system for UBC’s Campus + Community Planning team. A graduate of UBC’s Masters of Community and Regional Planning program, Alex has led projects on bicycle sharing, vehicle sharing, active transportation data analysis, and walkability for seniors.

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