Monday, September 17, 2012

CRD Origin Destination Household Travel Survey Released #yyj



Findings of CRD Origin Destination Household Travel Survey Released 

Victoria, BC – The new CRD Origin Destination Household Travel Survey Report will be featured at a Regional Transportation Plan workshop with stakeholders, municipal and provincial governments on September 19, 2012, and presented to the Planning, Transportation and Protective Services Committee meeting that afternoon.

Key findings show that trip length has increased steadily over the last ten years and the percentage of people using transit, cycling and walking has hardly changed, which means that there is an increased number of cars on roads. The study also found that transit, pedestrian and cycling mode share was greatest in the high residential and employment areas of the Core municipalities of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Oak Bay and View Royal, indicating that residents in these areas are making a greater commitment to active and public transportation.

Similar trends are also evident within the urban communities of Sidney, Langford, Colwood and Sooke, particularly for walking. While there has been some progress in implementing priorities in the Region’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, key investments in active transportation and transit as well as increased densification in urban centres is needed to reduce the number of cars on the road.

The survey shows that within all sub-regions, the number of internal trips is far higher than external trips. In the Saanich Peninsula and Westshore, internal trips account for 70% of all trips and in the Core, 89% of all trips are internal. Efforts to increase these percentages by offering greater mode choice for shorter trips and building more complete communities will take pressure off major roads.

The information gathered in the region wide survey will be used for CRD initiatives such as the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Regional Sustainability Strategy (RSS) as well as municipal and provincial transportation initiatives.

The Origin Destination Report and Transmittal Report can be found at: http://www.crd.bc.ca/transportation/analysis/origin-study.htm.

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