Victoria has been ranked the greenest transportation city in Canada (according to a University of British Columbia survey). The 2ND annual national ranking of environmentally friendly transportation and the second year Victoria has come out on top.
Meant as a means to foster competition and inspire improvements, the survey criteria considers the number of vehicles on the road, the percentage of people who walk, bike or ride transit and how many buses and taxis use hybrid power or alternate fuel sources.
Tourism Victoria acknowledges this delegation and is
proud to promote Victoria, BC as Canada's most walkable city.
In Victoria, BC alternative transportation options such as walking, biking and
public transit are used by a significant portion of residents and visitors,
reinforcing Victoria's title as "Canada's Fittest City" (Statistics Canada
2006). With the mildest climate in the country, Victoria's natural beauty
inspires people to get out and enjoy their surroundings, making healthy,
car-free vacations easy and enjoyable.
Some key examples of Victoria's sustainable transportation options include:
- In 2007 Victoria Regional Transit conventional
buses, community buses and handyDART vehicles began using a 20%
- Victoria, BC has been chosen as the testing grounds for
the first hybrid double-decker bus in North America. A continuation of
Victoria's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, providing accessible
transit options and sustainable living, the hybrid double-decker bus is a
unique way to travel throughout the downtown core. The hybrid bus seats 77
passengers, has a smaller nine litre engine and uses electric cells to
power the bus during start up mode, leading to considerable fuel savings.
- Harbour Air seaplanes is North America's first carbon neutral airline.
- Wilson's Transportation uses bio-diesel fuel, making them the first large
private sector coach and school bus fleet in Canada to switch exclusively
to bio-diesel fuel.
- CVS Cruise Victoria - All coaches operate on 100% Soy based Bio-Fuel
- The Victoria International Airport (YYJ) offers a bicycle assembly station which includes a work bench, air pump, bicycle parking, storage shed with cardboard
bicycle boxes so you can take a box or leave one for someone else, and four bicycle storage lockers.
- Yellow Cab has about 55 hybrids in its 90-odd-member fleet.
With excellent air quality, a high number of municipal and transit vehicles using alternative fuels, an extensive network of cycling trails and high housing and hotel density in the city core, Victoria not only shows its commitment to being a leader in sustainable transportation, but also allows visitors to experience a car-free vacation in British Columbia's capital city.