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Traffic entering Vancouver, 1986 to 2005

Car ownership has increased overall in the City of Vancouver, from about 267,000 vehicles in 1991 to 312,000 in 2006, a 17% increase. But when set against the increase in population from 472,000 in 1991 to 578,000 in 2006, a 23% increase, vehicle ownership per resident has fallen from 0.57 to 0.54. It is the exact opposite of what has happened in the GVRD over the same period.

The number of vehicles entering the city has risen slightly since 1986; however there has been a 10% decrease in the past 10 years. Approximately 370,000 vehicles enter the city each day. New trips to and within Vancouver have been increasingly accommodated on transit, bike, and walk modes. This trend is in contrast to the rest of the region where we see auto modes increasing.

For the Downtown, the number of vehicles entering each day is under 250,000. In the past 10 years there has been a 7% decrease in vehicles entering the downtown. New trips to Downtown have been by transit, cycling and walking. In particular, walking has become the fastest growing and most important way of getting around the Downtown.

Vehicles owned by Vancouver residents are also being driven less. According to AirCare data the average distance driven per year fell from 20,700 km in 1993 to 14,800 km in 2002.

For more see the Vancouver Transportation Plan Progress Report




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