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Switching to alternatives can save you money. You can reduce your monthly gasoline bill or save a significant amount if you're able to give up one vehicle (this year's CAA cost-estimate for owning and operating a passenger vehicle is $9,300).

Active modes (walking and cycling) can provide you with daily exercise needed to stay healthy and fit. Most transit trips also begin and end with a walk. Active modes are an excellent way of ensuring your children get the daily exercise they need.

When it comes to walking, cycling and using transit there is increased safety in numbers. Greater numbers can serve as a deterrent to criminal activity. More people walking or cycling also increases their visibility to motorists.

Automobiles are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution (respiratory health problems), and solid particles in water (which damage marine life). If we can each make small changes, this can have a huge effect on reducing these environmental impacts.

Traffic congestion can impact our local economy by increasing the cost of moving goods, or redirecting jobs to less congested and more efficient jurisdictions.

Using alternatives means that you are doing your part to help address these issues.

Consider choosing one or a combination of the options to listed below. Park your car one day a week.  Try a different method of getting to work, school or your weekend destination.  You may find that it's easier than you thought.

View the City of Vancouver Transportation Plan update to find out how people are getting around.  Click here for a PDF of the brochure.


Everyday in Vancouver, your neighbours and colleagues make over 300,000 trips on foot.  Why not join them? Short trips to local destinations such as schools, community centres, libraries and local shops and services are ideal for walking.

Did you know that walk trips make up 27% of all trips to Downtown and 65% of trips within Downtown which accounts for 17% of all trips in Vanvouver?


Trips made by bike each day in Vancouver increased 180% between 1994 and 2005.  Bike trips in Vancouver have almost tripled to over 50,000 trips a day make up 2,700 trips into Downtown in the morning peak period, equivalent to 50 to 60 full transit buses. 

Cycling is also the fastest growing way to get around. Medium distance trips are usually the most convenient.  Also, consider extending your range by taking your bike on transit or by using an electric bike. 

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition - Free Commuter Cycling Skills Courses

Bike Route Maps  


From community shuttles to SkyTrain, transit offers options for a variety of destinations. In 2005, plans were completed to significantly improve the quality, quantity, and reliability of transit service.

Did you know that 17% of Vancouverites use the transit system as their main source of transportation?

Car-pooling or van-pooling can be an effective option if you commute between municipalities or if your regular work trip is not well served by transit.  A new online ride-matching service makes finding a ride, or a driver, easier than ever.

If you need a vehicle for the occasional trip, consider joining a car-sharing co-op, where you can access a variety of jointly owned vehicles.

Skip a Trip
Look for opportunities to eliminate trips or reduce their length.  For example, combine a shopping trip with your commute, do your banking on-line or work from home one day a week.  You might also discover shops and services closer to your home that meet your needs. 


For times when you have to drive, make sure that you are getting the most out of your vehicle.  See our vehicles section for tips on saving money, increasing safety and reducing harmful exhaust emissions.