Vancouver leads Cascadia in protected bike lanes but lags behind Portland in other categories

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      There's no denying that Vancouver has made tremendous advances in increasing the number of cyclists on city streets.

      And that's good news for urban-planning nerds and those who want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

      According to an article by David Goldberg on the Seattle-based Sightline Institute website, Vancouver became North America's first city with 10 percent of commuters reaching their destination by bicycle.

      In the Cascadia region, Vancouver has the most miles of protected bike lanes: 16. That beats Seattle (14) and Portland (6), according to Goldberg.

      Vancouver also tops the charts in neighbourhood greenways.

      However, Mayor Gregor Robertson is going to have to get into gear if he wants to match these two cities in off-street trails and striped bike lanes.

      As the chart below demonstrates, Vancouver remains at the back of the pack in those two categories and is barely in second place for number of miles of bicycle infrastructure.

      Sightline Institute

      It's worth noting, however, that Portland is 375.5 square kilometres in area. Seattle is 217 square kilometres and Vancouver is only 115 square kilometres.

      This means that on a per square kilometre basis, Vancouver still has the most miles of cycling infrastructure in Cascadia.