Surrey Transportation Plan: Making the Shift

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Surrey is growing, and Surrey residents make over one and a half million trips every day. How we move around makes a difference: motor vehicle collisions are a major cause of injury, hospitalization and death in Surrey, every year on average, 20 people die and 12,000 are injured on Surrey’s roads. How we move around also has a huge impact on the environment: over 45% of Surrey’s Greenhouse Gases that cause climate change come from transportation. Over the past year in the province of BC we’ve seen the impacts of climate change. And the science is clear: things will only get worse if we don’t make significant changes in how we move around.

We have a plan to improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, and better connect people and places to keep Surrey moving and make the shift to a better future.

Key targets for 2050

Based on your feedback, we’ve developed three key targets for 2050 to guide our transportation decisions:

  1. Achieve the Vision Zero target of zero deaths and serious injuries on the road network
  2. Zero GHG emissions from personal transportation
  3. 50% of all trips made by walking, biking and rolling, and transit, resulting in a less congested and safer road network

These targets are aligned with our Big Vision and four Bold Moves to put safety first, support 15-minute neighbourhoods, connect communities with rapid transit, and invest in green transportation choices.

Get involved

The survey is now closed. Stay tuned for a summary of engagement findings.

Surrey is growing, and Surrey residents make over one and a half million trips every day. How we move around makes a difference: motor vehicle collisions are a major cause of injury, hospitalization and death in Surrey, every year on average, 20 people die and 12,000 are injured on Surrey’s roads. How we move around also has a huge impact on the environment: over 45% of Surrey’s Greenhouse Gases that cause climate change come from transportation. Over the past year in the province of BC we’ve seen the impacts of climate change. And the science is clear: things will only get worse if we don’t make significant changes in how we move around.

We have a plan to improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, and better connect people and places to keep Surrey moving and make the shift to a better future.

Key targets for 2050

Based on your feedback, we’ve developed three key targets for 2050 to guide our transportation decisions:

  1. Achieve the Vision Zero target of zero deaths and serious injuries on the road network
  2. Zero GHG emissions from personal transportation
  3. 50% of all trips made by walking, biking and rolling, and transit, resulting in a less congested and safer road network

These targets are aligned with our Big Vision and four Bold Moves to put safety first, support 15-minute neighbourhoods, connect communities with rapid transit, and invest in green transportation choices.

Get involved

The survey is now closed. Stay tuned for a summary of engagement findings.

Questions

Do you have a question about the transportation plan? We would be happy to respond to your question and will get back to you within a week.

Read our Moderation Policy to ensure your question meets our engagement etiquette and rules.

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    Will there be more thought put into making biking lanes safer and less intimidating? Also will it be possible for The city of Surrey to stray away from car-dependency, if so how will they approach this issue to a less polluted and eco city?

    skoob asked 9 months ago

    As part of our Cycling Action Plan we have proposed building out a network of protected cycling facilities so that all ages and abilities can bike safely in Surrey. Over the next 10 years we will be primarily focusing on North Surrey (City Centre, Guildford and Fleetwood) to help facilitate a proposed e-bike share pilot. Over the long-term we have planned a network within each town centre as well as connecting town centres with protected facilities.

    The Surrey Transportation Plan is built on providing choice and equity in our transportation network so that everyone can access their daily needs with or without a private car. Having more transportation choices will be important as Surrey’s population continues to grow, as there is only so much road capacity for cars on our streets. Expanded choices will also help us meet our GHG reduction targets as more people travel by sustainable modes.  The Surrey Transportation Plan will set out targets and actions to accomplish this.

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    Expand car share to Newton. It would be great to see expanded car share programs. I live in a townhouse complex in the Newton Town Centre and owner use of visitor parking is always a problem as families have more than 2 vehicles. It seems rather silly for families to have more than 2 vehicles, surely they are not all in use to justify the cost compared to car share programs. It would be great to have this option in all of the denser areas of the city.

    Tim Y asked 8 months ago

    Surrey welcomes car share to reduce private car ownership and to lower parking requirements in new developments. As car share companies are privately owned and operated, expansion of their services to new market areas will take place when the business case makes sense. With the expansion of rapid transit and planned higher densities in our town centres, there will be a time when car share will be expanded in Surrey.

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    Will the city add painting and flowers to the new column to the skytrain all the way to the new skytrain to Langley?

    Elizabeth asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  Yes, public art will be installed as part of the project.  The Surrey Langley Skytrain Project is a Provincial project, so for more detailed information please visit the project website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation-projects/surrey-langley-skytrain 

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    Will the city listen to younger residents and allow EVO Carshare to operate a Home Zone in Central City? The EVO RETURN system is great and all but it’s also expensive. To use a return car it’s minimum 1 hour charge but, I could just take the skytrain and leave our city and go to the next city over New West and pickup a free floating EVO in their Home Zone and use it for as little or as long as I want and not have to pay the Hour rate right from the beginning. This is a serious flaw as every other city in Metro Vancouver and all over the Greater Victoria area have FREE FLOATING Carshare. We’re the only city in the entire province GATEKEEPING real Carshare from the residents. Transit is terrible and most routes run every HOUR! It’s miserable taking transit in our city. Will city hall and council please update EVO and let them run a home zone or Satellite zone so we can use free floating EVO’s and not this wacky return system?

    Jeff asked 10 months ago

    Evo launched its new two-way car sharing model in Summer 2022 in Surrey. Unlike its free-floating service in other parts of the region, the Return service requires a vehicle to be picked up and dropped off at the same location. This is similar to the model Modo uses for car sharing. 

     Free-floating car sharing requires high population and employment densities to be economically viable. Over the last decade, the car sharing industry has been challenged in the market by ride hailing companies which provide a similar type of transportation service. 

     The City has policies to support the expansion of car sharing, such as the dedicated parking stalls allocated to both Evo and Modo in City-owned parking facilities in City Centre. The City would be supportive of a free-floating car sharing service if a company chose to offer that service in Surrey. 

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    Can you add a visual effect for pedestrians at pedestrian crossings? Most only have lights focused at drivers. Add audible response as well.

    Chandler asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for you question. The City is providing audible pedestrian signals as well as countdown timers at all new signal construction and when older signals are being replaced.

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    Quality of our existing roads should be considered part of Surrey's Transportation Plan. What improvements are being done on the roads? The patch work that is being done is not acceptable. The roads in Surrey are in terrible condition. This issue needs to be addressed in your plan.

    Tammy asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question.   Yes, increased maintenance and rehabilitation of our roads will be a part of the Surrey Transportation Plan through our proposed Foundation Action Plan.  This Action Plan will, in part, create short to medium term actions that  ensure that our existing and future transportation investments are in good working order. To start, we are currently building out a Sustainable Service Delivery Dashboard that identifies deficiencies and prioritizes where to replace our transportation assets where the need is the greatest.

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    Is there a plan to educate users of "E" bikes scooters etc. about the danger of racing through intersections where cars are making right hand turns ? I have witnessed a number of instances where a car driver narrowly missed colliding with a bike lane user that was flying through the intersection. Another point bicycles, e-bikes etc. using left turn lanes, is this allowed?

    SilverVee asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question. Yes, through our Vision Zero and Road Safety outreach we aim to educate all road users on how to safely use our roads.  We also provide cycling education for all grade 4 and 5 students as part of our Safe and Active Schools Program. As we provide more transportation choices on Surrey’s roads everyone will need to do their part to create a culture of road safety.

    Yes, the BC Motor Vehicle act stipulates that Bicycles and e-bikes are allowed to use left-turn lanes and with some exceptions have the same rights and duties as a driver of a motor vehicle. More can be found in section 183 (1) of the Motor Vehicle act found here: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96318_05#section183


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    In addition to protected cycling facilities, are you going to be looking into possibly doing some driver education campaigns around vulnerable road users and the like? I notice that whenever I’m cycling here in Surrey, on average, I tend to notice more aggressive driving behaviour - honking, close passes, parking in bike lanes, etc, more so than cities such as Vancouver and Burnaby.

    khang asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  Yes, as part of our Vision Zero and Road Safety Action Plan, we continue to to educate the public on road safety and campaigns centered on vulnerable road users. As our protected cycling network continues to be built out, we will be launching targeted campaigns for all road users to raise awareness.  Additionally, as part of our Safe and Active Schools program, Surrey provides cycling education for grade 4 & 5 students that is focused on road safety and bike skills.

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    Hello, I have an escooter but seldom use it because of the lack of City rules on its usage. Will Surrey still apply to the BC Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project? I hope the City will create its own ruling on escooters for the riders’ immediate benefit and not wait till 2050 on the completion of the provincial Motor Vehicle Act. Your quick response is appreciated.

    Emil asked 10 months ago

    The Province introduced the three-year Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project in April 2021, which allows participating municipalities to establish local bylaws to regulate e-scooters for road use. The pilot also requires participating municipalities to collect data on safety to evaluate their operations.

    Surrey is not currently participating in the Electric Kick Scooter Pilot Project. As a result, under provincial legislation in the Motor Vehicle Act, e-scooters remain illegal for road use in Surrey. 

     As the Pilot Project nears completion over the next year, the Province will assess operations and safety data from participating municipalities to evaluate the effectiveness of their regulations and consider how to move forward. Surrey is waiting for the conclusion of the pilot in April 2024 for clear direction from the Province before considering any municipal bylaw changes regarding e-scooters.

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    What plans are in place to provide walkways and bike lanes from Hwy 10 corridor to south Surrey . There is no safe way for pedestrians to navigate the north south streets such as 152,168, from Highway #10 thru the agricultural area. Also No safe way for pedestrians to travel east west on 64 street from 152 towards west cloverdale

    RJ asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  As part of the Surrey Transportation Plan, we have proposed Bold Moves to connect communities and invest in sustainable transportation choices.  In regards to the corridors you mentioned, we are currently upgrading 152 St between the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers, which will include a multiuse path for cycling and walk that will be separated from motor vehicles.  You can find more on this project here:  https://www.surrey.ca/services-payments/water-drainage-sewer/flood-control-and-prevention/coastal-flood-adaptation/152-upgrades


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