UBC’s Vancouver Campus Plan places top priority on having people use transit, bicycles, carpools or car shares to travel to, from and around campus rather than using their personal vehicles for single passenger trips to and on campus.
Parking needs at UBC are expected to be met with the existing parkades on campus. The Vancouver Campus Plan stipulates that no surface parking (such as parking lots) be provided at new academic buildings, excluding any special requirements like service deliveries or ensuring universal access. Over time, surface parking lots at UBC are being discontinued and replaced with buildings or interim uses like recreational areas.
UBC’s Land Use Plan aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel (one person per car) by adopting policies that favour public transit, walking and cycling or car and van pools.
Driving Policies in Practice
Here are examples of projects that have been implemented with the goal of reducing driving to, from and on campus:
- elimination of more than 3,000 commuter parking stalls on campus since 1997, a reduction in the commuter parking supply of approximately 25%
- increasing daily parking rates in surface lots from $2.00 in 1997 to $6.00 in 2012, and prices for parking permits and other parking on campus have also increased.
- increased parking prices for all commuter parking lots
- reclaiming surface parking lots for institutional development(e.g. at the new Ponderosa Commons and Pharmacy buildings)