Lessons from Vancouver

In 2012 Vancouver set some ambitious targets for sustainable transportation. Their Transportation 2040 Plan aims to have 2/3 of all trips completed by bike, on foot, or on public transit by the year 2040. These sustainable transport modes help the city keep pace with its goal to become the greenest city in the world. Vancouver was hoping to hit a 50% sustainable mode share by 2020, and as has already hit that target as of 2015 (as has Faraday’s home city of San Francisco).

As most cities continue to sit in more and more traffic, it’s quite the feat for a large North American city to be hitting these kind of numbers. A recent survey also put 10% of Vancouverites heading to work on bike. To put this in perspective, the largest 50 cities in the US have an average commute-by-bike rate of 1%, and the best performing US city, Portland, has 6% of its workers biking to the office.

The short documentary above helps tell the story of how they got there. Vancouver took a stand in the ’60s and rejected freeways coming into the downtown area. They also used international events such as the World Expo in 1986 and the 2010 Winter Olympics to double down on public infrastructure and to serve as a model for how to move around a large city without at car. Of course this was all paired with smart city planning such as building protected bike lines to encourage biking at all skill levels and creating more smart land-use projects so that bike lanes intersected with parks and other public spaces, for example.

The Vancouver story is an impressive one not just because of the city’s current mode share mix, but additionally they’ve shown how quickly a city can invest in transforming its transportation system. We’ll look forward to watching what Vancouver can continue to achieve, and hopefully other cities and citizens can keep an eye on lessons learned for implementation elsewhere.


Latest Tweets


  • A lot of customers ask if they can customize their Faraday. Change tires? Different fenders? Swap handlebars? Add a Burley trailer? Most often the answer is an emphatic "yes!" (just make sure to consult your friendly neighborhood Faraday dealer). We've tried to add elements to the bike that make it easy to swap out parts, like adding a mount for a frame lock that we've been excited to see more of in the wild recently - @vduongv. It's also one of the benefits of having our motor and drivetrain separate - you can basically customize it like any bike and our external routing of cables keeps things simple. Here are a few examples we've liked recently. If you've done something unique with your Faraday we'd love to hear about it.

1.) From @sumul - @velo_orange stem, straight bar, and custom grips.
2.) From @christopherbittner - matching @brooksengland saddle + grips, Honjo hammered full fenders, Velo Orange mustache handlebar, Nitto rear pannier rack, Roswheel panniers.
3.) From Craig Hickman - @tigrbikelock bow lock, Brooks Cambium saddle + Brooks Isle of Wight saddle bag, Ergon BioKork grip with Mirrcycle mirror.

#faraday #ebike #customized #custombike #honjofenders #nitto #roswheel #burley
  • Our Cortland step-through frame has been hard to find since the Fall. We're pumped to have a new batch arriving on July 21st! Check out the link in our bio for more info. We promise the lightweight (40lbs) and fast (20mph) Cortland S in Slate Grey featured here is a lot more fun than our broody pose suggests 😁 #happyriding #faraday #electricbike #slategrey 
#groutfit :
📷 @tri_nguyen_photography
  • Hey friends - to celebrate the 4th we're hitting the road this week and coming to see you! (If you happen to live in Seattle or Portland). We'll be visiting local bike shops, offering demos of our latest model the Cortland, and may or may not have some promos and swag to giveaway. Oh and beer and food. Come say hi! Link to events in bio. #pnw #roadtrip #ebike #faraday #seattle #portland
  • Celebrate #pride and cheers to all those who are marching this weekend.
  • Thanks to @outsidemagazine for featuring the Cortland in this month's issue and giving it a verdict of "the future of e-bikes." 👈👍
  • Loving this post from one of our newest dealers who's making waves in #Nashville for their support of alternative transportation solutions. #morebike
📷 @morebikenashville -  My dad is 80 and riding a bike again.  Electric bikes extend the range of all riders, no matter what age.
  • A couple of weeks ago the team had the chance to visit Paul Sadoff (foreground) who is the master bicycle builder at Rock Lobster bikes in Santa Cruz. Paul was instrumental in helping to design the bike that launched Faraday and this was his first time checking out the Porteur some 6 years after that initial design process. Paul's not one for excessive displays of emotion, but he liked it...we think :) #tbt #throwbackthursday #master
  • Photo from @adamsavebikes - originally taken at a rally in Denver. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
  • A note a Faraday rider in Pittsburgh​ found on their bike 💓 #bikenote #bikepgh

Follow Us