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Cycling routes see record usage

August 27 2014

"It's great to see that city investments in safer cycling are paying off and making it easier for people to choose active and affordable transportation," said Mayor Gregor Robertson

Cycling in Vancouver

Cycling routes and separated bike lanes have seen record numbers throughout the month of July.

This year, the Burrard Bridge bike lane marks its fifth year in use, seeing more than five million trips since its installation.

"It's great to see that city investments in safer cycling are paying off and making it easier for people to choose active and affordable transportation," said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "Record levels of bike trips are proof that more people will cycle if we make it safer and more convenient for them to get on their bikes. Making it easier for people of all ages to bike in Vancouver is part of our goal to become the greenest city in the world by 2020."

Recent bike network improvements

Bike network improvements made over the summer:

  • Safety improvements at the south end of Burrard Bridge
  • New intersection layout at Burrard and Cornwall
  • Extension of the bike route out to Point Grey Road

Bike lane statistics show an increase in the number of bike trips

Burrard Bridge bike lane

This summer, the Burrard Bridge bike lane has seen record bike traffic month over month, with July hitting a record number 195,000 bike trips up from 161,000 in July 2013 — a 21 per cent increase.

Seaside Greenway bike route to Point Grey Road

Following construction and improvements, weekday numbers jumped to 1,500 bike trips daily average in June 2014 — a 150 per cent increase compared to the averages prior to the construction of the Seaside Greenway bike route to Point Grey Road. The average weekday number of cyclist trips was 600 in August 2012. 

Hornby Street separated bike lane

Hornby Street hit a record with 71,000 cycling trips compared to the previous record of 68,000 trips in 2011.

Dunsmuir Street and Viaduct separated bike lanes

In July 2014, the Dunsmuir Street and Viaduct bike lanes saw the second highest months on record:

  • Dunsmuir Street: 65,000 cycling trips
  • Dunsmuir Viaduct: 66,000 cycling trips

View monthly separated bike lane statistics

City's commitment to cycling

Bike counters – manual surveys/counts and automated counters – have been in place in the city since the mid-1990s. Separated bike lanes are part of the City’s commitment to make cycling safe, convenient, comfortable and fun for people of all ages and abilities, as outlined in the Transportation 2040 plan.  

Find out more about Vancouver's separated bike lanes

Cycling in Vancouver

Protected bicycle lanes

Find out about Vancouver's protected bike lanes – how they work, where they are, and how often they get used.

Learn more about the Transportation 2040 plan

Dunsmuir bike lane, © Paul Krueger

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.