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Cycling in Vancouver

Cycling on the Carrall St. Greenway

Cycling is one of the cleanest and most energy efficient forms of transportation, and the number of people choosing to cycle continues to grow, year after year.

Much of this growth is due to the City's support for green transportation initiatives to make roads safer and more comfortable for cyclists and pedestrians. Expanding the bicycle network is an important strategy in the City’s effort to reduce traffic congestion to become a more sustainable city.

City programs for cyclists

Some of the City's programs for cyclists are:

  • Separated bicycle lanes: Introduced in 2010, we expect to increase the comfort of cyclists and attract new cyclists as we open more lanes.
  • Public bicycle system: The City plans to launch a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use for a fee.
  • Increased bicycle parking: The City and private businesses install bicycle racks and corrals on public and private property around Vancouver.
  • Bike-friendly events: We encourage event planners to promote active transportation by providing bike valet parking and public transit options at events.

How Vancouver supports green transportation like cycling

Use our Bicycle Route Map and Guide to explore our extensive network of bike routes

Routes, maps, and trip planner

The City improves existing roadways and expands the bikeways network to include greenways and separated bike lanes. Download a City map that details the different paths available to cyclists.

Cycling road signs

Safety tips and regulations

As more cyclists take to the streets, everyone – cyclists and motorists – have to learn to share our roads. Get safety tips and read the rules of the road that apply to cyclists.

Bicycle courier

Cycling-related business licences

Find out about permits you need in order to operate a business that uses your bike and cycling skills.

Cyclists on the Carrall St separated bike route

Improving our cycling network

We are building and expanding a network of cycling routes for your safety, comfort, and convenience. Learn about current projects. Share your comments.

Proposed cycling investments

In our draft capital plan for 2015-2018, we propose adding to, completing, and upgrading parts of Vancouver's cycling infrastructure. It's part of our proposed $150-million investment in transportation. We hope these improvements will help make cycling your preferred way to get around.

Learn about the proposed cycling investments

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Biking around Vancouver

Vancouver's bike score map on Walk Score

Vancouver is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Canada. Visit walkscore.com for a map that rates the bike lanes, hills, and destinations throughout the city.

Vancouver's Bike Score

Last modified: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:11:53

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