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 our support for green transportation initiatives to make cycling and walking more safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Expanding the bike route network is an important strategy in our effort to reduce traffic congestion to become more sustainable.

City cycling initiatives

  • New and upgraded cycling routes: By expanding and upgrading our cycling network, we are increasing cycling comfort and encouraging more people to ride their bikes.
  • Public bicycle system: We plan to launch a network of shared bicycles available for short-term use for a fee.
  • More bicycle parking: We install bicycle racks and corrals on public property around Vancouver, as do businesses on their properties.
  • Bike-friendly events: We encourage event planners to promote cycling and walking by providing bike valet parking and promoting public transit options at events.

One-year skateboarding pilot for protected bike lanes

Young boy skateboarding in Vancouver

People on skates, skateboards, and push scooters can use Vancouver’s protected bike lanes as part of a one-year pilot approved by City Council in February 2016. Travel in the same direction as traffic, wear a helmet, and use lights at night.

Plan your route

Protected bike lanes are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by barriers such as concrete medians, planters, and vehicle parking lanes. Before this pilot, skateboarding was only allowed on local streets (without painted lane lines).

Read the bylaw for this pilot program PDF file (183 KB)

Get cycling information

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

Routes, maps, and trip planner

We’re improving and expanding our cycling network to include greenways and protected bike lanes. Download a map of the Vancouver cycling network, plan your route, and learn about bike parking.

People cycling in bike lane downtown

Safety tips and regulations

Brush up on how to safely use your bicycle, hoverboard, scooter, and low-powered vehicle on City roads, sidewalks, and paths.

The 529 Garage app and decal help defend your bike from theft

Register your bike to reduce theft

Register your bike with 529 Garage and learn to properly lock your bike to discourage thieves. The 529 Garage bike registry helps police return stolen bikes to their owners.

A bike corral made up of a group of U-shap bike racks

Bicycle parking and air pumps

We install bike parking throughout Vancouver. To request bike parking at a location, phone 3-1-1. Learn about our types of bike parking and use our public bike pump.

A bike courier company

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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