Cycling in Vancouver
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.
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 (183 KB)
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.
As more people on bicycles take to the streets, everyone – both on bikes and in cars – has to learn to share our roads. Get safety tips and read the rules of the road that apply to cycling.
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.
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.
Find out about permits you need in order to operate a business that uses your bike and cycling skills.
We are building and expanding a network of cycling routes for your safety, comfort, and convenience. Learn about current projects. Share your comments.
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