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Cycling road signs and markings

Cycling road signs

The City posts different signs and painted pavement markings to let you know where you can ride your bicycle safely.

Before you get on your bike, get to know what these signs and symbols mean.

Bicycle symbol and sign for designated bicycle routes

Sign with bicycle for designated bicycle routes Pavement marking with bicycle for designated bicycle routes This sign and pavement marking shows that you are on a designated bicycle route.

Green-painted pavement along bicycle routes

The City is updating bicycle boxes and lanes to green from red.In North America, green is the standard colour for cycling facilities. Green-painted pavement identifies locations for potential conflicts with vehicles, such as street- and driveway crossings. Watch for turning, crossing, or merging motor vehicles.

Diamond-and-bicycle symbol and sign for dedicated bicycle lanes

Sign with diamond symbol for dedicated bicycle lanes Pavement marking of diamond symbol for dedicated bicycle lanesMotor vehicles, buses, and motorcycles are not permitted to travel or stop in this lane unless making a right turn onto a cross street. Transit buses may stop at designated stops.

Diamond symbol and sign for special vehicle lanes

Sign for special vehicle lanes Pavement marking for special vehicle lanesYou may ride your bicycle in lanes reserved for special vehicles like buses and carpools.

Bicycle-and-arrow symbol for routes changing direction

Pavement marking with bicycle and arrow for changing bicycle routeFollow the arrows to stay on the bicycle route.

Sharrow symbol for shared roadways

Pavement marking for shared roadways Pavement marking on green-painted pavement for shared roadwaysPosition yourself along this pavement symbol to safely share the road with other vehicles.

Shared-pathway symbol and sign

Sign of a person walking and a bicycle for shared pathways Pavement marking of a person walking and a bicycle for shared pathwaysYield to people walking when you're on an off-street pathway shared by people walking and cycling. Look for this symbol around the Seawall.

Traffic-signal sensor symbol

Pavement symbol for triggering a traffic signal to changeLine up your wheels with the lines on either side of this bicycle symbol to trigger a traffic signal change.

Dedicated bicycle traffic signal

Bicycle traffic signalWatch out for traffic signals specifically for people on bicycles so you know when it's your turn to cross the street.

Crossbike symbol (elephants' feet)

Crossbike symbol for separated crossings for people walking and cycling Crossbike symbol for combined crossings for people walking and cyclingCrossbikes are crosswalks with dotted lines (or "elephants' feet") for people walking and cycling. You may ride your bicycle through the crossing. Always yield to people walking.

Bicycle box symbol

 Bicycle box pavement symbol for advanced crossings before other vehicles Diagram for how to turn left from a protected bike lane when there's a bicycle boxPosition yourself in the green box at a stop signal so you can proceed before other vehicles when it's time to cross. Pay special attention to the green bike box when you turn left off of a protected bicycle lane.

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Bicycle operator's manual

Download the BikeSense guide to cycling

"BikeSense - the British Columbia bicycle operator's manual" is a guide to the rules of the road, bike handling, traffic skills, and the enjoyment of cycling for life.

Published by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.

Download BikeSense

Why you should store your bike's serial number

Log It or Lose It Program

Log your bicycle’s serial number on the Vancouver Police Department Log It or Lose It form and keep the form somewhere safe.

If your bicycle is ever stolen, you can easily give police the serial number, increasing your chance to get your bicycle back.

Visit the Log It or Lose It webpage