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Cycling safety tips and regulations

Cycling road signs

We're committed to making cycling easy and safe for people of all ages and abilities.

Our improvements to Vancouver's cycling network – new protected bike lanes and traffic-calmed bikeways on local streets – have positive effects. Between 2008 and 2011:

  • Bike trips in the city grew by 41 per cent
  • Collisions involving bikes fell by 17 per cent

(Sources: TransLink 2008 and 2011 trip diary survey reports  and ICBC statistics )

Help keep everyone on the road safe when you cycle or drive by following these tips.

Safety tips

When you cycle

When you drive near people on bicycles

Rules of the road

The BC Motor Vehicle Act governs how motor vehicles operate on BC roads by defining rules, offences, and penalties.

Our Street and Traffic Bylaw regulates how streets can be used by vehicles and bicycles on City of Vancouver streets.

These regulations apply to all road users – whether you ride a bicycle or drive a car.

Learn more about the laws related to cycling in this section.

More information about cycling safety

Cycling road signs

Cycling road signs and markings

Learn about the different signs and symbols posted and painted in Vancouver to know where and how to cycle and drive safely.

Cycling Safety Study

The Cycling Safety Study includes a comprehensive and objective review of the safety of cycling in Vancouver and an action plan to address each of the identified cycling safety issues. The study was completed in 2014 by Urban Systems, in association the Cycling in Cities Research Program at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, with support from ICBC.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Contact the Bicycle Hotline


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
Cycling road signs and markings