Cycling safety tips and regulations
The City of Vancouver is committed to making cycling easier and safer, and is making many improvements for cyclists.
As more cyclists take to the streets, everyone – cyclists and motorists – has to learn to share the road. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
The BC Motor Vehicle Act and City Street and Traffic Bylaw apply to bicycles too, so know and obey the rules of the road.
- Always come to a full stop at stop signs. Not stopping is illegal under BC's Motor Vehicle Act, and you can be fined $167. Watch the above video to learn more.
- Never assume that another cyclist, driver, or pedestrian sees you. Make eye contact with other road users.
- Take care when passing parked cars to leave enough space for drivers and passengers to open car doors.
- Cycle in traffic safely and predictably. Signal before turning, and learn the skills needed to control your bike.
- Yield to pedestrians crossing the street, and to buses when they are leaving a stop.
- Do not ride on sidewalks or crosswalks unless signs posted allow you to. Walk your bicycle on a sidewalk or a crosswalk.
- Maintain your bike in good working order. Equip it with a warning bell and use front and rear lights on your bicycle after dark, as required by law.
- Helmets must be worn according to Provincial Law, and safety vests or reflective clothing are recommended. Do not wear headphones that cover both ears.
- Take extra care when it’s wet because it will take longer for your brakes to grip and stop your bike.
- Read Bike Sense, a comprehensive BC guide to operating a bike in traffic.
Additional requirements to use electric motor-assisted bicycles
- Be 16 years and over to operate an electric bicycle.
- Keep your motor speed below 32 km/h on level ground while you are not pedalling.
- Do not ride on the seawall and any public path by the water.
Get the complete regulations on how and where to cycle legally
BC Motor Vehicle Act
- Bicycle safety helmets (Section 184)
- Motor assisted cycles (Section 182.1)
- Motor assisted cycle regulation (separate bulletin)
- Cyclist rights and duties (Section 183)