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Safety tips and regulations for bicycles, hoverboards, scooters, and low-powered vehicles

Safety tips

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%
  • Collisions involving bikes fell by 17%

(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.

When you cycle

When you drive near people on bicycles

Rules of the road

The BC Motor Vehicle Act sets the rules for how motor vehicles (including low-powered vehicles) operate on roads and sidewalks next to roads in BC.

Our Street and Traffic Bylaw regulates how City streets are used by all road users. Our Parks Control Bylaw regulates how park paths and the Seawall are used.

Read the regulations for using a bicycle and low-powered vehicle in this section.

Where it's ok to cycle, ride, and skate

Hoverboards, motorized scooters and skateboards, and Segways are currently not allowed on City streets, sidewalks, paths (including the Seawall), and protected bike lanes.

Vehicle Roads Sidewalks Seawall and park paths Protected bike lanes
Bikes Yes No Yes1 Yes
Electric-assisted bikes Yes No No Yes
Skateboards, push scooters, rollerblades, and skates Yes2 No Yes3 Yes
Motorized skateboards or scooters No No No No
Segways No No No No
Hoverboards No No No No
Motorized wheelchairs No Yes Yes No
Motorbikes and limited-speed motorcycles Yes No No No


  1. Where signs permit
  2. Local streets only
  3. Technically not allowed under the Parks Control Bylaw, however we don't enforce this

Be seen, be safe

By City of Vancouver

Click on the arrow to learn how to make yourself visible while walking, biking, rolling, or driving.

  • Lights

    By City of Vancouver

    Wear a light around your neck or attach it to your bag. Use a headlamp or find a light for walking dogs, which often come with a clip. Make it fun with coloured lights!

  • Reflectors

    By City of Vancouver

    To be seen from all sides, attach reflectors to your tires, wheels, and bike frames. Iron or sew reflectors to your clothing.

  • Stickers

    By City of Vancouver

    Use reflective stickers to decorate your helmets, bike frames, clothing, bags, and umbrellas.

  • Vehicle headlights

    By City of Vancouver

    Make sure your headlights are on. Drive slower when visibility is poor.

Transportation safety

Vancouver's transportation safety action plan has a goal to move towards zero traffic related fatalities.

Learn more about our plan

Cycling resources

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.

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.

Bicycle operator's manual

Download the BikeSense guide to cycling BikeSense is a guide to the rules of the road, bike handling, traffic skills, and the enjoyment of cycling for life that's published by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. 

Download BikeSense PDF file

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.

Cycling road signs and markings