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:
Help keep everyone on the road safe when you cycle or drive by following these tips.
Choose routes with lots of bicycle traffic. Research shows that cycling is safer where more people cycle.
Vancouver has a vast network of bikeways. Over 20% of these routes are designated "all ages and abilities" (AAA) and are the most comfortable and low-stress for everyone, including children, elderly, and new riders.
Remember, you must have a white headlight and a rear red light and reflector on your bicycle after dark.
It's also helpful to have your lights on when visibility is low, such as when it's foggy or raining.
Stop at stop signs and pay particular attention at intersections and when you ride beside parked cars. Make eye contact with people driving to confirm you've seen each other.
Bike at walking speeds or dismount in crowded spaces. Always walk your bicycle on a sidewalk and through crosswalks unless otherwise posted.
The speed limit on shared pathways such as the Seawall is 15 km/h.
Start at the top: BC law requires that people on bicycles wear helmets. Choose a helmet that is snug but not uncomfortable, and that doesn't roll off your head when you secure the chin strap.
Ride at least one meter away from parked cars and in a straight line. Moving closer to the curb between parked cars and weaving in and out of traffic makes it harder for other people to see you. Avoid riding in the blind spots of other road users.
Always ride on the same side of the street and in the same direction as motor vehicles, except where it's indicated, like on two-way protected bike lanes.
Phone 3-1-1 to tell us about debris, leaves, or recurring ice on bike routes.
Drive slowly enough to see people on bicycles. The speed limit on local street bikeways is 30 km/h.
Remember to stop at stop signs and use extra caution when you turn left or right and open your car door.
Don't drive, park, or stop in a bicycle lane. Take extra caution when turning across a bicycle lane or pulling over to the side of the road, and always yield to bicycles.
Keep at least three seconds of following distance behind people cycling and at least one metre of space beside people cycling.
People cycling are allowed to travel in the middle of traffic lanes on most streets, instead of close to the curb. This visibility improves everyone's safety, especially on narrow streets and roads with parked cars.
Know the hand signals that people cycling use to indicate they're turning left, right, or stopping.
Make eye contact with people cycling to confirm you've seen each other.
Only honk your horn at a person on a bicycle if you need to give them a warning. A loud honk can be startling and even cause someone to fall.
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|
|Skateboards, push scooters, rollerblades, and skates||2||3|
|Motorized skateboards or scooters|
|Motorbikes and limited-speed motorcycles|
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.
Learn about the different signs and symbols posted and painted in Vancouver to know where and how to cycle and drive safely.
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.
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.