Home > Streets and Transportation > Biking > Routes, maps, and trip planner > Separated bicycle lanes

Separated bicycle lanes

Separated bike lanes

Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Vancouver. From 2008 to 2011 alone, trips by bike increased by a full 40% (see note 1 below).

To help build on this shift, we have made cycling a much safer and more attractive option, by adding separated bike lanes to key city streets.

Separated bike lanes increase both cycling and walking trips

Separated bicycle lanes are dedicated bike lanes with concrete medians and planters, bicycle parking corrals, or vehicle parking lanes that divide them from vehicle traffic.

This separation increases feelings of safety and comfort, which makes cycling an attractive commuting option for those who are not used to riding their bikes regularly.

When pedestrians know that cyclists won't be using the sidewalks, pedestrians experience greater feelings of comfort when walking, as well.

Map of separated bike lanes in downtown Vancouver

We have separated bike lanes on Burrard Bridge, Carrall Street, Comox/Helmcken Street, Dunsmuir Street, Dunsmuir Viaduct, and Hornby Street. Select a bike lane on the map to learn more about it.

Painted bike lanes and separated bike lanes

Hornby St bike lane, before and afterThis drawing shows the difference between the previously painted bike lane and the current separated bike lanes on Hornby Street.

On streets such as Hornby and Dunsmuir streets, separated bike lanes provide two-way travel for cyclists on the same side. This can create the need for additional traffic signals for both cyclists and drivers.

On streets such as Burrard Street (Drake to W 1st Avenue southbound and W 1st Avenue to Pacific Street northbound), the separated bike lanes are one-way on one or two sides of the street. Please ride safely, and ensure you are riding the right way in a one-way bike lane.

Separated bike route usage

We collect statistics about total monthly trips and mid-week daily trips for the following separated bike routes:

  • 10th Avenue (at Clark Drive)
  • Burrard Bridge
  • Canada Line Bridge
  • Dunsmuir Street
  • Dunsmuir Viaduct
  • Hornby Street
  • Lions Gate Bridge
  • Union Street (at Hawks Street)
  • Science World


1 This research and analysis is based on data from TransLink, and the opinions expressed do not represent the views of TransLink.

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


Vancouver's cycling map

Download the City's Bike Vancouver map

Cycling signs and road markings are described, along with tips, regulations, and routes, in the City's downloadable cycling map.

Download the cycling map

Access to nature

Greenest City goals

Learn more

Biking around Vancouver

TransLink Cycling maps

If you ride your bike into or out of Vancouver, look into the maps maintained by TransLink, the regional transportation agency that operates Vancouver's transit system.

Last modified: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:15:43

How we collect bike volumes