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

On the map, a coloured line represents the City of Vancouver's initial separated bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge, Carrall Street, Comox/Helmcken Street, Dunsmuir Street, and Hornby Street. Select a line for more information.

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 lane statistics

Total monthly trips since November 2013

Month Burrard Bridge Hornby Street Dunsmuir Street Dunsmuir Viaduct
October 2014   94,000  42,000  43,000  45,000
September 2014 142,000 55,000 53,000 55,000
August 2014 178,000 66,000 59,000 59,000
July 2014  195,000 71,000 65,000 66,000
June 2014  148,000 59,000 58,000 60,000
May 2014 111,000 52,000 52,000 55,000
April 2014  85,000  38,000 41,000 44,000
March 2014   57,000  28,000  33,000  34,000
February 2014   41,000  22,000  26,000  25,000
January 2014 54,000 27,000 31,000 32,000
December 2013 35,000 20,000 22,000 21,000
November 2013 56,000 31,000 35,000 35,000

The data reflected in this table contains estimations to fill gaps in raw data.


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

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Last modified: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:16:14

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