Separated bicycle lanes
Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Vancouver. From 2008 to 2011 alone, trips by bike increased by a full 40%.
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 Downtown Vancouver's separated bike lanes
This map shows how the separated bike lanes on Dunsmuir and Hornby Streets in Downtown Vancouver connect seamlessly to other bikeways. For a more detailed map of all bikeways in Vancouver, download the City's cycling routes map.
The map below shows the location of the initial separated bike lanes.
Separated bike lane statistics
Monthly trips during 2013
|Burrard Bridge||Hornby Street||Dunsmuir Street||Dunsmuir Viaduct|
The data reflected in this table contains estimations to fill gaps in raw data.
Get more detailed statistics
Download our complete set of statistics in spreadsheet form to learn more about separated bike lane usage:
Painted bike lanes and separated bike lanes
This drawing shows the difference between the previously painted bike lane and the current separated bike lanes on Hornby Street.
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.