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People riding bikes down the Point Grey protected bike lane

July cycling numbers reach peak volumes on five major bike routes

Records broken for both weekend and midweek counts

August 17 2018 –

This summer the heat isn't the only thing rising - cycling numbers have continued to grow, with July breaking records on five major bike routes across the city.

"We've made big improvements to our active transportation network and it's great to see that more people are choosing to cycle than ever before," says Mayor Gregor Robertson. "These numbers are proof that if we provide safe and comfortable cycling options for all ages and abilities, people will choose affordable, active and sustainable ways to get around our city."

Improving your cycling routes

Over the past year, several improvements have been made to create more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to choose cycling as an option to get around the city for transportation and recreation. Improvements include:

  • Completion of the Burrard Bridge improvements
  • Installation of the Cambie Bridge southbound separated bike lane
  • Completion of the False Creek South seawall separated walking and cycling paths
  • Improvements at Quebec Street and 1st Avenue
  • Improvements along Smithe Street
  • Alexander Street local bikeway
  • Upgrades and additions to the downtown bike network
  • Bike share expansion to Commercial Drive
  • Intersection and signal upgrades to the Arbutus Greenway temporary path

Mobi by Shaw Go, launched in summer 2016, has served over 90,000 users and over 1.1 million rides to date. We saw a record number of rides this summer with 110,175 rides during the month of July and 4,292 rides on the busiest day of July 28.

Record comparison 

July cycling volumes by location in comparison to previous record years:

Bike route Previous record (years vary) Current year (July 2018)
Burrard and Cornwall 195,000 in July 2014 216,000 
Science World   227,000 in July 2017* 239,000 
Adanac Bikeway at Hawks 120,000 in July 2017 127,000 
Lions Gate Bridge   71,000 in July 2017 72,000 
Point Grey Rd at Volunteer Park  102,000 in July 2015 111,000 

 Data not available for August 2017 due to technical difficulties with counter equipment.

The Science World location was the highest record breaker. The bike counter was installed in March 2013 when the first bike count of 53,000 was recorded. Only five years later, bike counts at Science World have increased by more than 400%.

The City has been collecting data on protected bike routes since 2009. Data is reported out monthly and can be viewed online.  

The data includes monthly two-way totals rounded to the nearest thousand, and shows mid-week averages on 10 protected bike routes.