People cycling in bike lane downtown

Expanding the downtown bike network

What's happening

Drake St (Burrard St to Pacific Blvd) upgrades

We're planning upgrades along Drake St.

The proposed changes for the street include transportation and green infrastructure upgrades that will sustainably manage rainwater, upgrade signal infrastructure, and improve safety, comfort, and accessibility for people travelling along the street.

The proposed upgrades include extending the two-way protected bike lane from Hornby St to Pacific St which will fill a major gap in the cycling network, linking a number of existing and future routes including Burnaby St, Hornby St, Richards St, and the future Granville Bridge Connector.

In spring 2019, we shared preliminary design options with businesses, residents, and the public. Based on feedback and further study, the City has developed a recommended design.

We would like to hear feedback from the public once more before we finalize the design and present it to Council later this year.

Phase two

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house and provided feedback through the online survey. 

Phase one

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house in spring 2019 and provided feedback through the online survey. 

Richards St upgrades

We are planning to upgrade and extend the Richards St bike lane to provide better cycling access in the downtown area, and a safer and more comfortable cycling route for people of all ages and abilities.

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house and provided feedback.

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Previous improvements


  • Smithe Street westbound (upgrade)

    Through repaving coordination, physical protection on the bike lane was extended up to the intersections of Cambie, Hamilton, and Homer streets.


  • Beatty Street (upgrade)
  • Cambie Street northbound (new)
  • Smithe Street westbound and Nelson Street eastbound (new)

Improvements made in 2016 supported the launch of a public bike share system in summer 2016. These routes are part of a larger 2016-2017 Active Transportation network improvement plan, which was reviewed by Council in December 2015.

Upgrades to the Richards Street bike lane were identified in 2016 but deferred based on public feedback and constructability. A revised proposal is the subject of consultation in late 2018.

Project goals

As part of this project, we’re proposing to:

  • Expand connectivity in the downtown bike network
  • Provide a cycling environment that feels safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities
  • Reduce conflicts between buses and people cycling, and improve transit operations where possible
  • Accommodate the loading and access needs of adjacent businesses, institutions and residences
  • Minimize costs and disruptions by coordinating with repaving or development where possible, using primarily inexpensive measures such as paint and signs
  • Maintain on-street parking where possible

Why we are expanding the network

The downtown bike network links many key destinations, including shopping streets, cultural institutions, and major transit centres.

Bicycle ridership is growing on downtown routes, but there are:

In depth

Learn where we propose to work and how these upgrades link to Transportation 2040.