People cycling in bike lane downtown

Expanding the downtown bike network

We are improving the downtown bike network to make cycling safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.

What's happening

We are planning to upgrade and extend the Richards Street 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.

In the coming weeks, stay tuned for a summary of what we heard along with an opportunity to sign up for email updates.

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In depth

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

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: