People cycling in bike lane downtown

Expanding the downtown bike network

We have been working towards building a comprehensive downtown cycling network that: 

  • Provides a safer and more comfortable cycling environment for people of all ages and abilities (AAA)
  • Accommodates the loading and access needs of adjacent businesses, institutions, and residences
  • Minimizes costs and disruptions by:
    • Coordinating with scheduled repaving plans or new development
    • Coordinating with planned upgrades to City infrastructure, such as sewers and watermains
    • Using primarily inexpensive measures, such as paint and signs
  • Maintains on-street parking where possible
  • Reduces conflicts between vehicles, buses, and people walking, biking, and rolling

The downtown bike network links many key destinations, including shopping streets, medical centres, cultural institutions, and major transit hubs. Check out the latest bike network map

2021 highlights

  • Two-way protected bicycle lane on Richards St from Cordova St to Pacific Blvd
  • Two-way protected bicycle lane on Smithe St from Richards St to Thurlow St
  • Upgrades on Haro St from Thurlow St to Denman St, making it safe and comfortable for people cycling
  • Two-way protected bike lane on Beach Ave from Hornby St to Park Ln, deployed using interim materials
  • Traffic Diverter on Chilco St at Robson St making Chilco St part of the All Ages and Abilities (AAA) network 

Downtown bike network map

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Previous projects under downtown bike network 

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