When you cycle
Choose your route
Choose routes with lots of bicycle traffic. Research shows that cycling is safer where more people cycle.
Vancouver has a vast network of bikeways. Over 20% of these routes are designated “all ages and abilities” (AAA) and are the most comfortable and low-stress for everyone, including children, elderly, and new riders.
Remember, you must have a white headlight and a rear red light and reflector on your bicycle after dark.
It’s also helpful to have your lights on when visibility is low, such as when it’s foggy or raining.
Stop at stop signs and pay particular attention at intersections and when you ride beside parked cars. Make eye contact with people driving to confirm you’ve seen each other.
Bike at walking speeds or dismount in crowded spaces. Always walk your bicycle on a sidewalk and through crosswalks unless otherwise posted.
The speed limit on shared pathways such as the Seawall is 15 km/h.
Wear a helmet
Start at the top: BC law requires that people on bicycles wear helmets. Choose a helmet that is snug but not uncomfortable, and that doesn’t roll off your head when you secure the chin strap.
Get into position
Ride at least one meter away from parked cars and in a straight line. Moving closer to the curb between parked cars and weaving in and out of traffic makes it harder for other people to see you. Avoid riding in the blind spots of other road users.
Go with the flow
Always ride on the same side of the street and in the same direction as motor vehicles, except where it’s indicated, like on two-way protected bike lanes.
Phone 3-1-1 to tell us about debris, leaves, or recurring ice on bike routes.