Bicycle Projects and Planning

Bicycle Planning

Vancouver's Bicycle Plan
Adopted May 3, 2004

The City's bicycle plan was developed as part of Vancouver's 20-year Transportation System Plan (TSPs future transportation investments.The Transportation System Plan focuses not only on roadway solutions, but considers solutions that include signal system upgrades, walking and bicycling improvements, transit and highway supportive investments. It also takes into consideration programs and strategies to address the increasing demand for mobility within this growing community.

The bicycle system is a key element to the success of the overall transportation system and how it handles mobility within the community into the future.The City has made significant strides over the last few years to improve bicycle facilities, but there are still gaps in the system. Most notable are the lack of facilities on the east side of the City. The proposed bicycle network in the Transportation System Plan will use a combination of bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards, and shared use paths.The intention of this is to provide a bicycle system that gets bicyclists to their destinations in a safe and efficient manner.


Bicycle Projects

Sharrows are coming to Vancouver!

In September 2014 the City of Vancouver will be installing Sharrow pavement stencils and "Bicycles May Use Full" lane signs in the following locations:

  • Columbia Street - W 13th Street to NW 45th Street
  • E McLoughlin Boulevard
    • Westbound - E Reserve Street to E Brandt Road
    • Eastbound - Grand Boulevard to E Brandt Road
  • SE St. Helens Avenue – SE Lieser Road to SE 9th Street
  • NE 97th Avenue – S Mill Plain Boulevard to NE 9th Street

Sharrows or shared lane pavement markings are bicycle symbols that are placed in a traffic lane to indicate to motorists that they should expect to share the lane with bicyclists.  Sharrows guide bicyclists away from the "door zone" beside parked cards and can serve as wayfinding cues.  Along with the Sharrows, regulatory signs will be posted that let motorists know that bicyclists may use the full lane if needed.

An informational brochure was created that provides tips to motorists and bicyclists on the Sharrow stencil and supplemental signage.  A bus ad campaign was also held over the Summer of 2014 as way to educate residents about the upcoming project.