10 Great Bike-Commuting Routes in Metro Vancouver

A man and a woman ride away from the camera along the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver.

May 11, 2023

HUB Cycling’s Go by Bike Week returns to Metro Vancouver from May 29 to June 4, and you’re invited!

If you’re new to cycle commuting, HUB Cycling has rounded up 10 of the safest, most convenient bike commuting routes in Metro Vancouver to help you get where you need to go.

  1. Arbutus Greenway - This trail starts near Granville Island and runs 8.5 kilometers on a paved and separated path south towards the Fraser River. 
  2. Seaside Greenway - By far the most popular bike ride in Vancouver—this 28-kilometer dedicated bike path is separated from cars, making it safe for riders of all ages and abilities. The route follows the Great Trail from the Vancouver Convention Centre, along Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park Seawall, and False Creek to Granville Island.
  3. Spirit Trail - Winding its way along our scenic waterfront, the North Shore Spirit Trail is a fully accessible 15 kilometers greenway that extends from Bridgman Park in Lynn Valley to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. It will eventually extend for 35 kilometers from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The City of North Vancouver's portion of the Spirit Trail is 6.5 kilometers long and travels through popular destinations like Lonsdale Quay, the Shipyards, and Moodyville Park.
  4. King Albert Greenway - This paved urban trail is safe for folks of all ages and abilities and travels across Coquitlam from Blue Mountain Park to Mundy Park. The short 3-kilometer one-way distance makes it perfect for taking your little ones on a family ride.
  5. Central Valley Greenway - This multi-use cycling route links New Westminster, Burnaby, and Vancouver. From end to end, the 25-kilometer route is flat, separated, and safe, with many parks, shopping, and transit hubs along the way. 
  6. Vancouver to Richmond on the Shell Road Trail - Cross over from Vancouver to Richmond on the dedicated bike path over the Fraser River by the Canada Line bridge. Tour around Richmond from Bridgeport to Steveston on some of the city’s best dykes and trails. 
  7. Fraser Shores - Need to get between South Burnaby and South Vancouver? Explore Burnaby’s Fraser Foreshore Park and Vancouver’s River District Trail on this section of the Canyon to Coast Trail.
  8. Surrey Parks Loop - Explore this 20-kilometer loop of Surrey parks and greenways: Green Timbers Park, Bear Creek, Surrey Lake, and Fleetwood Park. This route follows greenways and quiet streets and passes nearby King George SkyTrain station.
  9. David’s Loop - Travel from Port Moody to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station in Coquitlam. Ride the David Greenway through Bert Flinn Park, down April Road, along Alderside, and Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail.
  10. Ridge Meadows Circle - Explore Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as you ride along dyke trails and quiet shared roads that link up with the Maple Meadows West Coast Express Station.

If you’re looking for more safe bike routes near you, check out HUB Cycling’s free bike maps at bikehub.ca/maps.

If you haven’t already, register for Spring Go by Bike Week for free at bikehub.ca/gbbw. You can register as a solo rider or as a team with your friends, family, or coworkers!

And don’t forget to log those bike trips from May 29 to June 4 to be entered to win great prizes like a Cycling Adventure for Two in Croatia!