Vancouver / UBC

Ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC/University Endowment Lands? Interested in local cycling action, education, or events? Attend your local HUB Cycling Local Committee meeting to see what's happening. All are welcome - no experience required!

Email Jeff Leigh, the Chair of the Vancouver Committee, to find out more about the committee.

Visit wiki.bikehub.ca to access past committee meeting minutes, agendas, communications, ride assessments, and more. Find out more by visiting the HUB Vancouver/UBC wiki.

HUB Cycling views the diversity of our members and communities as assets and strive to create and sustain a diverse and culturally competent organization that reflects the populations we serve. This is central to our mission, “to get more people cycling more often” and to our ongoing efforts to remove barriers to cycling.


COMMITTEE INFORMATION


Chair: Jeff Leigh
E-mail: vancouver@bikehub.ca

 


MEETING INFORMATION


Please note that in-person meetings are on hold due to COVID-19. The Vancouver-UBC Committee continues to meet virtually. Contact vancouver@bikehub.ca for more information.

 

Monthly on 3rd Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 pm (No meetings in August and December) 
Location: Online, visit the HUB Vancouver/UBC wiki for more information


MEETING CALENDAR



Equitable access for all in Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a jewel in Vancouver and treasured by all.  It has been open to visitors since its origin as a park in 1888 by walking and cycling and later by car, bus and other rolling devices. The seawall, the most popular recreational site in the city, circles Stanley Park and beyond. A victim of its own success, it is regularly very congested.

During the pandemic in 2020, the Park Board moved quickly to allow people to bike safely on the roadway in the park to help allow people to distance when biking and walking. The uptake was immediate and massive; during the summer months, there were typically 4,000- 6,000 people1 cycling the roadway every day in the Stanley Park.

In a 2020 survey conducted by the Park Board, the majority of respondents said they enjoyed the changes and would like to see future consideration of dedicated road space for cyclists along with car-free days in Stanley Park.  In a 2021 survey, almost three-in-five Vancouverites (59%) thought allowing the 2021 temporary Stanley Park bike lane is a “very good” or “good” idea.

Vancouver's Climate Emergency Action Plan issued an urgent deadline to reduce our carbon pollution by 50% by 2030. Burning fossil fuels in our vehicles is the second most significant source of carbon pollution. We must aggressively reallocate road space to create more equitable active transportation options in our city, just like the reallocation of road space in Stanley Park. 

Park Board will vote on a permanent reallocation of park roadway space after staff conduct engagement and research on the idea this year. They must vote a resounding "YES".

Film Credit: Shaun Lang

Resources:
Letter to Park Board commissioners: Reinstallation of temporary bike lane

Park Board Meetings: Motion asking Park Board staff to explore the long-term feasibility of reducing motor vehicle traffic in Stanley Park.

1 Park Board (Stanley Park)


Cycling Maps

The City of Vancouver and TransLink have created maps of the cycling networks in Vancouver to help all cyclists navigate safely and comfortably on their bikes. These maps are updated regularly to provide current information on cycling and show the comfort levels of each route based on how separated it is from traffic. PDF versions of the maps for Vancouver are available at the links below.  Cycling maps for other Metro Vancouver municipalities are available at bikehub.ca/maps.

Reporting Concerns: If you see something that needs to be fixed within the City of Vancouver, call 311 to report it.

 


Cycling 'Hot Spots' in Vancouver

As part of HUB's State of Cycling project, BikeMaps.org produced a series of maps highlighting conflict areas for cyclists across Metro Vancouver. See the map for 'hot spots' in Vancouver. Please note that these maps show conflicts, but don't account for ridership levels. You can log conflicts/crashes and near misses on BikeMaps.org. Help improve cycling infrastructure and close 'gaps' by getting involved with HUB Cycling's work in your area. See details above for the Vancouver Local Committee. Special thanks to BikeMaps.org for all their help and assistance in producing these maps.

 

Current Projects

  • Cycling in Parks: Working to improve cycling in Vancouver parks, including Stanley Park, the Seaside Greenway and the Kits Beach area for all users. 
  • Arbutus Greenway Working Group: planning for improvements to the new Arbutus Greenway
  • Broadway Subway: planning for mitigations during construction, and safe access to all future subway stations for people using all modes, as well as making Broadway a more complete street following subway construction
  • Urban Cargo and Delivery: promoting the use of cargo bikes for last-km delivery, considering both required infrastructure considerations and supporting policies required to encourage this alternative 
  • Assessment Rides and/or media events to highlight infrastructure issues and present recommendations on required improvements (periodic)
  • Ongoing consultation on major City initiatives such as the new NE False Creek road network, viaducts removal, and Dunsmuir Active Transportation Connector; the Granville Connector; the Downtown Bike Network; the Broadway Corridor plan; South False Creek, and others
  • Monitoring all City projects relating to improved cycling infrastructure, preparing position papers and recommendations, and participating in the City of Vancouver public engagements/consultations on these projects

Infrastructure Improvement Priorities

The Vancouver UBC Local Committee works to prioritize cycling infrastructure issues throughout the city. Improvement opportunities are prioritized with the aim of creating more “Safe Routes to Places That Matter.” We consider utility, safety, and feasibility in our evaluations. Our aim is to get more people riding, more often, so we look for opportunities that will have the largest impact. A map of all City of Vancouver and UBC Cycling infrastructure, as assessed by the HUB Cycling State of Cycling benchmarking project, as well as our identified cycling network gaps, can be found here.

The following are a selection of our top priorities for 2021:

 

  • Stanley Park cycling routes, including a protected lane around the park
  • The Seaside Greenway through the Kits Beach Park area
  • The Granville Connector from Drake across False Creek, connection up to 10th Avenue
  • The Downtown Bikeway Network, including routes along Drake, Nelson, Smithe, Richards, Haro, and Bute
  • Kent Avenue from Boundary Rd to connect to the Arbutus Greenway
  • The Pender Corridor, from the Dunsmuir separated cycling lane at Hornby through to the Stanley Park causeway paths (our recommended connection is along Hastings from Burrard to Cardero)
  • The Adanac Bikeway, from Main St to Boundary Road, with a focus on the eastern end and the Adanac overpass at Cassiar
  • The Stanley Park Causeway connections at the southern end of the causeway
  • NE False Creek, including Pacific Blvd, Expo Blvd, the Georgia Ramp, Quebec St, improvements on Prior, and the new Dunsmuir Connector for active transportation, all related to the removal of the viaducts
  • The Gastown Complete Streets project, including Water Street
  • Finalizing improvements along the Powell Corridor from Water Street to Lakewood Drive (including a Powell Street Bypass from Clark to Lakewood)
  • Ongoing improvements along 10th Avenue from Trafalgar Street to Victoria Drive 

Successes

  • The Beach Avenue Bikeway from Hornby to Park Drive (temporary improvements, followed by interim upgrades) (2020)
  • Richards St Bikeway (Cordova Street to Pacific Blvd, first phase completed in 2020)
  • 10th Avenue street improvements from Oak Street to Willow Street (phase 1 of the health precinct) (2019) 
  • Interim improvements along 10th Avenue near Arbutus Street between Maple Street and Vine Street (2019) 
  • Powell Street bypass extended to MacLean Drive including bike activated crossing signal light (2019) 
  • Multiple improvements along Alexander Street bikeway including protected bike lane to connect with Powell Street Overpass and crossing improvements at Maple Tree Square (2019)
  • Bicycle lanes painted on the previously repaved NW Marine Drive from W 4th Ave to Spanish Banks concession (2019)
  • Further extensions along Pacific Street from the Burrard Bridge (eastbound) near Vancouver House (2019)
  • Painted bicycle lanes added on Rupert St from the Central Valley Greenway to 14th Avenue (2018) 
  • Southbound protected bike lane on Cambie Bridge (2018)
  • 67th Avenue connector from the Arbutus Greenway to Heather St (2018)
  • Alder Street connector between 7th Ave and 14th Ave (2018) 
  • 1st Avenue upgrades from Ontario St to Quebec St (2018)
  • The protected intersection at Pacific and Burrard (2018)
  • Improvements to 10th Avenue including protected bike lanes from Oak Street to Willow Street and traffic diversion from Willow St to Cambie Street (2018)
  • Upgrade to a protected bike lane along the South False Creek Seaside Greenway from Cambie to Granville Island (2018)
  • Completion of the Burrard improvements from Burnaby St. to the bridge, the bridge deck itself, and Cornwall to 8th, as well as intersection improvements at Pacific and improvements along Pacific from Howe to Burrard. (2017)
  • Improvements to the False Creek Seawall route from the Cambie Bridge to 1st Ave, including separation of people walking and people on bikes (2017)
  • Traffic calming along Charleson to improve the Seaside Bypass route in South False Creek (2017)
  • Completion of the Temporary Paved Path on the new Arbutus Greenway (2017)
  • Completion of Phase 2 improvements to the Seaside Greenway along Point Grey Road (2017)
  • Traffic calming along 7th Ave at Oak St (2017)
  • Improvements to SW Marine Drive cycling infrastructure, from Granville to Camosun (2017)
  • Improvements to bike lane access at the intersection of Knight at SE Marine (2017)
  • Assessment Ride Reports completed for multiple routes, for both new projects and post-construction follow-up (2017)
  • Implementation of downtown protected lanes on Nelson, Smithe, Beatty, and Cambie (2016)
  • Start of construction on the new Arbutus Greenway (2016)
  • Spot Improvements throughout the City (2016)
  • Assessment Ride Reports completed for multiple routes, for both new projects and post-construction follow-up (2016)
  • Improvements for cycling on the Stanley Park Causeway (2015)
  • Spot improvements throughout the City (2015)
  • Implementation of the Point Grey Rd - Cornwall Ave Seaside Greenway - (2014)
  • Implementation of the Comox/Helmcken Greenway (2014)
  • Spot Improvements throughout the City (2014)
  • Created a Spot Improvement priority list for the City of Vancouver (2014)
  • Opening of the widened path on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (2014)
  • Approval of the Point Grey-Burrard section of the Seaside Greenway (2013)
  • Commitment from Province to widen the cycling pathway on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and to improve safety on the Stanley Park Causeway (2013)
  • Approval of cycling improvements to the north end of the Cambie Bridge, connections to the Canada Line Bridge, and Union-Adanac bikeway selected improvements (2013)
  • Provided feedback to the Cycling Master Plan for Stanley Park (2012)
  • Contributed to the City of Vancouver Transportation 2040 Plan (approved by council October 2012)
  • Permanent separated bike lanes on Burrard Bridge, Hornby, and Dunsmuir Streets downtown (2009-2012)
  • Repaving of residential bike routes, the addition of crossing signals and bike boxes at busy intersections (2011-2012)
  • Bike bridge over the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond following the Canada Line (2009)
  • Bike lanes throughout Vancouver's downtown core (2002–2006) separated lane trials (2010)
  • Wider sidewalks for cyclists on the Lions Gate Bridge (2001)