Vancouver's Bicycle Lanes: Retrofitting Arterial Streets to Accommodate Cyclists

The City of Vancouver has been developing facilities for cyclists since the mid 1980s. However, the development of a more comprehensive bicycle network began in earnest in the mid 1990s when cycling was reaffirmed as one of the City's priority transportation modes. Since that time, the network has grown to incorporate almost 400 lane-kilometers of designated bicycle facilities of varying types. Although the majority of the City's facilities are "local street bikeways" on minor streets, a network of bicycle lanes on arterial streets has also emerged over the past decade. As with most transportation challenges, the provision of bicycle lanes in a highly developed urban environment cannot be achieved with a "one-size-fits-all" solution. The constraints posed by Vancouver's relatively narrow street rights-of-way has required creativity to retrofit bicycle lanes where road capacity, parking demands and pedestrian space are often at a premium. Transit operations and goods movement are also important design considerations that are potentially affected by the implementation of bicycle lanes. This paper will explore the various design approaches that have been used to implement bike lanes in Vancouver, and will provide general commentary on the City's experiences with bike lane design to date.


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  • Pagination: 18 p.
  • Monograph Title: 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada - Transportation in a Climate of Change

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  • Accession Number: 01149440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: TAC
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2010 7:30AM