Bike BC

Information on projects supporting biking in BC, our Cycling Policy and maintaining the province’s cycling legislation. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure provides cycling improvements on provincial infrastructure through our major projects, such as the Gateway Program, and through the ministry’s day-to-day operations, by way of our maintenance contractors. The ministry also assists with other funding programs that can invest in cycling infrastructure.

Making Room for Wider Sidewalks on the Second Narrows Bridge

Second Narrows Bridge sidewalk

Before we can widen the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge sidewalks, we have to make a little room. Last year, the ministry started looking at replacing the pedestrian railings on the bridge to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians since the narrow sidewalks are a major constriction for travelers. After a thorough technical review earlier this year, it was decided to widen both sidewalks from 1.2 to 2.5 metres, install a new three-metre high safety fence and convert the...

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Why is that Cyclist in my Lane? A Question of Cycling Safety

We get a lot of questions and comments about cycling safety here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, so in our ongoing effort to improve the safety of cyclists (and other travellers), here’s another important reminder to look out for them and explain why you might see them riding in front of you as you drive. Often, there’s a bike lane or shoulder for cyclists to ride on, so they’re out of the way of traffic, and it’s...

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Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Lochside Trail: Why You Should Hop on a Bike Right Now

Go ahead… hop on a bike (or just put your walking shoes on). South Vancouver Island’s Lochside Trail just got smoother with 1.7 kilometres of freshly paved pathway between Island View Road and Mount Newton X Road. “It’s like a super highway as far as I’m concerned,” said cyclist Chark Nipp with a laugh. The Lochside Trail runs 29 kilometres from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, parallel to Patricia Bay Highway...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Our Way is the Highway When thinking about the ministry, the first thing that pops into your head is likely B.C. highways. That’s because about 80 per cent of what we do involves building, rehabilitating and maintaining provincial highways to keep you moving safely and goods...

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The One Thing Drivers and Cyclists Need to Know

Photo courtesy of John Luton, Capital Bike and Walk Society, Victoria, BC

There has been some confusion over the years as to exactly where bicycles fit on our roads. Do they stay on the shoulder (or bike lane if it’s there)? Do they ride with or against traffic? Are they allowed to ride on the road? Here’s what you need to know: people riding a bicycle have the same rights and responsibilities as those driving a motor vehicle. Since bicycles are generally slower than regular traffic, they are supposed to move...

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Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

Test of Humanity – A Race to Build Lives

What do you get when you take two people with tons of determination, add a maintenance contractor with volunteering spirit, sprinkle in competitive cycling and surround it with the desire to change lives? Answer: Test of Humanity. If there’s one thing Avalanche Technician Nic Seaton and his wife Sheilagh love more than travelling, it’s helping those less fortunate than themselves. Over the last few years they journeyed to Ethiopia as volunteers with Canadian Humanitarian, a non-profit organization that works...

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Bus Stops, Bridges and Smoother Surfaces Ahead: Bridging the Week

What have we got going on in transportation news for you this week? How about bus stops, cycling lanes and cycling fences, centreline rumble strips, enhanced delineation, completed paving on the Patullo Bridge, new contracts awarded and resurfacing underway. Throw in some numbers from BC Ferries and transit service updates and you have yourself all the elements of a good read, if you ask us. So, grab your coffee and settle in . Cycling for Highway 4 Port Alberni...

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Filming and Special Events: A How-To for B.C. Highways

Filming and Special Events: A How-To for B.C. Highways

We’re not the only ones who know British Columbia is a scenic place to work and play. Every year, filmmakers, actors and athletes from around the world use provincial roads and highways as backdrops for the big screen and terrain for local sporting events. Before an event or any filming can happen, organizers must first get permission from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. A permit and a solid game plan help keep participants safe and reduce interruptions for...

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Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 2

Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 2

We’ve just pedalled off the ferry on our “Tour de BC,” which began on Vancouver Island and Northern BC in Part 1. We’ll continue exploring some of the province’s latest cycling trail and pathway projects in celebration of Bike to Work Week, starting on Vancouver’s North Shore and finishing up in the Southern Interior. So, hop on and let’s go! Lower Mainland: Raising Commuter Spirit and Connecting Cities North Vancouver… it’s rainy, sure, but it’s also the place of...

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Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 1

Pedal Power Projects Help Commuters Bike to Work: Part 1

In celebration of Bike to Work Week, we’re taking a look at some of the exciting trail blazing projects that are supporting cycling in the province. So grease your chain, hop on the saddle and start cruising all around the province on trails made possible by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Bike BC program and cost sharing with federal and local governments. PHOTO CREDIT: Capital Regional District We’ll start our “Tour de BC” on Vancouver Island in the...

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