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Cycling

The City of North Vancouver supports cycling as a healthy, efficient and non-polluting transportation option for both commuter and recreational cyclists. In keeping with the vision outlined in the Official Community Plan, the City is working to improve the bicycle route network and provide facilities to encourage cycling.

The City and District of North Vancouver have jointly developed the North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan.

The City is working to improve the bicycle route network and provide facilities to encourage cycling.


Cycling Trip Planning Resources

Bike Boxes

The city has installed bike boxes at some key intersections including Bewicke at Larson, Bewicke at Marine, Bewicke at 2nd and Kennard at Cotton. The intention of a bike box is to allow cyclists to move ahead of stationary traffic at an intersection, which allows the cyclist to go straight or make a left turn with increased visibility and safety. Motorists should leave a bike box clear for cyclists, except when proceeding through it. If you would like to suggest a location for a bike box send us an email cycling@cnv.org.


Road Maintenance

The City maintains approximately 130 km of streets, 42 km of lanes, 145 km of sidewalks, 66 traffic signals, and 1,700 streetlights to ensure the safe, comfortable mobility of the community. Road maintenance includes street cleaning, ice and snow control, pothole patching, traffic sign installations and replacements, line marking, vegetation control, and re-lamping of streetlights and signals as required.

In addition to routine road-related maintenance, the City repaves approximately 2 km of streets annually, based on a computerized infrastructure management program. The City also removes and replaces approximately 1,200 m of sidewalk annually, primarily in commercial areas with high pedestrian volume. The City recently implemented a program to repave high use lanes in the Central Lonsdale commercial and multi-family blocks.

Well maintained roads and walkways contribute to the efficient, effective movement of people and goods, but the City also envisions a greener road ahead. Any roadway expansion will only be supported if it furthers the City's vision of a sustainable community. By optimizing the use of its existing road network, the City aims to encourage more and more people to choose alternative transportation other than the single occupant vehicle.

Contact the City's Engineering Department if you have any questions or concerns about road maintenance in the City.


Bike Lanes

By improving the safety of bike facilities and demonstrating the importance of cycling on major routes by delineating bike lanes, the City of North Vancouver aims to encourage greater use of bicycle as a mode of transportation for local and regional commuter trips and provide improved recreational opportunities and alternative transportation options. These improved facilities are also a way of enticing recreational cyclists to become commuter cyclists.

Studies have repeatedly found that the most significant deterrent to cycling is "fear of traffic". Improving cycling facilities, such as the installation of more bike paths/lanes, will not only help minimise conflicts between cyclists and other vehicles but also increase the number of bicycle trips.

A bike lane is wide, signed lane marked with a large white bicycle stencil on the pavement. The lane is restricted to bicycle travel. On streets where there is on-street parking, bike lanes run to the left of parked vehicles. On streets without parking, bike lanes run alongside the curb.

By providing a delineated bike lane it will improve cyclist safety by reducing potential conflicts between vehicular and bicycle traffic in the existing shared curb lane. The presence of clearly defined bike lane will also encourage vehicular traffic to travel a safe distance from the path of cyclists.

Additional benefits to improving the cycling infrastructure means improvements to the overall health of our community; also less motorised congestion on roads will lead to improvements in our economic well-being.


Reporting Potholes/Catch Basins

Potholes or blocked catch basins on your bike route? Email cycling@cnv.org to submit a service request for the City Operations team.

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