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Cycling

Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy while reducing your carbon footprint. The District supports sustainable transportation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting healthy living amongst our residents. At the District, we are working towards providing a bicycle-friendly environment that is safe, comfortable, and convenient; and encourages people of all ages and abilities to use bicycles for everyday transportation and leisure.

Some of the Benefits of Cycling Include:
• Reducing traffic congestion and lowering greenhouse gas emissions;
• Improving health by increasing physical activity levels and reducing air pollution;
• Providing the fastest mode of transportation through heavily congested areas;
• Reducing the demand for parking;
• Integrating easily with other modes of transportation, such as transit;
• Providing significant cost savings over driving;
• Helping make the District a more desirable place to live, work and visit.

North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan

In 2011 and 2012, the District and City of North Vancouver went through the process of jointly updating the North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan.  The new initiative builds upon the work accomplished in 2006, and updates key components of the plan to reflect evolving transportation priorities and direction in the two municipalities.  It frames the vision of the future bike network and will guide implementation of cycling improvements from 2012 onward.  Having an approved Bicycle Master Plan enables the District to pursue cycling improvements through developments and to leverage funding opportunities.

On November 5th, 2012 both District of North Vancouver Council and City of North Vancouver Council adopted the new Bicycle Master Plan. Click here to view the plan.

Cycling Safety Review:

As a follow-up to Council discussions related to the Bicycle Master Plan, in winter 2013, District staff reviewed cycling safety issues in the District of North Vancouver, making use of ICBC collision data as well as RCMP expertise. The review looked closely at:

• intersections with two or more cyclist collisions; and

• corridors with five or more cyclist collisions per kilometre.

Recent research on cycling safety by UBC informed ideas for improvements at high cyclist crash locations. The review also assessed the potential to address gaps in the cycling network by allowing cycling on sidewalks.

Bike Projects in the District:

At the District we are working to improve the safety of cyclists within our community and to provide transportation options for cyclists of all abilities. These bike projects are one step towards achieving our goals and towards implementing the Council-approved Bicycle Master Plan and Transportation Plan.

Upcoming Bike Projects:

Mount Seymour Parkway Bridge:  The District is currently widening the bridge over Seymour River to add bike lanes in both directions and a multi-use path. This route forms part of the Seymour River Greenway route, which will connect to the future Spirit Trail in Maplewood. Construction started in August 2012 and is expected to continue until March 2013. 

Welch Street Bike Lanes: The District is currently working on a design to add bike lanes on Welch Street between Garden Avenue and West Vancouver. This route is a continuation of the West 1st Street bike route and is geared towards higher speed cyclists as it will be a faster route than the Spirit Trail.

Lynn Valley Road / Boulevard Crescent Active Transportation Improvements: The District, City and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, are working together on a design to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along Lynn Valley Road and Boulevard Crescent, at the Highway 1 interchange, between 19th Street and William Avenue.  

Recently Completed Bike Projects:

23rd Street Bike Route: The District improved the path connection between Philip Avenue and West Keith Road and provided signage along the route to connect to the Philip Avenue underpass, Pemberton Overpass, the off-street path adjacent to Highway 1 to Westview, and Capilano Road.

Marine Drive: In 2010 and 2011, wide curb lanes were installed in both directions on Marine Drive, between the City of North Vancouver boundary and Lions Gate Bridge: Wide curb lanes allow cyclists to share the lane with most vehicles. This route is intended for more confident cyclists who are comfortable with sharing the lane with other vehicles.

West 15th Street: This is a lower volume residential road that is an excellent alternate, parallel route to Marine Drive. West 15th Street is a traffic calmed street with speed humps, a raised crosswalk, and a cyclist activated signal at Pemberton Avenue. Further traffic calming at Philip Avenue was completed in 2011.  This route is suitable for a wide range of cyclists and is a great alternative to Marine Drive

West 1st Street: The West 1st Street bike route, which extends from the City of North Vancouver border at MacKay Road to Garden Avenue, is geared towards cyclists who prefer a fast route with minimal stops. Many commuter cyclists who travel between North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver use this route. In 2011, the District installed buffered bike lanes in both directions along this route to enhance safety for cyclists. A buffered bike lane is an enhanced bike lane that provides additional separation between the vehicle lane and bike lane. This is one of the most well-used cycling corridors in the District.

Spirit Trail: The Spirit Trail is a multi-use pathway that is intended for slower moving recreational cyclists and pedestrians. This route will eventually connect Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in North Vancouver. In 2011 and 2012, the District completed the construction of the Spirit Trail between West Vancouver and City of North Vancouver.

Capilano Road: Capilano Road is a major north-south bike route in the District that is well used by commuter cyclists. In 2011, the District installed bike lanes in both directions, between Fullerton Avenue and Highway 1; added standard green paint at the conflict zones; installed video detection for a cyclist activated signal on Fullerton Avenue at Capilano Road, and improved signage.

The Seymour River Greenway Trail:  The Seymour River Greenway Trail, was a joint trail project between the DNV and Metro Vancouver, supported by Local Motion Grant funding. Construction was completed in September 2011.   This is a multi-use trail to accommodate both walkers and cyclists.

Mount Seymour Parkway:  Improved existing bike lanes, by widening and repainting them.

Mount Seymour Road:  Repainted existing bike lanes and extended them up to Indian River Drive.

 

Bicycle Trip Planning Tools:

The new North Shore Bike Map is available now!   This map shows recommended bike routes across the North Shore.  Wallet-sized paper copies of this map will be available later in May at the three municipal halls, libraries, rec centres, and many bike shops free of charge.  

Metro Vancouver Cycling Route Planner is a tool that allows cyclists to plan and customize their route by setting preferences such as speed in kilometres per hour, shortest path route, least elevation gain, least traffic pollution, most vegetated route, and restricted maximum slope. 

 • Metro Vancouver Cycling Map

Useful Cycling Links:

Bike Sense

North Shore Committee of HUB: Your Cycling Connection

TransLink

HUB: Your Cycling Connection

British Columbia Cycling Coalition  

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation

For more information about cycling in the District or if you have any questions, please contact Engineering at (604) 990-2450 or eng@dnv.org. 

If you would like to provide feedback on various cycling initiatives in the District, please provide your name, email address and phone number to transportationplan@dnv.org.

Please check back to this website www.dnv.org/cycling, often. Sign up to become a fan of the District on Facebook, and follow the District on Twitter.

 

Additional Information:

  1. North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan -- Last updated: 9/24/2014 10:15:31 AM
    The North Vancouver Bicycle Master Plan has been updated and adopted by Council on March 20th, 2006.

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