BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall: Your Cycling Questions Answered

We heard a lot of good ideas from you during the BC on the Move Twitter Town Hall that Minister Todd Stone hosted last month (Nov 2014) as part of 10-year transportation planning.

We also received some really good questions; so many, in fact, that we have been busy organizing into themes – like cycling – and getting you answers.

Let’s start, shall we?



Absolutely. Cycling is a key component of British Columbia’s strategy for encouraging healthy living. Take commuter cycling, for instance. People lead busy lives, and one of the best ways to stay fit (and reduce emissions and gas expenses) is to bike to work.

The ministry supports commuter cycling through its BikeBC program, a 50/50 cost-sharing program with municipalities to develop infrastructure for commuter cycling. We consider how their projects will contribute to promoting healthy living when we review project applications.





2014-15: $3.61 million through BikeBC to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths.

2013-14: 16 projects were funded in 13 communities with $1.14 M in BikeBC grants. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Lower Mainland: $638,408 (six projects)
  • Vancouver Island/Sunshine Coast: $243,996 (four projects)
  • Interior: $298,781 (six projects)
  • Read the blog post for more on these projects

The ministry also invests in cycling/walking infrastructure as part of our highway projects and maintenance practices, which improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.



Financial, social, economic, and environmental implications are considered when developing transit projects and infrastructure upgrades. We also consider these impacts when evaluating applications for funding under BikeBC.





Every time we upgrade or build a new highway, provincial policy requires that the highway accommodates cyclists, whenever possible (for example, sometimes the geography simply doesn’t allow it). Examples include:

  • Pat Bay Highway/McTavish Interchange near Victoria includes separate cycling/pedestrian overpass.
  • When the Sea to Sky Highway was upgraded, it got extra-wide shoulders, improved sightlines and rumble strips to increase the safety of cyclists.
  • New Port Mann Bridge came complete with a barrier-separated, three-metre-wide cycling and pedestrian path located on its east side.

Cycling is a very important mode of transportation in BC, and we appreciate all the suggestions and questions coming from you avid cyclists out there. Visit our BikeBC section, complete with blogs and videos, to learn more.

Have anything to add? Please feel free to comment below.

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  1. Hi Jim,
    Highway 17 was constructed to accommodate cyclists and vehicles being able to share the road, hence the shoulder is marked with signs and cycling stencils. The project did not design for cycling behind the barrier as that would have also increased the footprint of the highway on both agriculture lands and the neighbouring area. Efforts continue to be made to enhance driver awareness of cyclists along the corridor, as well as maintain the condition of the roadway for cyclists. Along Highway 17 there are also a number of parallel municipal streets that are lower volume and designated cycling routes, as an alternate option.

    In regards to your comments about trucks that have tipped on Highway 17, it was found in a majority of these instances that mechanical truck failures and/or driver error (excessive speed) were the cause. Advisory signage has also been enhanced at these critical locations to prevent further incidents.

  2. Putting cyclists on the side of a highway is unsafe! New highways like hwy 17 SFPR and hwy widening projects should separate vulnerable road users like cyclists from high speed traffic. Especially on hwy 17 where the design of the hwy has lead to a high number of commercial vehicles overturning.