Cycling in Richmond

City Bicycle Planning

Encouraging cycling as a healthy and convenient transportation choice is an integral part of the City's community and transportation planning. Bicycle planning is guided by a number of documents and plans in consultation with the City's bike advisory committee.

Bicycle Plans and Guidelines

  • Official Community Plan (pdf) the objective to promote cycling as an appealing and environmentally friendly travel choice is supported by a number of policies such as continued implementation of the Cycling Network Plan and integration of the cycling network with the trails and greenways systems.
  • Zoning Bylaw Section 7.14 (in Part A) specifies the minimum standards for long-term and short-term bicycle parking facilities for new developments as well as additions to existing buildings or structures.
  • Development Permit Guidelines (pdf) prescribe the general criteria for new development and are one of the tools that the OCP uses to achieve its objectives. The guidelines encourage non-residential projects to provide end-of-trip facilities such as showers and lockers for the convenience of employees.
  • On-Street Cycling Network Plan (pdf) cycling improvement projects are planned and designed annually based on the Richmond On-Street Cycling Network Plan adopted by Council in 1996. With input from the Richmond Community Cycling Committee, cycling projects are presented to Council each year for approval and submission to provincial and regional agencies for cost sharing consideration.
  • City Centre Transportation Plan reinforces the provision of on-street and end-of-trip bike facilities in the City Centre area including shared cycling/pedestrian paths to link on-street bike routes.

Richmond Active Transportation Committee
The Richmond Community Cycling Committee was formed in 1993 to allow City staff to work in partnership with the community to promote commuter and recreational cycling in Richmond. In 2013, the Committee evolved into the Richmond Active Transportation Committee to reflect a broader mandate that includes skateboarding, in-line skating and low-speed scooters. The Committee provides input and feedback to the City on infrastructure projects designed for these modes and undertakes various activities in co-operation with the City that encourage, educate and raise awareness of active transportation.

Membership is voluntary and new members are always welcome. The Committee typically meets the second Wednesday of each month (except July and August) in Room M.2.002 of Richmond City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the Committee, contact:

Joan Caravan
City of Richmond Transportation Department
Phone: 604-276-4035

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