Cycling in Richmond

Signage & Amenities

When riding around Richmond, the following facilities and amenities can help you get around more quickly and efficiently.

Signage 

Green bike signs along the shoulder identify roads that are part of the city's existing bike network. The signs help raise the awareness of motorists to the potential presence of cyclists.
Some streets have designated bike lanes that are reserved for the exclusive use of cyclists. Motorists must not drive, stop or park in a bicycle lane and can only cross a bike lane if the white line is broken or to turn into or out of a driveway.
Right Turn Except Bikes Sign When designated bike lanes temporarily end at major intersections due to the introduction of a right-turn only lane, through cyclists may use the right-turn lane to proceed through the intersection.
The Share the Road sign is used on bike routes where vehicles and cyclists share the street but there is not enough width for separate vehicle and bike lanes.
 Single File Sign for Cyclists and Motorists The Single File sign is used on the approach to some intersections to indicate that cyclists and motorists should proceed in a single file as there is not enough lane width for side-by-side movement.
The Cyclist Crossing sign alerts approaching motorists to the potential presence of cyclists crossing the street ahead.

Pavement Markings

Cyclist in Bike Lane

Designated bike lanes are reserved for the exclusive use of cyclists.  Motorists must not drive, stop or park in a bicycle lane and can only cross a bike lane if the white line is broken or to turn into or out of a driveway.

 green bike lane Sections of bike lanes with a green anti-skid treatment highlight potential conflict points where extra caution should be used by both motorists and cyclists.
Cyclist with Sharrow

Shared-use markings, known as "sharrows", are used where motorists and cyclists share the street but there is not enough width for separate vehicle and bike lanes.

 Bike-Ped Crossing Dots known as "elephant's feet" that are parallel to crosswalk markings indicate that cyclists are permitted to ride in the crosswalk.  Cyclists should slow to walking speed before entering the crosswalk.

Intersection Loop Detectors
Traffic signals at all intersections in Richmond are triggered by square or rectangular shaped detector loops that detect a metal mass. When a metal mass passes over the loop, it disturbs a magnetic field that is detected by electronic equipment at the intersections controller cabinet.
These loops also detect bicycles, providing bicycles are aligned along the most sensitive area of the loop - directly over a cut line. To align your bicycle on the most sensitive area, centre your bike over the right-most cut line parallel to the curb.

Bike Stencil for Intersection Loop Detector

Where an intersection loop detector is required in a bike lane, a bicycle symbol is used to more clearly identify the purpose of these markings to cyclists.

If you think a loop is not detecting your bicycle, please contact Traffic Signals and identify the intersection, direction of travel and lane. Traffic Signals can be reached at 604-276-4031 or trafsig@richmond.ca

Bike Racks
The City provides bike racks at City-owned facilities such as libraries, community centres and parks.  For new developments, the City's Zoning Bylaw requires secure on-site bicycle parking including long-term facilities (in the form of bicycle lockers or a bike room with bike racks) and short-term facilities in the form of bike racks

Bike Parking at Transit Stations & Exchange
Bike racks are available at all major transit stations and exchanges.  TransLink also provides secure bike lockers at rapid transit stations and major bus exchanges for a small rental fee.  For information on locker availability and rental terms, visit TransLink's website

Maintenance of Bike Routes
The City cleans the main roads, which includes those with bike lanes, about 8 times per year with more frequent cleaning of bike lanes during the better weather months (i.e., April to October) when there are typically greater volumes of cyclists.  During these months, the bike lanes are flushed around every 2 weeks.  Crews also clean roads and bike lanes on an as-needed basis (e.g., to remove construction debris or clear broken glass from a traffic accident). 

Should you discover an area needs more frequent or immediate cleaning (due to debris or broken glass, for example), please report it to the Dispatch Office of our Works Yard.  Our work crews will respond promptly to your request.  If it a safety concern (e.g., large pieces of broken glass), crews will be sent immediately to hand sweep the area. 

Works Yard Dispatch Office: 604-244-1262 (24-hour service)