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Cycling in Richmond

Events and Resources

Find out about upcoming bike events in Richmond and find resources that can make your cycling experience even better.

Community Bike Events
Island City Bike Tour

In 2001, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Community Cycling Committee jointly staged the inaugural "Island City, by Bike" tour -- a free community event that offers guided cycling tours of some of the City's bike routes. The annual event occurs each June during Bike Month.  The 17th annual event will occur Sunday, June 11, 2017 at West Richmond Community Centre.  Register on-line using Course Code #1831788.

Bike to Work Week
Bike to Work Week is a regional initiative inaugurated in 2007. Now expanded to May and November, the event aims to reward existing cyclists and encourage new cyclists to try cycling to work and to continue cycling after the event.

A highlight of the event are commuter stations that are gathering places for cyclists. For the Spring 2017 campaign, two commuter stations will be set up in Richmond along cycling routes that will feature free food, bike mechanics, bike maps and other information. Come visit us on your bike at:

Bike to Work Week 2007 - City Hall
  • Canada Line Bridge (River Dr at Van Horne Way): Tue, May 30th  from 6:30 am to 9:00 am;
  • Kwantlen Polytechic University Farmers Market (plaza facing Lansdowne Rd): Tue, May 30th from noon to 4:00 pm.

Commuter Challenge
The Commuter Challenge is an annual competition held during Environment Week (1st week of June) between Canadian cities to see which one can cut its air pollution the most by using active and/or sustainable modes of transportation such as walking, jogging, cycling, in-line skating, teleworking and/or taking the bus or carpooling. Visit the national Commuter Challenge web site to find out how you can participate locally and be counted.

Cycling Resources 
Government Resources
Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has jurisdiction over provincial roadways and highways, some of which are located in Richmond.  The Ministry's website has cycling information that includes provincial cycling policy and Motor Vehicle Act links plus the schedule of the George Massey Tunnel bike shuttle.

Vancouver Airport Authority has developed a network of on- and off-street bike routes on Sea Island.  While YVR airport is located within the City of Richmond, the Authority has jurisdiction over much of the land and roadways on Sea Island.

BC Ferries connects the Mainland with the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island, as well as with the Sunshine Coast. Bicycles are accepted on all ferries for an additional fee. For schedule and fare information, contact BC Ferries (1-888-BCFERRY or 1-888-223-3779).

Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) works with local governments to improve road safety for all users.  Resources include:

  • PDF Document Bike Smarts: A Handbook helps teachers, youth leaders and cycling instructors improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of children ages 7-13 with respect to the safe handling of their first vehicle a bicycle. 
  • Learn to Drive Smart is a guide that contains the basic information you need to know to drive safely. Chapter 6 of the manual, PDF Document Sharing the Road, covers who drivers share the road with, such as cyclists and pedestrians, and how to share the road safely with them.

TransLink is the regional transportation authority and is responsible for bus service in the region, the SeaBus to the North Shore, and SkyTrain. Bike services include bus bike racks and bike lockers at SkyTrain stations and Park and Ride lots. For schedule and fare information, contact TransLink Customer Service (604-953-3333). TransLink has also developed the Regional Vancouver Cycling Map & Guide

Active Transportation Associations & Publications
HUB: Your Cycling Connection is a registered non-profit organization formed to present a clear voice for transportation cycling in the Vancouver-Lower Mainland area.  HUB has a handbook for new cyclists that is available in five languages: English, simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Korean.  The handbooks outline rules of the road, safety tips, helmet and bicycle fitting, and list resources to find out more about safe and enjoyable cycling.

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) is a non-profit society that is committed to making our communities healthier places to live by promoting sustainable transportation and land-use planning, and pedestrian, cycling and transit-oriented neighbourhoods.

HASTe (Hub for Action on School Travel) is a resource and networking hub for groups seeking to take action on school transportation emissions in BC by planning safe cycling and walking routes to school.  Tools and programs include a cycling and walking route planning tool and supporting Bike to School week.

Trans Canada Trail contains information on the 22,000-kilometre long Trans Canada Trail. Cycling BC's Trans Canada Trail web site has further information (including maps) on BC's portion of the Trail, which will travel from the Rockies in the east, through the Kootenays, the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley and the Vancouver Lower Mainland area to Victoria.

Bike Sense: The British Columbia Bicycle Operators Manual is a comprehensive guide to the rules of the road, bike handling, traffic skills and the enjoyment of cycling for life. Prepared by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Bike Sense provides information on traffic laws and riding strategies to help cyclists understand their rights, responsibilities and how best to protect their own safety in traffic. The manual was written and reviewed by professional cycling skills instructors, cycling advocacy organizations, bicycle trained police officers and provincial authorities responsible for making and interpreting our traffic laws.

British Columbia Cycling Coalition - a non-profit society that represents the interests of cyclists provincially and seeks to secure their recognition in policy and programs affecting transportation cycling.

BC Randonneurs Cycling Club - organizes rides in accordance to the rules of randonneur cycling, sometimes referred to as marathon cycling, which can be defined as fast long-distance cycling.

Cycling British Columbia - a not-for-profit association that is the sole provincial sport governing body for mountain bike racing, road racing and track racing.

Vancouver Bicycle Club a recreational cycling club for all types of riders that offers road rides, mountain bike rides and both supported and unsupported tours.