Bicycle Culture

With more than 450 lane-kilometres (more than 279 miles) of bike routes in Vancouver, it’s no wonder that cycling is the city’s fastest growing travel method. Get involved in a community bike-riding event, or follow the city’s bike routes for a self-guided tour. With many bicycle rental shops around Vancouver, making it easy for visitors to explore the city on two wheels.

Biking Events in Vancouver

From bicycle bar-hopping to subculture rides, you’ll be able to find a bike-centric event in Vancouver pretty much on any given day, especially during summer. The regular events include Bike to Work Week, Vancouver Critical Mass rides at the end of each month, and Bike the Blossoms, but you can also catch daily pub-crawls, costumed events and community rides by Vancruisers and Velopalooza.

Urban Bike Rides

One of the most famous bike routes in Vancouver is the paved (and relatively flat) pathway along the Stanley Park Seawall. But aside from this scenic waterfront trail, there are a number of picturesque routes throughout the city. Explore downtown and beyond with our roundup of great Vancouver bike rides.

Mountain Biking

Located on the foot of the mountains north of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore is known for its challenging mountain bike trails. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned single tracker, take your pick from a variety of major areas, such as Mount Fromme, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour, which all offer a network of well-established trails.

Bicycle Rentals

Near Stanley Park, you’ll find Bayshore Bicycles & Rollerblade Rentals and Spokes Bicycle Rentals, both of which offer a variety of cruisers, mountain bikes, tandem bikes, hybrids and more. Cycle BC Rentals offers bikes, scooters and other motorized two-wheelers, if you’d like the open-air experience without the work.

Maps and Resources for Cyclists

See the city’s bicycle lanes with this Vancouver bike route map, or these City of Vancouver cycling resources. Learn more about taking your bike on public transportation here.