Looking north on Harbour Rd from the end of the JSB

Cycling Infrastructure in the CRD

Municipalities in Greater Victoria are growing their network of designated cycling routes to facilitate biking to neighbourhoods and destinations across the CRD.

The cycling network includes many types of infrastructure, such as protected bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes, and multi-use pathways. For more information on new infrastructure click here for Victoria, here for Saanich.

Levels of Separation for Bikes on Roads in the CRD

Separated On-Street:

  • Protected Bike Lanes are separated from roads and sidewalks by parked cars, bollards, or a physical barrier. The City of Victoria has protected cycle tracks to connect the downtown network, the first was built on Pandora Avenue in 2017.
  • Buffered bicycle lanes provide additional shy distance between the bicycle lanes and the travel lane to provide a more comfortable riding environment.

Bicycle Lanes/Shoulders:

  • Bicycle lanes are separated from motor vehicle lanes and indicated with a bicycle stencil and a diamond, and are marked with dedicated signs.

  • Shoulder bikeways accommodate cycling on streets without a curb and gutter, where a fog line is used to delineate a shoulder.

Shared Roadways:

  • Marked wide curb lanes provide direct routes along the outer lane of a roadway. Signs remind cyclists and drivers to ‘share the road.’

  • Neighbourhood bikeways are routes on local urban streets indicated by signs and stencils.

  • Traffic calming treatments improve the cycling environment.

  • Shared lanes provide key connections between more formal bikeways and key destinations. They are designated by “Bike Route” signs.

Other Infrastructure:

  • Bicycle Traffic Signals to help protect cyclists in the bike lanes across intersections. In Victoria, these lights discourage right lane turns for vehicles while bikes have a green light.  

  • Button controlled intersections allow safe crossing for bikes and pedestrians where light sensors aren’t triggered by feet or small wheels. Some beg buttons even have extended arms for cyclist convenience!

  • Green conflict zone markings on pavement: These are areas where pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists need to be aware of one another
  • Bike Boxes are designated areas at the heads of traffic lanes in intersections that provide bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. Here is a video on how to use a bike box while turning into an intersection. 
  • Cross Bikes/ Elephant’s Feet indicate that it is safe for cyclists to cycle through an intersection, rather than dismount and walking through an intersection with solid lines instead of dotted 

  • Traffic Light Sensors in pavement are triggered when cyclists line their bikes on the lines indicated with the markings.

Community Bike Maps:

PIC = Primary Inter-Community Bicycle Network

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