Here are some travel tips when using your bike to explore beyond Richmond's borders. Check out the Related Links section of these cycling pages for links to maps of the cycling networks of other municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area.
- Arthur Laing Bridge (Richmond-Vancouver): as there are no sidewalks on the bridge, cyclists ride on the shoulders of the roadway. Northbound cyclists can get to the bridge via Russ Baker Way or an off-street pathway that can be accessed from the Airport Station bus loop or from the Airport Connector bridge.
- Oak Street Bridge (Richmond-Vancouver): cyclists are required by law to ride on the sidewalks of the bridge. Access the west sidewalk via pathways from Bridgeport Road (south side) or Sea Island Way (north side). Signage on Garden City Road directs cyclists to the east sidewalk via Patterson Road and the maintenance road underneath the bridge.
- Canada Line Bridge (Richmond-Vancouver): cyclists and pedestrians have a separate, dedicated lane located under the guideway on the west side. Access the lane from Van Horne Way or River Drive.
- Knight Street Bridge (Richmond-Vancouver): cyclists are required by law to ride on the sidewalks of the bridge. Access either sidewalk via Bridgeport Road.
- Alex Fraser Bridge (Richmond-Delta): cyclists are required by law to ride on the sidewalks of the bridge. Signage directs cyclists to the west sidewalk via a pathway from Dyke Road (just west of Boundary Road) or to the east sidewalk via a ramp from Boundary Road.
- Queensborough Bridge (Richmond-New Westminster): cyclists are required by law to ride on the sidewalks of the bridge. Signage directs cyclists to each sidewalk via pathways from Boyd Street.
Highway 99 / George Massey Tunnel
Cyclists are restricted by law from riding in the Highway 99 / George Massey Tunnel between Richmond and Delta. Options for getting across are:
- Public Buses: all transit buses are equipped with bike racks that are capable of carrying 2 bikes. There is no extra charge to carry your bike. See the next section below for instructions on how to use the bike racks. Find out bus route information and schedules at www.translink.ca.
- Bike Shuttle: the provincial Ministry of Transportation provides a free bike shuttle service through the tunnel. View the schedule and a map showing where to pick up the shuttle.
Bikes on Buses
All transit buses are equipped with bike racks that can take 2 bikes a minimum 40cm (16) diameter wheel is needed. Note that racks are available on a first come, first served basis and some of the busier routes, such as those to the ferry terminals, may experience congestion on the bike racks. Since each rack-equipped bus can only carry two bikes at a time, please plan your travel accordingly and arrive at the stop early when appropriate.
How to Load Your Bike on a Bike Rack
(Bikes with 16" (40 cm) wheels or larger only)
- Before the bus arrives, remove any loose items (child carriers, water bottles, pumps, panniers, or other carrying devices not permanently attached to the bike) that might fall off or block the bus operators view.
- Alert operator of your intention to load your bike, then lower the bike rack by pulling on handle #1.
- Lift your bike onto rack #2.
- Lift the support arm up and over the front tire #3.
- Sit at the front and keep an eye on your bike.
- When leaving the bus, please advise the operator that you need to remove your bike and leave from the front door.
- Raise the rack to the upright position.
You can also view an instructional video of how to load your bike on a bus with a bike rack.
Be careful when loading and unloading your bike as you are the one responsible for your bike and your own safety.
Bus Bike Rack Safety Tips
- Always load from and unload to the curb side of the street. Never step into oncoming traffic!
- Never use a personal lock and/or chain to secure your bike to the bus rack; however, for increased security, you may wish to lock together your bike frame and one of the bike wheels. (If you do, please do so before the bus arrives at the stop.)
- Choose a seat near the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.
- When leaving the bus, dont forget that you have a bike on the rack! New riders sometimes do.
- Motor-powered bikes of any kind are not permitted on the bike racks.
Bikes on Other Transit Services
Bikes are also allowed on SkyTrain, SeaBus and the West Coast Express. Certain conditions apply for some modes so check the TransLink website for all the details.
Bike Racks and Bike Lockers
The City provides bicycle racks at public facilities such as community centres and libraries. On private property, the City's Development Permit Guidelines include provisions for secure bicycle parking including long-term facilities (waterproof bike lockers or a bicycle room with bicycle racks) and short-term parking in the form of bicycle racks.
TransLink provides high quality secure bike lockers at the following locations:
# of Lockers
Lougheed Town Centre Station
Production Way - University Station
Lake City Way
Sperling - Burnaby Lake Station
Brentwood Town Centre Station
Surrey Scott Road Station
King George Station
Sexsmith Park & Ride
Ladner Park & Ride
Rental fees are $30.00 for 3 months plus GST. A $30.00 refundable key deposit is required.
For information on locker availability and rental terms, visit TransLink's website.
Bikes secured to bus stop posts or any place other than a designated bike locker or bike rack will be removed by maintenance crews. These may be retrieved from TransLinks Lost Property office, open 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, at Stadium SkyTrain Station.