Cycling Restrictions

[Excerpt from the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation B.C. REG. 26/58]


The Ministry of Transportation currently allows cyclists on all highways except designated freeways.

Except as authorized by a permit issued by the Minister of Transportation, and except for crossing a highway at an intersection, use of any highway named in Schedule 1 by the following is prohibited at all times:

  • vehicles drawn by animals
  • livestock, as defined in the Livestock Act
  • form implements and farm machinery, whether self-propelled or towed
  • pedestrians, unless attending a disabled vehicle
  • vehicles incapable of maintaining a minimum speed of 60 km/h on level road, except construction or maintenance equipment owned or hired by the Ministry of Transportation while working on or travelling to or from a work site located on a highway named in Schedule 1

For safety reasons, cyclists are not allowed on these portions of the following Schedule 1 highways:

Schedule 1 Highways Summary
Trans-Canada Highway 1
*Note Exception Below*
from the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay to the north approach of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge;

from its intersection with Rupert Street to its junction with Highway 3 in Hope;

from its junction with the Coquihalla Highway (Afton Interchange) on the west approach to Kamloops to its junction with the Yellowhead Highway 5 on the east approach to Kamloops.
Hope-Princeton Highway 3
*Note Exception Below*
from its junction with Highway 1 in Hope to its junction with the Coquihalla Highway, 7.7 km east
Coquihalla Highway 5
*Note Exception Below*
from its junction with Highway 3, 7.7 km east of Hope, to its junction with Highway 1 (Afton Interchange) on the west approach to Kamloops.
Inland Island Highway 19
*Note Exception Below*
from Craig's crossing south of Parksville to its intersection with Highway 19A at Willow/Tamarac in Campbell River

from its North Cedar Road intersection with Trans-Canada Highway 1, south of Nanaimo, to its intersection with Highway 19A north of Nanaimo.
Annacis Highway 91 from its interchange Highway 99 to the south
approach to the Annacis Bridge; from the north
approach to the Annacis Bridge to the the south
approach to the East Channel Bridge; from the north
approach to the East Channel Bridge to the Richmond Connector.
Annacis Highway 91A from the Richmond Connector to the south approach to the Queensborough Bridge.
Okanagan Connector Highway 97C
*Note Exception Below*
from its junction with Highway 5A to its junction with Highway 97, a distance of approximately 108 kilometres.
Highway 99
*Note Exception Below*
from 1st Avenue in Surrey to the south approach of the Oak Street Bridge.

Exceptions to Cycling Restrictions on Schedule 1 Highways

As noted under Section 19.07 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, cyclists are permitted on Schedule 1 highways only where signs are in place. In British Columbia, the following Schedule 1 highway sections are signed to allow cyclists:

Schedule 1 Highways Summary
Highway 1 Horseshoe Bay to Capilano Road

Highway 11 (Abbotsford) to Highway 3 (Hope) excluding the section between No. 3 Road (Abbotsford) and Lickman Road.

Valleyview Road to Route 5 (Kamloops East) for westbound travel only.
Highway 3 Highway 1 (Hope) to Highway 5 (east of Hope).
Highway 5 Highway 3 (east of Hope) to Highway 1, Afton Interchange (Kamloops West).
Highway 19 South of Parksville (Craig's Crossing) to Campbell River (Willow/Tamarac)

From its North Cedar Road intersection with Trans-Canada Highway 1, south of Nanaimo, to its intersection with Highway 19A north of Nanaimo.
Highway 97C Highway 5A (east of Merrit) to Route 97 (Peachland)
Highway 99 Canada/U.S.A. border to Eighth Avenue (Surrey).

Map of BC cycling Restrictions

Map of Lower Mainland Cycling Restrictions

Bridge Restrictions for Bicycles

[Excerpt from the Highway Act B.C. REG. 174/70]

Structure Section/Subsection/Summary
Annacis Bridge - Highway 91
[New Westminster - Richmond - Delta]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
East Channel Bridge - Highway 91
[New Westminster - Richmond - Delta]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Queensborough Bridge - Highway 91A
[New Westminster]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Knight Street Bridge - Knight Street
[Vancouver - Richmond]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Lions Gate Bridge - Highway 1A/99
[North Vancouver - Vancouver]
2.08 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge - Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway)
[North Vancouver - Vancouver]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge - Highway 9
[Agassiz - Rosedale]
No bicycle restrictions.
Nelson Bridge - Highway 3A
[Nelson]
No bicycle restrictions.
Oak Street Bridge - Highway 99
[Vancouver - Richmond]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Okanagan Lake Bridge - Highway 97
[Kelowna]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
Port Mann Bridge - Highway 1
(Trans-Canada Highway)
[Coquitlam - Surrey]
2.02 (b) Bicycles not permitted on or within structure.
Pattullo Bridge - Highway 99A/1A
[New Westminster - Surrey]
2.03 (b) Bicycles not permitted on roadways but may use a sidewalk.
George Massey Tunnel - Highway 99
[Richmond - Delta]
2.02 (b) Bicycles not permitted on or within structure.
Cassiar Connector - Highway 1
(Trans-Canada Highway)
[Vancouver]
2.02 (b) Bicycles not permitted on or within structure.