Tips for Bicycling in Vancouver: Point Gray Road

What you need to know before taking a ride on this section of the city’s beautiful Seaside Greenway.

Point Gray Road is a very bike-friendly road that is part of what the city calls the “Seaside Greenway.”

The entire network of Seaside Greenway and York Bikeway is a 28 km bicycle and pedestrian route that stretches from the Vancouver Convention Center to Spanish Banks Park.

Point Gray Road begins as Balsam St through Cornwall (in the Kitsilano area). Continue west to Jericho Beach, parallel to the water. Along its length, cyclists have the opportunity to pass (and stop) at many parks: Kitsilano, Point Gray Park Sites, Margaret Piggot Park, Volunteer Park, Tatlow Park, to name a few.

For the most part, Point Gray Road is a car street. A small section between Trafalgar Street and Macdonald Street is a segregated cycle path, but most of Point Gray Road is shared with cars. That said, it is designated as a bike trail and a major thoroughfare for commuters, and the sheer number of cyclists keeps most cars away. I have even found that residents who live on the busiest parts of Point Gray Road are very cautious and respectful of bicyclists traveling up and down the street they live on. The road is wide and there is no material slope, so it is suitable for bicycles of all types and cyclists of all physical conditions.

I use Point Gray Road most often to get to Spanish Banks and UBC or, if I’m traveling in the opposite direction, to get to Olympic Village or the Burrard Bridge for access to downtown.

Note: Many bicyclists parallel Point Gray Road on York Avenue (which is also a bike lane) between Burrard Street and Stephens Street. Cornwall Street (leading to Point Gray Road) next to Kitsilano Beach is very busy with vehicles and can be intimidating and/or unsafe. York Avenue bypasses that heavily trafficked section and can turn north (right) onto Stephens Street, which will connect you to Point Gray Road.

Brian Lim likes to ride his bike (sometimes with his camera). He’s a complete and consummate hobbyist, both in cycling and photography, and he says he doesn’t take himself seriously, and neither should you. Lim wants to share his love of cycling, so please reach out if he wants to talk! You will find it on Instagram at @wheelsandwhisky.

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