Riding safely in Whistler

Bike image by Mike Crane

Cycling is a huge part of Whistler’s outdoor culture.  We all have a role to play in ensuring everyone returns safely from a ride on Whistler’s extensive trail networks, bike trails, the road and around town.

Bicycles in the Village

Cyclists are reminded to keep pedestrians safe too.  Walk your bike on the Village Stroll at all times to avoid fines.

Whistler has plenty of biking trails and bike parks. Explore the even better places to ride: whistler.ca/trails

General safety tips

Cycling have a responsibility to understand the rules of the road and practice proper safety and handling techniques.

Cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers through the BC Motor Vehicle Act.  Make sure you know and obey the rules of the road.

  • Helmets must be worn according to Section 184 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and brightly coloured reflective clothing is recommended. You need to be seen and be able to see the road, as well.
  • Do not wear headphones that cover both ears.
  • Maintain your bike in good working order.
  • Be as visible as possible to others day or night. Equip your bike with a warning bell, which is especially useful on the Valley Trail, and use front and rear lights on your bicycle after dark, as required by the BC Motor Vehicle Act.
  • Take extra care when it’s wet because it will take longer for your brakes to grip and stop your bike.
  • Never assume another cyclist, driver or pedestrian sees you. Make eye contact with other road users.
  • Cycle safely and predictably. Share the road and Valley Trail with other users and learn the skills needed to control your bike.
  • Always come to a full stop at stop signs. Not stopping is illegal under the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and you can be fined $167.

Road cycling in the Sea to Sky 

The Road Cycling in the Sea to Sky brochure provides descriptions of seven scenic and challenging routes in the Sea to Sky region as well as safety tips for road cyclists. The brochure is also designed as a tool that helps drivers and cyclists learn and understand the rules of road. Copies of the brochure are available at tourism information centres, area bike shops and at cycling events both in the corridor and in the lower mainland.

Download the Road Cycling in the Sea to Sky Brochure

Bicycle Operator’s Manual

Bike Sense: The British Columbia Bicycle Operators Manual is a comprehensive guide to the rules of the road, bike handling, traffic skills and the enjoyment of cycling for life. Prepared by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Bike Sense provides information on traffic laws and riding strategies to help cyclists understand their rights, responsibilities and how best to protect their own safety in traffic.

Making your bike commuter-friendly 

  • Lights and reflectors – required by law
  • Helmet – required by law
  • Tool kit and pump
  • Bell
  • Fenders
  • Regular maintenance and inspection

Cycling regulations

Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers. The Province of British Columbia issues tickets if cyclists break these laws.

Review Section 183 (Rights and Duties of Operator of Cycle) and Section 184 (Bicycle Safety Helmets) in the BC Motor Vehicle Act to ensure you understand your full rights and duties as a cyclist.

Protect your bike

Thefts of bicycles can be reduced if owners acknowledge the need for adequate security, and invest in equipment that will be effective.

  • Ensure your bike is always locked up when not in use.
  • If you store your bike in a garage at home, take the remote opener out of your vehicle if the vehicle is left outside.
  • Use a good quality locking device such as a hardened steel “U” shaped lock, or a hardened steel chain and padlock.
  • Lock your bicycle and both wheels to an immovable object, which cannot be easily cut or broken.
  • Lock your bike if you are storing it on your deck or patio.

Identification of your bicycle

Manufacturers mark most bicycles with a serial number. Record the serial number and keep it in your files. If your bicycle does not have a serial number, engrave an identifying number on the frame. You may wish to put the same number on the wheels and other components.

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