Recreational road cyclists have become a very common sight in Whistler and throughout the Sea to Sky. The growing popularity of road cycling in North America, improvements to Highway 99, plus large events such as GranFondo Whistler and IRONMAN Canada have resulted in a remarkable increase in the number of road cyclists in the corridor. The events and related visitors have brought significant economic benefits to corridor communities and to the province.
Municipalities in the Sea to Sky corridor have worked proactively with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to improve maintenance, signage and infrastructure along Highway 99 as well as secondary routes in the Callaghan Valley, Squamish/Paradise Valley and Pemberton areas. There has been positive progress with new signage and maintenance improvements.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is encouraging cyclists to explore the many beautiful and dynamic routes in the region. Cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers through the B.C. Motor Vehicle Act and should know the rules of the road and safety practices to minimize the risk of collisions or injuries. For all road users sharing the road and showing respect for others will make for a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Rules of the road
- Cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles.
- Cyclists must ride as near as practicable to the right side of the highway.
- Cyclists are permitted to ride to the left of the white line if the condition of the shoulder is hazardous.
- Cyclists are not required to ride on any part of the highway that is not paved.
- Cyclists must not ride abreast of another cyclist on the portion of the highway normally used for vehicular traffic.
Cyclist tips for sharing the road
- Follow traffic direction - Ride in the same direction as vehicle traffic.
- Be predictable - Do not weave in and out of lanes. Pass with care.
- Be safe and visible - Wear a helmet and use lights at night. (both required by law in B.C.).
- Hand signals - Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
- Use shoulder area - When stopped, move onto the shoulder and out of traffic.
Road cycling Brochure
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.
Whistler Cycling Club
The Whistler Cycling Club is a Whistler based not-for-profit with a mission of facilitating and promoting recreational road cycling in Whistler and the surrounding area. The club advocates for safe cycling infrastructure and works with governments to develop the Sea to Sky region as a destination for road cycling visitors.