Bike lanes and other pavement markings

The Town of Gibsons is committed to creating a comprehensive walk/cycle network that helps people move safely around our community by bike or foot.

In 2021, we completed the Gibsons Connector, a three-year project which enables cyclists and pedestrians to travel more easily between Upper and Lower Gibsons. We also received $675,000 from the Province of BC to complete an Active Transportation Network between the tourism centres of Lower Gibsons and Upper Gibsons.

When new routes are created, we mark them to differentiate them from regular roadways. As some of these pavement markings are new to the Town of Gibsons, we’ve created this visual guide to help cyclists and drivers understand what is expected when they are encountered.

Bike lanes
A painted diamond and bike indicate a dedicated bike lane.  Vehicles may not drive, stop or park on a bike lane.
Green bike lanes

The green paint on the roads is used to raise awareness for motorists and for cyclists that they are entering a potential area of conflict. This would include an area with higher than usual cycling activity and at intersections.






















 

A bike box
A bike box is a green pavement marking installed at intersections to reduce conflicts between people bicycling and driving. People bicycling can stop in the green box to wait for a break in traffic. People driving wait behind the green box for the cyclist to continue on.
Sharrows
Photo from School Road
Sharrows are pavement markings that improve cycling safety on streets that are too narrow for traditional bike lanes. These markings indicate to drivers that the road is a preferred bicycle route, and that they should be prepared to share the road with cyclists.