BikeRoutePicThe City plans and maintains approximately 85 km of bike routes. Some of these routes are separated paths (along South Dogwood); some are bike lanes (Highway 19A from Erickson
to Big Rock Boat Ramp); and some bike routes are regular roads shared with vehicle traffic. 

City Bike Routes 

New: Bike lanes on Hilchey Road

To encourage cycling, the City of Campbell River will be installing bike lanes on Hilchey Road, from Highway 19A to South Dogwood Street. The east and westbound bike lanes will connect the multi-use path along South Dogwood Street to the Seawalk along Highway 19A. They will pass Timberline Village, Penfield Elementary School, and near the Sportsplex with the skate and bike park. 

To make room for the bike lanes, parking will be selectively removed on Hilchey Road. Parking will be removed on the south side of Hilchey Road from South Dogwood Street to South Alder Street. Parking will also be removed on the north side of Hilchey Road from South Alder Street to Highway 19A.  

The new bike lane on the north side, from South Dogwood Street to South Alder Street will be placed next to the curb; the parking lane will be between the travel lane and the bicycle lane. This design, although less commonly used, is much safer for cyclists on this type of road.  From South Alder Street to Highway 19A, the south side of Hilchey Road will include the bike lane next to curb; the parking lane will be between the travel lane and the bicycle lane.

“Building safer infrastructure for cyclists, benefits the entire community,” says Director of Long Range Planning and Sustainability, Elle Brovold. “More bikes on the road means less pollution and congestion, fewer collisions, and healthier individuals and communities. The additional bike lanes on Hilchey Road will link existing bike routes, join destinations and create safer cycling in Campbell River.”

Installation is scheduled to begin the week of September 19, 2022. Follow all signage in place, and proceed with caution in the work area. Drivers are reminded to drive with care and attention during and after the work, and not to park in the bike lane.

Cross-section sketch

Respect the bike lane sign

Master transportation plan

There are many benefits to cycling including reducing car dependence, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving health of residents, reducing infrastructure demands, and creating more livable and vibrant communities.

The Master Transportation Plan has set a goal to increase cycling from the current 1.3% (2006) up to 5% (2036).  The City aims to accomplish this by enhancing the bicycle network, providing context appropriate corridor and intersection treatments and implementing bicycle support strategies.

Recent improvements to bicycle infrastructure include:

  • New bike lane on Highway 19A between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue to connect existing bike lanes to the north and the south
  • New multi-use pathway through the 3.5 acre site downtown
  • New guide signage for the Greenways Loop

go by bike bc

The Campbell River Go By Bike committee is a partnership between the City, River City Cycle Club and the Campbell River Cycling Coalition.  The first Go By Bike event in Campbell River (formerly Bike to Work Week) took place in 2008.  The Committee is dedicated to encouraging cycling in Campbell River – commuting, exercise, sight seeing, tourism, pleasure – and to work towards better cycling infrastructure in this community.  Biking supports a cleaner environment, a healthier population and reduced green-house gas emissions. 

Events take place in the spring and the fall, with the latest event, September 28 to October 4, 2020, logging 307 riders, 33 teams, over 12,000 km biked, over 370,000 calories burned and 2,690 kg of green house gasses saved.

For more information, see their website: https://gobybikebc.ca/campbell-river

Greenways loop

Visitors and locals are invited to cycle, walk and/or roll around the Greenways Loop – a 28km, wheelchair accessible, recreational trail linking Campbell River’s Forests, River, Ocean and Greenways (FROG).  The Loop’s vision, design, construction and maintenance include time, money and resources from countless volunteers and organizations – symbolizing an abundance of our community connections.  Almost every Campbell River resident lives within 5 km of the Loop.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

For additional information about bicycling, please contact:

City of Campbell River Transportation Department
Phone: 250-286-5700
Email: transportation@campbellriver.ca
Mailing address: 301 St. Ann's Road, Campbell River, BC V9W 4C7

For additional information on City trails and parks, please visit the Parks Department.

 

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