BikeBC Funding Eligibility

The Province provides financial assistance for new infrastructure which forms part of a municipality, regional district, or First Nations community’s adopted bicycle network plan.

Eligible projects include those that encourage transportation cycling by accelerating the development of new cycling infrastructure. The focus of the BikeBC program is on cycling for transportation purposes which includes cycling trips to and from work, school, tourism and errands.

Approval from council or board authorizing the project to proceed must be included with your application. The most common way is to provide a photocopy of the meeting minutes where the project is discussed. A resolution is also acceptable.

Applicants for cycling infrastructure projects must meet best practices for cycling infrastructure design. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure suggests the following resources:

  • Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada (2nd Edition), Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). This resource is available for purchase through the TAC bookstore.

  • Guidelines for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (4th Edition), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. This resource is available for purchase here.

  • Urban Bikeway Design Guide, National Association of City Transportation Officials. This resource is available for purchase here.

Note: Although the above guidelines are suggested by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there may be other design guides for cycling infrastructure that local governments and First Nations wish to use.

Here are some examples of projects we've funded.

Eligible Proposals

Eligible proposals need to demonstrate that the project:

  • Is a new project
  • Is part of an adopted bicycle network plan
  • Is ready for construction and can be completed within one year of funding approval (shelf-ready)
  • Promotes transportation (commuter) cycling
  • Helps to reduce traffic congestion
  • Helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Provides a safe cycling environment

Non-Eligible Proposals

Non-eligible proposals include, but are not limited to, projects that:

  • Are not part of an adopted bicycle network plan
  • Have not completed design work and public consultations (not shelf ready)
  • Emphasize recreational cycling
  • Do not remove a motor vehicle trip
  • Create an unsafe or illegal cycling environment (for example, contravene the Motor Vehicle Act)
  • Have already been constructed or are committed to

Eligible Costs

BikeBC will assist local governments in expanding their cycling network by funding up to 50% of eligible cost-shareable capital work. The Province's 50% share is calculated once all third party contributions have been deducted from the total capital cost of the project.

Typical cost-shareable items are labour and material costs for:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Project management
  • Pavement markings
  • *Intersection lighting
  • *Cyclist actuated signals and duct works
  • Cyclists actuation (loops and push buttons)
  • Traffic calming devices
  • Bridge structures
  • Retaining walls
  • Fencing (only where required for safety)
  • Utility relocation
  • Guardrails
  • *Catch basins and utility access basins
  • Traffic control

*Where warranted for cyclists and normally part of an overall cycling construction project

Ineligible Costs

Some non cost-shareable items include:

  • Property acquisition
  • Administration / overhead
  • Educational or promotional signage
  • Landscaping
  • Interlocking pavers
  • Maintenance works
  • Cycling facilities that contravene the Motor Vehicle Act (for example facilities on one side of the road only)
  • Parking facilities for automotive vehicles

Other Funding Considerations

If a third party, including another Provincial agency, is contributing to a project, that contribution must be deducted from the project’s total eligible cost and the CIPP share calculated on the balance.

Approved projects must adhere to the design and route submitted to receive payment. Changes proposed after a contribution agreement is signed must be approved by the ministry prior to construction, although approval is not guaranteed.

Project Selection

Proposals are selected using a priority ranking system to determine which applications best meet the program’s goal of encouraging transportation cycling, creating healthy living environments, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions through safe and effective cycling infrastructure.

Funding for projects is awarded based on the following:

  • Community’s support for healthy living and physical fitness
  • Enhancing tourism cycling
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Safety
  • Ridership
  • Facility type
  • Catchment population size
  • Timing
  • Multimodal connections
  • Proponent’s priority
  • Endorsement letters
  • Connection to
    Gateway Program