British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide

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This free resource, published by the B.C. government, will help guide communities in building safe, effective active transportation infrastructure.

This document will be updated over time to reflect evolving best practices. If you have input about the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, or would like to discuss it further, please submit your feedback to

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Printed copies of the Design Guide are available for purchase:

  • 7680003593 - British Columbia: Active Transportation: Design Guide (2019 Edition)
  • (Perfect Bound)

Table of Contents


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A.  Overview + Context

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       A.1 What is the British Columbia Active
             Transportation Design Guide? 

B.  Setting the Context

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       B.1 What is Active Transportation?

       B.2 Planning for Active Transportation

       B.3 Universal Design

       B.4 Operational and Behavioral

C.  Pedestrian Facilities

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       C.1 General Design Guidance

       C.2 Pedestrian Through Zone

       C.3 Frontage. Furnishing, and
             Ancillary Zones

       C.4 Rural Pedestrian Design

D.  Cycling Facilities

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       D.1 General Design Guidance

       D.2 Neighborhood Bikeways

       D.3 Protected Bicycle Lanes

       D.4 Painted + Buffered Bicycle Lanes

       D.5 Advisory Bicycle Lanes

       D.6 Rural Cycling Design Considerations

E.  Multi-Use Facilities

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       E.1 General Design Guidance

       E.2 Multi-Use Pathways

       E.3 Separated Bicycle +
             Pedestrian Pathways

       E.4 Shared Spaces


F.  Context Specific Applications

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       F.1 Current Practices for
            Highway Rights-of-Way

G.  Intersections + Crossings

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       G.1 General Design Guidance

       G.2 Signals + Other Traffic Devices

       G.3 Pedestrian Crossings

       G.4 On-Street Bikeway Crossings

       G.5 Off-Street Pathway Crossings

       G.6 Additional Crossings + Conflict Areas

H.  Amenities + Integration

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       H.1 Multi-Modal Integration

       H.2 End-Point Facilities

       H.3 Wayfinding

       H.4 Lighting

       H.5 New Mobility Integration

I.  Post Implementation

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       I.1 Celebrating + Launching

       I.2 Monitoring + Reporting

       I.3 Maintenance


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       A. Project Participants

       B. Signage + Pavement Markings

       C. Types of Traffic Calming Devices