BikeBC Funding Eligibility

The Province provides financial assistance for new infrastructure and upgrade projects which form part of a municipality, regional district, or First Nations community’s adopted cycling network plan.

Eligible projects include those that encourage transportation cycling by accelerating the development of 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.

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 or
  • An upgrade project that enhances the infrastructure to encourage more cycling (Examples include: paving a gravel trail or widening the trail)
  • Is part of an adopted cycling network plan
  • Is ready for construction and can be completed within one year of funding approval (shelf-ready)
  • Promotes transportation (commuter) cycling. Although, preference is given to commuter cycling, other types of acceptable cycling that accommodate varying community needs include: tourism, sport and recreation. However, the facility should not be used exclusively for i.e. recreation and must include some elements & benefits of commuter cycling.
    Exclusions: off-road recreation (i.e. mountain bike trails or velodromes) is ineligible.
  • Provides a safe cycling environment
  • Helps to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

NOTE: Projects can be located within the Ministry’s right of way with approval from local Ministry’s operations manager

Cycling network planning for small communities:

Small communities (communities with population of 15,000 or less) with no existing cycling network plan are eligible to apply for cost-sharable funding (up to 50% of the total eligible costs) to develop a formal cycling network plan. Expenses for successful network planning projects will be reimbursed upon completion and adoption of the plan. You do not have to apply for cycling infrastructure funding in order to be eligible to apply for cycling network funding.

Non-Eligible Proposals

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

  • Previously successful applicants from the 2015/16 (or earlier) BikeBC intake are eligible to apply for funding only if they have fully completed the previously approved project(s)
  • Are not part of an adopted cycling network plan
  • Have not completed design work and public consultations (not shelf ready)
  • Create an unsafe or illegal cycling environment (for example, contravene the Motor Vehicle Act)
  • Have already been constructed
  • Are maintenance and rehabilitation (i.e. repaving) of existing infrastructure
  • Are off-road recreation (i.e. mountain bike trails or velodromes)

Eligible Costs

Funding for larger communities: BikeBC will assist local governments in expanding their cycling network by funding up to 50% of total eligible cost-shareable capital work. The Province's 50% share is calculated once all third party contributions (other provincial and federal funds) have been deducted from the total capital cost of the project. 15% Provincial share applies to end-of trip facilities/amenities (see below).

Funding for small communities: Successful applicant communities with a population of 15,000 or less are eligible to receive up to 75% (as opposed to up-to 50% for communities with a population larger than 15,000) for eligible cost-sharable capital work. Eligible end-of trip facilities/amenities expenses are capped at 15% of total eligible project costs (see below).

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

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Network planning
  • Project management
  • Pavement markings
  • *Intersection lighting
  • *Cyclist actuated signals and duct works
  • Cyclists actuation (loops and push buttons)
  • Traffic calming devices
  • Traffic control
  • Bridge structures
  • Retaining walls
  • Fencing (only where required for safety)
  • Utility relocation
  • Guardrails
  • Catch basins and utility access basins
  • ** End of trip facilities/amenities (capped at 15% of total eligible project costs)

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

** End of Trip facilities / amenities: The following items classified as end of trip facilities/amenities can be claimed as eligible expenses (capped at 15% of total eligible project costs)

  • wayfinding signs
  • repair stations
  • bike racks
  • benches
  • lockers
  • trail lighting (other than intersection lighting)

End of trip facilities/amenities listed above must complement the cycling facility. Additionally, the public use and benefits must be clearly demonstrated.

Ineligible Costs

Some non-cost-shareable items include:

  • Design work
  • Property acquisition
  • Administration / overhead
  • Educational or promotional signage
  • Landscaping
  • Interlocking pavers
  • Maintenance and rehabilitation (i.e. repaving) of existing infrastructure
  • Cycling facilities that contravene the Motor Vehicle Act
  • Vehicle parking facilities

Other Funding Considerations

Any third-party contributions received from other provincial or federal program(s) must be deducted from the project’s total eligible costs. The BikeBC share will be 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
  • Ridership
  • Facility type
  • Catchment population size
  • Timing
  • Multimodal connections
  • Proponent’s priority
  • Endorsement letters

Preference will be given to projects that support Regional Cycling Corridors that help to create safe and efficient travel routes.