Active Transportation Design Guide
Recommended policies, specifications, standards and guidelines to be followed in the development of active transportation infrastructure in British Columbia.
- British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide (2019 Edition) (PDF, 77.2MB)
This free design guide will help communities build safe, effective active transportation infrastructure.
Supplement: British Columbia Active Transportation and Transit-Oriented Development Design Guide (2021 edition) (PDF, 23MB)
This supplement to the British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide provides design guidance on the integration of active transportation into transit-oriented development across the province.
This document will be updated over time to reflect evolving best practices.
Individual chapters of the B.C. Active Transportation Design Guide are provided in PDF format for quicker download and to enable the replacement of updated individual sections as required.
Table of Contents
A.1 What is the British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide?
B.1 What is Active Transportation?
B.2 Planning for Active Transportation
B.3 Universal Design
B.4 Operational and Behavioral Characteristics
C.1 General Design Guidance
C.2 Pedestrian Through Zone
C.3 Frontage. Furnishing, and Ancillary Zones
C.4 Rural Pedestrian Design Considerations
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.1 General Design Guidance
E.2 Multi-Use Pathways
E.3 Separated Bicycle + Pedestrian Pathways
E.4 Shared Spaces
F.1 Current Practices for Highway Rights-of-Way
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.1 Multi-Modal Integration (See Update for more information)
Supplement - Updated Floating Bus Stop Design Guidance (Updated October 25, 2021 - PDF, 546KB)
H.2 End-Point Facilities
H.5 New Mobility Integration
I.1 Celebrating + Launching
I.2 Monitoring + Reporting
A. Project Participants
B. Signage + Pavement Markings
C. Types of Traffic Calming Devices