Skip to content
Join our Newsletter
Join our Newsletter

Cycling Vancouver: A ride on bike-friendly Point Grey Road

What to know before you go for a ride on this section of the city's lovely Seaside Greenway.

Point Grey Road is a very bike-friendly street that is a part of what the city calls the “Seaside Greenway.” 

The whole Seaside Greenway and York Bikeway network is a 28 km bike/walking route that extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.

Point Grey Road itself begins as Balsam St by Cornwall (in the Kitsilano area). It continues west to Jericho Beach, paralleling the water. Through its length, cyclists have the chance to pass by (and stop at) many parks: Kitsilano, Point Grey Park Sites, Margaret Piggot Park, Volunteer Park, Tatlow Park – to name a few.

For most of it, Point Grey Road is an automobile street. A small stretch between Trafalgar Street and Macdonald Street is a segregated bike way, but the majority of Point Grey Road is shared with cars. That being said, it is designated a bike path and a major commuter thoroughfare, and the sheer number of cyclists keeps most cars away. I have even found the residents living on the busiest parts of Point Grey Road to be very cautious of and respectful of the cyclists travelling up and down the street they live on. The road is wide, and there is no material gradient so it is suitable for bikes of all types and cyclists of all fitness.

I use Point Grey Road most often to either get to Spanish Banks and UBC or, if travelling in the opposite direction, to get to Olympic Village or the Burrard Bridge to access downtown.

Note: Many cyclists travel parallel to Point Grey Road on York Avenue (which is also a bike path) between Burrard Street and Stephens Street. Cornwall Street (which leads to Point Grey Road) by Kitsilano Beach is very busy with vehicles and can be intimidating and/or unsafe. York Avenue bypasses that heavily trafficked section, and you can turn north (right) onto Stephens Street, which will connect you to Point Grey Road.

Brian Lim likes to ride bikes (sometimes with his camera). He's a complete and consummate amateur - both in cycling and in photography, and says he doesn't take himself seriously - and neither should you. Lim wants to share his love of cycling, so please reach out if you want to talk! You'll find him on Instagram at @wheelsandwhisky.