Q&A - Straight Through for Bicycles Only
QUESTION: Eastbound on Point Grey at Alma there are two bike lanes on the north side of the street that are allowed to cross Alma without stopping. Cars eastbound on Point Grey must turn either right or left, and there is a curb/diverter on the far side to prevent them going straight through.
Cars northbound on Alma face a stop sign, and one option is to turn right through the diverter.
On the diverter is a sign for Eastbound traffic, "no straight ahead except for bicycles".
My question is, can a cyclist, eastbound on Point Grey but not in the bike lanes, go straight across the intersection by going around the diverter on the right?
ANSWER: There is nothing in the City of Vancouver Street and Traffic Bylaw that says a cyclist must use a cycle lane if one is present. The sign in the street view tells vehicle traffic other than cyclists that they cannot go straight through, but a cyclist can.