12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver may be getting even more bike friendly over the next five years.

A dozen new bike lanes, including eight in the downtown core, have been proposed as part of a new report scheduled to go before city council this week.

The proposed changes amount to a Christmas wish list for avid bikers in the city. Major additions being considered include a new bike lane across the Granville Street Bridge, a much needed route linking Yaletown and the West End via Drake and Burnaby Streets, a long-awaited bike lane along Commercial Drive and a new “Portside Greenway” to run along Water Street in Gastown, according to reports in the Vancouver Sun and Metro.   Continue reading:
12 New Bike Lanes Proposed for Vancouver

Study shows Vancouver is the safest, most active city for biking in Canada

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver is officially on its way to becoming the urban bike capital of Canada.

A new report shows that Vancouverites now make more than 100,000 bike trips per day, tops in all of Canada. We even beat out much larger Toronto, where riders make 96,000 daily trips. In Vancouver, bike trips now account for more than 4 percent of all journeys made by any form of transportation.

The report by the Pembina Institute takes a deep look at Vancouver’s bike infrastructure (as well as cities across Canada), exploring both strengths and weaknesses. It turns out the city has plenty to be proud about when it comes to biking.  Continue reading:
Study shows Vancouver is the safest, most active city for biking in Canada

Bike to Work Week, Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

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Smile, breathe and relax this fall – get on your bike!

As if getting out on your bike to breathe in that fresh, fall air wasn’t enough of a reason to convince you to bike to work, here are five additional reasons why you should:

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Bike to Work Week, Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

The past, the present and the future come together while cycling the Dyke trails in Richmond. This popular cycling route is an easy ride and a favourite for families, history buffs and nature lovers! Flat, scenic and lots of places to stop and explore along the way!

The Past

I thoroughly enjoy the numerous historic points of interest found along this route. Visits to Finn Slough, London Heritage Farm, Steveston Village and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery bring the past to life.
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Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

Slow Biking – Kits Beach to Lighthouse Park

Cycling English Bay Vancouver

Photo: R. Weiss

Have you heard about the Slow Bicycle Movement?  I would argue it is more of a philosophy than a movement, a celebration of cycling so to speak.  Slow biking is about the journey and not the destination.  An emphasis on enjoying the ride.  The unofficial rules of the Slow Bicycle Movement are simple:

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Slow Biking – Kits Beach to Lighthouse Park

Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Vancouver cyclists know that on a sunny day downtown’s famous seawall can turn into a bit of a traffic jam.  Runners, walkers, rollerbladers and throngs of bikers make cycling the scenic route feel like a ride through rush-hour traffic.

For the path less traveled, head south to the Vancouver suburb of Tsawwassen and Boundary Bay Regional Park.  Boundary Bay – so named because it marks the border between British Columbia and Washington State – embraces dramatic mudflats, salt marshes and dunes and sandy beaches.  Best of all, it offers great biking, minus the crowds.

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Best Scenic Cycling in Metro Vancouver? Riding Boundary Bay

Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Seymour Demonstration Forest

Photo credit: Skip the Filler | Flickr

Photo credit: Skip the Filler | Flickr

It’s hard to believe that minutes from the noise and chaos of downtown Vancouver is an alternate, carbon-free civilization inhabited only by cyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians.  But it’s no dream: It’s North Vancouver’s Seymour Demonstration Forest.

This 5,668-hectare park, formally known as the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, is actually a bit difficult to find, which may explain why it’s stayed relatively off-the-radar all these years.  Google Maps isn’t much help (though searching “Rice Lake” will get you close).  Directions online sound a bit like an old treasure hunt:  “Head toward Capilano College and drive straight past the main gate to the campus. Keep right on driving, past the riding stables and cemetery.”

But it’s worth hunting down.  You’ll know you’re on the right path when you start hitting speed bumps every 50 metres.  The road makes its way through thick forest and past a mysterious-looking building called the LSCR Waste Stream Diversion Facility before dead-ending at a gravel parking lot.  Here, you’ll notice every single car has a bike rack mounted on it.

This is because the main draw of the park is the Seymour Valley Trailway: a 10-kilometre-long paved path that threads its way through one of the most gorgeous – and bike-friendly – stretches of forest in the area.  Over the weekend, I hopped on my bike and explored the trail for the first time. Continue reading:
Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Seymour Demonstration Forest