Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets

Spring is Just Around the Corner – Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets Photo: Rob Weiss

Snow, snow and more snow. An unusual west coast winter to say the least!  One that has dramatically impacted the time I have spent on my bicycle.  Of course, the stoic, die-hard road warriors and passionate cycling commuters continue to bravely navigate our city streets, but I am more of a fair-weather cyclist.  Frequently, I find myself staring longingly at my bike, imagining spring blossoms and warm summer days.  Instead of riding, I have passionately dedicated myself to the spring tune-up.  Tires inflated, chain greased, brakes checked, I am ready to go! Vancouver’s extensive network of bike friendly paths, greenways, and separated bike lanes beckon!

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Cycling Vancouver’s Side Streets

Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore

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Car free cycling, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Photo: Rob Weiss

Imagine a 10 km paved roadway through a lush and scenic rainforest.  Now remove all vehicle traffic and add the majestic North Shore Mountains.  Voila! You have arrived at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, affectionately referred to by locals as the Seymour Demonstration forest.  Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages flock to the trail and employ all modes of transportation to explore this unique treasure.  Don’t be surprised to encounter sleek road racers, sturdy downhill mountain bikers, babies in strollers, inline skaters and tots on striders all sharing this unique North Shore experience.  A delightful mix of folk to be sure!

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Car Free Cycling on Vancouver’s North Shore

Cycling Vancouver’s Sea to Sky Highway

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Horseshoe Bay Photo: Rob Weiss

Cyclists around the world have a love/hate relationship with hills.  For some, hills represent a mental challenge, others are intrigued by the physical challenge and for many it is simply the thrill of the descent after a long, difficult climb.  No matter what draws you to the hills, there is no more desirable, scenic or exciting climb than the Sea to Sky highway.  This demanding ride from Vancouver to Whistler is a visual smorgasbord offering panoramic views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.  Recently, my husband and I decided to test our legs and set our sites on Whistler.

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Cycling Vancouver’s Sea to Sky Highway

2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike

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View of the Sails from Crab Park at Portside Photo: R. Weiss

Call me crazy, but I love cycling over Vancouver’s bridges. There is a certain thrill to crossing Burrard Inlet on your bike. Bridges are often a source of angst for Vancouverites frustrated with traffic congestion and slow commutes home. However, on your bicycle you become one with the bridge and traffic issues are the least of your concerns. A long, slow grind to the “mid-span” and you are immediately rewarded with awe inspiring views of the City, the North Shore and a bustling marine highway. One of my favourite rides is a circle route from Canada Place to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, a jaunt along the North Shore and a return via the Lions Gate Bridge.

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2 Bridges, 1 Quay, the Spirit Trail & Stanley Park – Port of Vancouver by Bike

Could Cycling be the New Golf? Vancouver’s love affair with the bike.

Flickr: Benjamin Lewis

Flickr: Benjamin Lewis

At the risk of offending golf purists everywhere, I must ask, could cycling be the new golf. It’s early Saturday morning and rain or shine you notice them everywhere! Road Warriors – hardy folk, dressed from head to toe in lycra, clipped in to sleek racing machines, going FAST! Saturday morning, once the preferred time slot to hit the links and tee off has now become the preferred time to spin, mash, grind and attack. And if you look closely, you will notice that a growing number of cyclists are middle aged men, once the key demographic for golf.

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Could Cycling be the New Golf? Vancouver’s love affair with the bike.

3 Cities – 1 Cycling Adventure – New Westminster to Vancouver

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Photo: R. Weiss

3 cities – 1 day of unforgettable adventure. Customize your trip today. Sound like a river cruise vacation of a lifetime? Would you believe a 24 km walking and cycling route connecting New Westminster, Burnaby and Vancouver?

The Central Valley Greenway (CVG) is more than a cycling route. It is a destination. This urban trail combines off road paths and on-street routes to lead you through scenic natural areas, light industrial land and vibrant neighbourhoods. Many cyclists commute to work along the CVG, but I prefer to take a leisurely approach to the ride and absorb the unique and varied landscapes featured along the way.

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3 Cities – 1 Cycling Adventure – New Westminster to Vancouver

Bike This! Re-Discovering the Central Valley Greenway

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If you’re looking for a relatively flat, easy and fun bicycle ride in Vancouver, the Central Valley Greenway is the place to go. This 29km trail can take you from the heart of Downtown Vancouver to the peaceful, suburban city of New Westminster in a couple of hours of easy cruising.

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Bike This! Re-Discovering the Central Valley Greenway