Go Multi-Modal –Combine Cycling with Other Transportation Options. Part I: Within Metro Vancouver

Mini ferry shuttle for passengers and bikes. Photo by J. Chong

Mini ferry shuttle for passengers and bikes. Photo by J. Chong. View towards Burrard Bridge and English Bay.

For cyclists who don’t have time or stamina to cycle more than several kilometres,  there are some options to mix bicycling with another transportation mode.

Mini Ferry Service (downtown Vancouver only) There are 2 mini ferry companies that provide a scenic ride for a fee, with your bike from designated

stops by the waterfront in downtown. Ferry rides are  10 minutes long or less across False Creek  to Granville Island Market  from downtown waterfront points near English Bay, Yaletown and Science World. Only one of the companies has a bike-dedicated ferry shuttle.  Make sure your camera is ready. The ride is almost too short!

TransLink Sky Train, Canada Line Rapid Transit TrainA limited number of bikes are allowed for no extra fee, on each Sky Train and  Canada Line train. Do try to plan your trips during off-peak commuter hours to increase your chances of rolling your bike onto a train immediately. See fares and maps here. You can take your bike directly to and from the airport by using the Canada Line.

Seabus Try the Seabus for another enjoyable view of Vancouver’s harbour across the Burrard Inlet between downtown Vancouver and the North Shore where the mountains rise.  A handy option if you want to avoid cycling over the Lion’s Gate Bridge (Bridge has a shared bike-pedestrian lane in both directions with fantastic views.) or Second Narrows Bridge (A narrow bike lane with protected barriers from cars.).  Seabus is run by TransLink.

Translink Bus There are bike racks on all TransLink buses.  Each bike rack carries up to 2 bikes.  Please allow yourself generous time, especially if you are

Ladner bus exchange. Photo by J. Chong

Each Translink bus can carry 2 bikes on a rack. Photo by J. Chong

taking the bus to  make  B.C. Ferry connections at Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal or Tsawwassen ferry terminal for Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. During warmer seasons, there may be several other cyclists in the waiting line.

Please note these tips on use of bus bike racks.  Bus drivers do not assist you with loading and off-loading your bike.

TransLink provides this main web page to plan your trip to local sights.  After choosing your area of interest (parks, shopping, etc.), click on plan a trip.

Westcoast Express Train This commuter train which runs between suburbs and downtown Vancouver, allows up to 2 bikes per train car.  At this time, it does not run on weekends.

Got any favourite multi-modal bike trip destinations in Metro Vancouver?  Please share.  I will feature some trips later that can be adjusted to different cycling levels.

Added Aug. 29, 2010: Click on Part II for multi-modal bike trips from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Whistler and San Juan Islands (US).

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