Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

Photo: Flickr, Linda Poole

My favourite spring ritual is back! Like the rising and setting sun, the change of seasons and the turning tides, each spring you can count on Vancouver’s cherry trees to burst out in a blaze of dazzling colour. In celebration and perhaps with a sense of relief that winter is over, Vancouverites venture outside and partake in an abundance of events and activities focused on honouring our beloved blooms.  It is during this particular time, I eagerly await the announcement of dates for the annual Bike the Blossoms group ride.

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Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

Cycling the Pitt River Regional Greenway

Pitt River Regional Greenway Photo: Rob Weiss

Enjoying the solitude and silence, I cycled at a leisurely, relaxing pace along Metro Vancouver’s Pitt River Regional Greenway. Recently completed, the first phase of the trail stretches 10 km along the Fraser and Pitt River dykes from Harris Landing to Ferry Slip Road. As I pedalled, the noise of the city echoed around me, however, alone on the trail I felt somewhat removed from the often frantic pace of city life. As I began to unwind I became more in tune with the sounds of nature; birds calling, wind whistling through the trees and water lapping at the rocks. What a treat to have the trail to myself!

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Cycling the Pitt River Regional Greenway

Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Usually I begin to exhibit signs of spring fever after early glimpses of snowdrops and crocuses. My first flu like symptom is always an incurable urge to hop on my bike. I understand many of you hardy folk cycle religiously all year long and are never deterred by the winter “rains” or “winds”. Hats off to you! I am of weaker stalk. Despite attempting to do my fair share of winter riding, I must admit that I don’t quite maintain my “summer legs” all year long. When spring fever strikes and I feel motivated to grease the chain and pump up the tires, one of my “go to” rides is the Iona Causeway and Sea Island in Richmond.

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Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

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