Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours

Biking in past fall leaves in Vancouver's Kitislano neighbourhood

Biking near Kits Beach. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

Each autumn, Vancouver’s tree-lined streets explode into yellows, golds, and reds. Why not enjoy it by bike? There are plenty of great fall photo ops as you cruise along quiet bike paths. If the weather gets too chilly, stop for a pumpkin spice latte break.

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Best Vancouver Bike Rides to Enjoy the Fall Colours

Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

A group of cyclists on the seawall in Vancouver's Stanley Park.

Cycling on the Seawall in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

One of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the seat of a bike. Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city with kilometers of dedicated cycling paths and lanes. As a long-time Vancouver resident and cyclist, here are some of my favourite local bike routes. You can ride beside the ocean, through the forest or explore one of Vancouver’s unique neighbourhoods.

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Easy Bike Rides Around Vancouver

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.

Bike This! Re-Discovering the Central Valley Greenway

Central Valley Greenway Vancouver

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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Gear Up for Vancouver Bike to Work Week, May 28 – June 1

Photo credit: Flickr user tlml78

Bike to Work Week returns to Vancouver May 28 – June 1. With more than 400,000 lane-kilometres (248,000 miles) of bike routes in Vancouver, it’s no surprise that cycling is the city’s fastest growing form of transportation.

The biannual Bike to Work Week by HUB, formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, which refreshed its image in 2012, uses workshops, commuter logs and bike “celebration stations” scattered throughout the city to motivate new riders to give biking to work a spin.

In 2011, Bike to Work Week participants saved more than 72 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by cycling. This year, HUB hopes to beat that number by 15%.

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Gear Up for Vancouver Bike to Work Week, May 28 – June 1

Celebrate Seasons of Cycling and Good Cheer at VACC’s Bike Downtown Stations

VACC volunteer chatting up with cyclists at Dunsmuir separated  bike lane. 2010

VACC volunteer chatting up with cyclists at Dunsmuir separated bike lane.

To celebrate with cyclists, wannabe cyclists and supportive local businesses along with new bike lanes and other cycling achievements this year, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) is hosting a few temporary downtown bike stations for the public.  Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is a non-profit organization.

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Celebrate Seasons of Cycling and Good Cheer at VACC’s Bike Downtown Stations

Putting Bikes on Bus Racks – Answer TransLink’s Poll

Unloading a bike at B.C. Ferry terminal bus stop.

Unloading a bike from TransLink bus rack. Photo by J. Chong

Multi-modal travel or blending cycling, walking and public transit is a viable, active way to enjoy a day trip or vacation on a lower budget.

TransLink is polling people on whether or not if you have actually put a bike on their bus racks. It is an informal poll which they occasionally do on topics related to public transit via their public weekly e-newsletter, Buzzer Blog.  Please click on this link for just 1 question for you to answer from TransLink, our public transit authority.  Newbie cyclists are more than welcome to answer their poll since your feedback is especially important also.

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