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

BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

Racers at the 2017 Gastown Grand Prix. Photo via GlobalRelayGGP.org

If you want to catch some of North America’s best cyclists in action, check out BC Superweek. From July 5-14 the Vancouver area hosts nine different pro cycling races in six different communities. Each race has a slightly different format, but they all take place on local streets so they’re free to watch. The racing gets pretty exciting as the athletes can hit speeds of up to 70kph! Plus, many of the races have fun extras like kids events, live music, or beer gardens.

There are two main types of races in the series. A criterium is a race where riders do laps around the same short circuit, jockeying for position. There is a lot of sprinting. (Tip: If you want to sound like a pro, call it a “crit”.) The road race is more of an endurance event where the cyclists race a longer course. Both are pretty fun to watch. Here’s a full listing of all the races you can check out.

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BC Superweek: Watch Pro Cycling in Vancouver

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

Our Cityride Festival is Coming to Vancouver This August (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: facebook.com/ourcityride

On August 19, Vancouver’s Our Cityride mass participation ride and festival will launch. The event was created to bring together communities to promote cycling as a family friendly and fun activity to empower people. It’s a chance to showcase the benefits of cycling for all ages and abilities as a fun way to stay active. The event was founded by Charmaine Crooks and Mark Ernsting.

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Our Cityride Festival is Coming to Vancouver This August (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Biko App Offers Rewards and Helps Vancouver Become the Greenest City By 2020

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New mobile application Biko is on a mission to pay Vancouver cyclists by turning kilometres biked into rewards earned from local businesses. By downloading the free app on their smartphones, users can earn a digital coin called “biko” for every kilometre they pedal. Bikos can then be exchanged for goods and services from participating businesses or donated as cash to the user’s charity of choice.

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Biko App Offers Rewards and Helps Vancouver Become the Greenest City By 2020

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