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

Free Parking!

Photo: Flickr, Paul Krueger

No matter your cadence, Stanley Park Slow Rider or Hard Core Road Racer, I am confident you will agree that one of the perks of cycling versus driving in Vancouver is access to free parking. You don’t need to search for long to find a strategically located bike rack to park your trusted steed. As the number of cycling commuters and leisure riders increases, the demand for bike infrastructure continues to grow and at the heart of the growth is the demand for increased bicycle parking.

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Free Parking!

Rainy Rides

Photo: Flickr Baudman

There are so many wonderful reasons to live and work in Vancouver. One of my favourites is the ability to bike year-round! Of course, summer riding reigns supreme. However, with storm season officially upon us, a whole new dimension has been added to the morning bike commute.  Not for the faint of heart, torrential rain and gusty winds on the downtown bike lanes tend to separate the weak from the strong. Rain during rush hour certainly brings some challenges, but for those who enjoy a good dose of nature, it also offers up unexpected thrills and delights; the sound of wind whistling through your bike helmet, rain pelting your face, and slippery corners testing your balance!

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Rainy Rides

Vancouver Ranked Among the Top 5 Most Sustainable Cities in North America

Photo credit: Chadversary

Photo credit: Chadversary

Once again, Vancouver has scored high on a world lifestyle report card. Usually, it’s The Economist‘s list of the world’s most liveable cities. This time, Corporate Knights–a Toronto-based think tank–ranked Vancouver the fourth-most sustainable city in North America.

The report card measured North America’s 20 largest cities based on factors including density, water consumption, green space, employment and engagement.

Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Ottawa finished ahead of Vancouver. Toronto was the last city to make the top five. Other Canadian cities to make the list include Calgary at tenth place and Montreal at fourteenth. American cities Los Angeles and Detroit scored at the very bottom.

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Vancouver Ranked Among the Top 5 Most Sustainable Cities in North America