You may have heard that Vancouver has made great progress in recent years in becoming a cyclist-friendly city, and you may have been wanting to explore all the new bike routes in Vancouver, and even the new bike lanes in the downtown. Then you’ll want to take a look at this: the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition and the Pedestrian Advocacy Network (PAN) have just jointly launched the video “Discover Vancouver with the VACC and PAN // April 2011”.
You can find bike themed routes at www.discoverbybike.ca, with printable maps for self-guided rides, as well as promotions from lots of downtown businesses. Promotions will be available all year, and more will be added over time.
If you don’t have a bike rack, don’t have a car or don’t drive, Translink can get you and your bike there. All Translink busses have bike racks mounted on the front of the bus, with space for 2 bikes per bus. If you’re nervous about trying this option, go to the Haney Bus Loop and ask a bus driver who has some time to spare if you can practice and if he can show you how to do it. Here’s some more information on putting your bike on the bus. Once you get to Braid station, you can either complete the rest of your journey on your own power by following the Central Valley Greenway, or hop onto the Skytrain with your bike to reach Vancouver. Check out the restrictions for the Skytrain before you head out though.