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Bike Metro Vancouver’s city streets, seaside pathways, and forest trails


Exploring Spanish Banks’ beaches at low tide
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Cycling is a huge pastime in Vancouver, and many people ride bicycles instead of a driving a car. With more than 400 kilometers of bike routes throughout the city, it is common to see people pedaling cruiser-bikes along the waterfront, commuting to work on city streets, and mountain biking on park trails.

You can rent bikes by the hour, half day or full day at one of the bike shops on Denman Street near Stanley Park. Here, it’s easy to get on the seawall and cycle to Canada Place, English Bay, Yaletown, Science World and Granville Island without riding on the road. There are parks and gardens along the way, plus plenty of cafes and scenic stops.

Remember, adults and children are required by law to wear a bicycle helmet, obey all traffic rules and avoid riding on the sidewalk. It’s also a good idea to lock your bike up at one of the racks located on the city sidewalks.

Many new bike lanes have been built to separate cyclists from cars on the busy city streets, including Burrard Bridge, Dunsmuir Street, Dunsmuir Viaduct and Hornby Street. Other streets, such as Cypress Street (the route travels north and sound) and West 2nd Avenue (the route travels east and west) in Kitsilano, for example, are marked with a bicycle symbol and signs. There are push buttons at intersections, which allow you to change the lights so you can cross the street.

You can take your bicycle on all city buses (there are special bike racks on the front) and on the SkyTrain during certain times of day. In additional to city routes, mountain bikers can find plenty of flat trails and challenging downhill terrain in Pacific Spirit Park near UBC, Burnaby Mountain Park and the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver.


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