Vancouver By Bike Showed Us A Very Bikeable City
On our long stay in Vancouver for the fall, we planned to enjoy Vancouver by bike when we could.
When we drove from Toronto to Vancouver, we carried our bikes with us. We stayed in False Creek right on the seawall path. From many previous visits, we knew we would get a lot of use of our bikes if we had them with us.
Vancouver was not as flat as many other bike-able cities we visited. But there was still a lot to see when we wanted to explore by bike. I must admit that I missed my great eBike that we left in Toronto when we went out for longer rides.
Vancouver’s biking web site provided lots of information about how to enjoy Vancouver by bike. We got bike map and off we went!
Many Places To Explore By Bike
We explored the seawall around False Creek on both sides. There were photo ops with BC Place, the Telus dome, and Granville Island. The bridges crossed high above the water as the multitude of watercraft slowly made their way up and down the bay.
We biked around Stanley Park, put our bike on a ferry for a day trip to Gibsons Landing and even took our bikes to Fort Langley and rode the Fort Trail.
Some people even travelled to the U.S. and crossed the border on bike (in this case by eBike).
And while we explored Vancouver by bike and needed a break, we found lots of places for food, drink and people watching.
Never Worry About Where You Can Ride Your Bike
As in any great biking city, we found a multitude of bike paths. But there were also many streets that were bide ready. The street signs offered clear directions when we explored Vancouver by bike.
In Vancouver, Biking Was For Everyone
When we travelled around Vancouver by bike, we were prepared to share the bike paths and roads with lots of other cyclists. The bike riders came in all sizes and all ages. While many people used their bikes as a primary mode of transportation, many more used bikes for fun and exercise.
Bikes Came In All Shapes and Sizes
While riding around Vancouver by bike, we saw all different kinds of bikes. While there were traditional two wheeled bikes, we also saw a wide variety of ways to ride Vancouver.
When we saw a guy ride by on a unicycle, we snapped pictures to capture the sight. We marvelled at his balance. He stopped and handed me a business card with his email address and asked that I share the pictures with him. This was a great tip for us to steal if we wanted to share the blogs that come out of the so many great pictures we took!
Probably the most unique bike we saw in our travels was the “Bear Necessities”. David stopped and talked with the bike owner and probed the history of this interesting bike.
Vancouver Was A Bike Friendly City
Biking was a serious business in Vancouver and bikers were well supported in the city. There were many places to rent bikes. And even one place that delivered bikes for group rentals!
There were biking co-ops were you could drop in for a nominal fee and repair your bike. They offered advice if you are a novice at tinkering on your own. We took advantage of the Our Community Bikes co-op at 2429 Main Street several times to get spare parts (fenders to let us ride in the rain) and to fix a flat tire.
And if you had problems while you are out, we found scattered about the city in retail establishments places where you can repair your bike or get your tires pumped up. We were never worried about being stranded when we travelled Vancouver by bike.
Bike racks are everywhere so we didn’t need to look far for a place to securely leave your bike. And if we rode too far, we were even able to hop on the Bike Aquabus and hitch a ride for us and our bikes!
It Was Great To Explore Vancouver By Bike
We made great use of our bikes while we stayed in Vancouver, whether it was for fun or as transportation. We explored both inside the city and took our bikes on many of our day trips.
It was easy to find a bike friendly route to travel, whether on dedicated bike paths or on the street. Several times we took advantage of the great bike support system in the city. We were glad we explored Vancouver by bike when we visited!
Have you explored Vancouver by bike when you visited? Did we miss any of the other major bike supports that are available in the city?
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