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You never forget how to ride a bike. And that's a good thing because you may want to jump on one and tour around during your visit. Bikes are commonplace in this city and Vancouver has numerous cycle paths and bike routes, ranging from easy, flat terrain around Stanley Park to over-night trips around the Gulf Islands. Cycling is perhaps the best way to explore Vancouver and its superb natural beauty. Vancouver's moderate climate makes it possible to cycle almost year round. If you choose to tour around by bike, please be advised that Vancouver has a mandatory helmet law. For just a few biking route suggestions see the following:
No visit to Vancouver would be complete without a ride around the Stanley Park seawall. The flat, paved path is 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) in length and circles the entire park. It offers spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and Lions Gate Bridge. Pedal beneath the giant trees in the park. Ride past the rose garden and the Vancouver Rowing Club. There are many places to stop and enjoy the scenery or to picnic on the beachside. Bikes of all sorts-tandem to mountain-can be rented at the entrance to the park. (Bicycles can't be rented inside the park).
English Bay - False Creek - UBC
The seaside bicycle route is a 15-kilometre (9.4 mile) trek that begins at English Bay and continues around False Creek to the University of British Columbia. Some of this route follows city streets that are well marked with cycle-path signs. Lots to see and do along this route. The sights include: The Plaza of Nations, Science World, Granville Island, the Pacific Space Centre, the Kitsilano Pool and the Jericho Sailing Centre as well as the University of British Columbia which is home to Nitobe Japanese Gardens, Botanical Gardens and the lush Pacific Spirit Park.
Visit the City of Vancouver's website for the latest in cycling news, including a bike route map. www.vancouver.ca/cycling
Many people think about Greenways in the traditional sense of nature trails or pathways through natural areas or along waterfronts. In Vancouver, Greenways are that and much more. Greenways in Vancouver are linear public corridors for pedestrians and cyclists that connect parks, nature reserves, cultural features, historic sites, neighbourhoods and retail areas. They have a legacy dating back to the Bartholomew Plan of 1928, with his vision of a continuous waterfront parkway from Stanley Park around False Creek. Vancouver Greenways can be waterfront promenades, urban walks, environmental demonstration trails, heritage walks and nature trails. Greenways expand opportunities for urban recreation, provide alternate ways to move through the city and enhance the experience of nature, community and city life. Visit the City of Vancouver's website for more information. www.vancouver.ca/greenways
One of the fastest growing sports today is in-line skating and Vancouver has jumped on the bandwagon in a big way. Stanley Park has become the most popular destination for skaters. The more adventuresome, however, are drawn to North Vancouver's Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. In-line skates can be rented at numerous locations around the city.
> For information about the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve see our Walking section.