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Family Friendly Cruiser Rides
Posted: Jun 19 2011
As Seen on Eat, Drink, Be Local
Crystal's New Cruiser from Different Bikes
June 17, 2011: Be Local: It’s Good to Be Different
Crystal Edgar you did something that unfortunately the Canucks couldn’t – you won! Yes, Crystal from Vancouver you won the Norco City Glide Cruiser bike generously donated by our friends at Different Bikes. More than 800 people stopped by our booth at Eat! Vancouver last weekend and entered the draw to win this 8-speed, blue beauty.
Crystal, we thought you might appreciate some cruising suggestions for this weekend. Leslie Vice, Director, Marketing & Community, at Different Bikes suggests the following family friendly rides:
Stanley Park Seawall: There are many options along the seawall depending on where you want to start and how long a ride you want. A great option is to begin at Kits Beach and follow the path all along Kits point, through False Creek to English Bay (11 km). The Stanley Park section of the seawall is about 8.8km and travel is one-way.
Richmond Dykes: Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoy a ride along the Richmond Dykes. Options include the scenic but longer West Dyke/South Dyke route (26.5 km) or the shorter South Dyke (6km) route. Stop for a bite to eat in Steveston and learn a bit about this historical fishing village.
Jericho Beach: Jericho is a great place to take the family out on a cruiser ride and maybe even a dip in the ocean on a hot sunny day. Finish it off with a picnic and you’ve got a perfect outing. The path goes from the Jericho Tennis club out to Spanish Banks where the road continues up towards UBC.
A few options outside the Lower Mainland include; Whistler Valley Trail where you can wind through the village and stop at a number of lakes for a refreshing swim, The Galloping Goose in Victoria a rails-to-trails conversion, named after a 1920s gasoline powered passenger car that operated on this abandoned CNR line. And, the Mission Creek Greenway in Kelowna where you can enjoy an easy ride along Phase 1 or challenge the more difficult sections of Phase 2.
As the saying goes, “it’s like riding a bike” and while you’re not likely to forget how it’s done, if it’s been a while since you’ve hopped on a 2-wheeler, check out some tips from the Physiotherapy Association of BC to keep you safe and injury free while cycling. And, if you need a new ride, head on over to Different Bikes and let summer begin.
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