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Vancouver to Kamloops
By David Cambon - (contact)

City of Vancouver Cycling Routes: How to get around the city when you arrive

Vancouver bike route maps are available free online from the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority and from the City of Vancouver Engineering Services department.

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This street is one of the designated bike routes in Vancouver (near Broadway and Main Street). Cars can drive on it and park on it but it is as close to a bike lane as you will get in Vancouver. Despite the fact that Vancouver cyclists are being phased out, cyclists far outnumber motorists on some of the designated cycling routes and the sheer volume of cyclists sometimes provide enough witnesses to prevent motorists from pulling the usual dangerous stunts on cyclists.

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Snow is not usual in Vancouver but it can happen.

Arriving By Plane

From the Vancouver International Airport ride across the Arthur Laing Bridge (about a kilometer east of the airport terminal building) to the Chevron gas station on the north side of the bridge. Cross at the light in front of the gas station and you will be at the start of the Cypress Bikeway which connects to the other bike routes in Vancouver. Vancouver does not have any bike lanes but there are designated bike routes with minor infrastructure concessions designed to appease angry, yet gullible Vancouver cycle commuters. There are bicycle pictograms on bike route street signs and some cyclist-controlled traffic lights.

Avoid Granville Street

Do not cycle directly into Vancouver on the obviously direct Granville Street which has extremely dangerous and heavy traffic.

Arriving By Train

If arriving in Vancouver by train there is a major bike route two blocks from the train station.

There May Be Some Bad Men

Keep an eye on your bike as Vancouver is the bike theft capital of the world (it is not New York City as is commonly believed). Vancouver is swarming with thousands of desperate drug addicts who steal everything they can get their hands on. Locks will not deter them.

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Welcome figures by Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Joe David in the International Arrivals area of the Vancouver airport.

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Donuts in the Domestic area of the Vancouver airport. Just a couple of Tim's calorie-laden fat bombs will provide you with enough energy to ride from Vancouver to Winnipeg without stopping to eat.

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The buses that go from the Vancouver airport to Whistler and Victoria. The bus baggage bays are big enough to take boxed bikes sitting upright.

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The chaotic scene as you exit the terminal building at the Vancouver airport. Luckily the roads only go in one direction and they end up in the same place so you can't get lost. The overhead walkway is for the subway that goes from the airport terminal to downtown Vancouver.

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To go north from the airport into Vancouver, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge, turn left onto SW Marine Drive immediately past the Fraser Arms Hotel & strip joint (don't go down the hill on Milton).

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When you leave the Vancouver airport just follow the bike route signs on the only road leaving the terminal building. You'll see this sign after riding for two or three minutes. Wait for the traffic then cross over to the road on the left, which goes to Vancouver, as per the sign, via the Arthur Laing Bridge (the airport is in Richmond).

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At the north end of the Arthur Laing Bridge keep to the right and follow the sign for Granville Street. I know I told you to stay off Granville Street but you have to ride on a tiny bit of it to get to the bike route turnoff about 500 meters ahead.

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Better view of the sign - the guy on the bike is going where you want to go.

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The bridge dumps you off on the north end on this weird on-ramp situation where cyclists do not have the right of way. Good luck with this one.

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After you cross the Arthur Laing Bridge you will see a Chevron gas station on the right. Pull right up on the sidewalk like the cyclist in the photo and press the cyclist-controlled traffic light button on the pole. Then just follow the bike route signs.

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Art on the bike route, with squirrel. That's not something covering something. That is the something.

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