Bicycling in Vancouver

Vancouver B.C. is a beautiful city, but for American drivers it can take some getting used to. Gas is sold by the liter and it’s crazy expensive ($1.30/liter or $4.92/gallon). Certain intersections employ a combination of traffic signals and stop signs which can be utterly baffling the first time you pass through one. And the already cozy streets are further constricted by a lime green cyclist lane that seems to snake through every nook and cranny of the city. In short, Vancouver is not a good place to be driving a plus sized vehicle like my van.

Vancouver has invested far more heavily in public transit than American cities and disincentivized driving as much as possible. So on our second day in Vancouver Sarah and I decided to rent bicycles to see the city the way that many Vancouverites do – from two wheels. This is a short video I made of our ride through Stanley Park near downtown. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Bicycling in Vancouver

  1. Looks like a very beautiful city! Fun to explore by bike as your perception is totally different and your views are so much keener. Have always wanted to go to BC. Side note: Vancouver was originally known as Gastown and was founded by an Englishman with a penchant for beer and storytelling. Gastown is now an historic section in Vancouver. Perfect place for my beer loving godson who writes great travel stories!

    1. Vancouver was definitely one of my favorite cities! One of the greenest cities that i’ve ever been to. I didn’t know it was called Gastown though. Driving that van through the city center was a nightmare so we spent most of our time in the less congested areas.

      Next stop is Spokane, WA so we’re starting to get closer to CT! See you soon!

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