July 13, 2018

Biking in New West

New Westminster is becoming known as a great cycling destination. In summertime, the city's steep hills and scenic setting attract North America's top cyclists to the New West Grand Prix. With major bike routes connecting New Westminster to destinations throughout Metro Vancouver, and a City focused on creating scenic and convenient bike routes, it's no surprise that cycling is becoming increasingly popular.

Here are a few ways to enjoy biking throughout the city:

Take in waterfront views

Photo by New West Record / FILE

A great way to explore the area is a leisurely riverside bike ride along Quayside Park and Westminster Pier Park. Westminster Pier Park was nominated the #1 boardwalk around Vancouver in 2015. With a concession, elevated view points, lots of green space, beach volleyball courts, a basketball court and the Fraser River Discovery Centre and River Market at New Westminster Quay less than a kilometer away, there is a ton to do here so take your bike for a spin and don’t forget to stop by River Market for some ice cream.

Immerse yourself in cycling history

One of the most appealing things about New West is its rich history, having once been the capital of British Columbia. Because of this, there are a number of unique buildings and older businesses around the city to explore. One of these is The Original Bike Shop & Cap’s Bicycle Museum, located at 434 East Columbia Street, just up the street from The Brewery District. Cap’s has been spreading the love of biking since 1932, and you can still visit the amazing museum full of bicycles dating back to the 1800s. Don't have your own bike? No problem. Cap's offers hourly, daily and extended bike rentals.

Convenient and safe bike routes

The City of New West has committed to creating a safe and dense bicycle network that allows those living in the area and visitors alike to take trips via bicycles and help cycling become a more appealing mode of transportation. Click here and plan your next bike route.

BC Parkway connects you to everywhere

Photo by Translink

The BC Parkway is a 26-kilometre path that connects New Westminster with Surrey City Centre, South Burnaby, and Vancouver. It parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, so you can see exactly where the trains pass by or start your bike trip at the transit stop of your choosing.

Central Valley Greenway

The Central Valley Greenway is another multi-use pedestrian and cycling route that links New West, all the way to False Creek in Vancouver and through Burnaby. A flat and safe path that passes through a number of parks and transit hubs, the loop clocks in at 50 kilometres for a rewarding experience.

Both the BC Parkway and the Central Valley Greenway routes are highly accessible from Sapperton, making travel easier for The Brewery District residents who favour the bicycle for their mode of transportation to work and those who’d like to try.

New West—and Sapperton in particular—is a terrific place for novice and expert cyclists alike. With a number of great cycling routes and with many more to come, you can explore the city through its off-street and on-street lanes and routes.

Meet fellow cycling aficionados at HUB cycling

Wanting to improve your biking skills before you hit the road? HUB Cycling offers Streetwise Cycling courses.  As a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating more active communities through cycling, they also hold committee meetings that focus on local cycling action, education, and events. To learn more about what HUB's been up to, check out their New Westminster branch here.

Whichever route you choose, enjoy your next ride around the city.