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Corporate Membership Pays

With the access to thousands of studies on the latest research regarding infrastructure building, bike usage, best practices out of the bike industry etc The GNCC is a centre of knowledge that is accessible to our corporate members.

To learn more such as what makes car drivers move to e-bikes for their commute and which target groups are easily persuaded to invest in an e-bike purchase, contact the gncc office.

Trail Habits

Share the Trail

Keep right except to pass.

Alert Others

When passing, alert others and control your speed.

Yield to Others

Cyclists yield to all other trail users. Hikers yield to equestrians.

Respect the Trail

Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers.

Be Alert and Visible

Wear reflective gear and use caution at road crossings.

Pet Etiquette

Dogs must be on the right hand side of the trail. On most multi-use such as the E&N trails dogs must be leashed.

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Cycling Route Planning Tool
Need to find the best route by bike? Check out the Cycling Route Planner, developed by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia in cooperation with TransLink. This handy tool helps cyclists find bike routes anywhere in Metro Vancouver based on options such as designated cycling routes, distance, elevation gain and air quality. For more details, please visit UBC's Cycling in Cities website, or check out the cycling information on Google Maps.

Our Blog

We are open to any submissions to our blog. We try to keep the topics on all aspects of cycling, from equipment to infrastructure and research. Feel free to provide us with any comments or ideas for our web site or newsletter.

Fun on the move study

Posted January 23, 2017 | by Leo Boon

If you're between 20 & 32 years old and have been living in Nanaimo for minimum 6 months, YOU'RE NEEDED!
This is a survey for a Master's thesis on the topic of leisure mobility of Millennials in Nanaimo. Please fill in the survey and share the link far and wide. If you participate, you may get a chance to win one of the 30 two-for-one admission passes to Oliver Woods Community Centre.
Read more about it on this blog posting, follow the link.. Click Here!

Fun with Bikes at Kids Conference

Posted January 20, 2017 | by Leo Boon

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo held its second annual Kids Conference. This amazing event was created so that parents and children in our community would be able to discover and learn about resources around the community. It is a fantastic event of discovery for both kids and parents. The GNCC was there again, this time not just with an information booth but with an obstacle circuit for kids to try out with strider and pedal bikes. It was amazing to watch and to hear the shrills of excitement. Read more about ... Click Here!

Stimulating The Economy by Bike

Posted April 4, 2016 | by Leo Boon

Another fun event by the GNCC took place last Sunday April 3rd, 2016. The group did another 'Stimulate The Economy' ride and cycled from Nanaimo to Qualicum Beach and back. Participants had the option to join the group in Nanaimo for the 100 km distance, in Nanoose Bay for the 55 kms distance or in Parksville for a 25 kilometre segment.
All riders enjoyed the perfect weather , the relative quiet roads, the wonderful gardens and trees in bloom. Great camaraderie and laughter was had by all, except on the uphill sections of the route.    A scrumptious lunch was consumed at Qualicum Foods with the 16 riders enjoying the views of Arrowsmith mountains from the terrace. If you haven't had a chance to ride one of the weekend events with GNCC, check out their special event ride page. Click Here!

Further with an E-bike

Posted December 27, 2015 | by Leo Boon

With North America waking up to the development of e-bikes, the bike industry and our Nanaimo city planners should take note of what European countries have already learned after 10 years of e-bike salesin the Netherlands. Here is some data out an official study. Remember that the bike-crazy country of the Netherlands is the size of Vancouver Island with a population of 17 million. Services, shops and most other needs are close at hand. Work can be one of the main reasons people travel further than the average 7.5 kilometers. READ MORE


Posted December 10, 2015 | by Leo Boon

A British Medical Journal study has found no link between helmet laws in Canadian provinces with hospitalization rates for brain, head, scalp, skull, face or neck injuries. The authors showed that hospitalization rates did not differ between provinces with helmet laws and those without.
See the full study... READ MORE

Want to know even more!!! Follow this link to the HELMET FAQ and check our helmet buying tips.
Helmet FAQ

Updating Google Maps

Posted November 20, 2015 | by Leo Boon

The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition is working diligently on updates to Google Maps. There are a number of roads, trails and other features that are missing on Google Maps.

Our working area is the District of Nanaimo which is from Bowser in the north to Cedar, Yellow Point and Ladysmith in the south. If you see areas on Google Maps that need correcting, send us an update via email. gncc(at)
Click below to see what we submitted this week

The Climate is Right for Cycling and Walking

Posted September 14, 2015 | by Leo Boon

Today the BC Cycling Coalition with support of the GNCC made their submission to the Climate Leadership Plan of the BC Government. Cycling and walking are popular activities that have the potential to grow substantially and thus provide BC communities with more affordable transportation choices and economic opportunities.

With sufficient investment and policy support, cycling and walking can become practical options for many more people, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, congestion, and traffic fatalities. Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries. Click below to see the full 39 page pdf document.

Bicycles Are Most Energy-Efficient

Posted September 12, 2015 | by Leo Boon

If you ride a bicycle, be proud. Humans riding on bicycles are more energy-efficient than any other animal and any other form of transportation. Vance Tucker of Duke University compared bicyclists to humans and animals running, birds flying and fish swimming, as well as to people in motor-powered cars, boats, trains and planes.
The less energy per weight you use to travel over a distance, the more energy-efficient you are.

public input Requested on Distracted Driving

Posted June 17, 2015 | by Leo Boon

Something to spread the news on. The Province is asking for public input on Distracted Driving from now until July 16. Their survey questions include increased penalties include suspensions, vehicle impoundment and increased fines.
Make your voice heard!!! Make your neighbourhood and city a safe place to walk, cycle, scooter and drive in.
Website Link is here

GNCC asks government to eliminate PST on e-bikes

Posted May 28, 2015 | by Leo Boon

The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition with the BC Cycling Coalition wants to put efforts in pursuing the BC Government for a PST exemption for e-Bikes. As you might know, bicycles and some accessories have no PST in BC, but e-bikes do!!!
However electric cars have a $5000 rebate.
The BCCC proposes two new policy options:

  • Eliminate the PST on e-bikes
  • Provide a rebate, ($200 - $500) on e-bikes

  • Require electric outlets in bicycle parking rooms & areas
  • Require electric car recharging spots to accommodate electric bikes as well


    City Invites all to Take a Bike Ride Through Time

    Posted May 28, 2015 | by Leo Boon

    In tandem with Bike to Work Week, the City of Nanaimo has released a self-guided heritage tour brochure entitled "A Bike Ride Through Time: Your Guide to Nanaimo's Historic Neighbourhoods and Heritage Buildings Bike Tour". At approximately 6.9 km total and two hours to complete, the self-guided tour directs riders through Nanaimo's historic downtown and neighbourhoods, highlighting a number of key heritage buildings and sites.
    A PDF copy is here

    Distracted Driving Fact Check

    Posted November 19, 2014 | by Leo Boon

    It wasn't that long ago that drinking and driving was the hot topic of the day when it came to discussing road safety concerns. Thanks to many dedicated organizations, individuals, legislation and enforcement, we are finally seeing a decrease in drinking and driving crashes. While this is definitely encouraging, what's not encouraging is that distracted driving is surpassing drinking and driving as the cause of road crash fatalities. It took over 25 years for drinking and driving to become the social taboo that it is today…we simply cannot afford to wait that long for distracted driving to be viewed the same way...

    GIS Mapping with Nic

    Posted November 19, 2014 | by Leo Boon

    One of our projects this summer was bringing the Engineering, Tourism and Recreation Departments together and introduce the idea of working together on a new, much improved, functional bicycle map of Nanaimo. While we were still negotiating, Nic Williams, a GIS student at VIU, contacted the GNCC. Nic is interested in using GIS to inform policy makers. Giving them the tools that allows for intelligent choices regarding improvements to cycling infrastructure to be made. As a result Nic is working...

    Join the movement - Making cycling safer in Nanaimo

    Posted November 19, 2014 | by Leo Boon

    Local cyclists are building momentum and you have the opportunity to make a difference! The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition is the local cycling policy and advocacy organization. We advocate with an on behalf of the cycling community to secure support, funding and policies that enhance safety and encourage cycling. The Coalition's, Cycling Advocacy Network, mobilizes local volunteers to meet with their elected officials and discuss cycling in the community. We need your help to make an impact. The most important requirement of an GNCC advocate is a willingness to learn, listen and build relationships. In essence, an advocate actively supports a cause, and tries to get others to support it as well by sharing the key reasons why the issue is important.

    GIS Mapping with Nic

    Posted February 19, 2015 | by Leo Boon

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