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11.13.2015

The Climate is Right for Cycling
Communities around the Province have ambitious cycling plans that when completed will enable you and others in your community to safely and comfortably cycle for daily trips instead of driving significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in cycling and walking will also 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.

Cycling is popular with almost 70% of adults in BC riding a bicycle at least once a year. Many want to cycle more with almost 70%, 3 million people, indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. The CRD estimates that building out the cycling network would increase cycling to 15% of all trips while TransLink estimates network buildout will increase cycling to 10% of trips.

Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically. Between 2008 and 2014, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents almost doubled increasing from 50,000 to 100,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.

We need your help in making Nanaimo more cycling friendly. Join Us.

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Fun Rides - Laughter encouraged

Nanaimo Architecture Ride

The heaviest concentration of heritage buildings and notable 19th century landmarks is found on the three routes outlined in this brochure one exploring the Old City Quarter, a second focused on Commercial Street, Chinatown and the downtown core, and the third encompassing the Bastion and the waterfront. One highlight among many: the splendid Nanaimo Court House, built in 1895-96 by architect Francis Rattenbury (best known for the Empress Hotel and the BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria).

Cinco de Mayo Taco Bike Tour - CANCELLED

Join us with your best handlebar moustache, don a sombrero on your helmet or adorn your bike with beads, castanetas and go for a tour of tacos. Cinco de Mayo is on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Tour starts at 5pm at the Bastion and we will visit Baby Salsa and Gina's Mexican Cafe. Cost is $25 includes an appetizer, entree and a drink.

Art Crawl Ride

This year we hope to do two Art tours through the city of Nanaimo, one on Gabriola Island and one in Nanoose - Parksville - Qualicum Beach. The rides will be either themed on new upcoming artist show or on 'Meet the Artist'

Parks of Nanaimo Tour 1

Go on a pleasant bike ride through the forested santcuaries of Nanaimo.It is amazing how many parks are in the boundaries of our harbour city. The tour inclludes visits to the Colliery Dam Park, Morrell Sanctuary, Buttertubs Marsh and Beach Estates Park.

Past Years Fun Rides

Art Crawl Ride - Nanoose October 10, 2015

Ten Artist Studios, 20 kilometers of road and coffee at the end. This is your invitation to ride your bike while touring the studios of a wide range of exceptional artists and artisans in the Nanoose Bay area. Explore unique studio settings in the woods, on the beach, in an attic or in a back garden. Bike Tour leaves at 10 am on Saturday, October 10th from Quality Foods parking lot in Nanoose Bay. Rain or shine.
RSVP to bikeshare@shaw.ca

Art Crawl Ride - Gabriola Island October 12, 2015

Enjoy the fun of cycling the roads on Gabriola Island and visiting the artist's studios during the Thanksgiving Long Weekend on Monday October 12th. The plan is to leave on the 9:25 am ferry Monday October 12th from Nanaimo, ride 34 kilometers of island back roads, tackle a hill or two and visit about 30 art studios before returning to Nanaimo on the 3:05 pm ferry.
That gives us 5 hours for visiting a luncheon spot with maybe some bubbly, take in some specialty coffees with pumpkin pie or cake and looking at a great variety of art along the way. This trip goes rain or shine.
RSVP to bikeshare@shaw.ca

Spooks 'n Spokes

Wear your best Halloween outfit, we dare you, grab your two-wheeler, and meet at The Vault on Friday night for a bike tour that'll head to a cemetery, meanders through scary forests and other dark places where spooks and ghost hide beforefinally, we who have survived end up at a pub for some refreshments. Bring lights, ride bikes, wear your helmet and have fun.
Costumes and decorated bicycles are encouraged. The ride departs from the Vault at Wallace and Albert and at 6:30 p.m. and ends there at about 9:00 p.m.
Functioning front and rear lights are required for this night ride. There is no charge for the ride but your donation is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $5).
Details here

Moonlight Ramble

On the next full moon night November 25th 2015, the GNCC with the assistance of the SlowSpokes riding group is organizing its second moonlight evening ride. Last years ride was a great success and we will do several moonrides this winter.
So grab your bicycle, check your lights and join us under the light of the full moon for a bike ride adventure! We will enjou some refreshments after the ride at either The Vault or another establishment.
This is a fundraiser event, $5 gets you 2 hours of laughter enjoyment and spooking under the full moon.
Details here

27th Annual Country Christmas Tour in Cedar

This is your invitation to ride your bike while touring the studios, shops, galleries and farms to get inspired for Christmas giving. See the works of a wide range of exceptional artists and artisans in the Cedar and Yellow Point area. Tour includes a stop at the North Oyster Community Center where they are serving hot lunch specials all made from scratch.

Explore unique studio settings in the woods, on the beach, in an attic or in a back garden. Bike Tour leaves at 10 am on Sunday, November 22nd from the Coco Cafe parking lot in Cedar - 1840 Cedar Road.
Rain or shine.
RSVP to bikeshare@shaw.ca

Bike Party's Pajama Jam: Wednesday December 9th 2015

It's getting cold, it's dark so early, all you want to do is snuggle up in your PJ's And ride your bike around Nanaimo with 50 of your best friends! Join us for a Nanaimo Bike Pajama Party! We want to see you in your coziest, comfiest snooze wear and a pair of super snuggly bunny slippers. This month's ride is also a benefit for the Haven Society.

Jingle your Bike Bell Tour: December 16th postponed to 23rd 2015

Join members of GNCC for a Christmas Light bike tour in Nanaimo The efforts of the residents to illuminate the Christmas spirit every year has created a devoted community of Christmas light followers, who wait for dark to ride city streets in search of the festive displays.
Dress up your bike with lights, wear funky clothing and cycle on a route of the best illuminated houses in Nanaimo. Hot cocoa and candy canes provided. Proceeds will be shared with Nanaimo Foodbank.
Details here

St. Paddys Pedal - March 17th 2016

Join the GNCC to create a sea of green bikes in the streets of Nanaimo. From the start of tour the emphasis is on fun and friendly. We will tour various neighbourhoods, bringing cheer and joy with a short visit to the Carlos O'Bryan's Neighbourhood Pub. We will muster all our courage to ride the Harbourfront Trail to downtown Nanaimo. The bike ride starts at 6:15pm at 321 Selby Street and ends back at the Tap House for a refreshment!

The Sweet Ride! - March 20th 2016

Sweet Ride is a bike tour around our little town with stops at participating shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Warning: chocolate might have to be consumed. All in all the ride is 25 kilometers so the little indulgences along the way certainly will be burned off. Rain or Shine, we'll be outside having a good time! Special offers from businesses on this Nanaimo Bar Sunday. Kindly register and donate $5 towards GNCC via our PayPal link here

Easter Bunny Populaire - 26th March 2016

Join fellow cyclists for a bike ride in and around Nanaimo on Saturday March 26th. This fun event, organized by the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, is for everyone. Your options are a 25, 50 or 75 kilometer bike route starting and finishing in Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo.

At the start of the ride, cyclists will get a route description for their chosen distance. Water, fruit and snacks will be available at checkpoints. Please note that pre-registration is mandatory to take part in this event, and all participants must sign a waiver. Details here