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Ride the Central Valley Greenway on its first anniversary!

The Central Valley Greenway in Burnaby. [1]

The Central Valley Greenway in Burnaby.

We’re teaming up with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) to offer four Great Rides in 2010—that’s four fun bike tours exploring the festivals, city centres, and lovely country lanes of Metro Vancouver!

The second Great Ride of 2010 is a celebration of the Central Valley Greenway’s (CVG) first birthday. Riders of all ages are invited to ride the newest piece of the Metro Vancouver bike network!

Here’s the details from the Great Rides website:

At 24 km long, the CVG is a fast and convenient way for cyclists and pedestrians to travel between New West, Burnaby, and Vancouver. Officially opened in 2009, many people are not aware that the route exists, and what’s more, it’s improving all the time. Join us on Saturday, June 12, as the newest component of the CVG, the bike bridge over Still Creek, is unveiled, and take the opportunity to get to know the route.

Take the full 24 km ride from Hyack Square in New West, over hills and along the Brunette River. This is a self-guided tour, and start times are anytime between 9:30 and 10:30 am. It is important to note that the route is a mixed, on- and off-road trail, designed for comfort, but also speed. The start point in New West is recommended for riders over the age of 16.

Families, friends, and those wishing to do a shorter ride can join at the Winston Overpass near Sperling SkyTrain Station, where we will be hosting our birthday celebration. A free BBQ lunch happens from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and there will be music, entertainment and ice cream, as we gather the group. Everyone in attendance will then be invited to a short ribbon cuttin ceremony at Still Creek with Burnaby’s Councillor Bolkow, and other dignitaries. The cameras will be flashing as the group rides together over the bridge and heads to the MEC Bike Fest in Vancouver, featuring entertainment, performances, and maintenance lessons to help keep your bike in tune.

The cost for the ride, lunch, and a package of maps and information is just $8 for VACC members, and $10 for non-members, and if you join the VACC with Great Rides, your ride is free. Kids under 16 always ride free.

To register, visit the Great Rides website at www.greatrides.ca [2]!

And to learn more about the CVG route, take the Buzzer’s no-sweat tour of the Central Valley Greenway [3]!