Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Westminster Bike Tour Celebrates City's History and the Opening of the New Central Valley Greenway, June 27

The much anticipated Central Valley Greenway (CVG) will be officially opened on Saturday June 27th. As part of this event, and to celebrate the 150th Birthday of the City of New Westminster, the New Westminster members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition will be leading an historical theme bike tour from Hyack Square, along the CVG, to the official opening at the new overpass at Winston and Sperling in Burnaby.

The total length of the tour will be 13 km at a leisurely pace and is suitable for novice riders and above. Participants are asked to gather (with helmets) at 9:30 am at Hyack Square. Prior to departure the riders will be able to examine the City's 150th anniversary display which celebrates the history of the oldest city in western Canada, and coffee and refreshments will be available to everyone getting ready for the ride. The tour will be accompanied by Rob McCullough, the curator of the New Westminster Museum at Irving House. Rob will provide an historical narative as we travel along the CVG which passes through the historic heart of New Westminster.

The Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster is an ideal new route for novice and experienced cyclists to parallel the Fraser River safely and comfortably along well-marked bike lanes, quiet, residential streets, and separated greenway paths. The route connects the New Westminster Quay in the City's urban and historic downtown to Sapperton and Hume Park.

The route passes near many venues of interest to cyclists, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, provides stunning vistas of the river and mountains, and allows riders to connect with nature and recreation in the Brunette River Valley. The CVG is regionally accessible from several SkyTrain stations which can serve as staging or terminating points for day trips. The CVG continues westward through central Burnaby to Vancouver-Science World connecting with the Seawall to False Creek and Stanley Park. Within New Westminster the CVG offers connections to the BC Parkway, the Crosstown Greenway and other City bike routes. The CVG can be used by commuters, recreational riders and anyone who'd like to see and enjoy our City and region at the pace of a bicycle.

The VACC-New Westminster invites everyone to come out and celebrate the opening of this amazing new transportational and recreational facility in MetroVancouver.

Please see the Central Valley Greenway bicycle tour blog on Translink's Buzzer.

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