Island Cycles:  Bikes by Numbers
Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance
January 2004
www.cyclevancouverisland.ca
 
For a look at Victoria's winter weather:  http://www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/forecast/city_e.html?yyj
 
Vancouver Island: It's Worth the Ride
Our free map pictures the island for you. Find your routes and get the flavours of the Islands. Need more details? For a complete list of maps and ordering information: www.cyclevancouverisland.ca  
 
Get on the Map.  Supported by Tourism Vancouver Island and new members. www.islands.bc.ca
Trailworks - Trail design and building and mountain biking management consultants.  lothlorien.mtb@shawcable.com Robin Hood Motel, where bikes are always welcome. http://robinhoodmotel.com/ 
Sleep well at Victoria's Chateau Victoria.  They've built a new secure facility for guest bicycles:  www.chateauvictoria.com
 
Bikes by numbers
The highways and byways of Vancouver Island crawled with bicycles last summer.
 
BC Ferries reports almost 10% more bicycles boarded between Tswwassen and Swartz Bay in 2003. No figures were available on how many more meals they ate on board.  BC Ferries carries bicycles on 25 routes tying together coastal British Columbia. The other popular routes for cyclists bring visitors to the island’s hub at Nanaimo and link mainlanders to the southern Gulf Islands. Explore BC Ferry routes at: www.bcferries.com
 
No end of dirt:
80,000 rides happened at the Hartland Mountain Bike Park north of Victoria last year.
Ride your bike to the mountain bike park. Saanich plans to polish up an off-road route from Interurban Road to Hartland and beyond.  Vancouver Island is home to hundreds of trails.  The South Island Mountain Bike Society is your gateway to mountain biking the island www.simbs.com
 
Island summer postcard: Lister’s Cortes
"Smelt Bay is a beautiful provincial camp ground at the south point of the island. It is connected by quiet roads and easy trails to the community centre, café, grocery store, restaurant and a jewel of white sand beach on Hague Lake. While the former logging roads are not "north shore", our four year-old managed quite well with pushes on the uphills. And there is other hillier stuff with a trail head near the ferry dock on the west end of the island. Roads are so quiet; 20 minutes can pass without seeing a car."
 
Getting to Cortes:  Perfect cycling: two ferries distant from Campbell River via Quadra Island. 
Vist Cortes at:  http://visit-vancouverisland.com/cortesisland.html
 
Becoming Victorian:
Visitors to Victoria ride like the locals. About 5% of travelers to Victoria include cycling in their daily itineraries. That compares favourably to the same number of capital region residents who cycle regularly, more than twice the national rate.
 
Bicycle tourism taking off:
17.5% of air travelers to Victoria include cycling in their itineraries according to recent exit surveys. Victoria’s airport authority is studying proposals for sprucing up the welcome. Watch for numbers to increase when 700 Pro Walk/Pro Bike delegates land on the Island next September.
 
Bikes Burn:
Mountain biking burns 600 calories an hour according to last September’s "homemakers" magazine. Recreational cyclists riding below 16 km an hour consume 280 calories hourly but touring cyclists at 19 to 23 km/hr are eating up 560 calories an hour. (Your mileage may vary).
 
Find recipes at homemakers: www.homemakers.com
 
This month’s cycling event:
Let someone else do the cooking: Local restaurants are serving up "Dine Around Victoria" February 16 to 29. World class chefs are offering 3 course meal packages at tempting prices. Ride your bike, parking is always free. Spend what you save on dessert.
 
Ride:  Butchart Gardens 100th Anniversary 2004.  www.butchartgardens.com
 
$500,000 riding on the Island:
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 "Creating Active Communities".  An estimated half million dollars in economic activity will spin off from the conference at Victoria's Conference Centre September 7th to 10th.  Stakeholders in cycling and walking gather to share strategies, best practices and see good things happening here.  Call for presentations at:  www.bikewalk.org 
 
Local info at:  www.capitalbikeandwalk.org
 
Got an event or tourism tip?  Favourite Ride?  Delicious photo? 
Share it with VICTA.  Send it to johnluton@shaw.ca
 
Island Cycles is published by John Luton, Coordinator of the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Victoria Host Committee for Pro Wal/ Pro Bike 2004.  22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6; 250-592-4753/250-886-4166 (cell) johnluton@shaw.ca  www.cyclevancouverisland.ca www.cycletourism.com