Take a two-wheeled tour of Richmond and discover the island city by bike

06 June 2022

After a two-year pause, the Island City, by Bike Tour is back. Everyone is invited to roll their way around Richmond and take their bikes for a spin at the 20th event on Sunday, June 12. The tour is free and perfect for the whole family.

Bike riders have the option of cycling along one of two routes.

  • The short route is a scenic, 7-kilometre ride starting at 11 a.m. It will take about one hour and consists of on- and off-street biking along Granville Avenue, the Railway Greenway and local streets.
  • The long route begins at 10 a.m. and consists of 22-kilometres of on- and off-street biking. This route will feature the Middle Arm Greenway, River Parkway and recently completed neighbourhood bikeways.

Both routes will start and finish at Minoru Centre for Active Living, 7191 Granville Avenue. This annual bike tour promotes recreation, fitness and transportation in Richmond, and is led by experienced and knowledgeable tour guides.

In addition to their bike and helmet, participants should also bring their enthusiasm in the off-chance it rains. Arrive early by 9:30 a.m. to register bikes with the Richmond RCMP as part of their anti-theft initiative, try out the demonstration bus bike rack and have a pre-ride bike and helmet safety check. Also visit the City’s booth to learn and ask questions about flood protection in Richmond and its growing importance in the light of climate-driven flood risks.

Bike tour participants arriving by vehicle must park on the upper level of the parkade next to the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) as there is a 3-hour time limit for surface parking. After an invigorating morning bike tour, participants will reconvene at Minoru Centre for Active Living to enjoy snacks and a raffle prize draw.

Cyclists are encouraged to register for the Island City, by Bike Tour by quoting Event ID #47824. To register, visit www.richmond.ca/register, call the City’s registration call centre at 604-276-4300 (press 2 at the prompt) from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit any community centre during business hours.

The bike tour supports one of Council’s Term Goals—to implement the Community Wellness Strategy, which enhances social connectedness, positive lifestyle traits and physical health of the community. The tour is presented by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Active Transportation Committee.