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Cycling and Transit Map

While we certainly have some challenging hills in the harbour city, commuting by bike is worth considering. With both the Parkway Trail and the E&N Trail connecting various points of the community and the ability to rack your bike on RDN busses, getting to and from downtown by bike is easier than you think. Check out our Cycling Map and Transit Map to help you find your way cycling around town. You can find a printed copy of the cycling and transit map in the following locations:

-Beban Park Recreation Centre

-Bowen Community Centre

-Nanaimo Acuatic Centre

-Nanaimo Ice Cantre

-Oliver Woods Community Centre

-Service and Resource Centre

-Tourism Nanaimo

-Hub City Cycles Community Co-op

-Oak Bay Bikes

-Pacific Rim Bicycle

-Arrowsmith Bikes


Bike to Work Week (BTWW)

For the past 18 years Nanaimo has celebrated commuting by bicycle in the Bike To Work Week Celebration.  Each May, cyclists in Nanaimo participate in the ride to work celebration organized by the City of Nanaimo and a number of community partners and sponsors, including the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition.  In addition, our City also celebrates Bike+Walk to School Week in conjunction with this event.

To find out more information on either of these events; see their Facebook page here or the web site here.

Learn to Ride a Bike

Nanaimo is a great place to discover by bicycle! A number of the city playgrounds feature paved training routes for little ones who are new to two wheels (Altrusa and Forest Drive for example). The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition also has a number of routes, trails and places to practice cycling skills on their website here.

Check the City of Nanaimo Activities guide and and The GNCC Website for cycling courses including: 

  • Cycling Made Simple (for kids).
  • Urban Commuting 101
  • Streetwise Cycling
  • Bicycling Family Workshop
  • Bike Repair & Maintenance
  • Winter Riding 101


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