Victoria cycling group encourages self-guided bike tours during pandemic

VANCOUVER – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every facet of life in British Columbia, including recreation.

May usually marks the start of group cycling tours organized by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. However, with physical distancing rules in place, these group outings cannot be organized safely, so the coalition has adapted its offers.

“We have now turned to self-guided hikes,” said Edward Pullman, hike coordinator for the GVCC.

The group has created three new types of rides for cyclists interested in doing alone or with their households.

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts require participants to visit special landmarks and find hidden treasures along the route, providing answers to clues through the GVCC’s online comment form to participate and win prizes in the areas. local bicycle shops.

Discovery walks take participants on longer loops, indicating points of interest along the way.

Ride the Distance rides are even longer rides, designed to take participants to parts of Greater Victoria that they may not visit regularly.

The GVCC plans to release new routes every few weeks throughout the summer, Pullman said.

“We just want (people) to go out and enjoy nature… but also to make sure we do it safely,” he said. “A bicycle is a great way to exercise and explore the absolutely beautiful region we live in.”

You will find more information on the routes currently available on the GVCC website.

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