Cycling the city

Cycling the city

Cyclists of all ages and abilities have a wide range of routes to choose from while out riding

  • May. 31, 2017 4:30 a.m.

The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) presents six detailed and downloadable bicycling routes.

The routes were designed for a variety of skill levels. Each route features detailed turn-by-turn instructions, an elevation guide and route map all of which can be downloaded to hand held devices from www.nocat.weebly.com

All routes begin and end at the Vernon Recreation Centre, 3310-37th Ave. There are two beginner routes, two medium-skilled routes and two longer routes for skilled cyclists. We invite residents to try the routes and share them with friends and family wherever they live.

NOCAT’s goal is a North Okanagan that is world-renowned for recreational, sport, and transportation-oriented bicycling and walking.

“We believe active transportation plays a critical role in enhancing our region’s environmental and economic sustainability,” said Bruce Mol, with NOCAT.

Routes 1 and 2 are beginner routes following the 25th Avenue multi-use trail from 34th Street out to Kin Beach and Paddlewheel Park respectively. Groups with youngsters are encouraged to begin from public parking behind the People Place at 34th Street and 25th Avenue.

Routes 3 and 4 are short medium-skilled routes. Route 3 utilizes Vernon’s 29th Avenue multi-use trail north to the Village Green Centre, east beside the Heron Rookery, returning via the Harwood multi-use trail. Route 4 takes riders on a loop tour to Kin Beach and back using bike lane routes on 27th Avenue, Tronson and Okanagan Avenue.

Routes 5 and 6 are longer skilled routes. Route 5 takes riders into the hilly BX area. Route 6 goes around Swan Lake, out along Old Kamloops Road, returning on Pleasant Valley.

For more information, contact NOCAT via email at nocat2016@gmail.com, through nocat.weebly.com or on Facebook.