#Bike2Shop is back by popular demand, and Coquitlam boasts plenty of options to keep you exploring on two wheels.

In partnership with HUB Cycling and the Austin Heights BIA, this month-long initiative aims to showcase the joy and convenience of shopping by bike.

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Whether it’s a quick trip to the grocery store or a visit to a local boutique, shopping by bike allows you to take in your surroundings from a different viewpoint and discover unknown treasures just a bike ride away.

Participation is free, and by registering for the Bike to Shop Challenge Pledge, participants will be entered into a weekly prize draw to win one of five $100 TransLink Compass Cards.

For a chance to win even more prizes, HUB Cycling will also host a weekly scavenger hunt photo contest on their Instagram account throughout the month to encourage people to explore their local surroundings and unique businesses in the area.

To begin planning your route, be sure to check out the Translink Bike Map and our Tri-Cities Cycling Map, or come visit us at the Coquitlam Farmers Market on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be happy to share free cycling resources and answer any questions you may have.

Pedal, Explore and Delight: Unveil the Wonders of Coquitlam

Did you know Coquitlam has more than 100 kilometers of bike routes? Our extensive route network, consisting of neighbourhood bikeways, bike lanes and multi-use pathways, makes Coquitlam ideal for road biking.

With so many recreation options within your reach, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few local gems to help you pedal your way through the scenic landscapes and explore the abundance of destinations that await you.

Explore Austin Avenue’s Vibrant Scene

Treat yourself to some retail therapy or savour the delectable offerings from the various dining establishments along Austin Heights. From quaint cafes to bustling eateries, the choices are bound to delight your taste buds.

Retreat to Nature’s Sanctuary

Just a stone’s throw away from the west end of Austin Avenue, you’ll find the serene Blue Mountain Park. Take in the beauty of nature as you stroll under the sheltering canopy, or play a game of tennis or softball.

Families can cool off in the summer months at the wading pool and spray park, while kids can burn off energy at the accessible playground. And for those seeking a relaxing moment amid art, the park features striking stone sculptures and a soothing water feature that will captivate your senses.

Take in a Picture-Perfect Oasis for Relaxation and Fishing

Craving the sight of a picturesque lake? Head just three city blocks north of Austin Avenue to discover Como Lake, nestled on Gatensbury Street. This ecologically sensitive habitat supports a myriad of birds and other wildlife.

Take a stroll along the one-kilometer loop trail surrounding the lake, where you’ll find benches, grassy areas and perfect spots for picnics.

For anglers, Como Lake is stocked annually with catchable-size rainbow trout, offering the ideal opportunity to unwind after your biking adventure with some quality fishing time.

Unleash Your Inner Athlete

If indoor recreation is more your style, you’re in for a treat. Visit the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, located just one city block north of Austin Avenue (two blocks east of Gatensbury). This impressive recreation complex offers a plethora of activities, from ice skating to swimming and drop-in fitness sessions.

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to explore the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. And if you head to the Main Arena, you can catch thrilling Junior A hockey matches with the Coquitlam Express, as well as Junior and Senior lacrosse games featuring the Coquitlam Adanacs.

Conquer the Trails

For those craving even more adventure, Burquitlam and City Centre are yours to explore. And if you’re looking for exciting cycling routes and events, be sure to check out Let’s Go Biking for valuable information.

For off-the-beaten-path enthusiasts seeking mountain biking thrills, TORCA and Trailforks have got you covered with their extensive trail maps.

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