‘Just join us’: Regina woman encourages others to explore the city by bike this summer – Regina
After living in Regina for more than a decade, Victoria Flores says she has found places she’s never known while riding her bike and urges others to do the same.
“Last year when I was cycling by myself, I liked to put on a podcast and go on really long rides,” said Flores, organizer of Explore Regina on a Bike. “And during those times, I realized how far the bike lanes went and I kept going. And the next thing I know I’m at the end of town. And in that ride, I saw so many beautiful green spaces, picnic areas, all kinds of places I had no idea existed.And I’ve lived in Regina for 14 years.”
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Explore Regina on a Bike, an initiative that helps cyclists explore various parts of the city, was launched this summer after Flores shared the idea with Bike Regina.
Their first drive was to explore Wascana Lake on the college side, Flores said. Next, they explored the bike paths around town in the Les Sherman Park area.
“Our next hike will be a nature hike, so we will focus on more natural areas of the city and it will be around AE Wilson Park.
“And then our last ride in September…we’re going to explore the east side more and end up watching the sunset from Douglas Park Hill because we have some amazing sunsets in Regina. It’s just a good time for that.
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She says the hikes are open to everyone.
“This is open to anyone in the community who wants to join,” Flores said. “Basically, if you check our calendar of events on our website, you see when the rides are happening. So the next one is August 17th, it’s a Wednesday I believe, join us and come with us.
According to Flores, trips take about an hour and average four to six kilometers at a time. They end where they begin and there are stops along the way at points of interest to learn different things about the area they are exploring.
She says the rides can help people pick up a new activity and find new bike paths in the city they’ve never experienced. Group rides also allow you to meet new people and make new friends.
Other benefits include a way to stay active and faster transportation than walking or running, Flores said.
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The ideal is that everyone has a bike, but the initiative welcomes those who do not.
“We have rides by Marv’s. They contacted us earlier to ask if we would like to take bikes and the timing was just perfect,” said Flores. “We were able to get bikes and donate them to our youth program participants who didn’t yet have a bike.
For more information on this initiative and upcoming rides, check out their website www.rods.sk.ca/events.
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