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    Vancouver vs Victoria for cycling city?

    i am contemplating a move to one of these cities, and wondering how they compare in terms of biking. That is not my only criteria for making a choice, but definitely up there. I am familiar with Vancouver already and I know Victoria gets less rain, but how does the cycling infrastructure compare? Does Victoria have as many bike lanes and traffic calmed streets as Vancouver? Or is it more burby and spread out? And how do the possibilities for recreational cycling compare? Being from Ottawa, I found that in Vancouver it was a little difficult to find totally peaceful places to ride, with the seawall totally jam-packed with tourists during the summer.

    Also, is the cost of living, mostly rent or real estate, really that much lower in Victoria?

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    a sunny summer weekend day on the seawall?? Only tourists need apply! lol. just kidding. Really, it's not a fair way to judge vancouver's cycling infrastructure. The opportunities for recreational cycling in Van are boundless. Open group rides any day of the week: road or mountain (N. Van).

    I've only experienced victoria's cycling infrastructure as a tourist, so cannot comment. I think it has less people/traffic so probably needs less calming. Maybe i'll move to victoria when I am old/retire.

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