Art studio tour on this weekend

Local cyclists offering two bike tours on Mother's Day

Elizabeth Hancock is one of the artists on studio tour.

If you take mom out for Mother’s Day breakfast this Sunday, you might want to try to take off some of those calories with a little bicycle ride afterwards.

The Maple Ridge branch of HUB Cycling is offering its third Art Studio Bike Tour this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8) at 10 a.m.

The group is offering two courses, a flatter course that’s relaxing to ride, plus one that has more hills.

The flat route will start from the bandstand at Memorial Peace Park in downtown Maple Ridge. The hillier one will start from Starbucks at 240th Street and Dewdney Trunk Road. If you’re planning to do either route by yourself, you can start anywhere you like along the route.

A particularly good place to start the second route is from Kanaka Creek Coffee on 102nd Avenue.

The Sunday cycle tour is a way to take in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour that runs both days of the weekend, May 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing people in cars or on bikes to visit studios of painters, potters, jewellers and sculptors.

That event has been going on for 18 years and draws about 1,500 visitors each year.

The bicycle tour visits only about half of the artists and will take a few hours and will wrap up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., so make sure you bring enough water and lunch.

Organizers though need to know who plans on coming out, so riders are asked to contact Barry by e-mail to register, ( specifying which ride. If you would like to go at your own pace, on either Saturday or Sunday, e-mail Jackie ( to get a map.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Art Studio Tour, which emcompasses 26 artists, is a free event and is described as a ‘treasure hunt of arts’ where people can meet the artists and see their work environment.”



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