Two days ago, I biked the Central Valley Greenway (CVG) for the first time. For those that don't know the CGV is a trail that goes from Science World to New Westminster Quay. The Greenway consists of separated paved and unpaved surfaces and on-road shoulder bike lanes.
I started at my place near Metrotown and traveled North, eventually joining the trail at Willingdon just passed Highway 1. For the most part, I was impressed at separated paths but there was a gravel section that was under construction or is being re-routed because it went through a dump with paper and garbage strewn everywhere. I didn't notice any lighting in this section either.
When I got to the junction of the CVG and the Cariboo trail, I accidentally took the Caribou trail. There was insufficient signage at this juncture and it could use a couple of clear signs because the path diverges into pedestrian and bike only. *edit* I actually called Translink at this point because I thought since they manage the CVG they could help me find my way back onto it. The Translink Service Agent had no idea what it was and I had to direct them to their OWN website to find information on it. My phone cut out and I was left to my own devices. I managed to back track and took the correct left turn onto the CVG and continued to New West.
On the way, I met a lady who bikes to work and it was her first time taking the CVG and she was astonished that it actually shaved 10 to 20 minutes from her commute. She was a bit more seasoned in cycling than I am and she's done the trek from Victoria to Edmonton 3 times.
Overall, I think it took me a few hours...even with the detour. It would be nice to make the New West downtown section separated or a the very least they should paint the lanes a different colour on this very busy stretch of road.
*edit* I also think that Translink Agents should be able to help you with bike paths as well as other things. An official bike path app would be great!