I've lived in Western Washington state most of my life, and have never been to Victoria (Vancouver many times). I'd like to remedy that, and am thinking about taking a bike up to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper
from downtown Seattle and spending a couple of days puttering around.
I'm not necessarily looking for epic rides, although I'd be interested in hearing about them. I will be using the bike for transportation though, and would be interested to know what I don't know about the place.
Good/Bad bike shops to check out?
What are some good places to stay? Good restaurants? Must see attractions? Things to avoid?
How safe is it to lock a bike up for an hour or two while I'm sightseeing or eating lunch?
How is the road infrastructure for cycling? Bike lanes in town? Bike Trails/MUTs? How about shoulders on the rural roads?
Thanks in advance.