The non-profit organization, Velolove Society is hosting the bike festival, Velopalooza. Velopalooza will be more cycling fun for 10 days, June 4 – 13, 2010 in Metro Vancouver. There will be a broad range of fun group bike rides, many based on a theme or ride area and some eating get-togethers. Ride leaders are so enthused that they volunteer to create the themes and organize their rides. There are theme rides for cycling ‘super- heroes’, folding bikes (becoming popular in past few years), fixed gear bikes, gelato bike ride and so on. Please note that you must bring your own food for refueling or money to buy food but most group rides are free.
Immediately after the VACC’s barbecue celebration on June 4 , Velopalooza will kick off their festival at WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St.) 8 pm – 11 pm. on the same evening. Entry fee per person is $8.50 for food, music and fun.
Check out a jam-packed schedule of over 40 rides and events here. Make sure you scroll all the way down the screen after you click on the link. http://www.velopalooza.ca/ Dive into the spirit of the ride with your bike. We advise you wear a bike helmet and exercise cycling safety.
Above video clip features energetic Jamie Ollivier, or self-named as Pedal Pundit (not the celebrity chef) , who is one of the busy Velopalooza volunteer organizers. View the first half of his video about Velopalooza. Last half of video is on his work for a community project sponsored by the City of Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant Area on Cycleback Art Outreach Program. This project involves homeless people and other local residents who are producing art which some designs will be installed permanently in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. He will be at the finale Velopalooza event on June 14th –with his recumbent bike. Check the event schedule web link mentioned earlier in this article.
For visitors, it’s a great way to experienceVancouver’s bike culture and the city in a unique, fun way at a very low cost or most of the time, for free.