Need a Bike? Peer-to-Peer Bike-Sharing Comes to Vancouver

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A screenshot from Spinlister

Uber may not be welcome in Vancouver. But a new service that lets ordinary people rent out their bikes by the day is picking up speed.

Spinlister, a bike-sharing site based in California, is now up and running in Vancouver. The site allows anyone to upload a picture and description of their bike, as well as hourly, daily and weekly prices for rental. Users looking to rent a bike can then browse through the selection and find a ride that fits their needs – from rugged mountain bikes to carbon-fibre racers. A handy interactive map shows which bikes are available and where they can be picked up.

Currently, there are only about 50 bikes listed on the Vancouver site. But overall Spinlister, which started in 2012, features thousands of bikes in dozens of countries around the world. (The most popular city for bike-sharing so far is Brooklyn, with 3,500 bikes featured on the site.) Users of Spinlister are mainly travellers exploring a new city and looking for a fun way to get around on two wheels, according to an interview in the Vancouver SunContinue reading:
Need a Bike? Peer-to-Peer Bike-Sharing Comes to Vancouver

Triple Crown Dreams? Unique club lets you own a Vancouver racehorse for $250

Photo credit: colink.|flickr

Photo credit: colink.|flickr

Have $250? Always wanted the thrill of owning your own thoroughbred racehorse? Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse has the deal for you.

A new club is giving race fans a chance to pony up a few hundred dollars for fractional ownership in real racehorses. All that’s needed to join the new Hastings Race Club is $250, no horse experience required. Currently capped out at 200 members, the group has already proved a runaway hit, according to an article in the Globe and Mail by Wendy Stueck.

Members get special perks like reserved grandstand seating at the race track, as well as access to the backstretch, where they can mix and mingle with the other owners and their horse. And, of course, should their steed end up in the winner’s circle, owners get their share of the purse.  Continue reading:
Triple Crown Dreams? Unique club lets you own a Vancouver racehorse for $250

Run Fast, Eat Donuts at the Inaugural Donut Dash at the PNE!

Vancouver Donut Run 2015

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We’ve had runs themed around dirt, mud, neon, colour bombs, music, and moustaches. It seems only natural that one would be coming up that is themed around donuts. Yes, donuts.

The inaugural PNE Donut Dash 5KM fun run will be taking place at the PNE fair grounds from 9am – 11am on August 23, 2015. Seemingly going against all the principles of running (eating healthy, etc…) this 5K run will have snack booths along the course that will include mini donuts, cotton candy and more. Awesome!

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Run Fast, Eat Donuts at the Inaugural Donut Dash at the PNE!

A simply beautiful FIFA fan video

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Follow two American soccer fans as they live their dream of cheering for their National Team at the Women’s World Cup. Little did they know, they would discover a place where ancient rainforests meet a modern city… a land where soaring mountains meet endless skies…

Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

A “night at the Nat” just got a little more exciting.

Vancouver’s historic Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team, is in the last stages of a major expansion, leading up to opening night on June 26.

An additional 750 seats have been added to the 1951 ballpark, bringing capacity up to an estimated 5,907 seats. New bleachers extend down the left-field line, and there’s now bleacher seating just beyond the left-field fence. A new entrance on the third-base side of the stadium should help ease foot traffic during sold-out games.

In addition, the outfield fences have been moved in – making the Nat a more “hitter-friendly” park. (Translation: Expect more home runs in 2015.) The field now measures 320 feet, rather than 335 feet, down both foul lines, and the soaring 20-foot-high outfield fence has been replaced with a 4-foot-high fence. (Expect some exciting home-run stealing grabs by outfielders this season, as well.) Continue reading:
Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener