Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Shareable bikes may be coming to Vancouver after all.

The city is currently seeking a new partner to launch its long-anticipated bike share scheme. An initial plan, approved in 2013, called for $6 million to be spent to implement a network of 1,500 rental bikes throughout the city. But multiple delays have plagued the initiative.

Most recently, the company that was to provide the city with bikes went bankrupt. Bixi Bikes filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014 and was subsequently bailed out – to the tune of tens of millions of dollars – by the city of Montreal. As a result, Bixi’s partner for the Vancouver launch – a Portland company called Alta Bicycle Share – was unable to get the program rolling in the city.

In the wake of the debacle, Alta has changed its name to Motivate and now manages successful bike-share programs in Toronto, New York and Melbourne. Vancouver, however, is still bike-less – but maybe not for long.   Continue reading:
Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe

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

Indian Street Food, Music, Free Portraits and More: Indian Summer Fest 2015 Hits Vancouver

Photo credit: Damien Ramon Naidoo | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Damien Ramon Naidoo | Wikipedia

The phrase Indian summer usually refers to an unexpectedly warm and sunny stretch of weather in autumn, when cooler temperatures are expected.

But in Vancouver, Indian Summer happens each July: an 11-day-long celebration of South Asian arts, culture and cuisine. This year’s Indian Summer Festival, July 9-July 19, promises to be one of the biggest ever, with dozen of events showcasing food, dance, cinema, music and literature from India.

The festival kicks off with a uniquely high-brow take on traditional Indian street food at The Great Railway Food Bazaar, July 9 in downtown Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre ($90). Celebrity chef Vikram Vij and other top Vancouver chefs offer Indian-inspired nibbles, while guests enjoy live Indian music at the historic centre, transformed for one night into an Indian railway station.

The festival heats up with a dive into arts and contemporary life. Continue reading:
Indian Street Food, Music, Free Portraits and More: Indian Summer Fest 2015 Hits Vancouver

Here Be Dragons: North America’s Biggest Dragon Boat Fest Comes to Vancouver, June 19-21

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Dragon boat racers: Start your paddling.

North America’s biggest dragon boat fest is coming to Vancouver, June 19-June 21. Now in its 27th year, the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival sees some 200 teams of paddlers face off in Vancouver’s False Creek over the course of one action-packed weekend. More than 100,000 fans turn out to watch the boats churn through the water and to take in the festival atmosphere, complete with food, live music and shopping.

Dragon boat racing is a unique Vancouver tradition with deep roots. Continue reading:
Here Be Dragons: North America’s Biggest Dragon Boat Fest Comes to Vancouver, June 19-21

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Set to Kick Off June 8 in Vancouver (Ticket starting at $20)

Photo credit: YVRPhoto | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: YVRPhoto | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is about to become the centre of the soccer universe. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 6, with a total of nine matches played in Vancouver, including the all important final on July 5.

The largest women’s sporting event in the world, the competition sees 24 international teams vying for the coveted cup, including the Canadian squad that brought home bronze at the London 2012 Olympics. During the month-long event, teams face off in Vancouver and five other Canadian cities (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton), making the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup the country’s first coast-to-coast sporting event.

The centre of all the action in Vancouver is B.C. Place Stadium, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps football club, where tickets to early-stage matches start as low as $20.15 (before taxes and service fees).  Continue reading:
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Set to Kick Off June 8 in Vancouver (Ticket starting at $20)