Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

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My favourite spring ritual is back! Like the rising and setting sun, the change of seasons and the turning tides, each spring you can count on Vancouver’s cherry trees to burst out in a blaze of dazzling colour. In celebration and perhaps with a sense of relief that winter is over, Vancouverites venture outside and partake in an abundance of events and activities focused on honouring our beloved blooms.  It is during this particular time, I eagerly await the announcement of dates for the annual Bike the Blossoms group ride.

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Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

40+ Fun, Themed Rides Make up the 2017 Velopalooza Festival

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If you’re tired of those boring old bike rides that have you just going from one place to the other without lights, music, dancing, costumes, or beer, the Velopalooza Festival has some exciting news for you.

This cycling celebration spans two weeks from June 9 – June 25 and includes a wide array of fun, themed rides put on by the public. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new bike routes, and (most importantly) it’s a great excuse to spend more time on a bike.

The Vancouver Velopalooza Festival centres around daily themed rides that are organized by the general public. Anyone is invited to add a ride or a bike-related event to the Velopalooza calendar. At this moment, there are more than 40 hosted rides taking place in the month of June that offer something for everyone with rides for food, rides with silly costumes, and rides for kids.

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40+ Fun, Themed Rides Make up the 2017 Velopalooza Festival

Vancouver Bike Festival Rides Again this June

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Despite all the hills, Vancouver is one of the best places to ride a bike due to its ever-increasing number of bikes lanes and bike trails (Seymour Demonstration Forest, anyone?). So it makes sense that there would be an almost month-long celebration of all things cycling taking place in the city this June.

Velopalooza is a very unique festival because instead of making it a one-day affair, the event stretches from June 10 – 26 and consists of themed bike rides. Join one or join them all, but have fun doing it!

There are over 40 rides scheduled for the 16 days of the event, so we’ve pulled out a few of the most unique and interesting rides to help spark your interest…

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Vancouver Bike Festival Rides Again this June

Velopalooza Offers Up Two Weeks of Community Organized Bike Rides

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If you haven’t already noticed, Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city. So much so that in June, a huge bike festival is organized with 80+ events to promote cycling and bring like-minded people together. Velopalooza, the Vancouver Festival of Bikes, starts today and runs until June 28th, bringing you two weeks of fun, friendly bike rides.

Velopalooza was first started in 2010 based on the much-loved Pedalpalooza in Portland. Organizers were inspired by the community-driven bike fun of the Portland festival, and decided to bring it over the border to Vancouver.

The Velopalooza biking festival has grown since its early roots in 2010 and now features tons of rides and tons of participants! The list of 85 events is a bit overwhelming, so we’ve listed 5 of the most interesting events of the festival below:

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Velopalooza Offers Up Two Weeks of Community Organized Bike Rides

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend Lots of things to do with the whole family for Father’s Day Weekend!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday… Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Fill up your calendar for June’s first Friday to Sunday!  There’s so much to do, and only three days to do them all in… Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Here’s to another beautiful spring weekend!  Earth Day celebrations, live music, LEGO block parties (for the kids)… Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend