Blossoms, Bikes and Buddies

Photo: Flickr, Linda Poole

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

Cycling the Pitt River Regional Greenway

Pitt River Regional Greenway Photo: Rob Weiss

Enjoying the solitude and silence, I cycled at a leisurely, relaxing pace along Metro Vancouver’s Pitt River Regional Greenway. Recently completed, the first phase of the trail stretches 10 km along the Fraser and Pitt River dykes from Harris Landing to Ferry Slip Road. As I pedalled, the noise of the city echoed around me, however, alone on the trail I felt somewhat removed from the often frantic pace of city life. As I began to unwind I became more in tune with the sounds of nature; birds calling, wind whistling through the trees and water lapping at the rocks. What a treat to have the trail to myself!

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Cycling the Pitt River Regional Greenway

Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Usually I begin to exhibit signs of spring fever after early glimpses of snowdrops and crocuses. My first flu like symptom is always an incurable urge to hop on my bike. I understand many of you hardy folk cycle religiously all year long and are never deterred by the winter “rains” or “winds”. Hats off to you! I am of weaker stalk. Despite attempting to do my fair share of winter riding, I must admit that I don’t quite maintain my “summer legs” all year long. When spring fever strikes and I feel motivated to grease the chain and pump up the tires, one of my “go to” rides is the Iona Causeway and Sea Island in Richmond.

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Cleared for Take Off – YVR Cycling Routes

Vancouver Tweed Ride is Back: Old Timey Bike Ride through Vancouver, Sept 20

Photo from Vancouvertweedride.com

Photo from Vancouvertweedride.com

Ready to break out your best tweeds?

The annual Vancouver Tweed Ride is back, Sunday, Sept. 20. The one-of-a-kind event sees hundreds of cyclists dressed in vintage British cycling attire make their way through downtown Vancouver – proudly sporting anything and everything tweed, not to mention plenty of handlebar moustaches and other retro accessories.

Started in 2010, the charity event aims to recreate the spirit of a bygone era of refined cycling, while also raising money for a good cause. Any bicycle is acceptable for the ride, but vintage bicycles – the older the better – are highly encouraged. (No word if the event will accept penny farthings, the early bikes with the giant front wheel and tiny back one.) Continue reading:
Vancouver Tweed Ride is Back: Old Timey Bike Ride through Vancouver, Sept 20

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:
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Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Krueger | Flickr

Vancouver is officially a little greener this month. New stats released by city transportation officials show that, for the first time ever, nearly just as many trips are made by bike, transit or on foot as are made by car.

In 2014, a total of 918,000 daily trips were made by automobile, down from 983,000 the year before. That compares to 905,000 daily trips made by bike, transit or on foot in 2014, up from 893,000 the year before.

In other words, cars now only account for roughly half of all trips made in Vancouver – a major milestone in the city’s quest to become the world’s “greenest” city by 2020. At the same time, total kilometres travelled by vehicle has plummeted in recent years, down 21 percent since 2007.

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Green Milestone in Vancouver: Half of all trips now by bike, transit or on foot

2013 Vancouver Tweed Ride Announced

bikesOld-timey bicycles.  Vintage tweed clothing.  Handlebar moustaches.

The annual Vancouver Tweed Ride is back.  Details have just been announced for the unique “group bicycle ride through the centre of Vancouver,” scheduled for Sept. 15.  The one-of-a-kind event, which was started in 2010, encourages cyclists to dress in traditional British cycling attire – in other words, tweed and lots of it.

The goal of the event is to recreate the spirit of a bygone era of refined cycling, while also bringing attention to the importance of urban biking in Vancouver.  Any bicycle is acceptable for the road, but vintage bicycles – the older the better – are highly encouraged (No word if the event will accept penny farthings, the early bikes with the giant front wheel and tiny back one). Continue reading:
2013 Vancouver Tweed Ride Announced