Each year, it seems, the world of cycling in Vancouver gets more fun and interesting. What with DVBIA support, Mobi bike-sharing, Bike to Work Week and the 2016 Vancouver Cargo Bike Championship event (organized by Modacity).
The 2016 event will be held again in partnership with HUB’s BtWW wrap-up BBQ at Creekside Park. In 2015, 37 people competed (under pretty loose rules), carrying a load of cargo around a closed course — riding against the clock.
Learn more about cargo bikes HERE.
Look for it on Friday, June 3 from 4-7 pm.
Personally, I like these kind of events. I get to hang around and take pix (duh), but I’m with a cheerful, happy, energetic group and, dad-gummit, we just have fun.
HUB held it’s Commuter Challenge, the annual pre-Bike-to-Work-Week event, on Wednesday morning. Thirteen teams (2 from Norco), each member starting at the same time from a common point, timed their trips to Granville and Georgia. A first this year, the person riding a bike led the way for all teams — over distances from 10.4 to 2.4 km (average 5.4 km). Teams left their start point at around 8 a.m. and arrived at the finish line at around 8:30 to 9 am. The heart of rush hour.
Participating teams: Norco Bicycles, Lafarge, Translink, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, Netherlands Consulate, VanCity, The Georgia Straight, Two Wheel Gear, Momentum Magazine, Roundhouse Radio, Bike Doctor.
Check out the results chart: the times and comments for each team are in the order of: bike, car, transit. Also check out a few team photos.
True to national form, the Netherlands Consul General rode in the challenge, and the team used two bikes — one an electric.
Looking for some fun tomorrow morning (Wednesday May 25)? Meet me at London Drugs plaza, Georgia & Granville.
Good old HUB is gearing up for Bike to Work Week (May 30 to June 5) with another Share the Road Challenge. In this friendly competition, various groups and companies form teams, with members using different modes of transportation — transit, bike, car. Each team picks a common start point and we see who gets to the finish line first (Granville & Georgia). All in good fun — with a point to prove.
Teams last year included City of Vancouver. Mayor Robertson (bike) came in second to Councilor Reimer (transit). Councilor Jang (car) was a distant third.
See you at around 8 a.m., when the first team members should start arriving. I’ll be interested to see whether Mr. Gauthier of DVBIA will be a team member this year, as promised to me in 2015.