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TransLink is responsible for more than just transit?!

Cycling isn’t just one of the healthiest ways to travel, but it’s also a pollution-free mode of transport. Did you know that cycling 10km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions a year?!

You may or may not know that TransLink is responsible for much more than just transit. Our cycling program is vast and varied, covering everything from regional cycling initiatives to end-of-trip facilities and we’re committed to addressing many of the transportation challenges that Metro Vancouver faces today.

Our multimodal mandate

We’re responsible for providing cycling options in the region and connecting cycling to the wider transportation system of Metro Vancouver while supporting over 107,000 bike trips daily! Our long-term transportation strategy, TransLink 2040 sets goals for the kind of transportation future we want. Within the next 30 years, one of the goals is that most trips in Metro Vancouver will be made by transit, walking and cycling.

If we can reduce the distances driven in the region by 33 per cent by designing our communities and transportation systems to encourage half of our trips to be by walking, cycling or transit, everyone will benefit! This will reduce congestion, make travel more reliable, protect our climate by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and by make roads safer.

Bicycle transportation system

Bikeway network

Did you know that there are multi-use paths that make biking to and from destinations easier, safer and more accessible?

  • The BC Parkway– A 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.
  • The Central Valley Greenway– A 24-kilometre route for cycling, jogging, walking, wheelchairs, skateboarding and blading that connect Vancouver with Burnaby and New Westminster
  • Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge – The important link connecting the cycling routes of Richmond and Vancouver

Bike racks

Every single vehicle in our bus fleet has racks for your bike. That’s right. You don’t have to leave your bike at home ever again! Check out this Buzzer blog post with a detailed video on how to take your bike on the bus and then test out your skills at our bike rack demo in North Vancouver or on your next transit trip!

Transit tip! Exit from the front door and let the driver know that you need to remove your bike.

Bike Parkades

Currently, our two bike parkades are located at Main Street-Science World Station and King George Station with more parkades en route soon. Bike Parkades are well-lit, indoor bicycle parking facilities where users can lock up their bike for the day. They provide secure and convenient access seven days a week to customers who enroll through their Compass Card.

Bike Parkades cost only one dollar a day, with fees capped at eight dollars a month. Check out our how-to video below! Register online for access by visiting www.translink.ca/bikeparkade.

FYI: In the next two years four more Bike Parkades will be opening at King Edward, Joyce, Commercial-Broadway and Metrotown stations!

Partners

Our TravelSmart team works with a variety of corporate and government partners to ensure that Metro Vancouverites are aware of smarter travel options.

TravelSmart partners with the following organizations to deliver our programs throughout the region:

Some of our awesome bike partners

HUB focuses on showing people that cycling is an attractive and healthy choice for everyone. Their annual spring and fall Bike to Work weeks celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. We also partner with HUB on their different programs such as their Bike Host orientation program and their Bike to Shop Days.

BEST provides bike valet services at events in Metro Vancouver such as Khatsalano Fest, Celebration of Light, Vancouver Whitecaps home games and the Gastown Grand Prix. The Bike Valet operates at many events that TransLink supports and this year they expect to park 30,000 bicycles at events across the Metro Vancouver region!

Mark your calendar and be part of the change and help make Metro Vancouver a happier, healthier place to live, work and play! This year’s fall Bike to Work week will take place from October 23 to 27, 2017.

Wondering where to bike next? Plan your trip by exploring our online cycling maps and route planning tool!

Author: Christina Jakopin

Spring Bike to Work week is May 29–June 4, 2017. Register, ride and win!

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Register, ride and win with Bike to Work Week!

Cycling is an environmentally friendly, cost effective and healthy way to get around and with Spring Bike to Work Week coming up, this is the perfect opportunity to start pedaling to work and maybe win some sweet prizes!

What is Bike to Work Week?

Bike to Work Week, or BTWW for the cool kids, is a community event to celebrate bike commuting across Metro Vancouver. With over 75 Celebration Stations offering free drinks, snacks, bike mechanic services and great prizes, why wouldn’t you register to enjoy the outdoors and commute in a fit and fun way?!?

Getting involved is easy! Here’s the breakdown:

1. Register for Bike to Work Week. You can start a team, join a team or register solo.

2. Encourage your colleagues to join your team and help you win prizes!

3. Log your trips during Bike to Work Week to be entered to win more amazing prizes. Each day you log you’ll be entered to win a new bike!

4. Check out the Celebration Station Map to find out where you can stop for free snacks, free mechanic services and more prize draws throughout the week.

5. Consider becoming a member of HUB Cycling to support cycling improvements and bike education around the region.

**Please note** If you are or have ever been a HUB member, please login before registering. If you registered for Bike to Work Week between 2014 and 2016 you do not need to re-register. Simply login and log a trip to be a participant in the 2017 event.

Some of the great events surrounding this year’s BTWW include a free ‘bike-in’ movie night on May 27 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and a free wrap-up BBQ on June 2 at Creekside Park near Science World.

If you need more inspiration, check out HUB’s 2017 Rush Hour challenge! Each year teams of three take cars, transit, and of course bikes, and race through Metro Vancouver to see which mode will come out on top!

Who rolled to victory? Watch the recap of our Instagram story and see!

Need some help getting started? Be sure to visit HUB’s Cycling Resource Centre for helpful information on biking in Metro Vancouver.

Bike and be social! Share your Bike to Work Week pics with others online using the hashtag #BTWW.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Secure bike parkades secure top spot at HUB awards!

HUB Bike Parkade Award

HUB Cycling recently hosted their 4th Annual Bike Awards – a celebration of organizations, individuals, schools and municipalities who have led the way in increasing biking across Metro Vancouver.

This year, we took home more than just our bikes! TransLink was awarded Best Public Bike Parking Facilities for our King George Station and Main Street Station Secure Bike Parkades!

TransLink is a big supporter of multi-modal transportation (did you know that our entire bus fleet is equipped with bus bike racks?) and participate annually in Bike to Work Week.

All of our secure bike parkades are Compass enabled, and easy to use! Check Jess out in action!

Thanks to HUB Cycling for this awesome award!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Fall for Bike to Work Week October 24 – 30, 2016

Bike to Work Week is Oct 27 to Nov 2!

Bike to Work Week is October 24-30th

“The bikes are back in town (The bikes are back in town again)…”

Because Bike to Work week starts October 24th!

Don’t worry. I won’t make any cycling puns… those can get wheely tyred. *wait for applause and uncontrollable laughter*

This is a great initiative put on by HUB to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes and win prizes!

Here’s how it works.

  • You register for the week (you can do that here) as either a team or a solo rider.
  • Next, you brag about how much fun it’s going to be and how it’s great exercise to all your friends and colleagues.
  • Log your trips during the official Bike to Work Week — this enters you to win some AMAZING prizes – including a trip for two to Amsterdam! You can log trips by mapping or entering your total KMs cycled.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Celebration Station Map to find one along your route. At these pit stops you can wheel on by for free treats, mechanical services and more prize draws.

There will also be a free outdoor Halloween Party on Friday, October 28th from 4pm-6pm at the corner of Union and Gore in Vancouver!

Some tips for the week from the experts at HUB:

1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time. Take bike routes, whenever possible.

2. Use a U-Lock or Folding Lock, not a Cable Lock. Watch our ‘No More Bike Theft Video’ for more bike locking tips.

3. Use a Basket, Pannier or Backpack to carry your stuff

4. Always use lights.  Even in the daylight, lights can help increase your visibility.

5. Wear Your Regular Clothes if possible. Ride at a leisurely pace and you will still look great upon arrival.

Join Bike to Work Week conversations and connect with the cycling community online!

Facebook: @WeAreHUB
Twitter: @WeAreHUB
Hashtag: #BTWW #BikeYVR

Author: Adrienne Coling

It’s Bike to Work Week! May 30 – June 5, 2016

Bike to work week

HUB Bike to Work Week starts today – May 30th, 2016, and it couldn’t be a better day to dust off the old bicycle and pedal your way in to work.

Not only is it fun, but it’s easy to participate in Bike to Work Week! All you have to do is:

  1. Register yourself here, and either ride solo, or join a team
  2. Log your trips online to be eligible for some awesome prizes!

Did you know that the entire fleet of CMBC buses are equipped with bus bike racks?! If your commute seems to daunting to tackle on two wheels alone, why not integrate a mode of transit for part of your trip!

Never used a bus bike rack before? No worries! They’re super simple to use, even for a newbie! Check out our Facebook live demo below, our YouTube channel, or you can try for yourself our bus bike rack demo located in North Vancouver between City Hall and the library in Civic Plaza.

 

Don’t forget these useful tips when using a bus bike rack:

 

  • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items such as water bottles, pumps, and panniers.
  • Tell the driver you want to load your bike, and then lower the bike rack by pulling on the handle.
  • Lift your bike onto the rack. If no other bike is on the rack, place your bike in the slot closest to the bus.
  • Lift the support arm up and over the front tire. On newer racks you might have to push the black button at the end of the support arm in order to release the ratchet mechanism.
  • Sit at the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.
  • When leaving the bus, please tell the driver that you need to remove your bike. Exit from the front door.
  • Remove your bike and raise the rack to the upright position if it’s empty.
  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Bus rack demo now in North Vancouver!

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Test out your bike rack skills in North Vancouver (Photo courtesy of City of North Vancouver)

Did you know that every single vehicle in our bus fleet has racks for your bike?

That’s right! And with Bike to Work week quickly approaching, why not try loading your bike on a  bike rack without the bus?

That way, you’ll be a bus rack superstar when you use the real thing!

Well, you’re in luck!

TravelSmart and North Vancouver have paired up to provide a demo bike rack between City Hall and the library in Civic Plaza.

Have you spotted this new cycling gem?

We tested out a bike rack (we practised first!) in our first Facebook LIVE streaming.

Some tips for using the bike racks:

  • Before the bus arrives, remove loose items such as water bottles, pumps, and panniers.
  • Tell the driver you want to load your bike, and then lower the bike rack by pulling on the handle.
  • Lift your bike onto the rack. If no other bike is on the rack, place your bike in the slot closest to the bus.
  • Lift the support arm up and over the front tire. On newer racks you might have to push the black button at the end of the support arm in order to release the ratchet mechanism.
  • Sit at the front of the bus and keep an eye on your bike.
  • When leaving the bus, please tell the driver that you need to remove your bike. Exit from the front door.
  • Remove your bike and raise the rack to the upright position if it’s empty.
  • Slip-covers are recommended for folding bikes.

Check out a rider’s first hand experience documented in this great blog!

For more information on bikes on buses and transit in general, head to our website.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink is going LIVE! Facebook Live!

Facebook Live

Today is an exciting day for the TransLink Social Media team, as we will be streaming LIVE for the first time from Facebook at 2:00pm PST. For our inaugural stream, we will be doing a demo of how to take your bike on the bus! After all, Bike to Work week is coming soon!

Make sure to tune in and learn how you can take advantage of the great weather we’ve been having in the Metro Vancouver area, and perhaps make your commute multi-modal!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

UPDATE: Here’s the recording of our first Facebook Live!

Keep those bike wheels rolling with Fall Bike to Work week!

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It’s baaaaaaaaack!

Bike to Work Week hosted by HUB Cycling begins today!

Cycling is a great way of getting around plus it’s one of the healthiest and most enjoyable ways to travel.

This week volunteers will be out at 40 celebration stations along bike routes to cheer on riders, give out free snacks, coffee and help with bike repairs.

Bike to Work Week includes over $20,000 of prizes, daily draws for new bikes and a bike trip for 2 to Vietnam from Exodus Travels.

To be eligible for prize draws, you can register for free at bikehub.ca/registration.

Here are some tips for this week:

1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time. Take bike routes, whenever possible.
2. Use a U-Lock or Folding Lock, not a Cable Lock.
3. Use a Basket, Pannier or Backpack to carry your stuff.
4. Always keep lights and rain gear
in your bag just in case.
5. Wear Your Regular Clothes if possible.
 Ride at a leisurely pace and you will still look great upon arrival.

Curious about gear for fall biking? Fear not, HUB has got you covered!

Check out this fun bike fashion video from their Bike to Work Week launch party.

The week wraps up on Friday, October 30th with a Halloween Bike Wrap-up Party at Oxford Properties’ Oceanic Plaza.

Everyone is welcome to join HUB staff, volunteers and sponsors for free treats, hot chocolate, bike repairs and costumed fun.

Find HUB on Facebook and Twitter and
use the hashtag #BTWW to join the online conversation!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Share the Road Challenge 2015

Share the Road Challenge

Erin and Dave from TravelSmart participate in the Share the Road Challenge 2015

It was a Mad Max showdown (I’m a bit dramatic) of bikes versus transit versus car with HUB’s 9th annual Share the Road Challenge!

It all took place on Wednesday, May 20th with the finish line in downtown Vancouver.

Teams of three (one car, one cyclist, one transit user) started from locations across Metro Vancouver, leaving at the same time with the same amount of distance to travel to see who would get downtown first.

There were teams from Car2Go Vancouver, Vancity Buzz, Dish Jeans & Duer Denim, eProdigy Bikes, Modacity, The Georgia Straight, TravelSmart, Two Wheel Gear, Vancity, the Vancouver Airport Authority and the City of Vancouver with Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Councillors Andrea Reimer and Kerry Jang.

The results? In six out of eleven teams, cyclists reigned supreme!

Councillor Andrea Reimer took first prize for the City of Vancouver for her 14-minute trip on the SkyTrain from Commercial Drive.

Mayor Gregor Robertson came in two minutes later on his bike.

Councillor Kerry Jang placed last with a 22-minute drive in his car.

Even our very own TravelSmart team participated! They came in from the West End, with the bike commuter arriving in just 11 minutes while transit came in second with 20 minutes.

Remember, Bike to Work Week starts today!

Don’t forget to sign up at BikeHUB.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Bike to Work Week is May 25-31!

Grab your helmet and your wheels and let's ride!

Grab your helmet and your wheels and let’s ride!

For some, the idea of biking to work is attractive but also a bit intimidating. What’s the best route, what to wear… and who else will join me?

That’s why there’s Bike to Work Week each spring and fall! It’s the perfect opportunity to try out cycle commuting in a fun, friendly and rewarding way.

This spring Bike to Work Week is May 25-31 and registration is free at BikeHUB.ca.

When you create your account and log your bike trips, you become eligible to win over $15,000 in amazing prizes, including a trip for 2 to Europe! The more you bike, the greater your chances of winning.

To cheer you on and help you out along the way, TravelSmart and HUB are sponsoring over 50 celebration stations across Metro Vancouver, where you can load up on free coffee, snacks, maps, bike service, and encouragement!

You can register for Bike to Work Week on your own but it’s even more fun with a team of coworkers! Get together with some of your colleagues and register as a team for a chance to win extra prizes.

HUB provides tons of resources to help promote Bike to Work Week at your workplace.

Use the TravelSmart map to find bike routes around your home and workplace.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to bike the whole way and you don’t have to bike every day. The important thing is to get your body moving and have fun!

Don’t forget to stop by the FREE Bike to Work Week Wrap-Up Party and BBQ at Creekside Park on Friday, May 29th from 4pm-7pm.

Visit TravelSmart and BikeHUB to learn more about the health benefits of cycling and for tips on getting started.
Remember – whatever the weather, ACTIVE is better!

Author: Adrienne Coling