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MEC Great Rides: ride the Bikennale on Sun Oct 4!

<i>Walking Figures</i> by Magdalena Abakanowicz, one of the Vancouver Biennale sculptures to see on the Bikennale tour. (Photo from the <a href=>Vancouver Biennale</a>.)

Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz, one of the Vancouver Biennale sculptures to see on the Bikennale tour. (Photo from the Vancouver Biennale.)

MEC, TransLink and the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition have teamed up to offer some Great Rides this summer—four fun bike tours that let you explore the festivals, city centres, and lovely country lanes of Metro Vancouver.

The last ride is this Sunday, and takes you on a tour of the sculptures installed for the Vancouver Biennale, a 21-month-long celebration and exhibition featuring some of the world’s most prominent sculptors.

You’ll get to see the sculptures in many Vancouver neighbourhoods: the full route runs through Vanier Park, Gastown, the West End, along the Seawall, and to Van Dusen Gardens.

Register online for the Bikennale now: it’s $15 to sign up online and $20 to sign up on the event day (but free for those 16 and under!) Online registrations are also entered to win a set of Axiom panniers with a rack.

Your fee gets you a vegetarian BBQ at the end of the ride, free refreshments at many stops along the route, and help from bike mechanics to keep your bike in top shape! You also get free admission to the Van Dusen Gardens.

Check in for the ride at Vanier Park (1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver) between 10am and 12:30pm. The short version of the route is 13 km, and the full route is 36 km, and it concludes at Vanier Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out the Bikennale event page for all the details!


  • By zack, October 2, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    No wonder I saw those “Amaze-ing Laughs” sculptures at the West End. I was just heading down to the beach when all of a sudden I these ridiculously funny sculptures. So, I decided to join what I would like to call the “Laughing Exercise” loool :D

  • By Kathy, October 2, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

    Thanks for the post! To clarify, everything is included in the ride except the barbecue – veggie items will be available for a small fee ($2-$3 each).

    Also, there will be lots of live performances along the way and bands at the wrap-up at Vanier Park!

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