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Links and tidbits – January 21, 2013

It’s that time for another Links and Tidbits! Here’s a fun video about the 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal (see below) via YouTube.

Links and tidbits is our semi-regular roundup of interesting tidbits and links about transportation from the last week or so. If you have links to contribute, put them in the comments, or email us!

 

  • A crowd-sourcing transit app with the tag, “Want to choose the fastest, least crowded route every time? moovit – social GPS for public transport”. Will it take off? Well, not in Canada unless they add it to the countries they cover. Here’s more on it.

 

  • Gordon Price writes about China giving up on motordom. There’s a lot of investment going into using more buses in the Chinese urban environment, but will it cure the purchase of automobiles?

 

  • In case you missed it earlier this month, the London Underground turned 150 (loads of neat stuff if you click on the link)! It incorporates the oldest section of underground railway in the world, which opened in 1863. Google even made it their doodle of the day. The BBC also has some great underground pictures and Transport London has some greats links as well!

 

  • Another historical note is the 100th birthday of Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The New York Times wrote a nice piece on the beautiful and historic building (as well as the video above).

 

  • Who says trolly bus wires are an eye sore? This photo of trolley wires and blue sky by Roland Tanglao shows them as a thing of beauty.

 

  • For fans who like to sit at the front of the SkyTrain and watch the world go by, here’s a collection of SkyTrain videos that capture that very experience!

 

  • We always love a good photo of our vehicles, but it’s important to stay safe while you take that perfect photo or video. Let these videos be cautionary notes to those who want to get as close as possible to their favourite train or bus.

 

 

Tips for snowy travel in winter 2012

Snowy Metrotown Station, from December 18, 2012!

Well, the powers that be say 5-10cm of snow will be coming tomorrow (December 19, 2012), so it’s time to dust off our reminders for travelling in snowy weather!

As a quick overview of what might happen: buses generally find it hard to reach locations in higher elevations, and HandyDART may also be affected, since it typically goes to locations away from normal bus routes. And of course, heavy heavy snow can make it hard for all vehicles to travel.

So again, hopefully this isn’t news to you, but if you are planning on taking transit on a snowy day, there are a number of things you might do to prepare for your ride. We listed a bunch of them in the November 2009 print Buzzer, and they include:

  • Have a transit plan in place, so you know your options for alternate routes, if any
  • Check the weather before you go out
  • Leave extra time for your journey, in case of delays (start out early or leave early if you need to get somewhere)
  • Bundle up for cold weather and wear appropriate footwear so you don’t slip
  • Hit the bathroom before you travel, in case of delays (so important!)
  • Be aware that hilly areas may have delays as it’s harder to get through
  • Move to the back of your transit vehicle so others can board

For our part, we’ll try to get you the latest info on the transit situation through a number of channels:

  • The most up-to-the-minute, detailed source is our TransLink Twitter account!
  • See our mobile site for major alerts and the Twitter feed while on the go
  • Visit our Alerts page
  • Customer Information at 604-953-3333 (may be very busy on a snowy day)
  • For info on West Vancouver Blue Bus, please call 604-985-7777
  • The big video screens on the Expo/Millennium/Canada Line platforms
  • Radio and TV announcements, like our transit updates on CTV Morning Live!

You can also view more TransLink snow plan coverage in these links: here’s a 2011 media release, and 2010 media release.

Safe travels to everyone! We’ll be working hard to keep the system on track!

Watch for The Buzzer bloggers on CTV Morning Live!

Our very own Robert Willis on CTV this morning!

Just a quick note: did anyone catch Robert on CTV Morning Live this morning?

You weren’t seeing things! A few of your humble Buzzer bloggers will now be providing occasional morning transit updates for the region on TV.

Both Robert and Tina Robinson, another of our Buzzer contributors, will be filling in from time to time when Derek Zabel, TransLink’s regular CTV Live correspondent, needs a much-deserved break.

And if you’d like to keep up, Robert will be on TV again on Monday, December 24, 2012 and Tina will be on Dec 27, 28, and 31, 2012 :) Feel free to drop a note and tell them how great they look on television!

Compass card: more about the region’s new fare system

Look look: we’ve rolled out a bit more info about Compass card today!

Check out the video above and our updated Compass card site. You’ll find more detail on how to use your Compass card on the system, safety and security features, and more.

You can also read a comprehensive Vancouver Sun article spotlighting the Compass system, which has a very interesting video!

Feel free to let us know your feedback in the comments and we’ll do our best to get answers. (Are you spotting Compass readers installed on your local bus yet? Here’s one out in the wild!)

Fun poll results: 87% prefer a quiet ride on transit

Inspired by a Vancouver Sun article, we asked you on Tuesday whether you liked a quiet transit ride, or wanted more interaction.

And after 167 votes, the winning answer was clear: 87% said they preferred a quiet ride!

Unlike the lament we heard in the Vancouver Sun, just 8% of you said you wanted more interaction, and 7% said “Other.”

The comments, as always, gave us insight into why quiet is preferred. Here’s Nick:

I enjoy having a quiet ride in the mornings because I’m pretty much half-asleep on my way to school (I’m sure others may feel like this, too).

I find that transit is more live with conversations with people going places in the midday and I like that chatter. I sometimes engage in some small talk with fellow passengers and that seems to brighten my day!

We also posted this question on Facebook and responses there shared the same sentiment. Here’s Angela Elizabeth:

Quiet time~~ I don’t even want to talk to my friends when I’m on transit. I need my personal time with my music to de-stress.

I’m shy in public and open places like transit, so I prefer to meet people in specific social settings like at events or a pub.

Don’t assume people are cold or rude just because they don’t want to talk to you. They are probably shy, or may even have social anxiety. Or they are just not interested in being your friend. Sometimes (often) random people who come up to you are creepy, or give off a creepy vibe.

But some did enjoy more interactions. Here’s Donald:

I typically like quiet, but someone started a game of catch with a little foam ball on the 160 bus one time and that was so fun. A dozen people were participating, myself included. :)

And ??? raised an interesting point: haven’t we always been this way?

With regards to interaction. What does it upset people when we read electronic screens, but we don’t criticize people who read books in transit? 10 years ago reading was celebrated, but today it’s a fault?

Too true! Anyway, check out our past poll post and our Facebook post for more discussion on this topic! And feel free to keep chiming in below :)

Fun poll: do you prefer quiet on transit?

Many riders turn to their phones on transit!

Do you keep to yourself on transit? Or would you rather be interacting with others?

I thought we’d tackle the subject today, as Pete McMartin has a Vancouver Sun article this morning called “Alone in a crowd on transit.” From the article, Pete seems to say that we withdraw on transit, and it’s something he laments. A quote from the end:

No one talks. The train jounces along, screeching on the long curves. We settle glumly into the rhythm of the train — the deceleration before stations, the disembarking passengers shouldering through the crush, the closing doors and the rising hum of the quickening train. Langara. City Hall. Yaletown. Downtown. The train gradually empties out. It slows to a stop at the Waterfront station, and a man, already laden with a vague weight, allows the cabin to clear before he steps out on to the platform. He has not uttered a word the entire 20-minute trip, and has never looked into the face of another passenger or said a kind word to anyone, even though he has thought it would be nice if he or someone did. As he watches the last of the passengers hurry out of the station toward the day’s work, he thinks:

When did we become so afraid of one another?

But I’ve also seen quite a response to the article around the web, saying just the opposite. Here’s a few comments from a much longer Reddit discussion:

Yes! There’s nothing better then a nice quiet bus ride in the morning the slowly wake up. The AM is me time. (link)

Completely agreed. Nothing wrong with a bit of human noise, but also nothing wrong with people just being themselves.

Hell, I’d rather a chill time on the train than having to deal with people trying to chat me up while I’m reading with headphones in. (link)

Fun poll time!

So here is where I turn it over to you! Take our fun poll, and tell us what you think in the comments. I’ll report back with the results on Friday!

Do you prefer a quiet ride on transit, or do you want more interaction?

  • I prefer a quiet ride on transit (86%, 146 Votes)
  • I'd like more interaction (8%, 13 Votes)
  • Other (7%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

And before I set you loose for discussion, I should also highlight that retreating into privacy on transit isn’t a Vancouver phenomenon, or something that happens in only this time period. For example, here’s a quote from a Slate article about subway psychology:

By 1971, Erving Goffman, in his book Relations in Public, was noting that a ritual of what he called “civil inattention” had taken hold on the subway as in other spheres of city life: We acknowledge another person’s presence, but not enough to make them “a target of special curiosity or design.” Or, as the authors of the essay “Subway Behavior,” (in the book People and Places: Sociology of the Familiar) put it, “subway behavior is regulated by certain societal rules and regulations that serve to protect personal rights and to sustain proper social distance between unacquainted people who are temporarily placed together in unfocused and focused interaction.”

OK! Have at it!

Broadway rapid transit: the view from TransLink

A lineup for the 99 B-Line.

As you may know, there’s been much discussion about rapid transit along Broadway to UBC in the news today!

That’s because the City of Vancouver staff made a presentation recommending endorsing a subway out to UBC along the Broadway corridor yesterday. There’s been an ensuing discussion about what the right technology is and what UBC would also like, and that’s triggered a great number of articles like the ones here: CKWX, Globe and Mail 1, Globe and Mail 2, Vancouver Courier, Metro, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, and 24 Hours. (And blog posts: Stephen Rees, Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs.)

The view from TransLink

All this aside, from TransLink’s side, we’re well aware that rapid transit is needed on Broadway to meet their immense demand.

However, we’re also conscious that cities in Metro Vancouver are eager to make investments all across the region to help meet their transportation needs. In 2013, we’re planning to facilitate a regional dialogue to figure out those investment needs and tradeoffs. (The process will help develop the sequel to our Transport 2040 long range plan!)

And as well, we are in the process of finishing the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, a study that identified and evaluated a range of options for rapid transit on Broadway. (We’re also finishing a simultaneous study in Surrey.)

When the studies are concluded by early 2013, we will have a better understanding of the benefits and tradeoffs of different solutions that have been evaluated and consulted on publicly. Please do look at the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study site, or the Buzzer’s past UBC Line study posts!

For those studies, both TransLink and the Province of BC have been jointly looking at the rapid transit options, in close partnership with agencies including the City of Vancouver and UBC, among others. And their perspectives will be valuable input into the coming regional dialogue about transportation investment needs.

I’ve also pasted the image below of all seven options that are being considered as part of the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, for those interested:

The full range of options being considered for the UBC Line along the Broadway corridor.

Links and tidbits – November 22, 2012

A great viral video with a great message from Metro Melbourne about dumb ways to die, many of which involve transit! Read more »

Full details of proposed 2013 bus service optimization changes are now online: send us your feedback, or come to an open house!

See the detailed proposals and complete the online questionnaire

Service optimization helped us do more with less in 2011. Click for a larger version!

Hey hey: the full details of our proposed 2013 bus service optimization changes are now online!

To see PDF diagrams of each proposed service change, just visit the Service Optimization consultation page, and click the name of each consultation date.

Then once you’ve had a look, click the Take the Questionnaire button on the same page and give us your feedback!

First three open houses are this week!

 

As mentioned two weeks ago, we’ve also scheduled a series of open houses around the region where you can come talk optimization in person. Here’s the details for this week’s events:

Nov. 20, 2012 – Vancouver
Affected Routes: 2, 22, C21, C23
Time: 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – Room B
Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, V6Z 2W3

Nov. 21, 2012 – Coquitlam
Affected Routes: C24, C29, C30, C38, 153, 159, 177, 179, 189
Time: 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Evergreen Cultural Centre – Studio Theatre
Address: 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, V3B 7Y3

Nov 22, 2012 – New Westminster
Affected Routes: 101, 154, C98, C99
Time: 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Royal City Centre – Community Room
Address: 610 6th St., New Westminster, V3L 5V1

Seven more open houses are planned: here’s the full list of dates and venues.

Feel free to share any questions below and we’ll get answers for you!

Heads up: SkyBridge closed for morning of Sunday, Nov 18, 2012

The SkyTrain crosses the SkyBridge from New Westminster to Surrey.

Heads up! As mentioned in the November 2012 Buzzer, SkyBridge will be closed for maintenance from start of service until early afternoon 9:30 am on Sunday, November 18, 2012,.

SkyBridge connects Columbia Station in New Westminster with Scott Road Station in Surrey, so please plan for 10-15 minutes extra travel time to go between theses stations! During repairs, we’ll provide shuttle buses between these stations instead. Impact to the rest of the system will be very minimal.

What’s being repaired? Well, the work is taking SkyBridge to new heights. Crews will use a hydraulic jack to lift the SkyTrain track structure­—which weighs about the same as 180 vehicles—about one to 1.5cm above the columns so they can replace two bearings.

Bearings transfer weight and movement between the track and the columns beneath it. The bearings are original to SkyBridge (installed in 1992) and need to be replaced. Each new bearing is 3×3 feet in diameter and weighs about 300 pounds!

Here’s a few photos of the bearings below! Click each photo for larger versions.

New 555 bus rides over the Port Mann on Dec 1, 2012, and more bus changes coming Dec 3

Langley MP Mark Warawa, Minister of Transportation Mary Polak, and TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis help launch the new 555 bus service at the new Carvolth Exchange in Langley!

A big announcement today! Starting December 1, 2012 commuters in Langley and east Surrey can now ride the new #555 bus over the Port Mann Bridge!

The 555 will take commuters between the new Carvolth Transit Exchange and Park and Ride on 202nd Street in Langley and Braid SkyTrain Station in New Westminster.

The details on the 555

Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender and Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese with a coach showing the new 555 route sign..

The 555 is planned to operate seven days a week, and will run every 10 minutes in each direction during peak periods—Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.—and every half hour the rest of the time, with the last bus leaving each terminus at 11 p.m. It’s expected to generate 3,000 to 4,000 boardings per day.

You’ll have several options for connecting to the new service at the Carvolth Transit Exchange and Park and Ride:

  • Taking transit: the #388, #501, #502, #509, #590 and #595 will now connect to Carvolth.
  • Cycling: there will be 10 bicycle lockers at Carvolth with rack space for 10 more bikes. Locker rental information here!
  • Carpooling: 15 designated carpool vehicle parking spots will be assigned through a lottery system; carpoolers must register online at travelsmart.ca by December 7 to be part of the lottery.
  • Getting dropped off: 14 spaces have been designated “kiss-and-ride”
  • Driving: with 650 regular parking spaces, 14 wheelchair-accessible vehicle spaces and 10 motorcycles spaces.

Please be aware that Carvolth will cost $2 a day to park there, to help provide efficient space. But as an introductory offer, parking will be free for all vehicles until March 31, 2013!

More bus service changes coming December 3, 2012

December 3 also marks the start of our regular winter bus service changes, where we adjust our service to better match demand.

Make sure to read the full list of December 3 service changes here! The highlights include:

  • Late-evening trips on the #502 Surrey Central Station/Langley Centre have been heavily used, so two more trips will be added leaving Surrey Central at 9:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., extending 15-minute frequency by an additional hour.
  • Midday service on the #410 22nd St. Stn/Railway in Richmond will increase to every 10 minutes instead of every 12 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • To better match transit ridership with demand, and provide more efficient service, the #153 Coquitlam Rec Ctr/Braid Stn and #157 Coquitlam Rec Ctr/Lougheed Stn will now be served by Community Shuttles on weekends and holidays.
  • Midday service on the C40 Port Coquitlam Station/Meridian is being cancelled due to low customer usage.

For more information…

Remember, you can find the full list of December 3 service changes here!

As well, on the go, you can find up-to-date transit information in real time by visiting TransLink’s mobile website.

If you have any questions about your particular trips, feel free to contact our Customer Information line at 604-953-3333.

And please do share this info with anyone who might be affected!

Many fares to increase on January 1, 2013

The fare increases taking effect on January 1, 2013. Click for a larger version.

There’s really no easy way to say this: most of our fares will be going up as of January 1, 2013.

You’re going to start seeing ads around the region soon, but here’s a chart above also showing the new costs as of January 1. (Click it for a larger version!)

Here’s the key details on the actual increase:

  • Almost all fares will rise except for all adult FareSavers and some AddFares. Here’s the full list of fare changes, including West Coast Express fare increases.
  • The Most increases reflect the cost of inflation over the past five years, at a rate of 2% per year.
  • Cash, DayPass, and short-term West Coast Express fares haven’t increased since 2008.

Why are fares going up?

This is actually a scheduled increase to fares, and was originally outlined in our 2010 Funding Stabilization work plan, aimed at supporting our operations and keep the system in a state of good repair.

That plan was approved by the Mayors’ Council in 2009 and the fare changes were reaffirmed by TransLink’s Regional Transportation Commissioner in April 2012.

Put more simply, this increase helps sustain our expanded system, which includes services like the Canada Line, and service coming on line like the bus over the Port Mann Bridge, and new B-Line service on King George Boulevard.

For more info, you might be interested in the TransLink Commissioner’s report on these fare increases, which provides a lot of background.

A couple of things to bear in mind

Remember that your monthly FareCards are tax-deductible!

As well, here’s the press release we put out about the increases. It includes some facts about transit that are worth repeating here:

  • Fares make up 33% of TransLink’s revenue.
  • In 2011, TransLink served 233 million rides; 14 million of these rides were delivered at no extra cost by moving existing resources to where they were needed most and serve more customers.
  • TransLink has added or is adding 109,000 new service hours, including a new express bus service over the Port Mann Bridge and new B-Line service on King George Boulevard.
  • TransLink’s service area is almost 3,000 square kilometres, making it one of the largest and most unique in North America. TransLink is the only transportation authority to provide an integrated network of services that traverses urban areas, agricultural land, protected greenspace, mountains and water.
  • 80 per cent more rides have been served over the last decade with only 45 per cent more service.
  • In the last three years, transit ridership has outpaced population growth—a 17-per cent increase in ridership compared to a six-per cent increase in population.
  • As a result, transit’s share of all trips taken in Metro Vancouver has grown by 40 per cent over the last 10 years—from 10 per cent to 14 per cent.

All our best to the transit systems in the New York area!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) YouTube channel posted this video about what the results of Sandy.

If you’re watching the news or have friends and family on the North East United States and the central and eastern provinces, you’ll know that the post-tropical storm Sandy is causing a lot problems. That includes public transit.

We saw this tweet from the The Port Authority of NY & NJ (@PANYNJ).

A tweet from The Port Authority of NY & NJ
































Our hearts goes out to the people who live in these areas and we hope for a quick return to normality soon.

Cycling is at its highest levels yet in Metro Vancouver: more insight from our trip diary survey

Cycling trips and bike mode share in Metro Vancouver, 2011

As Bike to Work Week kicks off this week, we’ve got a plethora of cycling stats for you from the 2011 TransLink trip diary survey.

(As you might remember from last week’s post about popular modes of travel in the region: we do a trip diary survey with over 22,000 households in our region every three to four years, building “snapshot” of a day of Metro Vancouver transportation. We’ve been analyzing the results of the 2011 trip diary now, and we wanted to share what we’re learning about the region with you over the coming weeks and months!)

It turns out cycling is at its highest levels yet in Metro Vancouver, making up 1.8 per cent of trips in the region. That’s 106,500 trips per day, with 55% to and from work!

Again, our press release has the highlights:

The number of bike trips has grown faster than the Metro Vancouver population

  • The total number of bike-only trips increased 26 per cent between 2008 and 2011, from 84,300 to 106,500; while the regional population increased 5.8 per cent from 2,186,200 to 2,313,000. Notably, the number of bike trips in the City of Vancouver increased by 35%
  • 55% of bike trips were to and from work

Bikes are integrating into the transportation network

    As well as the 106,500 daily bike trips, another 6,200 bike trips were combined with other transportation modes:

  • 65% connecting with transit
  • 18% connected with a car as the driver
  • 13% connected with a car as the passenger
    Cyclists are making use of TransLink’s integration of cycling into the overall system:

  • All buses are equipped with bike racks
  • Bikes may be brought onto SkyTrain or West Coast Express (with restrictions as to the number of bikes per car and time of day)
  • Lockers available at most SkyTrain stations and many park-and-ride facilities

Who cycles?

  • 75% of people who bike are between the ages of 25 & 64; that age group makes up 62% of the general population
  • Men are still more likely than women to ride: 71% of cyclists are men
  • Experience with other cities shows women are more likely to ride bikes where there are networks of traffic-protected bikeways.

Region-wide, there were 4.9 bike trips per 100 residents per day.

  • Vancouver (combined with University Endowment Lands) had the highest rate of bike use: 12.1 trips per 100 residents, with the heaviest concentration of bike use along the Broadway Corridor
  • Richmond/Delta: 3.4 trips per hundred
  • North Shore: 2.8
  • Burnaby/New Westminster: 2.6
  • Langley/Surrey/White Rock: 1.7
  • Northeast Sector: 1.7

It’s great to see an upward trend, but there is definitely still lots of potential! The region’s long-term vision, as outlined in the Regional Cycling Strategy, is a 10% cycling mode share by 2040—the trip diary notes that 22% of motorized trips were shorter than 5 km, and many of these trips could be converted to bicycle trips. And TransLink market research from 2010 indicates that nearly 50% of people in the region cycle sometimes, with 25% of people cycling at least once week in at least one season and another 22% cycling at least once a year.

The full briefing paper and graphs for sharing

As always, for all the details, download this in-depth briefing paper, which shares the analysis we’ve done regarding regional mode share based on the trip diary results. You can also see (and share!) these spiffy graphs developed from the info below. (Click to enlarge each one!)

It’s again very useful to know how our region’s doing, especially as we’ll be discussing our 30-year long-range transportation plan in the coming year or so. Feel free to ask us any questions!

Bike to Work Week 2012: behind the scenes at a (rainy!) commuter station with Kristin

TransLink staffer Kristin Lillyman at the Robson Bike to Work Week commuter station in front of Whole Foods!

It’s Bike to Work Week this week! And we’ve asked intrepid TransLink staffer and HUB blogger Kristin Lillyman to share her experiences of the week through the Buzzer blog. Here she is!

HUB’s Bike to Work Week (BTWW) is here!There are commuter stations located throughout the region to celebrate biking to work. By participating, you not only show your support for cycling infrastructure improvements and investment, but you can enter to win awesome prizes, enjoy free coffee, or get a bike tune up.

This morning from 6:30am – 8:30am, I was volunteering at the Robson Street Whole Foods Market BTWW commuter station with Lindsay O’Donnell from Whole Foods and Jonathan Duncan from Norco. We were busy chatting with cyclists and providing fuel for the road, including yummy freshly baked muffins! Jonathan was at the station as the bike mechanic, helping commuters by providing free maintenance, tune ups, and advice.

This morning was a wet one and we had roughly 25 cyclists come through, compared with about 65+ during the Spring BTWW. Robson Street isn’t particularly popular with cyclists, and many of the cyclists came out of their way to visit us. Rain or shine, the commuter stations always have a positive vibe and everyone is excited to stop by and chat. The commuters I met this morning were biking from all over the region –from the North Shore, Port Moody, Burnaby, and East Vancouver. They were all pretty happy when they saw friendly faces and a dry place to stop and refuel.

    Road-ready tips: Kristin and her fellow bike commuters share some quick helpful hints for biking to work!

  • From Jonathan: Lube your chain to keep your bike running smoothly. Jonathan recommends wiping off the excess lubricant when you lube up your chain – otherwise the chain gets sticky and collects even more gunk.
  • Plan your route to include the commuter stations to get free snacks, coffee, bike tune ups, and more!
  • All you really need is a bike, a helmet and bell (it’s the law), lights and a good attitude.
  • Fenders will help prevent you and your bicycle from getting filthy and wet from the puddles on the road.
  • ‘Rain resistant’ may not be enough this time of year, consider investing in ‘water-proof’ instead.
  • Check out a bike map to plan your route, or ask a colleague/friend to show you a good route.
  • Combine transit with cycling. You can take your bike almost everywhere on the system and the entire bus system is equipped with racks! Operators and fellow riders are very nice about it and I have honestly never had a negative encounter due to traveling with my bike.
  • Sign up online to track your commutes and for a chance to win prizes!

How Kristin started cycling…

My cycling story goes back a few years ago, before I became a ‘bike enthusiast’ and volunteer for HUB. I purchased a bike to ride recreationally, enticed by the seawall and ocean views. I quickly rediscovered my love for life on two wheels and started going beyond the seawall, using my bike to go from one place to another. It had opened up neighbourhoods to me, it was freedom, and I was exploring places I had never been before and having fun while doing it. When I started to work in Burnaby, the 17 kilometer commute each way just seemed too far. I didn’t have the fancy gear that I thought was necessary for commuting by bike.

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