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Whether the weather, improving your health and the health and well-being of our communities, cost savings or just looking for a change, bike commuting is a great option for getting around Metro Vancouver. Part of being an organization focused on the effective movement of people and goods across our region means we are dedicated to thinking outside the box when it comes to transportation.
This means transit in our region isn’t just bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express, but also investing in cycling and cycling infrastructure like bike routes and bike parkades and bus bike racks, integration of apps to assist with multi-modal transportation, and opportunities to leverage car share partnerships to expand commuter’s point A to point B travel options.
Fall is here, and despite the rain, it’s still a great time to get out on your bike! Once again, we’ve joined up with our favourite cycling partners to help celebrate Fall Bike to Work Week from October 29 – November 4.
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:
**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
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:
- Register yourself here, and either ride solo, or join a team
- 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.
- 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
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!