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Whistler Gran Fondo 2012

Location Stanley Park, Vancouver
♫ Bicycle Race by Queen

After a bit of a break for the summer (to ride my bike, naturally!) I’m back with a few highlights of one of BC’s biggest cycling events: The Whistler Gran Fondo.

The third edition of the ride featured over 6,000 cyclists making the (mainly uphill) ride from downtown Vancouver to Whistler— 122 km in total.

If you like those numbers, then check these out. The race included, at my count:

  • 40 bikes with flat handlebars
  • 1 tandem bicycle
  • 1 recumbent bicycle (yes, its rider had a long beard)
  • 0 unicycles (unfortunately)
  • 1 purple tu-tu

Congrats to Marvin Guzman (or was it James Scale?) for taking first place overall, and Leah Guloien for winning the women’s category!

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Gastown Grand Prix

The week before last was BC Superweek, and Thursday featured the return of the Gastown Grand Prix after a four-year absence.

A bit of a change from the usual throngs of tourists in historic Gastown!

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A Bike Ride Through Vancouver: 2012 Edition

In 1974, Hans Spima took his Braun Nizo Super 8 camera, equipped with an intervalometer, mounted it on his camera, and went for a ride around Vancouver. Nearly 40 years later, he rigged up a machine to transfer the images from film to his computer and posted the result on Youtube for the world to see.

In 2012, my wife and I took my Canon Powershot D10 camera, hacked with an intervalometer script, mounted it on my camera, and went for a ride around Vancouver. A couple of weeks later, I transferred the images from the memory card to my computer and posted the result on Vimeo for the world to see.

We tried to recreate the route as closely as we could. We mostly succeeded— I’ll leave it to you to figure out where we didn’t. Here’s the route we mostly took.

A Look at Vancouver’s Downtown Bike Lanes

→ Photo from StreetsBlog.

Yesterday, staff at the City of Vancouver released a report recommending that the bike lanes on Hornby Street, Dunsmuir Street, and Dunsmuir Viaduct should be made permanent fixtures in Vancouver’s transportation infrastructure.

The recommendation is based on a few factors, not least of which is the increase in ridership on these (and Burrard) bike lanes since they were installed and the increase in safety along the bike routes.

The report goes before council later this month, and I’m hopeful that they will adopt staff’s recommendations.

Let’s take a closer look at the report — embark with me, if you will, on a wonderful journey of statistics and graphs! (I promise it will be better than it sounds.)

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Bicycle Show ‘n’ Shine

Today was the 19th Annual Spring Nationals: Bicycle Ride and Show ‘n’ Shine, hosted by Toxik Design Lab in Richmond, BC. It was a beautiful day and there were heaps of beautiful bikes on show.

Thanks to Toxik for putting on a great day!
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Robertson on Handling Insults

If you’re like me and the federal budget this week has you a bit down, here’s some comic relief courtesy of Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson.

Enjoy your rides this weekend!

Universe: “Seriously, Don’t Drive Downtown”

I should have known better, and I’ve been kicking myself about it. Why did I drive downtown instead of taking my bike? I can’t really explain it but I know I won’t anymore.

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Review #1: Hornby Bike Lane

Location Northbound on Hornby Bike Lane, Vancouver
♫ Train Robbin’ Scoundrels by Train Robbin’ Scoundrels

This is the first installment of a new series of reviews of cycling facilities close to home and anywhere I can hop on a bike. My goal is to describe the user’s experience of these facilities, and hopefully suggest some helpful adjustments to make them better.

Let’s roll.

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