Tag Archives: Cycling in Vancouver

Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver just held its’ Eighth Annual Share the Road Challenge. There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit .

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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Vancouver Will Have North America’s Largest Smart Bike Share

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMiami based CycleHop is already operating bike share programs in more than 100 communities and universities in the United States and Canada.  New programs are currently under development in Long Beach (CA), West Hollywood (CA), Atlanta (GA), Cleveland (OH),  and Louisville (KY). However the biggest news comes  from across the border where, according to the city’s Manager of Street Activities, Scott Edwards, Vancouver will have North America’s largest smart bike share.[1.  Roy L Hales interview with Scott Edwards, the City of Vancouver’s Manager of Street Activities]

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Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 48 events across Metro Vancouver. More than 6,300 people registered through HUB Cycling’s website, a 47% increase over last year. They logged over 260,000 km, enough to circle the earth 6.5 times! Those are a few of the highlights of Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week (October 26-November 1).

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How Vancouver Will Adopt 100% Renewable Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s Renewable City Strategy has been released. The city currently obtains 31% of its’ from clean energy sources. Though the Acting City Manager says he finds it “hard to imagine a city without fossil fuels,” he “enthusiastically supports” this plan.  How Vancouver will adopt 100% renewable energy by 2050 .
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