Bike to Shop
Welcome to the Shop Local Challenge
Supporting local businesses and independent retailers has never been more important, and the biking boom is showing no signs of slowing down. Are you ready to show your support?
From August 7 - 20, local businesses in 15+ neighbourhoods across Metro Vancouver are offering amazing freebies, and sweet deals for people biking to their business. Half are taking part from August 7 - 13 and the other half August 14 - 20 - so you have plenty of opportunities to explore!
Registration is 100% free. Let’s show our businesses and decision makers how important cycling is for local business and for the community.
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About Bike to Shop
The goal of Bike to Shop is to showcase the positive relationship between biking and the business community.
- Shop Local Challenges are running in over 15 neighbourhoods across Metro Vancouver. Local businesses give you promotions for simply biking by! Grab some free coffee, bike fixes, ice cream, kombucha, and more.
- 11 COVID-19 compliant Knowledge HUBs will be set up across the region for you to get a free bike fix from a local bike mechanic, refreshments, swag, and enter to win amazing prizes.
Since 2016, Bike to Shop has encouraged nearly 18,000 people to cycle to explore their local businesses and areas by bike. As our communities navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, local shops and independent retailers need our business now more than ever.
By participating, you help HUB Cycling gain valuable data that we can share with local businesses and decision-makers as we push for better infrastructure.
2020 Bike to Shop
Bike to Shop 2020 ran from Monday August 24 - Friday August 28. 17 local businesses took part in our Shop Local Challenges in 3 neighbourhoods across Metro Vancouver: Downtown Vancouver, Quebec and 1st (Vancouver) and Kwantlen Farmers Market (Richmond). 1400 people registered and 800 biked into those businesses.
A Knowledge HUB was hosted at beautiful Science World with 200+ people stopping for a quick bike fix from Our Community Bikes and Velofix, snacks from Clif Bar, and picked up some sweet TransLink facemasks.
Check out all the businesses that took part in the 2020 Shop Local Challenge.
2020 Survey feedback
- 76% said they took part in the event to support local businesses and 45% took part to enjoy free cyclist-friendly goodies
- 86% said Bike to Shop encourages them to use their bike for transportation after the event
- 30% said they wanted to see the Shop Local Challenge expanded to more neighbourhoods and businesses
- 21% more people use bike as their primary means of transport after Bike to Shop
‘What did you like best about the Shop Local Challenge?’
- Motivation to visit local business that I'd never been to before (but it was on my to-visit list)
- Learning about new local businesses to support
- Friends were participating and I hadn't been on my bike all year. The freebies were our motivators. We visited Science World (Cliff Bar and bike fix), Earnest (yummy ice cream!!), Twin Island Market (can never say no to chips!!), Bonus Bakery (deelishus vegan cookie!) and Stanley Park Brewing Rest/Pub (my friends bought growlers).
- Gaining awareness of which businesses value cyclists
- Got me out of the house to get some free coffee. And chat with the business owners.
Sponsor Bike to Shop
Bring a Shop Local Challenge and Knowledge HUB to your neighbourhood. Contact Madeleine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a business in a Shop Local Challenge
Is your business located in our Shop Local Challenge neighbourhoods? Register today and get people to your business. Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact email@example.com.
Spread the word
Help people get on their bike to shop! Share ways that you like to bike to shop, products that make it easy to do so or your favourite bike friendly businesses! #BikeToShop
Find out more about the relationship between bikes and business:
Park your bike near your closest bus stop or station, at a bike parkade or bring it with you (100% of TransLink's fleet is accessible to bikes). Three different types of bike parking are available at SkyTrain stations, bus exchanges, and West Coast Express stations throughout Metro Vancouver.
1. Bike Lockers
Reserved locker for your bike. Available at most SkyTrain stations and some bus exchanges.
2. Bike Racks
Standard outdoor racks for locking your bike up. Available at all SkyTrain stations and most bus exchanges.
3. Bike Parkades
To make shopping by bike even easier, TransLink has built bike parkades so now you can park your bike and hop on the SkyTrain! Located at Main Street–Science World, King Edward, Metrotown, Commercial-Broadway, Jocye-Collingwood and King George SkyTrain stations. Bike Parkades are indoor parking facilities where customers can lock up their bike for the day. More bike parkades will be under construction soon along the Evergreen Extension and the Westcoast Express.