Bike to Shop Days

Bike to Shop Days is a free community event that celebrates cycling for transportation and demonstrates how fun, convenient and affordable it is to make trips by bike. On June 1st and 2nd, participants can join guided rides, visit celebration stations and win tons of prizes. At our celebration stations registered participants are able to get their bike tuned up, get tips on how to carry items by bike, learn what other community organizations are doing for the cycling community and win prizes! 

By participating in Bike to Shop Days you're helping HUB Cycling gain valuable data that we can share with local businesses and decision-makers. We want to show stores and city planners the importance of bikes as an attractive, active, ecological and economical mode of transportation as we push for increased bike infrastructure on commercial streets. Thanks for helping us make that happen! 

 

Event Details and Registration

Bike to Shop Days took place from Saturday, June 1st until Sunday, June 2nd with events running all weekend.

Registration included:

- Entry to win our grand prize..stay tuned for more info.

- Access to Celebration Stations across Metro Vancouver where you can score refreshments, free bike tune-ups, giveaways and tips on carrying things by bike!

- Access to our free guided rides taking place throughout the weekend. More info coming soon.

- Support of HUB Cycling in our effort to get more people on bikes. The more people that register, the stronger our cycling voice is when we advocate for better infrastructure. 

 

Weekend Activities

- Celebration Stations: Refuel at our celebration stations across Metro Vancouver with snacks, free bike tune-ups, tips on how to carry items by bike and prizes!

- Guided Rides: Join the HUB Cycling community on a guided bike ride throughout the weekend. More info coming soon!

- Show Your Support: Ride to local stores in your own community and use the hashtag #BiketoShop!

Celebration Stations and Discount Provider Map

Check out the celebration stations from 2018. 2019 map coming soon! 

Please click on the drop down menu at the top left corner for more details of weekend events. Please note that this map is from 2018. Our 2019 map will be coming out soon.

 

Guided Rides

HUB Cycling hosted three guided rides throughout the weekend to celebrate Bike to Shop Days! All ages and abilities are welcome. This is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community, get some exercise, and explore a new place! Looking forward to riding with you in 2019 - more info coming soon!

Get Involved

Register your business

Bicycles and local businesses make a great match! People that shop by bike choose businesses closer to home, shop more frequently and often spend more money over time than those who drive.

Businesses can participate in Bike to Shop Days by making our Bike Friendly Business Pledge and showing our community and decision makers that you support bikes! All Bike Friendly Businesses will be added to our online map that will direct shoppers into your store, giving you great visibility and access to thousands of shoppers throughout the event. Bike Friendly Business decals will be available to participating merchants. 

Volunteer

Thank you so much to all the incredible volunteers who helped out at the event. We had a ton of fun with you! Volunteer for Bike to Shop Days 2019 or get involved with our other events. You'll be part of an incredible community organization and will also receive an invite to our volunteer appreciation party! Fill out this form or email us at events@bikehub.ca if you're interested in helping out. 

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! We’ll be giving away prizes for the best photos submitted over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #biketoshop and @wearehub!

Bike to Shop Days Videos

 

 

Thanks to our incredible sponsors City of Vancouver, Vancity, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and TransLink for making these videos possible! 

Resources

Check out more tips on carrying items by bike:

Read our guide for some helpful reminders to keep you biking to shop all year round.

How to Bike to Shop

Momentum Weekly Article on Biking to Shop, Cargo Bikes and more! 

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Cargo Bike

Cargo Bike Buyers Guide

Find our more about the relationship between bikes and business:

Small Businesses are Learning to Love Bike Lanes

Are Bike Lanes Good for Small Business

'Part of an evolution': Downtown business partners with cycling group

Info on TransLink's Secure Bike Parkades

To make shopping by bike even easier, TransLink has built secure bike parcades so now you can park your bike and hop on the SkyTrain! Located at Main Street–Science World and King George SkyTrain stations, Bike Parkades are indoor parking facilities where customers can lock up their bike for the day.

The glass-walled facilities are lit 24 hours per day and are equipped with video cameras and convenient access 7 days a week. Only customers who enroll to use Bike Parkades can access the facilities. 

How to Enroll

- If you don't already have one, get a Compass Card and register it on compasscard.ca.

- At the bottom of the “My Cards” tab under “My Programs,” click enroll in Bike Parkade.

Cost

When you enroll, your credit card will be charged $8, which will be added as Stored Value to your Compass Card. You can use it to pay for transit trips or Bike Parkade usage. It costs $1/day to use our Bike Parkade facilities, with fees capped at $8/month. You can use one facility multiple times per day without incurring a new charge. If you use more than one facility, there will be a $1/day charge for each facility. Don't forget to bring a lock! More information on the bike parkades can be found on TransLink's page here.

FAQs

There aren’t any celebration stations in my neighbourhood but I’d like to participate. Can I bike-to-shop in my area?

Absolutely! Anyone in Metro Vancouver can register free for Bike to Shop Days to be eligible for the grand prize. You can be part of the event just by showing your support and biking to your favourite shops from June 1st-2nd. We'd love it if you logged your trips with us or used the hashtag #BiketoShop and share your trips with the community! 

Do I need to log my shopping trips to be entered to win prizes?

This year you can will be eligible to win prizes by registering free or by logging a trip. Stay tuned for our registration details!  

I work for a business that would like to get involved. Who should I contact?

We’d love to hear from you! There are a number of ways businesses can support Bike to Shop Days - offering prizes, food and beverage donations, or sponsoring a celebration station in your community Email us at events@bikehub.ca and we’ll be happy to chat about these opportunities with you.

When is the deadline to register to win?

Register by midnight on Sunday, June 2nd and you’ll still be entered to win our grand prize. 

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!