Summer is finally here and warmer weather brings bright mornings and motivation to try something new. If you've been toying with the idea of cycling for transportation, now is the time!
We've pulled together a few handy tips to make your journey simple and enjoyable.
1. Easy does it
Pick a day that works best for you. If you're someone who feels energized after the weekend, Monday might be a good day to start. Commit to one day a week, building from there.
2. Consider your route
Through our Bike to School cycling safety programs we have instructed thousands of students on how to bike safely, and helped hundreds of new riders balance, pedal, and steer for the first time. However for some riders hopping on a bike has always posed an extra challenge; students with physical and cognitive disabilities may face additional barriers to participation, but with the help of specialized equipment and support they too can achieve success. Read on to learn about two adapted cyclists, Jared and Liam.
As the temperature dips, and more often than not, we wake up to the sound of rain sprinkling the streets, some of us contemplate leaving our bikes at home for our daily commute. Combining biking with transit can make your commute more manageable; hop on the bus in the morning and cycle home, take the Skytrain for the first leg of your journey, bike to the Seabus instead of walking. The multi-modal possibilities in Metro Vancouver are seemingly endless!
To help you navigate the different options, we’ve created a Bike + Transit cheat sheet below.
So you’re a fair-weather cyclist considering taking the plunge into wet weather riding - you’ve come to the right place. Good news, the kilometers you’ve already logged will help with this foray into fall and winter riding, and don’t worry, we were all newbies once. Your first step is to identify what’s different about cycling in the “off-season”. Here are a few keys tips to consider to keep you safe and dry during Vancouver’s most famous season:
Imagine arriving in a new country - everything is different. A new language to learn, a different culture to discover, and you’re still learning how and where to find a job, shop for groceries, and meet new friends. This is the situation many immigrants and refugees find themselves in when they first arrive to Canada and begin their new lives in the beautiful City of Vancouver.
HUB members are passionate individuals, families and organizations who are committed to making cycling in Metro Vancouver safer and more accessible to everyone!
Many people assume that our bike education courses are just for kids but we have classes for people of all ages and abilities because you’re never too old to discover the joy of cycling.
As cyclists, we do our best to keep ourselves safe on the roads, and keep our valued machines from being damaged or stolen. But have you ever thought about what would happen if your bike were stolen, or if you were to get in an accident or even cause one? Insurance to cover these three events (theft/loss, accident/injury, and liability) can support you. Visit our insurance page for more info and details on insurance providers who specialize in cyclists.
New to Metro Vancouver? Never ridden on city streets? Cycling skills a little rusty? There are a lot of different reasons why people take our $10 and $20 Streetwise courses, but one thing is always consistent - they walk away with a newfound confidence for cycling. Don’t believe us? Read Tracy’s story of how a Streetwise course helped her.
One of the most fun discussions to have with a fellow bike-lover is about favourite routes but we want to start a different debate - what’s your worst route?
You know, the one you avoid because the bike lane suddenly disappears? That route which would cut your commute time in half, if only you didn’t have to put your life on the line by cycling along a highway shoulder? The ride that you want to take your kids on but feel it is too dangerous for you, let alone a 10-year-old.