Year Round Cycling

Happy 2020, Vancouver!

To kick off the new decade, we have partnered with the City of Vancouver to celebrate folks who cycle year round.

Starting Monday, January 6th, we will profile a person every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over the next month and share their #YearRoundCycling story.

To start, we thought we’d introduce you to some year-round-cycling staffers in Transportation Planning like Mike, Justine, Ryan, Alyshia and Lindsay. They all cycle year round to get to work. Alyshia, for instance, commutes 3km while others like Ryan ride 12km one-way from Burnaby.

Their reasons for cycling during all four seasons include the convenience, consistent travel time, and exercise.

Are you considering cycling year round? Tips for a smooth winter-time ride include waterproof clothes and plenty of lights - Ryan says you can never have too many!

Check out more stories below about people who celebrate cycling year round! We will update this page regularly throughout January 2020 so be sure to check back often.

Do you ride year round? Share your story here and you could be featured in our #YearRoundCycling celebration stories.

Join the conversation by using the hashtag #YearRoundCycling on TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

 

Year Round Cycling Profiles


 

ALICE and RUBY are helping us launch our #YearRoundCycling celebration!

Alice has been cycling year round for about 12 years while two-year-old Rubi has been out on a bike her whole life. Alice commutes from Kits to Metrotown five days a week and does almost all of her errands (groceries, appointments, playground) on her bike. To make the ride a bit easier, Alice converted her cargo bike to an e-bike.

 

"I love riding in Vancouver - it keeps us healthy, gets us outside, saves us money, and I believe it's good for our communities. Riding is also cheaper than driving and faster than transit. We like being outside every day and we like being part of the cycling community. I want my daughter to have memories of being outside instead of in a car."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SCOTT is a long-time Vancouver cyclist, who uses a recumbent bike and trailer for all of his trips in and around central Vancouver.

Despite dealing with the challenges of severe arthritis, Scott uses his bike for everything – shopping, visiting friends, appointments, trips to the farmers’ markets. He also likes to get out of the city for pleasure rides when he can. His reasons for cycling: exercise, saving money and reducing his environmental footprint.

Over the years, safety has become Scott's focus.

"I used to be one of those cyclists you see out in traffic even on a busy street, but these days I will take a longer route if it minimizes interactions with vehicles."

Scott’s pro tip: “Get good clothing, plan and check out your routes beforehand to avoid nasty surprises, and be willing to get a little wet on occasion. You will soon dry out!”

 

 


 

For the last six years, ANDRES has been commuting from Mt. Pleasant to Coal Harbour (5km each way) every day. Outside of work, he also bikes to most places whether it's for errands, meeting friends or going to events.

For Andres, #YearRoundCycling means freedom, fitness and convenience.

"Cycling is free, you get a work out and it's good for the environment. I also like not being dependent on transit schedules. Particularly in the winter, buses tend to be more full, meaning you may have to miss a bus or two before you can get on."

Andres' pro tip: “You don’t need top-of-the-line gear. For the cold, for me it’s all about the right gloves and ear muffs.”
 

 


 

LISA has been #YearRoundCycling for about 20 years. She works seasonally and at different locations so her commute varies from 4-25 km of biking, often combined with transit. But she bikes 3km every day to get the kids to school – even in the snow.

She prefers to cycle because it’s faster than transit, often faster than driving, and her commute times are more reliable. It’s also more fun.

“I often bump into people I know & can chat with other cyclists as we ride the same way. The exercise is better than a cup of coffee to wake me up in the morning & it's pretty much carbon neutral to boot. Cycling is also much easier & more comfortable than walking for me because of my osteoarthritis.”

And with good rain gear and studded tires, Lisa is ready for almost anything.

Lisa says most of the gear you'll need to ride in the winter you probably already own if you live in Vancouver - a raincoat, rain boots, gloves.

Lisa’s pro tip: ”Figure out what bugs you the most when you ride in the winter (Cold fingers? Rain on your hair?) and solve that first. I recommend pogies for cold hands. Studded snow tires are great for the ice and light snow that Vancouver tends to get. Put them on when the forecast goes below zero. Since you only use them a month or two a year, they'll last many seasons!”

 

Do you ride year round? Share your story here and you could be featured in our #YearRoundCycling celebration stories.