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Kitsilano.ca Seeks a New Biking Blogger

bikeCycling is a hot topic in Kitsilano, especially with all the hullabaloo over the Kitsilano seawall bike path. We’re looking for a hot-blooded, devoted bike commuter to tackle the issues that arise biking in Vancouver. Blog topics can range from general bicycle-themed issues, to current events, gear and meet-ups.

Requirements: A passion for cycling. A strong opinion.  A clear voice. A knowledge of bicycle gear and routes. A commitment to blogging every two weeks.

Email us if you’re interested. It’s first come, first served. And thanks to our former biking blogger Anthony Floyd for a terrific two years! 

Kitsilano Remains Deeply Divided over Point Grey Road Closure

9404313On January 18, Point Grey Road between Macdonald and Alma streets closed to through traffic for vehicles. This is part of the controversial $6-million Kitsilano greenway plan that will link Burrard Bridge to the western beaches with a bike/pedestrian route.

Cars are being diverted along Macdonald and encouraged to use 4th Avenue, Broadway, 10th Avenue or 16th Avenue to proceed farther west. Read more…

Cargo Bikes: Haul Stuff on Two Wheels

@sunrise604 hauls a Christmas Tree home by bike

@sunrise604 hauls a Christmas Tree home on her Surly Big Dummy

Cargo bikes made a bit of a splash in the news last week when the Associated Press ran a story on some Seattleites and how they use their bicycles to haul kids, groceries, and other bulky items.

Cargo bikes have always intrigued me. They seem like the logical next step for someone who uses their bicycle to commute back and forth to work: a bicycle that you can use to get things other than yourself around the city. When I drop my kids off at school, there is a parent who glides up on her Yuba Mundo with a kid or two on the back, and I look on enviously. Read more…

I Am a Cyclist

Cyclist CollageLanguage is important. Words are important. We need to refer to things with labels, and in labeling things we often pack a lot of meaning into a single word. One of these loaded words is “cyclist”.

A recent article in Gizmodo, of all places, discusses how using the word “cyclist” is dangerous and how saying “people on bikes” could be safer — safer as in improving the physical safety of people. The central argument of the the piece is that the word “cyclist” brings to mind a certain stereotype: lycra-wearing, speed-racing, law-breaking, expensive bikes and gear, hyper-competitive people. Read more…

Kitsilano Bike Path Controversy Continues

Hadden Park signI’ve purposely ignored the controversy surrounding the Park Board plan to upgrade the bike route from Vanier Park to the new on-road portions of the Seaside Greenway on Pt. Grey Road beside Kitsilano Beach Park. Earlier this week, however, the Vancouver Park Board agreed to abide by an injunction application put before the BC Supreme Court against construction in the park pending a challenge brought by Kits Point resident and historian Megan Carvell Davis.

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B.C. Supreme Court Stops Controversial Bike Path through Kitsilano Beach Park

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For the moment, the B.C. Supreme Court has halted the controversial bike path set to run through Kitsilano Beach/Hadden Park.

As reported by The Province:

Today a B.C. Supreme Court order was issued, barring the city from paving a path through Hadden Park, before a hearing on the legality of the plan. The lawsuit was put forward by historian Megan Carvell Davis. Davis believes city plans for a three-metre wide paved path through the middle of the park violates the terms under which park land was gifted to the city in 1928, by Harvey Hadden. Read more…

An Introduction to E-Bikes

Bionx E-Bike HubOver the next few posts I will be discussing e-bikes: cycles that have electric motors to assist you pedalling your bike around the city. This first post introduces the e-bikes and ICBC rules, and I will discuss the e-bike riding experience in a follow-up post.

As Vancouver continues to build more active transportation infrastructure some of the things I hear more often are comments like:

  • Not everyone can ride a bike
  • I’d use my bike more often, but Vancouver’s so hilly
  • I’d bike to work, but I don’t want to arrive sweaty
  • I’d bike to work, but it’s too far to ride

Read more…

Does Building Bike Lanes Cause an Increase in Cycling?

Today’s column takes a look the “If you build it, they will come,” phenomenon popularized by the 1989 baseball drama Field of Dreams.  An interesting graphic was circulating on Twitter last week showing the dramatic increase in cycling in New York City, and a simultaneous increase in bike lanes.

The implication in the subsequent discussion was that the increase in cycling was related to the increase in bike lanes. There have been similar discussions about increases in cycling in other cities, such as Seattle and London, and the increase in bike lanes in those cities. Read more…