UPDATE: Cycling to Vancouver over the Fraser River on the Port Mann bridge

A ride report with photos on how to cross the Fraser River by bicycle using the Port Mann Bridge. The new bridge has a separated bike lane that safely connects the city of Surrey to the cities of Coquitlam and, onwards, Vancouver.

Cardbordeaux: living, cycling, and culture-sampling in the southwest of France

I met two people in an Indian laneway who told me they lived in a chateau in the southwest of France. “Do you think you might be willing to stay at our place and watch our cat?” they asked. “You had me at ‘chateau'” I replied. Here’s the blog.

Solo motorbike trip a metaphor for learning

Vancouver writer Ulrike Rodrigues explains why RRSP stands for “Registered RECREATIONAL Savings Plan” to The Globe and Mail’s Gail Johnson.

Symba the Honda Cub travels: 2000km on a 100cc motorbike on backroads BC, Canada

In summer 2014, I loaded my little Symba motorbike with camping gear and set out on a solo adventure around western Canada. It was fun, scenic, nothing bad happened, and a few guys asked for my phone number. Here’s the blog.

Travel, cycling, and common sense lead to a new job at Norco Bicycles

Cycling and career change in Globe and Mail Business What do you want to do when you grow up? If you’re like me, maybe you want to to get paid to read, write,… Continue reading

Cycling to Vancouver over the Fraser River using the Port Mann bridge

UPDATE: You can now safely cycle on the Port Mann bridge. This older story describes access to the bridge in 2013, when the bridge was still under construction.

How I can afford to own a condo in Vancouver (it’s all about the bike)

Cycling and real estate in Westcoast Homes magazine Earlier this month, media reported that Vancouver is the world’s second least-affordable city to live in. It reminded me that Steven Threndyle of Westcoast Homes… Continue reading

Cycling Spain’s Mallorca and Menorca – photo gallery

Bring a folding bicycle to Spain’s Mediterranean islands I’ve just returned from a one-month, bike-accompanied trip to Spain and Portugal. Originally I intended to leave my bike behind and use the Barcelona Bicing… Continue reading

Cycling for exercise, meditation, and transportation = more bang for your buck

Riding a bike to work in Chatelaine magazine This spring Sarah Boesveld of Chatelaine Magazine and chatelaine.com interviewed me to hear why I like to ride a bike. You can read her entire… Continue reading

Little 100 bike race photo gallery

100 laps, 50-year-old bikes: Vancouver’s annual vintage cruiser cycle race Bike culture in Vancouver continues to thrive and grow. I’ve been involved with the vintage cruiser scene for almost 20 years, led by… Continue reading

3 cycling adventures in BC

A sampler of British Columbia bicycle trips What do you want from a BC bike trip? Rolling island hills, century-old forests, abandoned mining towns, sun-warmed wineries? I’ve cycled all these routes and they… Continue reading

The cycling community in Vancouver

5 things you didn’t know about our cycling community Is there a doctrine, a standard, a secret handshake?  Is there a place where all cyclists meet, or a holiday that all cyclists observe?… Continue reading

How to ride a bicycle in Vancouver

Tips, tricks, facts, and jabs from Vancouver’s cycling community by Ulrike Rodrigues Vancouver cyclists are everywhere. If you’re in traffic, we swirl around you. If you’re on the seawall, we glide past you.… Continue reading

A train and folding bicycle adventure in Western Canada

“Is that a FOLDING bike?” In autumn 2007, I did a one-month train and bike journey around British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba with fellow bike adventurer, Michelle Eisele. I was on assignment… Continue reading

How To Job Search by Bicycle

A cyclist’s checklist for pounding the pavement I’m looking for work—a place where I can be smart, passionate, persuasive, and unapologetically car-free. But as I freshen up my career website and surf the… Continue reading

Adventure Lite: books, music, links

Mitey Miss suggestions from An Introduction to Adventure Lite Thanks for coming in out of the rain and sharing the world of Adventure Lite with me this past weekend at Seattle Bike Expo!… Continue reading

Paul Bogaert: the Bike Doctor will see you now

Vancouver bike shop owner and activist puts fun first By Ulrike Rodrigues Larry Ruble is considered a bike industry guru who knows a good thing when he sees it. In 1982, the Mountain… Continue reading

What I know for sure

Can we share an Oprah moment? I ask because a hefty issue of O Magazine kept me company on a recent bike trip in September and one of its topics kept bouncing around… Continue reading

Top 25 sidewalk cafés on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

A local’s opinionated guide to the best sidewalk cafes! Each listing includes the cafe’s name and website, a snapshot of what the patio seating looks like, gossipy commentary, and the cafe’s address with cross street.

Why ride a bicycle? For abuse and for tea

A typical cyclist muses on a typical day “You cyclists,” spat a driver as I caught up to his beat-up hatchback at a red light, “You ride around like you own the streets,… Continue reading

A Biased Bike Travel Packing List

A gal’s guide to packing panniers for a cycling trip People fuss over bike travelers and how brave, adventurous and fit they are. But really, a bike traveler is just someone who wonders,… Continue reading

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is Whistler’s quieter sister

Historic hotel stays calm during the Olympics “You know what the trouble with getting old is?” Laurence bends to pour a coffee, then straightens to let a younger server squeeze by in the… Continue reading

Does Cycling Make Me Sick?

Published in the January/February 2010 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people. Life on the edge (of traffic) has its pros and cons Last spring I shared My Dirty Little Secret that… Continue reading

Good drivers, bad cyclists and a new kind of traffic

Published in the November/December 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people. Do bicycles change the way we communicate? I was really looking forward to my dental appointment – the adjustment to… Continue reading

Willie Weir: confessions of an adventure cyclist

[Published in the September/October 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people.] Bicycle traveler’s new book describes experiences, not logistics “I am not an avid cyclist,” admits Willie Weir in his new… Continue reading

Cycling Goa, India with Hostelling International

[Published in the August 2009 issue of Goa Today Magazine] Backroads “Slow Goa” tour targets cyclists and activists Visitors have toured Goa by car, motorbike, bus, boat and train; but now – thanks… Continue reading

Social media sprout a social cycle club in Goa, India

Published in the July/August 2009 issue of Momentum Magazine. How an average cyclist became an accidental activist in India Here in Vancouver, Canada, I consider myself just another person in the city who… Continue reading

Cycling Culture in Vancouver

Published in the Spring 2009 issue of Vancouver Review, a nationally distributed quarterly magazine that focuses on ideas, culture and arts from Canada’s West Coast.  A collaboration with Museum of Vancouver‘s June –… Continue reading

Bike-Friendly Guelph Initiative on Earth Day

Bicycling in Guelph something to celebrate Published in the April 21, 2009 feature section of Canada’s Guelph Tribune, a Metroland Media Group Ltd. publication. Guelph, Ontario — I blame it all on Guelph.… Continue reading

Live and cycle in Goa?

Sure, read all about it on my blog  Girl Gone Goa: travel, sex, magic and cycling in an Indian State. I wrote over 60 stories on life in Goa as a single woman… Continue reading

Cycling and Calvin Klein collide at the beauty counter

Face, meet the world of the food and beverage hostess “What you need,” Christopher murmured, peering into my face, “is a silicone primer.” Oddly, he wasn’t talking about bike frames. I had run… Continue reading

“Slow Food” bike tour in Pemberton, B.C.

Sample locally-grown produce and West Coast scenery by bicycle Slow Food Cycle Sunday is a free one-day tour organized by the community of Pemberton (north of Whistler, Canada) to increase awareness and appreciation… Continue reading

Cycling Alberta’s Trans Canada Trail and Iron Horse Trail

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Klunkerz: Billy Savage’s MTB flick goes DVD

Now on film: the bikes, parties and people that made mountain bike history It’s not something you should watch by yourself, Klunkerz. The independently written and produced DVD by fat-tire aficionado Billy Savage… Continue reading

A “gonzo” rail and bike trip around Western Canada

Being on a train is like riding a bicycle: it’s slow, social, historic, and rebellious What is it about trains? And what was it about a train journey into western Canada that yanked… Continue reading

Dahon’s Speed TR and MU XL fold for bus and rail travel

Folding bikes lead to greener pastures “Hey!” bellowed a voice across the Jasper train platform, “Is that one of those collapsible bikes?” Michelle and I had just gotten off VIA Rail’s westbound line… Continue reading

Gary Fisher: down from the mountain

Mountain biking scenester sees fun and profit in city cycling trend It’s not unusual for a few of us at Momentum to gather around a table at Gastown’s Irish Heather, order some meat… Continue reading

Interior slopes offer fun on or off skis

Four B.C. resorts serve up inventive programs for family fun in the snow Chris Keam is a single parent who’d like to introduce his daughter to the joys of skiing—gently. “I’d really just… Continue reading

Cycling New Zealand photo gallery

“Why cycle North Island?” asks an incredulous Auckland bike mechanic True: it’s expensive, hilly, and the cars drive really fast. But I cycled a few areas of the North Island independently for a… Continue reading

Joe Breeze: on naked bikes and self-propelling prophecies

MTB pioneer admits trail biking was a “diversion” from his real passion It’s not even lunch time yet and Joe Breeze has already blown my mind. Breeze ~ who with Gary Fisher, Tom… Continue reading

Cycling Belize’s temple-to-temple tour

A 7-day, 750-km bike race through the jungles of Central America Published in the February 25, 2006 Travel section of Canada’s Globe and Mail. View photos. Caracol, Belize — Eight cyclists scrambled up the… Continue reading

Cycling Belize photo gallery

Paved roads join Mayan temples to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east Belize is a small country in Central America, just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (“Mayan Riviera”). I traveled… Continue reading

Keep it natural with “green” sex products

Put some environmentally virtuous lovin’ into your healthy living Published in the February 2006 issue of Shared Vision Magazine. Designer Christi York was thinking about her organic lifestyle one day, when she had… Continue reading

Nootka Sound aboard the cargo ship M.V. Uchuck

Cycle across Vancouver Island, then soak up the history on a working vessel When people ask why I go where I go, I tell them it’s “part curiosity and part stubbornness”. The curiosity… Continue reading

Slow and serene off Nootka Island

Bears, sea otters and marbled murrelets show paddlers the Nuchatlitz way NOOTKA ISLAND, B.C. — The afternoon sun glints sharply off the rolling blue swell south of Rosa Island and it’s difficult to… Continue reading

Whale Watching in Vancouver

Vancouver operators guarantee sightings with departures right out of the city Thinking of hauling your out-of-town visitors to Tofino for some whale-watching? Think again. This summer, four local tour operators are guaranteeing sightings… Continue reading

Cycling Vancouver’s Central Valley Greenway

Vancouver area multi-use trail offers a bushwhack to bikers willing to explore The name “Still Creek” may not quicken the pulse of southern B.C.’s white water paddlers; but the blackberry thorns that line… Continue reading

Cycling Cuba photo gallery

Cycle from Varadero to Vinales along the Circuito Norte Got two weeks for a holiday? Sit on a bike instead of a barstool! I discovered fourteen days is plenty of time to explore… Continue reading

Healthy sex is all in the talk

If you’re not tied up this weekend, Vancouver’s kink community would like to tell you a thing or two about safe, sane, consensual sex.

Blood, Blisters and Bears: one woman’s Odyssey Tour

A 1,600 kilometre expedition by kayak, foot and bicycle through B.C.’s north ISKUT, B.C. — Gregg Drury is a Minnesota-raised outdoorsman, social activist and eco-entrepreneur who ~ I discovered ~ has a lot… Continue reading

Practical Dances for Travelers

When you travel with someone, you learn how to share a trip’s rhythm The Canadian customs line was moving slowly. Most of the passengers coming up from Seattle on the Greyhound waited sleepily… Continue reading

Soloists Team Up to Beat Singles’ Fees

Would you like a good spanking? Would you? Because if you’re single and like to travel, expect to get spanked hard when you go to pay for that fabulous all-inclusive holiday. In addition… Continue reading

Roger’s Pass and Me

A web-footed West Coaster ponders snow, slush, and sickening spins on black ice I’ve lived in Vancouver for thirteen years and naively believed I’d left winter driving behind. It waited for me one… Continue reading

Heading for the Hills? Then Get on the Bus

Stress-free snow bus services to B.C. mountains for when you’d rather ride than drive Mittens firmly in the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, I was driving behind a Greyhound bus one winter morning… Continue reading

Village Hostels on the Sunshine Coast

Three coastal “backpacker B&Bs” welcome budget travelers north of Vancouver I used to sell panniers at Vancouver’s Bike Doctor and when novice cyclists would come in and say they were going to spend… Continue reading

Merridale Cidery in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island

Family-run apple orchard grows, squishes, ferments and pours their own ciders Terry and I were waiting on the corner of Granville and Broadway for the #601 bus to take us to the Tsawwassen… Continue reading

Cycling to Pitt River Hot Springs

Vancouver-area pools are accessible by boat and bicycle ~ but not by car [Updated July 2009. Originally published in Adventure West Magazine, October 2004. Photos by Luke Moloney. ] My trusty B.C. Backroad… Continue reading

Urban Orienteering on the Central Valley Greenway

The spring I turned 35, I found out that four ligaments join the bottom half of my leg to the top, and that when two of them snap on a damned bike descent… Continue reading

Cycling Vancouver’s Seaside Cafes

éA Two-Wheel Odyssey to a Table by the Sea Ulysses can attest that sometimes the longest journey begins with a single malt. Not long after they set out on their fabled odyssey, Ulysses… Continue reading

Monthly salons draw fans of flying solo

Where do you book an off-season college-dorm bed in Edinburgh? Which cruise lines don’t charge single travellers an extra fee for a cabin? Is it really possible to experience a fulfilling, worry-free adventure… Continue reading