Tag Archive: Vancouver

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Hostels can be ‘lux’ for just a few bucks

West Coast accommodations debunk myths and welcome families TOFINO, B.C. — It’s a characteristically wet, winter day and, as a Whalers on the Point Guesthouse visitor, you find yourself faced with a difficult… Continue reading