We totally got photobombed! Why is the guy in the back row, right hand side with sunglasses in our group shot?
The weather cooperated despite the forecast for isolated showers and we got to enjoy beautiful fall colours on our Vancouver Cupcake Ride this Saturday!
Riding the seawall by English Bay
The always charming Jeff, hands-free on his cool fixie
This ride truly showed me how bike friendly Vancouver is. The bike lane network is mostly off of busy, main arteries so you can enjoy peaceful rides without having to worry about biking close to fast moving cars. Many times, the streets were so quiet, we could ride and chat comfortably!
The best thing about these ‘local street bikeways‘ is that they extend for the entire length of the streets and don’t mysteriously end half way on a street that you are riding the way they do in Toronto. They are also very well marked so you always know that you are going the right way (something that the bike network streets in Toronto totally need to work on).
The ‘local street bikeways’ also have bike friendly crosswalk buttons that guide you across busy streets. The lights at these intersections seemed to change within seconds of us pressing the buttons.
Now I know why Toronto cyclists lament about being second-class citizens on the roads. The bike friendly infrastructure in Vancouver not only makes you feel catered to, but it makes you feel like you actually belong on the roads as a cyclist.
Clearly marked signage even on a bike/pedestrian trail
Waiting at a bike friendly crosswalk button – the button sits right by the curb so you don’t have to dismount to press it! … sorry that your eyes are closed Hannah and you are turned around Kris!
Our ride between the three cupcake shops took us up some really steep hills, through beautiful tunnels that were made of trees and on streets that were carpeted with golden leaves.
A big thank you to Jen, Jeff and Kris (and his co-pilot little Tobin) for leading the way between our cupcake stops – thanks to your knowledge of the Vancouver Bike network, we were able to ride along safe streets and arrived at each location without getting lost!
Thank you also to Natasha, Raymond, Neil, Lori and my sisters for joining me on this ride through Vancouver!
And finally a big shout out to Cindy, founder of The Vancouver Bicycle Meetup Group, who let me bypass the ride organizer training and post the Cupcake Ride to the group!
I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!
More photos from our ride here.
Despite the last minute organization of the ride, we got a few mentions on local blogs – so exciting!
• A write up on Miss604
• A mention on Lifestyler magazine
• A Japanese blog for ‘vacation rentals’: Vancouver Hideaway (where the author is very safety conscious and mentions riding with helmets a couple times in the post)