Category Archives: Bicycles

Victoria’s First Dedicated Bike Lane

By Roy L Hales

There are already cyclists pedalling the city’s streets. Many of the streets have bike lanes. The Galloping Goose stretches from the Johnston street bridge to Leechtown, north of the Sooke Potholes Regional Park. Someone I met outside a coffee-house on Fisgard street said his only means of transportation, for the past twenty years, has been a bicycle. So what is the significance of Victorias first dedicated bike lane?

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Pedestrians & Cyclists Contribute To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

By Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their  revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends $15 to $20 more per month.  A University of Melbourne report pointed out (pp 38, 39) that as six bikes fit into one car park, car drivers need to spend six times as much as cyclists to produce the same economic benefit. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses. 

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Bicycles Once Again Triumphed In Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge

By Roy L Hales

Bicycles have dominated Vancouver’s Rush Hour Challenge ever since the event began,  in 2009.  According to statistics from HUB Cycling, bikes came in first 73.3% of the time, while cars have been first 16% and transit 11% of the time. This year, bicycles once again triumphed in Vancouver’s Annual Rush Hour Challenge.1

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  1. formerly known as Vancouver’s Share the Road Challenge

Bicycles Triumphed Over Cars And Transit

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver just held its’ Eighth Annual Share the Road Challenge. There were 13 teams, each composed of someone driving a car, someone with a bike and someone using transit. They started from different locations throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver, anywhere from 2.4 to 10.4 kilometres from the finish line at the downtown London Drugs. The distance did not matter, as long as each team started from the same point, because this was a race to see which form of transportation moved through rush hour traffic faster. This was the first year in which all the bicycles triumphed over cars and transit .

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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Suggest a Station for Vancouver’s Bike Share

The ECOreport passes onVancouver’s invitation for the public to suggest a station for Vancouver’s Bike Share

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe city next step in the development of Vancouver’s bicycle infrastructure is only months away. More than a thousand cities operate bike share programs, but up until this summer this has only been an idea in British Columbia’s Lower Fraser Valley. That changed last February, when Vancouver entered into an agreement with Cyclehop. The city is putting up $5 million, to operate the system for fiver years, and now members of the public are being asked to suggest a station for Vancouver’s Bike Share.

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Vancouver Will Have North America’s Largest Smart Bike Share

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMiami based CycleHop is already operating bike share programs in more than 100 communities and universities in the United States and Canada.  New programs are currently under development in Long Beach (CA), West Hollywood (CA), Atlanta (GA), Cleveland (OH),  and Louisville (KY). However the biggest news comes  from across the border where, according to the city’s Manager of Street Activities, Scott Edwards, Vancouver will have North America’s largest smart bike share.1

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  1.  Roy L Hales interview with Scott Edwards, the City of Vancouver’s Manager of Street Activities

The Growth of San Diego’s Cycling Community

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe San Diego County Bicycle Coalition has been advocating for cycling issues since 1987. As a result of their influence, there are now hundreds of miles of bike paths, lanes and trails in the county.  I recently emailed Executive Director Andy Hanshaw a series of questions about the growth of San Diego’s cycling community.

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Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 48 events across Metro Vancouver. More than 6,300 people registered through HUB Cycling’s website, a 47% increase over last year. They logged over 260,000 km, enough to circle the earth 6.5 times! Those are a few of the highlights of Vancouver’s Record-Breaking Bike to Work Week (October 26-November 1).

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Exploring Portland with Streetfilms.org

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Portland has long enjoyed the reputation of being a Mecca for cyclists, but Clarence Eckerson Jr’s documentaries show that the city’s vision goes beyond that. Exploring Portland with Streetfilms.org gives bike enthusiasts,  parents, virtual tourists, and city planners, a unique glimpse into North America’s green transportation revolution.

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