Burrard Bridge approach from Kitsilano via York St

Vancouver Cycling Infrastructure: New walk and bike Burrard Bridge approach from Kitsilano via York St

The City of Vancouver just keeps on improving the cycling infrastructure, making life safer and more fun for everyone who bikes in the city.

Here’s a video about the new walk and bike Burrard Bridge approach from Kitsilano via York St. The video is by alexwarrior1, who has hundreds of great cycling videos on his YouTube channel. Not just about Vancouver, but also about other cities, including Portland and Copenhagen.

Burrard Bridge approach from Kitsilano via York St2I highly recommend subscribing to alexwarrior1′s YouTube Channel! On a rainy day, you could cheer yourself up for hours by watching his cycling videos. It’s almost like you’re biking the routes yourself! And he’s right on top of new developments in our cycling world, such as this new Burrard Bridge approach from Kitsilano via York St.

 

 

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Protected Bike Lanes Benefits

Protected bike lanes are sometimes controversial. I don’t understand why. Protected bike lanes have so many obvious benefits. And the places which have the best cycling infrastructure are safer for all, and have the most polite cyclists (Copenhagen is a good example).

The benefits of protected bike lanes include:

  • 89% fewer injuries to cyclists
  • Safer for motorists and pedestrians too
  • Good for business – for example, 9th Avenue in New York City had a 49% increase in business after protected bike lanes were installed. In Toronto, pedestrians and cyclists spent the most money.
  • More people would cycle if there were more protected bike lanes – which would be good for traffic levels, road wear-and-tear, pollution, and public health.

Transitized produced the poster below, which summarizes all the benefits of protected bike lanes. Transitized encourages people to share and publicize it. Go to their web site for a downloadable PDF to save and share.

Benefits of Protected Bike Lanes

 

 

 

 

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How Many Calories can you Burn Cycling on an Electric Bike?

Can you burn a lot of calories while cycling on an electric bike?

I have often wondered about burning calories on an electric bike, because I sometimes use a regular bike and sometimes use an electric bike (I prefer the electric bike for very hilly routes and very long rides).

Ron Wensel with a Pedal Easy Electric Bike 2Well, I recently met a brilliant bike engineer – Ron Wensel, shown above with one of his bikes. Ron has proved that you can burn almost as many calories on an electric bike as on a regular bike. Continue reading

Bike the Blossoms Bike Ride in Vancouver - Average Joe Cyclist

Bike the Blossoms in Vancouver, 26 April

The annual Bike the Blossoms Ride in Vancouver is just around the corner!

It is presented this year by Velopalooza and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Bike the Blossoms Ride offers the opportunity to cycle along a well-marked route, enjoying the new cherry blossoms, in the company of many other relaxed and happy cyclists. It starts from 11 a.m., with the departure point at China Creek South Park, which is at the corner of East Broadway and Clarke Drive.

Note that Bike the Blossoms is not a bike race. You can start when you want and stop when you want. Participation is free. When we do it we love to stop along the way for lunch and coffee.
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Bear in mind that the date is subject to change by Nature – so keep an eye on Velapalooza’s web site. Continue reading

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How to Report a Road Maintenance or Safety Issue to the City of Vancouver

CVG not so temporary detour - Average Joe CyclistHow often are you riding along on your bike and you think – somebody should DO something about that? It might be a deep pothole, a blocked cycle route, or an uncontrolled crossing at a busy intersection. It’s happened to me a thousand times, and I finally found out who to call – in the hope of getting someone to DO something about it. Continue reading

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#ReplaceBikewithCar – There was a Time when we DID replace Bike with Car

The current fear and hatred of cyclists is being parodied by the hilarious #ReplaceBikewithCar Twitter campaign. But what most people don’t realize is that just over a hundred years ago, most road-users hated motorists just as much as many motorists today hate cyclists. A century ago, bikes WERE in fact replaced by cars in the frightened, angry rhetoric of most road users.

bike don't drive - Average Joe CyclistYes, really – not so long ago, almost all sensible people were afraid of cars. In the early 20th century, cars were seen as dangerous menaces, a threat to civilized means of transport, like walking, biking, and horse-drawn carriages. Today, most people seem to see people on bikes as dangerous, while thinking of cars as a sensible means of transport.

It’s  fascinating to look back to the arrival of motors cars, and see how  people resisted cars as fiercely as some people now resist bikes. Continue reading

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Vancouver’s Seaside Bike Route from Coal Harbour to the Maritime Museum, Part 2 – an Average Joe Cyclist Guide

Route: Seaside Bike Route, Vancouver, BC

Surfaces: almost all paved

Difficulty level: very easy, almost all flat

Safety level: very safe, all off road

Distance: 15.8 km one way

Type of bike required: any, but a hybrid, mountain bike or cruiser would be the most comfortable

Suitable for: the whole family on bikes; also trikes, walkers, inline skates and wheelchairs

Congestion: can be very busy during peak, sunny hours. Gloriously quiet on an early, sunny weekday morning (starts to get busy around 10.00 a.m.)

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Part 1 of this post is about the Seaside Bike Route from Vancouver’s Convention Center to the exit from Stanley Park (the red part of the route on the map on the left). This post is Part 2, about the Seaside Bike Route from the exit from Stanley Park to the Maritime Museum (the red part of the route on the map on the right). To go to Part 1, just click on Map 1. To read about Part 2, just keep on scrolling down!

Map Seaside Route Part 1 Average Joe Cyclist

Vancouver’s Seaside Bike Route, Part 1 (the part in red)

 

Map Seaside Route Part 2

Vancouver’s Seaside Bike Route, Part 2 (the part in red)

 

 

 

 

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Bikes and Blossoms: Vancouver in the Spring

Bikes and blossoms 1 average joe cyclistSpring is finally, really here. I saw the first sleeveless-cyclist on Granville today! And the trees are blossoming.

Just went out today to photograph some of the beautiful cherry blossoms, and everywhere I went, there were bikes and blossoms – happy days! Here are some photos taken at Burrard and Melville. Continue reading

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Panasonic Mid-Drive Bike Motor on Emotion BH E9502 Race Bike – An Average Joe Cyclist Product Review

Panasonic Mid-Drive Bike Motor on Emotion BH E9502 Race Bike

Average Joe Cyclist BH-emotion bike on back of Fiat 500I have loved my BionX bikes for many years (see BionX 350 reviewed here). But I am fickle when it comes to bikes, and I have to admit that I now love my Emotion (Easy Motion) BH Race Bike even more. This is a bike that enables me to look cool (or at least FEEL cool) and ride far and fast.

Average Joe Cylist Tricross and BH bike of Fiat 500 2The BH Emotion looks like a handsome, sleek road bike. And it handles like a stiff, responsive road bike. However, it does have a secret: a crank drive electric assist bike motor concealed under a chain guard, powered by a lightweight Panasonic battery on the seat tube. The photo above shows the bike on the back of our Fiat 500, without battery. As you can see, it looks exactly like a regular bike – only better! On the right you can see my BH Emotion and my Specialized Tricross on the back of our Fiat. Seriously, can you even tell which one is an electric bike and which one is a regular bike?

The BH Emotion bike is powered by one of Panasonic’s legendary mid-drive bike motors.

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Seaside Bike Route, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Seaside Bike Route from Coal Harbour to the Maritime Museum, Part 1 – An Average Joe Cyclist Guide

Route: Seaside Bike Route, Vancouver, BC

Surfaces: almost all paved

Difficulty level: very easy, almost all flat

Safety level: very safe, all off road

Distance: 15.8 km one way

Type of bike required: any, but a hybrid, mountain bike or cruiser would be the most comfortable

Suitable for: the whole family on bikes; also trikes, walkers, inline skates and wheelchairs

Congestion: can be very busy during peak, sunny hours. Gloriously quiet on an early, sunny weekday morning (starts to get busy around 10.00 a.m.)

Average Joe Cyclist Rating: Gold Bike-Star!

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This is Part 1 of this post, about the Seaside Bike Route from Vancouver’s Convention Center to the exit from Stanley Park (the red part of the route on the map on the left). Part 2 is about the Seaside Bike Route from the exit from Stanley Park to the Maritime Museum (the red part of the route on the map on the right). To go to Part 2, just click on Map 2. To read about Part 1, just keep on scrolling down!

Map Seaside Route Part 1 Average Joe Cyclist

 

Map Seaside Route Part 2

 

 

 

Vancouver’s Seawall is a multi-use recreational route, located in the downtown core of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Seawall begins at the Convention Centre at Coal Harbour on Burrard Inlet, then loops around the magnificent Stanley Park, goes along English Bay past the Old Pavilion, follows that up with an impressive arc around False Creek, then winds past Granville Island and ends up at Vancouver’s Maritime Museum.

Awesome Views and Endless Activities Continue reading

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