Friday, May 16, 2014

Bike to Work Week: May 26 - June 1

Bike to Work Week is just two weeks away! Register by May 18 (Sunday!) and you'll still be entered in our early bird registration contest

Over 50 celebration stations will be set up across Metro Vancouver this spring - stop by for free snacks, free coffee and free bike repairs! Find all the celebration stations - check out our interactive map.  

Sign up, log your trips and be part of making Metro Vancouver a better place to live, work and play - register for Bike to Work Week today.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Art Studio Bike Tour, May 11: photos

The weather was fabulous on Sunday, just perfect for our first Art Studio Bike Tour. It happened to coincide with Mother's Day, which I thought was going to bring out lots of moms. Not so. We only had 8 people altogether on our tour. It made it certainly more relaxing for me to have fewer people than expected, so I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As did the others.

The art was amazing. We saw a.o. beautiful paintings by Diane Speirs, clearly inspired by the beautiful nature in our area, lifelike wood sculptures by Bruce Rothe, made from wood found by the Fraser River and beautifully transformed into various types of fish such as, of course, salmon. Also beautiful glass dishes and jewelry by Jane McKay, more gorgeous paintings by amazingly versatile artist Elaine Booth-Kallweit, leather art by Joie Pare, and more.

  Some of the comments I received:

..."Thanks for a great day! I loved it! ...A great ride!"...

..."I wanted to thank you again for making today so enjoyable. Following the bike with the flowers turned out to be great fun! Thank you for making my mother's day one I will remember."...

Credit: Art Studio Tour
For more photos, click here.

I'd love to do this again next year. I read some interesting articles in the paper about some of the other artists in the Tour. Perhaps our next one should be in Pitt Meadows: great art, and suitably flat terrain!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Photos: our first Spring Bike Tune-up Workshop

Quite a few people had told us over the last few years that they would like to learn how to do simple repairs and maintenance on their bikes.On May 10, we finally organized a Spring Bike Tune-up Workshop at the first Haney Farmers Market of the season.

It was a rather cold and miserable day, but we actually had just the right number of people drop by with their bikes in the morning to keep our volunteer mechanics Chris and Joan quite busy.  At noon Malcolm took over from Joan, but it wasn't as busy in the afternoon. We also got help from Miles and his daughter Chantelle.

The Haney Farmers Market was celebrating its 10th anniversary, so we all got some yummy carrot cake. I also had shopping coupons to hand out to the first 25 cyclists to arrive at the Bandstand (thank you Haney Farmers Market!). I gave away most of them.  

Here are some pictures:

We were nice and dry in the Bandstand

Chris and Fred are having a talk about gears

Miles and Chantelle manning the HUB booth

Joan adjusting some brakes

Chris talking to a cyclist who's just about to depart on a solo cycling trip to Mexico

Chris fine-tuning some gears

Bill Archibald, a.k.a. the "Trail Boss" of the Haney Horsemen, dropped off some special bikes for next year's Cycle Recycle