Want to post a last-minute impromptu ride? Want to be updated about impromptu rides? We’re starting a WhatsApp group for just this purpose. We’re calling these rides “Flash Rides” because they’re so spur-of-the-moment. It’s wonderful because a text can be sent out once and everyone gets it instantaneously. If a ride is cancelled, a text can be sent out to notify the group.

Everyone who wants to be part of this group need to download WhatsApp (it’s free) to their phone. Once this is done, they can email Faye their phone # and be added to the group. WhatsApp, once loaded, can be access through WiFi or data.

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The wrong way to socially distance. Plus, Kermit and Miss Piggy need to get a room.

The correct way to socially distance.

The VBC will start leading rides again after this health emergency is over. In the meantime, we are unified by doing our part to keep our physical distance. Team work makes the dream work! Stay healthy, everyone!

Pop quiz: you’re down to your last roll of toilet paper and Mr. Mood Disorder is knocking at your door, begging to be medicated. You want to hop on your bike to the store and clear your head, but how do you avoid the unwashed masses? For a born misanthrope like me, social distancing is second nature. I bring you:

Tips for Cycling during Covid 19 or Be Contrarian- Ride when and where others aren’t.

  1. Go early. There’s a world of difference between starting at 8am and 10am. Car and bike traffic are both less busy the earlier you go.
  2. Avoid shared paths. The CVG becomes a cycling and pedestrian superhighways on sunny days. Ride on the street so you can give and receive the 6ft distance recommended. There’s less car traffic in general, another reason to stick to the streets.
  3. Avoid bridges. Are you tired of some unitard-wearing mouth-breather trying to pass you on the Lions Gate Bridge? Ride somewhere bridgeless, for the same as the above reason. Exceptions include going southbound on Burrard bridge and Cambie Bridge northbound.
  4. Ride in the Rain. You’ll have the road pretty much to yourself. If you don’t ride in the rain, dear Vancouverite, you just don’t ride.
  5. Keep it Short. Unrelated to crowds, your usual stops for bathroom breaks may not be open, so plan your ride accordingly. Pack a snack and enough water.

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What’s holding you back from leading a ride? Not excessive cattitude, I hope.  Lead a ride, give back to your club, and go where you want. Help is available from experienced ride leaders in route planning, posting your ride and co-leaders.

2020 New Ride Leaders
Recently, VBC adopted a plan to encourage club members to lead rides by “requesting” all who have not lead rides to pick a month in 2020 and plan to lead a ride in your month. There are still some months open, so don’t wait to pick your month and let Teresa know to add your name below:
February:
March:
April: Dorothy
May: Gwyn
June: Toby
July: Lewis
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:

Email Teresa to have your ride posted.

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Regular Weekly Rides

Wednesday Night Pie Rides

 

The ride: We zip around the edges of Vancouver. Starting from Canada Place we climb to Prospect Point in Stanley Park, then along Beach to Science World, across to Kits, and out to UBC and back home along the bike routes of Kits.

A fast, but friendly ride with several stops to collect everyone.

Meet: EVERY Wednesday at 4:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). (Ride depends on the weather.)

Distance: About 20 to 50 km, depending on how far you ride.

Pace: Multi-paced – please wait at pre-determined spots for others.

Contact: Henry H. at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca

 

Helmets are required on all VBC rides and tours.