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Night Activities!


Bike the Night!

Claira Praguery Food Truck Ice CreamNara Praguery Food Truck Ice Cream
First time for me - we decided to try out the Bike the Night event, organized by Bikehub.  The ride starts at Sunset Beach downtown and goes around False Creek, past Granville Island then over the Burrard Street Bridge and back to the West End.  Our plan was to exit the ride at Granville Island so we could take the short walk home.


Getting to Sunset Beach in the West End was a bit tricky.  Plan A would be to ride over the Burrard Street Bridge, but the bridge is tall and we would probably arrive with tired kids.  Plan B was to start at Granville Island and take the bike ferry over to the downtown side and then ride along the seawall to the park.  We rode Plan B.

Staging Area
 
Queuing At The Start Of Ride
After an ice cream fuel up, we got in line on Beach Avenue for the start of the ride.  We think the ride got started a few minutes late (7:45 was advertised, but there was a distant speech at the front of the line that we didn't hear).  The ride started very slowly as packed queue slowly expanded to riding speed.  The first few hundred meters was less than walking pace.


Vancouver House Over Beach Avenue
We started on Beach Avenue and rode under the Burrard Street Bridge.  Beach Avenue is only one lane each way and pretty quite most days so this didn't seem that much different from a regular ride.  When we got to the Granville Street Bridge, we turned up under it and let out onto Pacific Street - one of the major routes downtown.

Biking Under Granville Street Bridge

Once we were on Pacific Street, we rode down the hill into Yaletown.  We had all of the East bound lanes so suddenly there was a lot of space between bikes.  The police blocked all of the intersections so we kept riding, even if the light was red.  There were volunteers and lots of people ringing bike bells as we rode past people watching us.

Entering Yaletown On Pacific StreetThe Arc From Pacific Street

Biking Under Downtown Cambie BridgesAquilini Centre South With Rogers Arena
 
Canada Flag On BCPlace
Once you ride past BC Place, the tall buildings start to thin out.  There aren't any tall buildings on the ocean side (there may be a park there some day) and the skytrain and causeways block building on the city side. 

Passing Science World
 
Hold Up In Olympic Village
The skyline gets busy again once we rode into the Olympic Village.  We had our only real bunch up on Olympic Village.  Our bike path would make the village an Island so they had to stop us from time to time to let cars get through.

Quebec Street Into Olympic Village
 
  Under Cambie Street Bridge
The last leg of the ride for us was along 6th Ave.  Again, no tall buildings (steep slope on the left, railway tracks on the right) so it feels quiet.  We got off 6ths on the access road for Granville Island and rode down to Granville Island.

Turning Onto Lameys Mill Road
  At this point, we got off the ride so we could walk home.  The kids had a great time and wished we had gone all the way.  Maybe next year!
 


Biking Under Granville Street Bridge
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Under Cambie Street Bridge
Altitude: 9m (29 feet)
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Passing Science World
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Biking Under Downtown Cambie Bridges
Altitude: 21m (68 feet)
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Quebec Street Into Olympic Village
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Hold Up In Olympic Village
Altitude: 22m (72 feet)
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Queuing At The Start Of Ride
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
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Nara Praguery Food Truck Ice Cream
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Altitude: 7m (22 feet)
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Aquilini Centre South With Rogers Arena
Claira Praguery Food Truck Ice Cream
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Vancouver House Over Beach Avenue
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Canada Flag On BCPlace
Altitude: 30m (98 feet)
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Entering Yaletown On Pacific Street
Altitude: 20m (65 feet)
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Turning Onto Lameys Mill Road
Altitude: 18m (59 feet)
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Staging Area
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
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The Arc From Pacific Street
Altitude: 31m (101 feet)
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Tags: biking(6), Vancouver(5), bridge(2), underneath(2), ice cream(2), Olympic Village(2)
People: Nara(1), Claira(1)
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