#WhatsTheLink: TransLink Helps Make 107,000 Bike Trips Happen Each Day in Metro Vancouver

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whatsthelink#WhatsTheLink is a series about all that TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority, is responsible for in the region. Join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. These guest posts are written by Robert Willis.

#WhatsTheLink: TransLink Helps Make 107,000 Bike Trips Happen
Each Day in Metro Vancouver

whatsthelink-cyclingBike to Work Week is time to celebrate and participate in healthy commuting to work and school by bike. And this year TransLink is helping people make that healthy cycling choice by making it easier to jump on two wheels five or more days a week.

This week we’ve added the first TransLink secure bike parking area in Metro Vancouver! To celebrate the occasion and all the riders who are joining the legions on cyclists in the region on bike, we’re giving away two very special prizes!

#WhatsTheLink and the new Secure Bike Parking

Cycling is part of TransLink’s mandate as the transportation agency of Metro Vancouver. TransLink is responsible for providing cycling options in the region and connecting cycling to the wider transportation system of Metro Vancouver. This includes public transit, the major roads network and five bridges in Metro Vancouver.

TransLink is unique in North America as a transportation authority that links so many ways of moving people and goods. Part of TransLink’s multimodal mandate is to help support the people making the 107,000 bike trips each day in Metro Vancouver.

What are those TransLink cycling options?

The BC Parkway
A 26-kilometre, multi-use path that roughly parallels the Expo SkyTrain Line, connecting Surrey City Centre, New Westminster, South Burnaby and Vancouver.

The Central Valley Greenway
A 24-kilometre route for cycling, jogging, walking, wheelchairs, skateboarding and blading that connect Vancouver with Burnaby and New Westminster

Regional Cycling Strategy
A common framework for action by TransLink, municipalities and other partners

Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge
The important link connecting the cycling routes of Richmond and Vancouver

And now a brand new Secure Bike Parking area!

securebikes
Photo credit: Robert Willis

Part of the upgrades for Main Street-Science World Station, the Secure Bicycle Parking area has room for 86 bikes, more than four times the amount of bike storage that was there before!

Parking in the area costs $1 a day up to $8 a month. After parking for eight days in a single calendar month, registered customers will not be charged again until the following month. To register, go to www.translink.ca/bikeparking.

This is the first of future Secure Bike Parking areas for the transit system in Metro Vancouver. This investment moves the region closer to one of the Metro Vancouver region’s long-term goals for half of all trips to be made by walking, cycling or transit by 2014. Increasing cycling trips depends on investment in infrastructure and programs like Secure Bike Parking areas.

FareCard (And More) Giveaway

We want your help to spread the word about cycling and transit and possibly win a great prizes for doing so!

Grand Prize

#WhatsTheLink – Bike Commuting Grand Prize ($467.30 value)

  • 1. A 3-Zone July 2014 FareCard ($170 value)
  • 2. TravelSmart cycling helpers ($30 value)
    A bike multitool
    A bike seat cover
    An LED bike light
    Reflectors
    A tote you can throw over your shoulders
  • 3. Family fun on bikes!
    Four tickets (2 adult, 2 child) to Science World ($85.50 value)
    A Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children) to the Vancouver Art Gallery ($50 value)
    Two tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (up to $71.90 value)
    Two tickets for a Vancouver Harbour Tour with Harbour Cruises (up to $59.90 value)

How to enter to win the Bike Commuting Grand Prize
1. Take a photo of yourself with your bicycle in one of these locations:
On the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus or West Coast Express; riding on the Central Valley Greenway, BC Parkway, Canada Line Pedestrian-Bicycling Bridge; in a TransLink Secure Bike Parking area; or on one of the roads or bridges TransLink manages.

2. Post that photo to Instagram including @Miss604 and @TransLinkBC #WhatsTheLink for 1 entry into the Grand Prize draw.

Secondary Prize

#WhatsTheLink – Bike Commuting Prize Pack ($200 value)

  • 1. A 3-Zone July 2014 FareCard ($170 value)
  • 2. TravelSmart cycling helpers ($30 value)
    A bike multitool
    A bike seat cover
    An LED bike light
    Reflectors
    A tote you can throw over your shoulders
    Metro Vancouver Cycling Map

How to enter to win the Bike Commuting Prize Pack

  • Leave a comment below telling us how use your bike and/or if you use TransLink cycling options, public transit, roads or bridges to commute. (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @TransLink cycling prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/xjnTE #WhatsTheLink

Contest ends Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 11:59pm. Both winners will be drawn at random. We’re looking forward to seeing your entries and you on bikes this week!

Update The grand prize winner is adix12 on Instagram and the secondary winner is Jenny!

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  1. VeronicaTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 1:10pm PST

    I currently bike from Burnaby to downtown Vancouver and regularly frequent the dunsmuir and hornby bike lanes.

    They really are refreshing to ride in after dealing with regular traffic during the rest of my trip.

    I do occasionally hitch a ride on the sky train with my bike back home if its raining like crazy. Having that option available after 6pm works really well.

    Cheers to more bike options as my primary commute is by bike!

  2. Sarah MTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 1:49pm PST

    I use translinks public transit on work days and bike on my days off! I love how we can take our bikes on the sky train if need be! Very convenient

  3. SandraTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 1:51pm PST

    I use transit ever single weekday for the past 15 years

  4. Mary WTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 1:54pm PST

    I take transit to and from work 5 days a week

  5. RobynTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:04pm PST

    I use my bike to commute to work. I’ve only used the transit bike racks a few times. They are very easy to use but you can’t always count on there being room and waiting another 15 minutes for the next bus isn’t always an option.

  6. EmmaTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:23pm PST

    I love biking to work! It’s also super easy to put my bike on the bus, when necessary.

  7. CliffTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:26pm PST

    I’d use Translink public transit

  8. BrendaTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:28pm PST

    I use public transit almost ever day

  9. kayTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:40pm PST

    I bike to work

  10. bjhTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 2:55pm PST

    I use Translink to get to work, and also love biking wherever I can – especially if there are bike lanes that I can use!

  11. KristynTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 3:56pm PST

    I ride my bike everywhere from May-Sept! I use a lot of the bike paths including the central park greenway and love it 🙂

  12. Donna LTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 5:19pm PST

    I use public transit frequently. It’s especially great for downtown, or going to concerts and hockey games.

  13. SamTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 5:50pm PST

    I use transit every day.

  14. MarianneTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 8:46pm PST

    Weather permitting, I use my bike to commute to/from work and also cycle along the various bike lanes in and around the city. Love the Canada Line and use it whenever convenient for me to get to downtown Vancouver.

  15. Lana STuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 9:13pm PST

    I’m supporting bike to work week this week! Yesterday I rode to work for the first time-logging 17km each way from vancouver to richmond. It was no doubt hard work but I really enjoyed it. Now I’m exploring all the fantastic bike routes and figuring out my best way to bike regularly! I’m really inspired and will definitely find time and energy to continue!

  16. Alex GaioTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 9:18pm PST

    I use my bike to beat the downtown rush and zip around False Creek to the office in the morning after taking my bike aboard the Canada line from Olympic Village Station.

  17. GregTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 9:25pm PST

    skytrain almost every day

  18. LillyTuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 9:30pm PST

    I use my bike to transport myself all over downtown Vancouver. Whether I’m going to the library or going Geocaching in Stanley Park. If I’m going a further distance, Translink is my way of transportation. I often use the skytrain as well as some of the buses out in the valley.

  19. JennyWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 12:11am PST

    I commute to work everyday – it’s a 1hour commute. It’s too far for me to bike as I have a bad knee. Thank goodness my transfers are very close together so I usually can go without an umbrella on rainy days.

  20. AlexWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 9:01am PST

    I take transit 5 days week. I bike for recreation on the weekends with my kids.

  21. DavidWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 10:20am PST

    I’ve been taking transit to work for the past 8 years. I currently ride a bike for recreation and planning to ride to work this summer. Having racks on the buses gives me the option of taking the bus one way to deal with bad weather, fatigue or mechanical breakdown.

  22. RileyWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 10:22am PST

    On long trips I will put my bike on the bus.

  23. SanazWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 3:38pm PST

    I bike to work in the summer time and love it!

  24. SandyWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 6:17pm PST

    Awesome! I would leave my car at home for the month of July with the months pass! & I would definitely make use of all the bike goodies 🙂 what a great prize!!

  25. PaulaWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 6:22pm PST

    I bike in my neighbourhood, and used to bike to work. Technically, cycling is illegal on the street of my work so bike to work week isn’t an option until we get bike lanes…

    I take transit a lot. It’s frustrating when the time it takes to walk to a stop, wait for a bus, get to my stop, and catch another bus/walk to destination takes twice as long as biking would :l

  26. BrendaWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 6:43pm PST

    I bike for leisure and around my neighbourhood. I have yet to try the TransLink cycling options!

  27. LindaWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 7:06pm PST

    I bike for fun.

  28. vinceWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 7:48pm PST

    I use translink every working day

  29. AnnaWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 7:49pm PST

    This is a prize that would make going to summer school easier!

  30. JuliaWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 7:51pm PST

    I would have some serious fun with my friends with these prizes – and a bus pass would be awesome!

  31. A.J.Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 8:26pm PST

    I bike for health reasons. Will be trying to central park greenway this friday for the first time! I use the Canada Line cycling bridge everytime I want to keep my rides flat in Richmond! Good contest.

  32. Julie VWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 9:09pm PST

    I ride my bike to work taking advantage of bike routes and lanes.

  33. MarkWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 10:03pm PST

    I take the public transport

  34. StephenWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 10:21pm PST

    My family often cycles along the seawall to Science World and use skytrain to complete our round trip home. It’s a very good exercise and riding on skytrain is a fun trip for my 2 kids.

  35. KevinWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 10:27pm PST

    Public transportation every day for me.

  36. WaiWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 11:08pm PST

    I bike from time to time, but I use public transport usually.

  37. timWednesday, May 28th, 2014 — 11:56pm PST

    i bike everywhere, sometimes even to work. it’s fun and saves gas. i used the translink bike lanes to get around too like the central park greenway and the skytrain bridge to richmond.

  38. DilaraThursday, May 29th, 2014 — 1:31am PST

    I don’t bike often but definitely want to start doing it more.

  39. KatieThursday, May 29th, 2014 — 9:23am PST

    We are a one car family, so my husband often takes transit and I am working on biking more

  40. HayleyThursday, May 29th, 2014 — 1:49pm PST

    I just bike for leisure.

  41. JackieThursday, May 29th, 2014 — 7:58pm PST

    I bike to work along with bus….what a great system!

  42. Andy C.Thursday, May 29th, 2014 — 8:47pm PST

    Use transit for work, bike for errands.

  43. Ria A.Thursday, May 29th, 2014 — 11:22pm PST

    Public transit (train and bus) to visit places Downtown 🙂

  44. Anne GuagliardoFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 6:03am PST

    I use transit for work and bike for errands / chilling on the seawall 🙂

  45. DBFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 8:58am PST

    I use transit all the time – don’t have a car.

  46. JeremyFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 3:03pm PST

    i commute on my bike. my health have improved so much! I take transit when the weather is inclement…i don’t drive!

  47. AdrienneFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 3:53pm PST

    I take the bus to work in the morning and walk home in the evening. 🙂

  48. EileenFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 4:08pm PST

    I use the Skytrain to get from Surrey to downtown Vancouver

  49. JuliaFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 6:45pm PST

    I used transit to go teach in Kerrisdale twice a week. I also ride my bike downtown and on the sea wall and love the separated bike lanes!

  50. LisaFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 10:21pm PST

    I take the seabus to work each day, which is the best commute ever!! At work, I do alot of site visits, and my workplace has recently purchased electric bikes for the employees to use instead of cars. We have a great bike facility system in North Vancouver which makes each day a great day to ride!!

  51. KevinFriday, May 30th, 2014 — 11:50pm PST

    I bike to work in Richmond over the Knight St bridge.

  52. SamanthaSaturday, May 31st, 2014 — 2:16am PST

    I take the Canada line from Richmond to Downtown Vancouver.

  53. SharylinSaturday, May 31st, 2014 — 8:16am PST

    The Canada Line is the only way to make heading downtown bearable! I bike locally along the dyke.

  54. BelleSaturday, May 31st, 2014 — 8:25am PST

    Transit + bike = happy community

  55. TomahSaturday, May 31st, 2014 — 8:27am PST

    I cycle from kits to the main street skytrain station daily, and look forward to using the new bike locks there!

  56. CyndiSaturday, May 31st, 2014 — 8:55pm PST

    I take skytrain from Surrey to downtown at least once a week

  57. Lorena GrandeSunday, June 1st, 2014 — 10:52am PST

    Cycling + Beta Endorphins + Healthy Mind + Healthy Body + Healthy Friends: ( when we encourage them to join) us. I am an avid cyclist and do the B.C. Parkway to New West from 7th and Heather…and various other routes. I always ask non-confident biker
    friends to join me and ride at their speed. I have a friend 83 who cannot walk a block, but still can ride his bike 20 km and does. Cycling is more doeable than walking when your body starts to go! 🙂 And best of all, “Cycling is Sexy” YOU ARE THE ENGINE.
    Happy end of bike to work week and don’t forget to stretch.

  58. GigiSunday, June 1st, 2014 — 8:44pm PST

    I transit to work and school and bike in the summer around the seawall.

  59. Michelle WMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 12:09am PST

    I take public transit all the time to get everywhere I need to go!

  60. L.J LawtonMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 1:45am PST

    I use transit every day, twice a day. It’s a great system.

  61. Carol AnneMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 7:18am PST

    The only way my son commutes …this would be a great help for him.

  62. DuncanMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 7:18am PST

    I use the bus and Skytrain for my commute. It’s a good time to catch up on reading and prepare for my day.

  63. james r.c. smithMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 7:24am PST

    I take the Canada Line every day. Although I have to pay for 2 zones even though I’m only one stop over the line.

  64. DustinMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 9:12am PST

    I use my bike every single day at work. that’s the way I work. its great, even in the Vancouver rain

  65. PerryMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 10:39am PST

    I use public transit every day to go to the gym. Now that the weather is nice I am cycling again.

  66. DenBMonday, June 2nd, 2014 — 5:09pm PST

    I take out my bike to the park in my free time.

  67. SandraTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 12:30am PST

    My husband and I are new to the biking community! We have only started getting into it and love it! Have only used it for leisure and exercise as biking is not an option to commute to work for us.

  68. sylviaTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 1:45am PST

    I ride my bike along the Barnet Highway which is a great cycling route into the city.

  69. StotesTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 6:44am PST

    I bike whenever I can!

  70. Radhika KhanTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 11:17am PST

    I use translink when we are visiting Vancouver to get from the ferries downtown and around the town as well

  71. JeannieTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 11:20am PST

    We use translink for work and heading to downtown when parking is hard to find.

  72. ChelseaTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 11:22am PST

    I use my bike to ride the Central Valley Greenway! And I take transit everyday to and from work.

  73. magicguyTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 2:08pm PST

    I bike whenever I could and take transit to work.

  74. EmiliaTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 6:23pm PST

    I use my bicycle every day for my daily needs. From groceries, going to the dentist to enjoy a beautiful sunset. A transit user all my life and it’s getting better.

  75. TinTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 6:34pm PST

    I bike for fun

  76. Cindy SmithTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 6:59pm PST

    I use skytrain a lot to go downtown for meetings, concerts and events.

  77. ShellyTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 8:17pm PST

    I mostly take the transit to school

  78. AnaTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 9:04pm PST

    I run all my errands in the downtown / west end areas on my bike

  79. MaureenTuesday, June 3rd, 2014 — 11:25pm PST

    I use public transit every day to go to my jobs in Richmond.

  80. LauraFriday, June 6th, 2014 — 12:31pm PST

    I bike to VCC station and use the lockers, then board the Skytrain to Burnaby (and love it, except the work part)

  81. Ariel CSaturday, June 7th, 2014 — 1:59pm PST

    I use the skytrain!

  82. websturrWednesday, June 11th, 2014 — 11:44pm PST

    sign me up #win!

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