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


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 — 11:44am PST
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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!

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This is a paid post in partnership with Translink's Buzzer Blog.

About the Guest Author:


Robert Willis is a Communications Advisor for TransLink. He looks after digital communications including social media for the organization. He’s also the editor of the Buzzer Blog and newsletter.

Current contests on Miss604.com

82 comments

  1. Veronica says:

    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 M says:

    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. Sandra says:

    I use transit ever single weekday for the past 15 years

  4. Mary W says:

    I take transit to and from work 5 days a week

  5. Robyn says:

    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. Emma says:

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

  7. Cliff says:

    I’d use Translink public transit

  8. Brenda says:

    I use public transit almost ever day

  9. kay says:

    I bike to work

  10. bjh says:

    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. Kristyn says:

    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 L says:

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

  13. Sam says:

    I use transit every day.

  14. Marianne says:

    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 S says:

    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 Gaio says:

    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. Greg says:

    skytrain almost every day

  18. Lilly says:

    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. Jenny says:

    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. Alex says:

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

  21. David says:

    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. Riley says:

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

  23. Sanaz says:

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

  24. Sandy says:

    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. Paula says:

    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. Brenda says:

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

  27. Linda says:

    I bike for fun.

  28. vince says:

    I use translink every working day

  29. Anna says:

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

  30. Julia says:

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

  31. A.J. says:

    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 V says:

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

  33. Mark says:

    I take the public transport

  34. Stephen says:

    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. Kevin says:

    Public transportation every day for me.

  36. Wai says:

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

  37. tim says:

    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. Dilara says:

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

  39. Katie says:

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

  40. Hayley says:

    I just bike for leisure.

  41. Jackie says:

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

  42. Andy C. says:

    Use transit for work, bike for errands.

  43. Ria A. says:

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

  44. Anne Guagliardo says:

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

  45. DB says:

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

  46. Jeremy says:

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

  47. Adrienne says:

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

  48. Eileen says:

    I use the Skytrain to get from Surrey to downtown Vancouver

  49. Julia says:

    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. Lisa says:

    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. Kevin says:

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

  52. Samantha says:

    I take the Canada line from Richmond to Downtown Vancouver.

  53. Sharylin says:

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

  54. Belle says:

    Transit + bike = happy community

  55. Tomah says:

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

  56. Cyndi says:

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

  57. Lorena Grande says:

    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. Gigi says:

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

  59. Michelle W says:

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

  60. L.J Lawton says:

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

  61. Carol Anne says:

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

  62. Duncan says:

    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. smith says:

    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. Dustin says:

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

  65. Perry says:

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

  66. DenB says:

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

  67. Sandra says:

    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. sylvia says:

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

  69. Stotes says:

    I bike whenever I can!

  70. Radhika Khan says:

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

  71. Jeannie says:

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

  72. Chelsea says:

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

  73. magicguy says:

    I bike whenever I could and take transit to work.

  74. Emilia says:

    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. Tin says:

    I bike for fun

  76. Cindy Smith says:

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

  77. Shelly says:

    I mostly take the transit to school

  78. Ana says:

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

  79. Maureen says:

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

  80. Laura says:

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

  81. Ariel C says:

    I use the skytrain!

  82. websturr says:

    sign me up #win!

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