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High Velocity

Margaret Gallagher

Margaret Gallagher takes a closer look at cycling issues and culture every Wednesday at 7:50 a.m.

If you've got a cycling-related story you think deserves to be "spoken" about, send an email to margaret.gallagher@cbc.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Public Bike Pump

The City of Vancouver recently installed a public bike pump at Union and Hawks. It's the first of several amenities the city could add to bike paths in the future as part of the Transportation 2040 plan. We spoke with Manager of Active Transportation Dale Bracewell, as well as cyclists along the route.

A second public bike pump has just been installed near Science World. The City of Vancouver is looking for feedback.
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Public bike pump at Union and Hawks
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Bikes and Buildings

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What role do bikes play in the design of new buildings? We put that question to architect Bruce Haden. His firm, Dialog, is involved in a new development planned for the corner of Beach and Howe, along with James KM Cheng Architects, and the Bjarke Ingels Group. Copenhagen's Bjarke Ingels has been known to involve the bicycle in creative ways in past projects, such as the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo and 8 House.

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Love on Two Wheels

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A bike can take you down the path to romance. We spoke with some couples who were brought together by bikes.
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Alex Walker and Jess Barrett met because she came to check out a bike he was selling
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Martin Larsen and Emira Mears met on the bike path
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Bikes were part of Ross Bragg and Meribeth Deen's wedding





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Age of Electric (Bikes)?

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Electric bikes are growing in popularity around the world. They make it commuting much easier, especially if you're climbing hills, hauling cargo, or biking long distances. Janko Veselinovic of JV Bike has been selling e-bikes for a decade. The North Shore's Fiona Walsh traded her car for an e-bike and hasn't looked back.

Momentum Magazine has a wealth of articles about electric bikes if you want to find out more.



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Going for a Spin (Class)

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This is the month many folks vow to "get back into shape" after a season of indulgence. Cycling can be part of a healthier lifestyle. But the winter weather can be a deterrent for many when it comes to hopping into the saddle.

Indoor spin classes are a popular way to get fit using stationary bikes. Spinning is an intense cardio workout, set to music and led by an instructor. We checked out a class at Cadence Cycling Studio.

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On Lance Armstrong

We headed to the bike-themed Musette Caffe to get the buzz on Lance Armstrong's much-awaited interview with Oprah Winfrey. We also spoke with BC Superweek organizer Mark Ernsting.

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Musette Caffe owner Thomas Eleizegui plans to keep his Lance Armstrong memorabilia, including these dolls





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Gifts for Cyclists

What do you get a cyclist for Christmas? We asked some local bikers what they'd like to find under the tree. Then we shopped local to fill their orders.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says new raingear is always welcome. On the Rivet suggests the San Francisco designed, Vancouver-made Orion Jacket from Mission Workshop for a fashionable, waterproof outer layer. For a warm and comfortable inside layer, with a Euro-look there's  the Cima Coppi merino wool track jacket, designed and hand-sewn by a couple in East Vancouver.

Fashion designer Allison Smith (Allison Wonderland) is looking for some bags for her bike. Whoa Nellie's Chris Quine offered up the buttery Ora leather saddle/handlebar bag "made with love one by one" by Vancouver bag designer Randi Obenauer. You can accessorize with the Red Dots La Piccolo wallet made from recycled inner tubes. And if you need to carry a bit more gear, there's the HMPL Number 15 saddle bag, handsewn and designed in Vancouver by two guys who really like bikes. Co-owner Matt Churchill is a mechanic at Bikes for All, and he says the extra-roomy waterproof saddlebag fits under any bike seat and holds 15 beers...and anything else you might want to carry.

Jasmin Glaesser is a road and track racer. As part of Team Canada at the London Games, she took home a bronze medal in womens' team pursuit. As an athlete, she's hoping for books on nutrition and kitchen appliances. Plus, she's a big fan of good coffee. In fact, she's giving away French presses to some of her cycling pals. To kickstart Christmas morning, you could include a bag of locally roasted coffee, such as Matchstick's Santa Sofia, 49th Parallel's Holiday Celebration Blend, and JJ Bean's Christmas Reserve.

Happy Holidays! See you in the new year.


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Sombrio

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In a sea of spandex, freeride mountainbiker Dave Watson couldn't find the right clothes for hitting the trails. So he made his own. At 21, he founded Sombrio Freeware, specializing in durable, comfortable, fashionable clothes for mountainbiking. Fifteen years later, Sombrio employs 17 people and sells around the world. Dave Watson was just named one of Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under 40.

By the way, Dave is also famous for jumping over the Tour De France.

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Dave Watson at Sombrio Headquarters





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Uniycles: One Wheel, Twice the Fun?

A unicycle can go pretty much any place a bicycle can go...and then some. It's a vehicle for sport, performance and just plain commuting.

Vancouver has a small but growing unicycle community. We chatted with mountain-uni pioneer Kris Holm, who recently published a book on "Muni." We also met Cirque Du Soleil's Yuko and Saikomi Saitano. The sisters do an jaw-dropping synchronized unicycle dance in Amaluna. And who could resist giving it a try if you've got Cirque coach Stacy Clarke helping you out?

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Public Bike Share in Public Parks

The Vancouver Park Board wants to include Public Bike Share stations in city parks. The board recently approved a staff report that recommends approximately 10% of the city's future PBS stations be located in city parks. The locations have yet to be determined, but local rental shops are very concerned about how PBS stations in Stanley Park could affect their business.

We spoke with Park Board Commissioner Niki Sharma, Denman Bike Shop, Bayshore Bike Rentals, and Stanley Park Cycles.
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