British Columbia

Bike rave brings thousands of riders together for neon-lit overnight party

Organizers estimate nearly 4,000 cyclists gathered to party all night while coasting on decked-out, glowing bikes during the event, which was not sanctioned by the City of Vancouver.

Volunteer-run event not sanctioned by city of Vancouver

Brightly lit bicycles parked underneath the Cambie Bridge during Bike Rave. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Thousands of riders zipped down the streets of downtown Vancouver for a neon-lit bike rave, Friday night.

"It's really cool," said Michael Ianni. "It's really about mobilizing people, reclaiming public space."

The Vancouver resident said he's been attending raves for nearly twenty years in several Canadian cities but this was his first bike rave.

"It's about strangers getting together and having a good time. There's something really powerful and liberating about people coming together and doing something like this," he added.

Organizers estimated there were nearly 4,000 people who tagged along for the party. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)
Vancouver's Michael Ianni has been raving for 20 years but attended his first bike rave on April 1. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)
Cyclists decorated their rides with LED lights and glowing necklaces. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

The event, which was estimated by volunteer organizers to have as many as 4,000 riders at one point, was not sanctioned by the city of Vancouver or Vancouver Police.

There were complaints Saturday on the group's Facebook page that an individual's parked car had been hit after the ride passed through and garbage was left behind in various locations including glass bottles in bike lanes.

"Leave no trace should be a key message of the ride," wrote LePoi Sson.

Ravers, adorned with glow sticks and neon lights, rolled through the downtown core starting at 8 p.m. PT from Woodland Park while mobile DJs and personal loud speakers blasted music for the event.

Riders stopped at Second Beach, underneath the Cambie Street bridge in Yaletown and the Plaza of Nations for impromptu dance parties.

The bike rave wasn't limited to those on two-wheels. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)
Some riders partied pretty hard on two wheels. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza

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