Countdown to Velo-city 2012 – The City of Vancouver

By Sarah Ripplinger

Cyclists’ right to the road is even more apparent to motorists thanks to some bright green paint through this Vancouver, BC, intersection.

One of the highlights of Velo-city Global 2012 is the fact that it will take place in Vancouver, BC.

Within the past three years, Vancouver has established three separated bike lanes that presently bisect the city’s downtown core. The Hornby and Dunsmuire separated bike lanes feature bright green bike boxes; planters and medians that keep cars apart from the two-way bike lane; and bike traffic signals.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has done much to encourage cycling. A daily bike commuter himself, he can regularly be seen traveling between meetings and to and from work on his Rocky Mountain mountain bike. Since being elected mayor in 2008, and reelected in 2011, Robertson has been an active proponent of bicycling as a mode of transportation.

The City of Vancouver is also working towards the admirable goal of becoming the greenest city by 2020, which includes goals to bring about more positive change on the cycling and transportation front.

Participants at the conference will be present during the city’s popular Bike Month in June. Residents of Vancouver enjoy frequent events and festivities during June, such as Velopalooza, that encourage people to hop on their bikes. The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) often sets up commuter stations along major bicycle routes, handing out coffee and snacks to people riding their bikes.

Vancouver is also home to some other amazing amenities, such as the seawall, a 13.7-mile (22-kilometer) route that borders the ocean around the city’s famous Stanley Park and meanders around to the popular Kitsilano Beach. Speaking of beaches, Vancouver is home to many beautiful beaches where outdoor sports and relaxation are practiced on a regular basis.

Visitors to Vancouver also have access to all of the arts and cultural activities that could be expected in a thriving major metropolitan center. Premier theater, museums, sports/ recreation, cafes and great dining are all part of the Vancouver experience.

Plus, by the end of June, the city typically enjoys sunshine, warm days and cool nights. It’s the perfect venue to relax, observe an increasingly strong Canadian urban cycling culture and explore a city with a bright “green” future.

For more about what to do, where to go and where to stay in Vancovuer, see Momentum‘s Vancouver Visitors’ Guide.

Velo-city Global 2012 is expected to host over 1,000 delegates from around the world. The conference will be held June 26 -29 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel, accessible by the new Hornby Street separated bike lane.

Conference registration has begun! Visit velo-city2012.com/registration to secure your spot now. Early bird registration rates end March 31.

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