Picture this: a nighttime parade of cyclists lit by glow-sticks, bike lights, and neon tubes. This gives you a a small glimpse into the excitement that is a Vancouver Bike Rave.
Each year, this unsanctioned event pops up May or April to get everyone geared up for a summer of long nights spent cycling around deserted streets free of cars. The Vancouver Bike Rave has had a few different hosts leading the charge each year and 2017 is no different.
This year, the first bike rave of the season is scheduled for April 29, 2017. It is sure to be a fun, friendly time (if weather permits). So, if you’ve ever wanted to see what all the fuss is about, get a few glow-sticks to join in on the party!
A non-profit organization called Party4Health will be hosting the 2017 Vancouver Bike Rave starting at a secret location and navigating through a new and unique bike route. More details are expected to be announced on the official Facebook page as we get closer to the date. Party4Health has a mandate to create events that contribute to social, physical, and community wellbeing in Vancouver.
The event is expected to have more of a “dance party” feel, with regular breaks from the saddle to get up and groove. If you have to miss this one, time will tell if there will be more bike raves in the future – past events have popped up in May and even June.
If you’re more fond of a quieter, relaxed bike ride – you can also check out the official Bike the Blossoms event that will also be happening on Saturday, April 29. This ride will take you on a journey through some of the best cherry blossom-laden streets in Vancouver from Trout Lake to Nat Bailey Stadium.
Whatever your preference, if the weather allows it – get on a bike! It’s a great time to start stretching your legs and building your calf muscles for weekly trips around the Stanley Park Seawall!