A Midsummer Night’s Two-wheeled Dream Come True.

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2015 Solstice Ride final stop: Spanish Banks.

Vancouver might not have made it into Copenhagenize’s Top Cycling Cities list this year, but as a community, we’re sure growing in leaps and bounds. This city has come  a long way over the last several years, and it shows when you see the increasing number of people embracing cycling as a way of life. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6VBW4xxUtPhRkE4dHZQaUZXUW8/view?usp=sharing Even just riding along the bike routes in the summer time, you will encounter all sorts of people socializing and having fun. This group of people was celebrating the life of a good man who passed away recently. It was a two wheeled celebration of life. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6VBW4xxUtPhb0ljbmsxUnhzVHc/view?usp=sharing Speaking of celebrations, the city’s yearly celebration of all things bicycle related – Velopalooza – is in full swing, and I just wanted to take a  minute to share some of our recent cycling adventures with you.

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belly danceing between the bridges

The weekend kicked off on Friday with the P.U.P. ride. Cyclists met in Strathcona park, and traveled around the city for a few hours, stopping occaisionally to take in Pop Up Performances staged in open areas around town. 030 The bikes alone are worth coming to check out, but that’s always the case with a Vancruisers event. 031 You’ll always see beautifully restored and maintained bikes from decades gone by, along with an assortment of comfortable steeds. Modacity solstice e Saturday saw the biggest cruiser ride of the year. Participants met in the parking lot of Pat’s Pub before heading out on a tour of the city with several scenic stops along the way. This ride is always a wonder to behold. Modacity solstice iIt’s always a ton of fun, too, making your way through the city streets with so many fellow cyclsts! Modacity solstice l It never ceases to amaze me how positive a reception these rides always generate. Maybe it’s the old-school bikes that make people smile, or perhaps it’s the cast of characters grinning from ear to ear! Modacity solstice j iWhatever the reason, t’s an event unlike any other, and it grows year after year after year. Modacity solstice k No matter where the cruiser rides start, they always end up somewhere beautiful to behold, and this ride was no exception. Modacity solstice m The pace is gentle and relaxed so that no-one gets left behind. It really is fun for the whole family. Modacity solstice n There are several stops along the way, so that even if you’ve not ridden your bike in years, you’ll find yourself comfortable and in good company. These rides really are for everyone. Modacity solstice o If you don’t come with friends, you’ll certainly leave with a few, because everyone is welcoming and kind, and happy to see you.

some photos courtesy of Modacity's Facebook album
some photos courtesy of Modacity’s Facebook album

At the end of the day, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the shortest night of the year.

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