Last weekend, my husband and I attended the First Annual Vancouver Bike Show at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. The show was part of the much larger Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show. Cycling has become popular in Vancouver, with a growing number of dedicated cycling lanes and a culture that fosters two-wheel commuting.
The show hosted several cycling shops, accessory dealers, and cycle clubs and associations.
Pro-trials riding legend Ryah Leech got the crowd roaring with some pretty cool ramp tricks.
Cyclebetes was on site to promote their National Bike Relay. The Spin-a-Thon, an indoor stationary bike relay, was in full swing when we were there. Hosted by high school students across Canada and the US, the Spin-a-Thon helps to raise funds and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
We saw an array of mountain bikes, road bikes, electric bikes and recumbent bikes. The show was well-timed to take advantage of the 2011 cycling season. According to Fred Cox, show producer: “With many of the world’s leading cycling manufacturers based in BC, coupled with the community’s interest in bicycle commuting options and green transportation alternatives, we felt it was time to create a first class cycling showcase in Vancouver”.
As an electric scooter owner, I was happy to discover that Portland-based Nutcase Helmets is expanding their line of bike and snowboard helmets to include a scooter model this Spring.
Looking forward to seeing the Vancouver Bike Show break apart from the Outdoor Adventure & Travel component next year, as it’s worthy of its own venue and attention!