Hosted by HUB Cycling, Bike the Night is a 10-km cycling event through the streets of downtown Vancouver one evening in mid-September.
Bike the Night Cycling Event
Celebrating its third year, in 2018 Bike the Night takes place on Saturday, September 15th.
At the event participants gather at Concord Pacific Place between 6 and 8 pm during which time there are vendor booths, bike tune-up stations and DJ music for people to check out and enjoy.
Last year over 3000 people attended and even more are expected in 2018.
About Bike the Night
Bike the Night is an annual event organized by HUB Cycling, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to improve cycling conditions in Metro Vancouver.
The cost to participate in Bike the Night last year was $20 per person, but free for children ages 16 and under. Also, early bird tickets as well as discounts for HUB members were also available.
The cost is again free this year for children ages 0 to 16.
2018 Early Bird Prices
In 2018, if you get the Early Bird price by August 31st, HUB members pay only $7.50. Rates for other participants ages 17 and older are the following:
- Basic Rate: $15
- Basic Rate plus 1-year HUB Membership: $27.50
- Basic Rate plus 1-year HUB Family Membership (for a family of up to four people): $37.50 (plus $7.50 per participating family member)
Post-Early Bird Prices
If you miss the August 31st Early Bird deadline, here’s what participation is going to cost in 2018:
Regular Rate (from September 1st to 14th):
- $10 for members
- $20 for non-members
- $40 including a 1-Year HUB Membership
Last Minute Rate: If you register on the day it’ll cost the following:
- $25 for members
- $25 for non-members
- $55 including a 1-Year HUB Membership
You can register on the day if you want, and pay by credit card, but you’ll pay slightly more and risk having to stand in a long lineup.
What’s Included with Admission?
For the cost of admission to the event participants get access to the kick-off party where folk listen to DJ music, receive giveaway swag from sponsors, have their equipment tuned up and get their bikes registered at the Crime Prevention booth. Attendees are also entered to win a grand prize (which in past years has been a new bike).
Proceeds from the Bike the Night event benefit HUB Cycling, which is a great cause and valuable community organization.
The pre-party event for Bike the Night takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Concord Pacific Place which is located at 88 Pacific Boulevard between BC Place Stadium and Science World at the eastern tip of False Creek.
The actual bike ride part of the event starts at around 8 o’clock.
Most years, from Concord Pacific Place, participants head out on their bikes along Pacific Boulevard, then up Quebec Street, though Chinatown, back along Pacific Boulevard and towards the Burrard Street Bridge.
Next, the bike route heads east on the southern side of False Creek along various city streets including West 6th and 2nd Avenues, up Quebec Street and past Science World before finishing back at Concord Pacific Place.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your Bike the Night experience.
TIP #1: Ride your bike to the event if you can. The False Creek Seawall is just steps from the start and finish, and it connects conveniently with so many other parts of town.
TIP #2: The Science World SkyTrain Station is nearby and bicycles are permitted on the trains. That being said, there are thousands of other people with bicycles arriving and departing from the area at similar times. If planning to use public transport, arrive early and consider using a different station and then riding the rest of the way.
TIP #3: There is street parking in the area (but again, several thousand people turn out for the event). If you plan to drive, a good place to park sometimes is along National Avenue. Near Trillium Park (at 600 National Avenue) there is free parking with a 2-hour limit up until 8:00 pm, so if you arrive after 6 o’clock you’ll be good there for the night.
Trillium Park is a little ways away, but still convenient as you can easily cycle from there to the venue. That part of town isn’t the nicest, however, and National Avenue in that area is a bit isolated. Most Saturday evenings though there are soccer games at the park until late, so there are people in the area and lighting normally until around 10:00 pm or so.
TIP #4: Go with a group of friends! The more the merrier!
TIP #5: If you hope to take advantage of the free bike tune-ups, arrive early and join the line-up right away. It’s a popular benefit, the line-up gets long and the service ends before 8:00 pm.
TIP #6: 10 km might seem like a long ways if you’re not used to riding a bike, but it’s not really that far. Also, most participants roll along at a leisurely speed and there are virtually no hills. It’s a perfect route for novices, young families and people of all ages. It’s not challenging and it’s not a race! It’s just fun!
TIP #7: If you’re not participating in the bike ride, avoid driving through Chinatown and around False Creek during the event (so in Chinatown between around 7:45 and 8:30 pm, and the rest of the area until around 9:30 pm). As cyclists complete each section the streets open back up to vehicular traffic, but until they’re all through, driving in the area is obviously a challenge.
TIP #8: Feel free to dress up crazy and cover your bike with lights. You won’t be the only one!
If you’ve ever wanted to dress up in costume, decorate your bike with lights and cycle leisurely through the streets of downtown Vancouver at night along with several thousand other people, Bike the Night is your opportunity! It’s a fun, family-friendly and environmentally-responsible event that’s worth signing up for!
For more information about the event, click Bike the Night.