Granville Island Seasonal Valet

Free and Safe Bicycle Parking at Granville Island- All Summer Long!

Bicycle Valet Granville Island

Details:

  • When: 10am-7:30pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July and August

  • Where: Granville Island, 1537 Johnston St, between Ocean Concrete and Sandbar Restaurant

  • Cost: FREE

Last year we partnered with CMHC and Granville Island to offer The Bicycle Valet on a seasonal basis to support cycling and reduce bike thefts.  This year we’ve teamed up again and are pleased to announce we’ll be back every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all July and August, in a NEW LOCATION!  This year you can find us in the woodcarving shed, just west of Ocean Concrete and east of the Public Market, at 1537 Johnston St.  We’ll be open from 10am-7:30pm.  Oh yeah, and it’s FREE.  Because Granville Island is awesome and thinks riding your bike is awesome, and so do we.

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Our new summer home!

Our new summer home!

AND you can find us at two places on Granville Island for Canada Day, Wed, July 1 at Ocean Concrete and the tennis courts at the False Creek Community Centre.  Thanks for supporting active transportation, CMHC and Ocean Concrete!

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LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER AWESOME SUMMER AT GRANVILLE ISLAND!

FIFA Women’s World Cup? We’ll Be There!

FIFA Women’s World Cup? We’ll Be There!

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Ride on down to #FanZone for excellent service!

The Bicycle Valet is proud to announce that we are parking bikes during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015! That’s right!! So, if you’re craving soccer during the absence of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, whose last home game is May 30th, until their return to BC Place July 12th, then the FIFA tournament will certainly keep you entertained!

If you’ve ridden your bike to a Whitecaps FC game before, you already know we keep everyone’s beloved two wheeled companions safe while you enjoy the game.

Free, friendly and safe service is what you should expect when parking with The Bicycle Valet.

What you need to know is we’ll be in the FIFA Fan Zone located in the parking lot on the corner of Beatty St. and Dunsmuir St. The Bicycle Valet will be at this location for all matches in Vancouver, and during all the team Canada games scheduled so far! Check it out:

Sat. June 6 – 12PM to 7PM
Mon. June 8 – 3PM to 9PM
Thursday June 11 — 12PM to 9PM
Fri. June 12 — 12PM to 9PM
Monday June 15 — 12PM to 8PM
Tues. June 16 — 12PM to 9PM
Sun. June 21 — 12PM to 8PM
Tues. June 23 — 3PM to 10PM
Sat. June 27 – 12PM to 8PM
Wed. July 1 — 12PM to 8PM
Sat. July 4 — 12PM to 8PM
Sun. July 5 — 12PM to 8PM

 

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We are looking forward to showcasing Vancouver’s enthusiasm not only as soccer fans but environmentally conscious commuters!

You can see the full schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup here.

New Location for Whitecaps Home Games Smashes the Record!

New Location for Whitecaps Home Games Smashes the Record!

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We’ve been parking bikes at all Whitecaps home games since 2012 (after testing the waters in 2011). We’ve had our official spot at Gate F since then, but construction had us moving to Gate C for the 2015 season.

In past years the early season hasn’t been too busy, with opening games getting at most 10 bicycles. This year, something changed- and it wasn’t just the weather. With over 115 bicycles parked on the home opener March 7th, we’re sure to be breaking even more records as the weather gets warmer!! GO CAPS GO!

100,000 Bikes Safely Valeted!

100,000 Bikes Safely Valeted!

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We did it! On Friday August 28 at Granville Island, The Bicycle Valet arrived at a big milestone: 100,000 bicycles parked since we opened for business in 2006. That’s a lot of bikes!

The lucky winner of the grand prize of a bicycle was Lizzie Goldman, who was visiting Vancouver from Washington DC. Talk about excited! And surprised! A big thank you to Reckless Bikes for donating the grand prize and Travel Smart, who provided a whole lot of great prizes for everybody who came to The Bicycle Valet on the day.

It’s been quite a ride for The Bicycle Valet, and we know it’s going to just keep getting bigger and better. The whole bicycle culture in the Lower Mainland has changed a lot (read: improved) over the last 8 years, and we are happy to be a part of this change. And no, we don’t think it will be 8 years before we park our 200,000th bicycle! Any guesses?

Fewer than 30 bikes to go!

Fewer than 30 bikes to go!

After a busy weekend, we have fewer than 30 bikes left to park before hitting the 100 000th mark!

This means we’ll be reaching the #bikevalet100k milestone this Thursday, August 28 at our regular Granville Island location (behind the Brewery)!

We’re going to be giving away a brand new bike from Reckless Bikes to the lucky 100 000th patron, and some incentives from TravelSmart as we count down!

So ride your bike down to Granville Island on Thursday for your chance to WIN, and for free and safe bicycle parking!

Also, don’t forget to enter to win below for some more great giveaways from TravelSmart!

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TravelSmart Giveaway #bikevalet100k

In the exciting lead up to us hitting the milestone of 100 000 bikes parked, our friends at TravelSmart have some awesome prizes to give away!  Enter below to win!

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Timelapse Video- Squamish Valley Music Festival

Our first ever time-lapse video! Check it out!

Vancity Buzz brings team together for first “Bike to the Nat Days”

Vancity Buzz brings team together for first “Bike to the Nat Days”

Remember when you were a kid and bike riding and baseball were everything? Well, we have a way to help you relive those carefree days.

The Vancouver Canadians and the City of Vancouver along with Vancity Buzz are presenting the first annual ‘Bike to the Nat Days.’

For two days over the Labour Day long weekend—Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1—baseball fans, young and old, are invited to peddle to the park to take in the final games of the season, as the C’s play rivals, Spokane Indians. First pitch at 1:05 p.m. for both games.

“The Vancouver Canadians have always supported alternative ways of getting to Scotiabank Field, but the recent beautiful weather combined with so many sellouts has made biking to ‘the Nat’ more popular than ever,” says JC Fraser, Vancouver Canadians General Manger. “We’re proud to be a small part of this initiative to bring parking for over 300 bikes to the ballpark thanks to Vancity Buzz, BEST’s Bicycle Valet and the City of Vancouver.”

The ball park is conveniently located along both the Ontario Street bike route and the 37th avenue bike route, but check City of Vancouver’s Bike Map to find your best way there.

Mayor Gregor Roberton says the City has been working hard to create a place where events like this can take place.

“Cities around the world have seen the benefits that come from increasing safer cycling ridership and walking in dense urban areas, especially for families – and now Vancouver is starting to lead the way. We’ve seen major increases in cycling, particularly along our new network of separated bike lanes.”

“Vancouver’s Transportation 2040 Plan is a balanced and forward-looking plan that will continue to provide safety upgrades for pedestrians and cyclists, puts a major emphasis on expanded transit, and enhances goods movement to support local businesses. We want to make it safe and easy for people of all ages to bike around Vancouver.”

Traditionally, season ending series at Scotia Bank Field are popular games to take in as fans look to enjoy the final days of summer, so it is strongly advised to get your tickets in advance online, as games sell out fast. If you already have tickets, then dust off your bike and ride over early.

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Better Environmentally Sound Transportation’s (BEST) service The Bicycle Valet will be on hand, outside the ball park for both games to help park and secure your bike, and take the pain out of parking. “It is an ideal location to ride your bike to and great for families with bikes, tandem bikes or bike trailers,” said Steven Beck Executive Administrator of BEST. “Just let The Bicycle Valet take care of your bikes and gear so you can just enjoy the game.”

But, if you plan to take advantage of the free valet bike parking, arrive early, as there are only 300 spots available.

Who: Vancity Buzz, City of Vancouver, BEST’s Bicycle Valet and The Vancouver Canadians

What: ’Bike to the Nat Days’

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver (City of Vancouver Cycling Map)

When: August 31st, September 1st 12 p.m. to 4:30 pm.  (First pitch 1:05 p.m. both days)

Why: Because your car deserves a rest and so does the environment

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Check out this great video featuring one of our volunteers, Ryan, helping out at East Van Summer Jam!

 

The Bicycle Valet at Granville Island- FOUR DAYS A WEEK!

If you ever ride a bike, you probably look for us to keep your ride safe at most special events in Metro Vancouver. But what if you had the chance to see us almost every day?

The Bicycle Valet Team will be at your service from 10am to 7pm Thursday through Sunday at Granville Island, all summer long! That’s right, you can get free and safe bicycle parking on Granville Island this summer!

You can find us directly behind the Granville Island Brewery (convenient!). When you’re riding on to the island, instead of turning right, just hop off your bike at the Brewery and walk the ten feet across the across the crosswalk to our new summer home! Here’s a map for your convenience:

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Thanks for riding and see you soon!

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