Vancouver Pride: Sunset Festival and Parade – August 6th

We will have THREE locations open!

The Bicycle Valet is open from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM at Sunset Beach at two locations.

The Bicycle Valet is open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at King George Secondary.

Get ready for Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival at Sunset Beach this year, bringing together the whole community for a day of celebration! Find us on either side of the festivities, and also at King George Secondary for the Pride Parade!

Pro Tips: Bring layers for all kinds of weather and you can leave anything extra with us at The Bicycle Valet on your bikes! Don’t forget your water bottle, of course.

Find Us: We are two locations on Sunset Beach, one on either side of the festivities. If you are coming into downtown off Burrard Bridge exit left onto Pacific Street, then turn almost immediately left down Thurlow towards the beach. You’ll hit Beach Ave and can follow a path that cuts from Thurlow to the beachfront. You’ll see us on your right by the Roller Rink! (Read more below to see maps of where exactly we’ll be.)

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Operation Rudy Reduces Bike Theft at Granville Island by 60% this Summer!

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The broad-based partnership program Operation Rudy, established to cut down bicycle theft on Granville Island, has had stunning results. The multi-faceted program has reduced bike thefts on the Island by 60% over the summer months, with an astounding 80% drop in the month of August alone.

Developed by BEST, CMHC – Granville Island, Project 529, Vancouver Police Department, and several Island businesses, Operation Rudy’s key strategies were to provide The Bicycle Valet, free and secure bicycle parking, seven days a week, free registration with Garage 529, improve cyclists’ security habits through information and loaner locks, apprehend bicycle thieves through the VPD Bait Bike program, position more racks in the open to deter thefts, and build awareness on bike theft and proper locking techniques.

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The initiative’s successes include:

  • More than 10,000 bikes were parked with BEST’s The Bicycle Valet, which operated seven-days-a-week, June 11 through Labour Day.

  • 1,400 bikes were registered with Project 529’s modern, easy, free bicycle registration service,Project 29/Garage, operating in conjunction with The Bicycle Valet.

  • More than 100 people per month borrowed top-of-the-line ABUS Bordo folding locks (free of charge) through the Loaner Lock program created by Project 529 and lock manufacturer ABUS. Granville Island businesses supporting the ongoing Loaner Lock program include: Cats Social House, Granville Island Brewing Taproom, Off the Tracks Café, A Bread Affair, False Creek Community Centre, and The Keg.

  • The VPD’s Bait Bike program on the Island resulted in six arrests.

  • 64 new bicycle spaces were created in higher visibility spots outside the Public Market for safer bike parking.

The initiative also included educational signs posted on bike racks throughout the Island, reminding cyclists to lock their bikes properly.

“Granville Island reported a bike theft nearly every day in August of 2015, and this August experienced only one bike theft each week,” says J. Allard of Project 529. “We are thrilled with these results and feel that this represents a real sea change for bicycle security on Granville Island.”

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Recent News for The Bicycle Valet

The Free Ride is over for Granville Island bike thieves, according to The Vancouver Sun:

“Thieves have had a free ride on the island for years, taking advantage of bike racks installed in low traffic areas and poor cyclist awareness. More than 150 bikes were nabbed from just two blocks of the island in the last four years, and that’s only looking at thefts that were reported to police. They were among 10,000 stolen citywide in just four-and-a-half years”.

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“The tourist hot spot and beloved haunt for many Vancouver residents has become the riskiest place to park a bike in the city, with higher theft numbers there than any other location citywide”.

Thankfully, the Bicycle Valet is here to help decrease bike theft on Granville Island. Click the link below to watch the video from The Vancouver Sun and read more!

Free ride is over for Granville Island bike thieves