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!

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Granville Island Summer Location

Very exciting news for The Bicycle Valet – we are back at our location on Granville Island seven days/week until September!! The wood carving shed at 1537 Johnston Street is where you can find us (same location as last year!), 10am to 7:30pm daily for the rest of the summer. We’ll be working with the Vancouver Police Department and Project 529 to register your bikes too!

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Your bike is always safe with The Bicycle Valet, but we aren’t everywhere you want to go (wouldn’t that be nice though?), so Project 529 will be there to help protect you the rest of the time. The VPD has purchased shields with Project 529 to put on your bike for FREE, then you download the FREE app to your phone, and you’re set! At Granville Island we’ll be helping them register your bikes (for FREE!) as you park them (for FREE!) and check out the local shops and markets.

Want to know more? Well last year, more than 10,000 bikes were parked with BEST’s The Bicycle Valet, which operated seven-days-a-week, June 11 through Labour Day. On top of that, 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. Also, the VPD’s Bait Bike program on the Island resulted in six arrests and more than 60 new bicycle spaces were created in higher visibility spots outside the Public Market for safer bike parking. So that’s why we’re collaborating with Project 529 this summer to help end bike theft. We’ll be able to register your bike at many of our other events as well… so if you see us around town, just ask!

If you would like to be a regular volunteer at Granville Island (with perks!), contact sinead.stinson@best.bc.ca.

For directions check out the map below:

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We have a new logo, and volunteering has its perks!

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At the FIFA Mexico v. Canada game:
Volunteering has its perks!

The Bicycle Valet had a great first month in March, with volunteers enjoying themselves at the Modo Spring Run-Off, Whitecaps games, and the FIFA Men’s Qualifier match between Canada and Mexico! Wondering where we’ll be next?

Sakura Days Japan Fair April 9 & 10
Vancouver Sun Run April 17
Laura Secord Elementary School’s Earth Day April 20
Party for the Planet April 23
Whitecaps home games April 2, 23, 27

And more…

Wanting to get involved? We have a Volunteer Training Session coming up on April 19th at 6pm at Granville Island. We’ll have a quick fun training set, and then head to the nearby pub for a beer/ beverage of choice! Get in touch with Sinéad Stinson at sinead.stinson@best.bc.ca to sign up, or for any other questions about The Bicycle Valet.

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The Bicycle Valet announces new logo design

The Bicycle Valet is very excited to announce that we have a new logo! Designed by the wonderful Kailani Sutton, this new logo moves past simply explaining what we do, and emphasizes that we do indeed offer a secure place to keep your cherished bicycle (skateboard/ stroller/ paddle board/ longboard/ push scooter/ kayak … anything active transportation!).

We’ve safely parked 125,345 bikes since 2006, never having lost one – we really are the safest place to park your bike! So, if you see this new logo around town, don’t worry, it’s still the same amazing Bicycle Valet, with a fresh new look.

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