The Vancouver Biennale and MEC Great Rides invite you to the BIKEnnale, a cycle tour that will take you along some of Vancouver’s most beautiful beaches and parks to explore many of the monumental outdoor sculptures of the Vancouver Biennale.
The Vancouver Biennale in partnership with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition invites you to participate in the BIKEnnale, a combination bike ride and cultural experience that will take place on Sunday October 4, 2009 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
The BIKEnnale cycle tour will take riders to select sculpture installations throughout Vancouver on a route that goes seaside from Vanier Park through the West End along English Bay, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour, with an extended route to VanDusen Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Park. Riders can do the short 13 km or long 36 km routes at their own pace. Musical performances will happen at Vanier Park, Morton Park and Cardaro Park locations, and free bike mechanics and water will be located at key points along the ride to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety. Riders will finish the BIKEnnale at the Vancouver Museum in Vanier Park, where there will be live music, vegetarian BBQ and other refreshments from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.
“The BIKEnnale is a terrific way for people to experience this first phase of the Vancouver Biennale”, says Roberta Kremer, Vancouver Biennale Director of Public Programs. “The whole point is to merge our love of outdoor recreation with public art situated in some of the most beautiful yet unexpected places in the city. Weather permitting, we expect to see well over 2,500 people join us for a truly great ride.”
Riders can pre-register online at www.greatrides.ca for a cost of $15 per adult. Children 16 or under ride free.
Riders can also register in person on October 4th anytime between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM at Vanier Park just outside the Vancouver Museum for a cost of $20 per adult.
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER BIENNALE
The Vancouver Biennale is a registered non-profit organization that brings sculptures, new media and performance works by celebrated and emerging international artists to Vancouver and surrounding area parks, beaches and urban plazas, transforming our city into an open-air museum. Pursuing the theme in-transit-ion, the exhibition will further situate art along bike routes, on buses, at the Vancouver International Airport and at new Canada Line rapid transit stations. The exhibition promises a diverse mix of interesting and important works of art, from the spectacular to the curious, to the thought provoking and playful, for the entire community to enjoy, completely free of charge, day and evening throughout the seasons.
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER AREA CYCLING COALITION
The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) is a volunteer-run non-profit society whose members work to improve conditions for cycling in the Lower Mainland. We work to change the circumstances that discourage bicycle use: inadequate cycling facilities, and lack of education for both cyclists and motorists. We do this by working with municipal, provincial, and federal politicians and government staff, and by offering advocacy support and education to groups and individuals in the Lower Mainland.
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