About Velopalooza





Contact

General information: info@velopalooza.ca
Calendar crew: calendar@velopalooza.ca
Sponsor requests: sponsor@velopalooza.ca
Volunteer information: volunteer@velopalooza.ca

About

Velopalooza promotes fun bike rides & events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. We throw a big festival in June, and provide a year-round community calendar of bike rides and events.

Rides are put on by people like you. Anyone can add a ride or a bike-related event to the Velopalooza calendar.

History

After a few Vancouver cyclists travelled to Portland for Pedalpalooza, they were inspired to bring that kind of community-driven bike fun to Vancouver. They reached out to more cyclists on the Velolove email list, and a festival was born.

The first Velopalooza in 2010 lasted ten days and had 68 rides. There was something for everyone with rides for food, rides with silly costumes, and rides for kids.

In 2011, Velopalooza grew to 18 days and 129 rides. Many favourite rides returned, including the Bike Rave and historical rides from John Atkin and Gordon Price. New ride leaders created lots of great rides, including a chicken coop tour, the Mount Pleasant Family Bike Ride, and the Mystery Ride

Bike Fun in Vancouver

The Velolove community, from which Velopalooza was born, came together in 2001 when Vancouver hosted Bikesummer – a month long festival that for each year moved from city to city promoting and celebrating bicycle culture. The following year, the Velolove web domain was acquired to continue the spirit of Bikesummer as an on-line community.

Since then, many movements have grown out of that community. Many in that community promoted and participated in Critical Mass – a celebration of traveling by bicycle that occurs the last Friday of every month. From its humble beginnings, Critical Mass in Vancouver can now attract thousands of enthusiastic cyclists for its larger summer rides.

Vancouver’s fixie, cruiser, and “chopper bike” afficianados found a home at Velolove before creating on-line communities in their own right. Other events and movements, such as the Wholesome Undie Ride (in response to Vancouver’s Molson Indy race), the World Naked Bike Ride, Vancouver’s Car Free Festival, and Momentum Magazine (now a North America-wide publication), were founded by people using the Velolove email lists.

Vancouver’s Bikesummer, whose motto was the summer of velolove, itself originated out of groups such as The Bicycle People – a loose association of bicycle activists who in 1991 formed Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) – a Vancouver based not-for-profit organization to promote the use of environmentally responsible alternatives to the private automobile, and who formed the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC). BEST and the VACC are two of the region’s most active and clear voices for sustainable transportation choices.

Today, the Vancouver tradition of fun activism creating communities and culture continues with Velolove and Velopalooza.