FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Participating under COVID-19 guidelines


While participating in the BIKEnnale/WALKennale, please respect the current health guidelines for physical distancing by cycling and walking responsibly.

To minimize the risk of crowds, we suggest participating at the following times:
  • Those who fall under the vulnerable sector definition (elderly and/or immune-compromised): consider walking/riding between 8am-10:30am.
  • Those who fall outside of the vulnerable sector definition: consider starting your walk/ride before 10:30am
If a crowd of more than 10 people begins to form around a Point of Interest (POI) or Vancouver Biennale Installation, please disperse and return when it is safe to do so. Vancouver Biennale wishes to stress that provincial health COVID-19 physical distancing rules remain in effect. Please stay up to date with the most recent physical distancing rules in effect by referring to British Colombia’s Centre for Disease Control.




Points of interest (POIs) on "RIDE WITH GPS"


There are numerous Points of Interest (POIs) on each route every week. These POIs highlight the historically rich, architecturally unique, and culturally profound areas along the way. To access information on the POIs, click on the various icons in "RIDE WITH GPS," using the legend below: Some POIs fall under more than one category but will be represented by one icon.




FAQ to have the best and safest ride


Accessibility The most accessible routes are marked with an asterisk (*) in the "RIDE WITH GPS" app. These routes are suitable for all ages, abilities, and comfort levels. For more information about selecting your route, please read our FAQ: Choosing your route. Bike Safety Please read the following safety tips created with our in-kind presenting partner HUB Cycling:

  • To safely pass other cyclists and/or walkers, use your bell and yell 'on your left.'
  • Bring a bike lock in case you decide to explore by foot.
  • No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed while riding or at event sites.
  • Leave no trace – dispose of your trash responsibly in the bins provided.
  • Stay hydrated! Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Control your speed and ride at a leisurely pace – this is not a race. Be prepared to slow down or stop for congestion, road hazards, and/or to allow transit to cross through major arterial areas.
  • Please ensure your bike is equipped with at least one white front light and one red backlight as well as a back red reflector if you plan on riding close to sunrise or sunset.
  • Use hand signals to indicate when you are stopping or turning.
  • Move completely off the road or path if stopping for any reason.
  • Do not ride against the flow of people on bikes.
  • Maintain adequate distance between yourself and other people on bikes.
  • Keep at least one hand on your handlebars at all times.
  • Have fun!
Your bike is an important asset, and just like any other valuable personal property, it’s worth taking measures to protect its value in the event of damage or theft. Read CapriCMW’s resources here to better understand how to protect yourself. Best way to get to route start points We suggest biking or walking when possible – transit is close to all start points as well. If this isn’t possible, parking is available in limited capacity near all start points. Still have Questions? Get in touch. bikennale@vancouverbiennale.com Vancouver Biennale is not responsible for any route changes based on unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, including but not limited to city construction, weather, road closures due to COVID-19, etc. Please be prepared by doing your research and having the necessary equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience prior to heading out on your ride or walk.




How to win prizes


Using the hashtag #VanBiennale, share your fun BIKEnnale/WALKennale photos and videos on social media for a chance to win prizes!

Photos and videos can be submitted until 9am each Monday. Be sure to follow our official account on your chosen platform. By submitting your photos, you are automatically consenting to them being used by Vancouver Biennale and on digital media outlets.




Choosing your route


Defined Activity Levels Each route has been assigned a colour based on difficulty. This includes length (km), accessibility (presence of walking/cycling infrastructure), and gradient of terrain (steepness/presence of hills). Please choose your routes based on your and/or your group's comfort level to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The most accessible routes are marked with an asterisk (*) in the "RIDE WITH GPS" app. These routes are suitable for all ages, abilities, and comfort levels.

  • Brown: Flat terrain up to 10 km – all portions are on designated bike streets, walking paths, and/or protected lanes. These routes are suitable for all abilities and ages, including younger families and groups with varying experience levels.
  • Pink: Flat terrain between 10-20 km – all portions are on designated bike streets, walking paths, and/or protected lanes. These longer routes are suitable for all abilities and ages, including younger families and groups with varying experience levels.
  • Blue: Undulating terrain with some small hills between 20-40 km – suggested for regular riders or walkers who are comfortable with bridge crossings and navigating bike streets throughout residential neighbourhoods.
  • Black: Undulating terrain with some small hills between 40-60 km – suggested for experienced riders and walkers who are comfortable with longer distances. These routes may include navigating bridge crossings, bike streets, non-protected bike lanes, and major intersections. Not suggested for young families or inexperienced riders.
  • Double Black: Undulating terrain with some small hills over 60 km – suggested for experienced riders and walkers who are comfortable with longer distances. These routes may include navigating bridge crossings, bike streets, non-protected bike lanes, and major intersections. Not suggested for young families or inexperienced riders.
All routes are round trip. The red line color on the "RIDE WITH GPS" map indicates the portion of the ride that will take you back to the start point. Remember that these routes are only your guide. Please tailor them to your individual needs and how you feel the day of your walk or ride. You are able to walk or cycle portions of any route without finishing the entire route. Abide by the most current orders, notice, and guidance from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control on physical distancing and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19. Vancouver Biennale is not responsible for any route changes based on unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, including but not limited to city construction, weather, road closures due to COVID-19, etc. Please be prepared by doing your research and having the necessary equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience prior to heading out on your ride or walk.




Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry! Mobi by Shaw Go has got you covered.


Access to a bike will not be a barrier for anyone during the BIKEnnale/WALKennale. Mobi by Shaw Go is generously offering free 24-hour bike share passes to registered participants on every Sunday until August 30. This pass will allow participants to enjoy unlimited 30-minute rides over a 24-hour period. To redeem this offer, please carefully read the instructions below:

  1. Create an account with Mobi by Shaw Go by clicking ‘Sign Up’ their website or by downloading the Mobi by Shaw Go app on your Apple or Android smartphone.
  2. Use the promo code (sent out each Saturday in our pre-event email) to redeem a free rental for the next immediate Sunday. Make sure to select the 24-Hour Pass when choosing your rental.
  3. Pick up a bike on Sunday and enjoy the ride! Check out this detailed station map to plan your day. Many BIKEnnale/WALKennale stops are located near Mobi by Shaw Go docking stations. Be sure to keep each trip under 30 minutes to avoid overage fees.
The 24-Hour Pass is subject to overage fees of $6 (plus tax) for each additional 30 minutes over the included time. When returning the bike to a docking station, wait for the bike to display 'Return OK' and listen for a single beep. No refund will be issued for overage fees charged if bikes are not properly returned. Find more information at Mobi by Shaw Go.




How the BIKEnnale/WALKennale works


It’s easy to participate in the BIKEnnale/WALKennale. Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for the BIKEnnale/WALKennale on Eventbrite by clicking here. Each registrant will receive a free registration button, which can be picked up at the Vancouver Biennale Centre (290 West 3rd Avenue) on any Sunday (9am-5pm) during the BIKEnnale/WALKennale event.
  2. Once registered, read the confirmation email from Eventbrite. This email outlines how to download the free navigation app ("RIDE WITH GPS"), giving you access to all routes as they are released throughout the BIKEnnale/WALKennale event. For more information, please see our FAQ: How to use "RIDE WITH GPS."
  3. Each Saturday until August 30, an email will be sent to the email you provided during registration, including new routes (with downloadable offline instructions and printable maps).
  4. Enjoy your ride/walk any day and any time during the BIKEnnale/WALKennale event using the "RIDE WITH GPS" app. You will have continuous access to routes once they are released - enjoy them any day of the week!
  5. Check out the Points of Interest (POIs), highlighting the historically rich, architecturally unique, and culturally profound areas along the way. For more information, please read our FAQ: Points of interest (POIs) on "RIDE WITH GPS".
  6. Using the hashtag #VanBiennale, share your fun BIKEnnale/WALKennale photos and videos on social media for a chance to win prizes! For more information, please read our FAQ: How to win prizes.
*Please note: in order to receive our BIKEnnale/WALKennale partner discounts, all group members must travel together with proof of registration (digital or printed Eventbrite ticket, or free registration button). Vancouver Biennale is not responsible for any route changes based on unforeseen circumstances outside of our control, including but not limited to city construction, weather, road closures due to COVID-19, etc. Please be prepared by doing your research and having the necessary equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience prior to heading out on your ride or walk.




How to use "RIDE WITH GPS"


The "RIDE WITH GPS" app allows registrants to follow the BIKEnnale/WALKennale routes with offline turn-by-turn voice navigation. To use the app, follow the instructions below:

  1. If you do not already have the app installed, download it now for Android or Apple iOS and register for a new account before proceeding.
  2. A link with new routes will be sent to all participants every Saturday until August 30.
  3. You may be prompted to log into your "RIDE WITH GPS" account before the routes become available in the app (Note: the first routes will not appear until July 26).
  4. Tap the Home or Library icon to access all BIKEnnale/WALKennale routes.
  5. To avoid data usage during the ride, save routes for offline access by clicking "Download" from the upper right-hand menu.
  6. To begin your walk/ride, tap the orange Navigate button.
Tip: adjust your phone's volume to a suitable setting before going on the road to follow the turn-by-turn navigation voice prompts. Learn more about using the "RIDE WITH GPS" app for our event here. To read the "RIDE WITH GPS" app's safety features, click here.




Volunteer and support


Sponsorship and Engagement
For more information on sponsorship and engagement opportunities please email: bikennale@vancouverbiennale.com.
Volunteer for BIKEnnale/WALKennale 2020
Please click here to sign up for one of our volunteer roles!
Share the event
Help make public art and active transportation even more visible! By signing up to ride or walk, you are helping show decision makers that community members want to bike, walk, and engage with public spaces and public art. Evidence like this can lead to improved bike infrastructure, more bike events, and MORE public art installations for you to enjoy.
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