Scott @ Porcelain Rocket pointed me at this interesting bike event on Salt Spring Island this summer.
“Salt Spring will be bicycle-heaven-on-earth, the most welcoming place on the planet to be on a bike, between June 21 and June 23, 2012. There will be fun, games and knowledge exchange when the largest of BC’s Gulf Islands transforms itself into Velo Village.
The BIKE FERRY is the big event that everyone will want to be part of. On Saturday, June 23, BC’s first bicycle-only vessel sails for Velo Village. The MV Skeena Queen will carry 400 cyclists from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour where they’ll be joined by local cyclists for a 15km Fun Ride to the Velo Village Hub in Ganges.
And what a ride it will be! The cycle route will be decorated with dozens of beautiful hand painted bikes. Created by local artists and amateurs both, the bikes will guide riders along the winding rural country roads of Salt Spring Island.
The three-day Velo Village event has something for everyone! The Canadian Premiere of Reveal the Path will be shown on Thursday evening and art produced by 24 Salt Spring artists will be auctioned off at a Gala event Friday evening.
On Saturday, cyclists can leave their bikes with the Velo Village parking and valet service and walk to bike-themed and powered performances, take in vintage bike and photo exhibits and participate in electric bike, cycle tourism, bike economics and rural safe cycling workshops.
The centerpiece for decision-makers, planners and cycling advocates is Friday’s Cycling and Rural Mobility Conference where speakers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will share solutions for connecting city cyclists with their country cousins.
Velo Village is an official Velo-City 2012 pre-conference event and is coordinated by Island Pathways. Island Pathways is a Salt Spring not-for-profit organization that has been working for almost 25 years
in support of safe and accessible pedestrian and cycling services and facilities.
Salt Spring is located approximately 30kms from Vancouver and is the largest of approximately 450 gulf Islands along British Columbia’s southwest coast. Spanning 175 km2 and supporting approximately 9,500 permanent residents, it is recognized around the world as a remarkable rural destination. In the early 1970s, the rare ecosystems and exceptional variety of species of birds, fish, intertidal life, wildlife and plants were recognized as unique provincial assets and placed within a regional trust.
For more information and to register, please visit http://velovillage.ca
MEDIA CONTACT: John Rowlandson, 250 653 4049 firstname.lastname@example.org“
Since Scott was keen to share the info for this event and plans to attend I’m hoping he’ll act as a Lazy Rando Correspondent to take photos and report on what it was like…=-)