The Dizzy Cycles 2010 Vancouver Road Closure Bike Commute Challenge, February 8 – March 12
What is The Dizzy Cycles 2010 Vancouver Road Closure Bike Commute Challenge? A lot of us are fair weather commuters. It’s pretty easy cycling in Vancouver from April to October, but bike commuting in February and March when the rain won’t stop, the sun doesn’t shine, and the temperature can hover around 6°C, and yes sometimes it does still snow, well that is a whole other challenge for most of us. Only the impending road closures, over-crowded public transport, and general road chaos forced on us by the 2010 Winter Olympics will make some of us consider starting our bicycle commuting season earlier, or for some, for the first time.
But don’t fret, we want to hear from you, the Vancouver Olympians by default — the Vancouver Bicycle Commuter. From February 8 to March 12 send us your tales and anecdotes about riding your bike in Vancouver during the Olympics. Close-calls, good samaritan acts, funny sights, famous athlete spottings, weird run-ins with security staff, etc. we want hear how you rode your way around the biggest party we’ve had since Expo’86! So park your vehicles, jump off the bus, dust your bikes off a few months early and start riding to work, school, to do your shopping, visit your family and friends.
Essay Contest Rules
1. It has to be true. There are plenty of fiction contests out there, this isn’t one of them.
2. 250 words or less.
3. No political vitriol. Save that for your personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, letters to the editor, or media outlets.
There are three ways to send us your essay:
Fax: 604 739 6859
Mail: Dizzy Cycles Essay Contest, 1856 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3
Our favorites will be posted daily here on the Dizzy Cycles website and on our Facebook page throughout the Olympics.
There will be three awards announced March 25. Winners will be voted on by Dizzy Cycles staff. (Dizzy Cycles family members and buddies need not submit entries.)
Gold medal winner will receive a 2010 Kona Dew Deluxe bicycle.
Siver medal winner will receive a $200 Dizzy Cycles Gift Certificate
Bronze medal winner will receive a $100 Dizzy Cycles Gift Certificate
What You Will Need
1. Patience and a sense of adventure.
2. A bicycle in safe, good working condition.
3. A helmet, a very good lock, and lights if you are riding either before dawn or after sunset. Helmets and lights are the law in Vancouver.
4. Maps: Official Olympic route maps, route planners and lot’s of other useful information can be found here.
Good luck! We look forward to reading your stories.