THE EVENT

Overview

This event brings together hundreds of cyclists of all levels to enjoy a ride through Vancouver and Burnaby and raise money to support mental health services in our community. All riders are required to wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road and ride safely along the roads. After the ride, participants will enjoy many activities; live music, healthy breakfast and snacks, a barbeque lunch, face painting for kids, and cycling displays and mental wellness information for everyone.

History of Ride

CMHA Vancouver Burnaby Branch initiated the Community Bike Ride event three years ago as a way to raise awareness for mental health and wellness. The ride has grown substantially every year with both riders, supporters, participants and sponsors.

Why Ride

Ride to support mental wellness and recovery! Mental illness does not affect a person in isolation. It impacts families, friends, co-workers and our community. In fact, 1 in 5 Canadians will suffer from a mental illness. In Vancouver and Burnaby that is over 161,000 of our family members, friends and neighbours.

Your support adds a voice to the importance of mentally healthy communities and an end to stigma and discrimination. We ride to raise awareness and acceptance of those living with mental illness. We ride because recovery, when the right supports are in place, is possible. We ride because healthy choices, including exercise, builds resiliency and promotes positive mental health. We ride because cycling is fun and good for us and our environment and we ride for us, all of us.

Who Rides

This large scale community event brings together cyclists of all levels to enjoy one of the two scenic routes in Vancouver and Burnaby. All ages are welcome, from young children to community elders. This event isn’t a competition, but rather an enjoyable ride with two beautiful routes to choose from, travelling through Vancouver and Burnaby.

Event Day

Date: Sunday June 24th, 2012

Start and finish: Central Park in Burnaby (east corner, Patterson just south of Kingsway), 1 minute from Patterson Sky Train Station

Registration starts at 8:00AM

Staging area at East side of Central Park (white tents on the lawn area at the corner of Kingsway and Patterson – in front of Patterson skytrain station)(parking spaces available)

  • 8:00AM to 9:30AM Breakfast, bike tune up, community resources
  • 9:10AM speeches
  • 9:25AM 50K pre-ride warm-up lead by Christina Longo
  • 9:30 AM 50K riders leave the park
  • 9:45AM 20K pre-ride warm-up lead by Christina Longo
  • 10:00AM 20K riders leave the park
  • 11:00AM onwards – riders return to the staging area
  • 11:30AM start to serve BBQ lunch
  • 11:30AM live music starts
  • 12:15PM awards and prizes

Important reminders:

  • mandatory to wear helmet on our ride
  • bring a bike rock to lock your bike while you are enjoying the event activities
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50 km route:
www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/cmha-community-bike-ride-50-km

20 km route:
www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/cmha-community-bike-ride-20-km

Check out the incredible Prize List! Thank you to all of our sponsors.  

On-site services

Bike parking, Water stations, Station for flat-tires/air and bike mechanic support, Cycling booth and mental health information booths, port-a-potties.

Need Help?
Please contact Grace Kwok at 604-872-4902 extn 237 or email grace.kwok.vb@cmha.bc.ca

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
Vancouver-Burnaby Branch
#110-2425 Quebec Street,
Vancouver, BC  V5T 4L6
www.vancouver-burnaby.cmha.bc.ca

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
North & West Vancouver Branch
Suite 211 - 260 West Esplanade,
North Vancouver, BC  V7M 3G7
www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

Canadian Mental Health Assocation
BC Division
Suite 1200 - 1111 Melville Street,
Vancouver, BC  V6E 3V6
www.cmha.bc.ca