Here’s the the Dykes on Bikes Vancouver group:
The most up to date conversation is in there.
Here’s the nitty – gritty:
PRE-PARADE EAST SIDE GATHERING:
You don’t have to attend this part, but it’s fantastic to ride through Vancouver in a big group of bikes. And dykes.
Pre-gathering is at Continental Coffee on Commercial Drive.
(1806 Commercial, near 2nd Ave)
- Come early – give yourself time for coffee and a chat
- LEAVING approx 10:20am to be at the parade staging area on time.
From our friend Shawn Ewing, pride org’r:
“Dykes on Bikes need to arrive at Bute and Robson via Bute North
(between Georgia and Robson – usual spot) It is preferred to have you
arrive as a group – it is so much easier to part the sea of spectators
for the whole group. You will need to be in place for 11am – after
that there will be no access to start point. I know in years past, the
Dykes would meet someplace (usually EAst side) and all come together.
The other option is to meet on Bute between Georgia and Albernie and
when everyone is there, come through at Robson. How y’all get there is
up to you. Getting you all safely onto the parade route to start the
parade is my job. (…) I’ll make sure the volunteer looking after you is
HOW TO RIDE in the PARADE
Basically, ride slow, try not to pass each other, and keep your distance from the rest of the parade.
Keep some distance from the spectators, too. Watch out for folks trying to get daring photos and errant toddlers spilling into your path. Someone has volunteered to drive a vehicle to hold your helmets and gear, so you may ride helmetless if you wish, so folks can see you grinning!
Have so much fun!