St. George Rainway: Painting a Bygone Salmon Stream

On a misty grey summer morning, we hotfooted by bike to see a brand-new road painting that memorializes a bygone salmon stream that ran through the Mount Pleasant Vancouver neighbourhood. That’s right –a somewhat bumpy road surface was graced overnight with a blue-green swirly art stream of salmon, frogs, trees and sea life in a…

2010 Olympic Birthmarks in Neighbourhoods: Vancouver, BC

For locals,  the 2010 Winter Olympics legacy for some Vancouver buildings and artwork becomes paradoxically like a familiar face that we may longer notice its unique birthmarks over time. I haven’t spent any time researching, analyzing  nor comparing long lasting transformation of buildings, art and infrastructure in Vancouver and other Olympic cities worldwide.  So just take my…

Cherry Blossom Ballet in Vancouver: Nature and New Mural Art

I had been wanting to highlight this new outdoor public mural that featured cherry blossoms against the backdrop of West Coast Japanese-Canadian and aboriginal history. The St. James Community Service Society mural was commissioned in 2011 by the City of Vancouver, as part of their new public art works in celebration of the city’s 125th…

Cycling For Favourite Foods To Devour at Farmers’ Markets

I tend to be a goal-oriented cyclist –I have a destination in mind. Sometimes that turnaround point involves food. Now any diet-conscious cyclist would admonish my attitude:  to maintain a healthy weight, do not reward yourself by eating calorie laden food.  True.  The reality is at least a snack at the market, is a fabulous carrot…

Maidei Touches Down in Vancouver, B.C.

Maidei continued her world-wind adventures during her TeamEstrogen global cycling relay,  but now in western Canada.  She  boarded on an Air Canada flight from Calgary to Vancouver. She wanted to escape the shenanigans of the annual Calgary Stampede in early July which features bronco horses, chuckwagon races, deep fried foods and nightly drunken partying for nearly 10…

Under the Shadow of Giant Sparrows: Sharing Public Space at Olympic and ParaOlympic Village Open House

Yesterday I cycled to the official public opening of the Olympic and ParaOlympic Village where I volunteer-assisted at Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s (VACC)  information table. Several thousand people gathered to hear speeches from Mayor Gregor Robertson, VANOC CEO John Furlong, Olympic ski-cross gold medalist, Ashleigh McIvor and Rick Hansen, Man in Motion wheelchair athlete. People lounged on…

More Iconic Olympic Photo Memories. Part 2

Different Inukshuk Symbols to Welcome the World It is just a matter of time before those popular iconic Olympic torchbearer red mittens are removed from the Inukshuk statue by English Bay near a popular walking and cycling path.  Soon we will not see that quirky adornment in a few weeks, of which by now Hudson’s…

Anointing the Night with Fireworks and Waterworks

Surely for every Olympics, the nightly free fireworks were rare times for unbridled photo shooting. Instead of packing ourselves with over 7,000 other people  for earlier, free concerts at David Lam Park, we staked ourselves along the waterfront Seaside Path for the light and water show. One clear night, we all waited for the grand…

On Art in Outdoor Public Spaces and Inside the Human Body

Several sections of downtown Vancouver streets have been closed and transformed temporarily during the Olympics and ParaOlympics,  into car-free public spaces for temporary public art installations, street performances and for people to  meet, sit down and chat. Earlier in this blog,  I  highlighted  the wonderful lantern art sculptures on Granville Street near Robson.  The crowds are…

Iconic Photo Memories- 2010 Winter Olympics. Part I

Each person will have a different iconic photo memories for these Winter Olympic Games.  It will depend where the person was and maybe a little story behind a particular photo. Olympic Torch Relay:  Vancouver Segment of Cross-Canada Relay Ends with Exhilaration  and Sadness The 2010 Olympic torch relay run helped define a moment for many participants, spectators…

To Be or Not to Be: The Most Sustainable Olympics

For any Vancouverite, it is probably not a great idea to ask about whether or not the 2010 Winter Olympics will be financially sustainable.  Local residents already know the ballooning costs for security, the Olympic Athletes’ Village and the list goes on.   After all, such costs are often beyond the direct control of most ordinary citizens….

Cycling Towards an Olympic Hero: Harry Jerome

On the well-known Seawall bike path which encircles  Stanley Park, near Hallelujah Point, is the statute of Canadian black runner, Harry Jerome.  Many iconic photos have been taken of this famous local statue, often against the backdrop of  the Canada Place tented roof sails. Since the bike path is one-direction only, all cyclists must meet…

Duct-Taping an Olympic Host City for Security

 As we get closer to the start of the Games, the downtown core of Vancouver is being ‘duct-taped’ around building perimeters  –with kilometers of security fencing and swaths of green-blue, Olympic fabric material. It was funny to see an actor duct-taped on the Canadian comedy sitcom show, ‘Red Green’, or duct tape slapped on as…

Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010- Lantern Sculptures Light the Way

 A traffic-free zone on Granville Street between Robson and Georgia has been transformed for only one month into a sparkling display of light sculptures and lanterns. The LunarFest 2010 art display and performance is part of several arts cultural events coordinated under  the  Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010, before and during the Olympics. The LunarFest light…

The Northern House and Arctic Memories

Just some context for the start of Cycle Write Blog:  since it is less than two weeks from the arrival of the Olympic relay torch flame in Vancouver,  Cycle Write will include my observations as a resident living in the heart of Vancouver as the Olympics unfold — literally down the street and 360 degrees…