The Georgia Straight - - Best Of Vancouver - Photo by Mike Usinger

It is gen­er­ally ac­cepted—un­less your name hap­pens to be Wai Young— that Van­cou­ver is a great city for those who have em­braced cy­cling. Thanks to des­ig­nated bike lanes, you don’t have to worry about be­ing doored on Dun­smuir or forced off the road on Richards. But cy­cling isn’t with­out its frus­trat­ing mo­ments, a big one be­ing the train tracks that cut across Union Street right by La Casa Gelato. Hands up if you’ve found your­self sit­ting on your robin’s-egg–blue fixie for an eter­nity while a train rolls along in front of you, won­der­ing when the end is finally go­ing to ap­pear. Did you know that there’s an­other way across the tracks and it doesn’t in­volve rid­ing to Hast­ings or 1st Av­enue? The next time the Adanac bike route is blocked by a train, sim­ply head a block north to the Keefer Street Pedes­trian Over­pass, which seems to be a se­cret to 99 out of 100 cy­clists. A chain-link–en­closed ramp that con­nects Ray­mur Av­enue and Keefer not only takes you up and over the tracks, but also gives you a pretty great view of the mile-long train you’ve just clev­erly man­aged to avoid. Or you can stand with the mut­ter­ing, in­con­ve­nienced, and ex­as­per­ated masses on Union, won­der­ing why the hell you haven’t in­vested in an Evel Knievel XR-750 Har­ley David­son sky cy­cle.

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