BEST BIKE-ROUTE DIVERSION
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.