New: VGH Cycling Centre
We are pleased to announce that the VGH Cycling Centre will open in February at 866 West 10th Ave, in the old Laundry Building, right on the 10th Ave bikeway between Willow St. and Laurel St!
The VGH Cycle Centre is designed to support cycle commuting, provide a social hub for VGH cyclists, encourage active and healthy lifestyle choices, and reduce congestion.
In the 2012 'You & the Environment' survey, VCH employees identified sustainable transport as a top priority. The VGH Cycle Centre is part of a strategy to offer more commuting options and strengthen VCH's commitment to human and environmental sustainability.
Facilities for cyclists
The VGH Cycling Centre will provide access to a state-of-the-art end-of-trip facility, with more than 170 indoor bicycle parking spots, including 12 electric bicycle spots, lockers, showers, towel service, a lounge and a bike repair room for maintenance and tune-ups.
The centre is available to all staff working at the VGH campus as well as volunteers, though membership will be limited to ensure adequate access. There will be a small membership fee for these enhanced facilities, however existing cycling facilities and bike cages across VCH will remain in place and will remain free of charge.
A facility to serve you better
Over the past year, cycle commuters have been engaged through a number of surveys, an open house, and an advisory committee to offer input on bike racks, bike repair room, and storage lockers. The VGH cycling centre is managed by an advisory group made up of staff cyclists and the membership fees will cover the day to day operating costs. All those involved look forward to welcoming staff to the new facility.
Cyclists will have different membership options depending on whether you are a frequent bicycle commuter or occasional commuter.
For more information on memberships, please see our Membership Application Form.
Fees may change and are designed to be as low as possible and only to cover operating expenses so the facility is 100% self-sustaining.
To find out more, or visit the new VGH Cycling Centre, please contact: Arthur Orsini at VGHCyclingCentre@vch.ca or drop by the Bett Lauridsen Commuter Centre, located behind the Information desk in the Jim Pattison Pavilion, VGH.