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Throwback: Getting your bike through the tunnel

A free shuttle service is still available, or cyclists can also travel with TransLink because all buses that travel through the tunnel have racks for two bikes
First elected to the B.C. legislature in 1972, and re-elected four consecutive times, Emery Barnes was the very first cyclist to use the new free shuttle service through the George Massey Tunnel.

Here’s a throwback from the 1975 pages of the Optimist.

It took a lot of lobbying but the George Massey Tunnel finally got a bicycle shuttle service in April of that year.

Vancouver Centre MLA Emery Barnes was a big proponent of having the service for cyclists, but the lone rider in its debut.

The service traveled five times daily between the Richmond side of the tunnel and the Town & Country Motor Inn. A provincial highways department spokesperson at the time told the Optimist the new service was “a helluva waste of money.”