The “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” campaign raises awareness of how elephants are both physically and psychologically hurt when tourists ride them. It also shows tourists how to interact ethically with elephants by providing information on 30 elephant sanctuaries in 13 countries. For more info on why riding is harmful, please click here.
The scars on the elephant’s head (above) are from the hook used by almost all mahouts.
The “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” campaign is also a major fundraiser. Elephanatics will fund the rescue of an abused tourism elephant in Thailand and let it retire to the Elephant Nature Park!
HUB Cycling’s Bike the Night (presented by MEC)
Saturday, September 16, 2017
6pm – 8pm Pre-Party
8pm – 9.30pm Ride
Concord Pacific Place – Corner Pacific Blvd & Carrall St
Join 4,000 riders for a neon night bike ride on Vancouver’s city streets!
Elephanatics is teaming up with HUB Cycling and Mountain Equipment Co-op for their “Bike the Night” event. Riders will decorate their bikes and themselves with lights and neon colours and celebrating the only official night ride on city streets.
The Pre-Party will have a live DJ, bike decorating station, airbrush tattoos, selfies with a life-size elephant, games, giveaways, MEC bike grand prize, free bike inspection & maintenance.
Elephanatics will have a tent at the pre-party and end of the ride where everyone can get fluorescent coloured airbrush tattoos for a donation to the campaign. (Suggested $5-$10) The limited edition “Ride A Bike – Not An Elephant” t-shirts below will also be available for $30 each. All proceeds go towards rescuing an abused tourism elephant so it can enjoy retirement at the Elephant Nature Park.
Tickets are only $10 for HUB Members ($15 for non-members) until September 15!
Those under 16 years bike for free. For tickets, click here.