Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
For six months in 2010 I worked in Victoria, riding to the ferry on Friday afternoon for the trip back to the mainland, returning on Sunday by bike. During the summer, it's possible to take the bike shuttle thru the Massey tunnel on weekends. The rest of the year, the bike shuttle only runs during rush hour on weekdays. With all buses equiped with bike racks, though, it's pretty flexible. You can ride all the way, but you need to time the arrival at the shuttle. If you miss it, you can always bus thru the tube. You can also get on a Skytrain in Richmond; I believe there are no blackout times for bikes on the Canada Line, as there are on the Expo & Millenium lines, since the Canada Line cars have bike space built in (although it's usually occupied by air travellers with their baggage going to/from YVR).
I recall it would take close to two hours to ride from the ferry to my townhouse in Burnaby. Taking the shuttle, if you got the 4 pm shuttle, you'd get to the Delta side at about 4:05, and if you took the main highway and just booted it, you could get to the 5 pm ferry in enough time to load first. This is always the big advantage of being on a bike; you're usually first in line to the Pacific Buffet.
Also, (and I hesitate to reveal this little secret) if you are travelling as "foot traffic," you can avoid the lineups at the main passenger terminal by just boarding with the cyclists. Even better, if you're catching a bus at the other end, you can be close to first in line by disembarking with the cyclists and avoiding the crowds thru the terminal to get to the bus loop. But don't tell the ordinary passengers. Keep this info among cyclists only!