Always wanted to cycle around 1970s Vancouver but lack the requisite time-travelling device? Look no further than the video above.
According to the description, the video was shot by Hans Sipma in the mid-1970s—likely 1974 or 1975—with a Braun Nizo Super 8 camera mounted on his bicycle.
A Google Map traces the bicycle's route, and the 13-minute video is intercut with stills from 2011.
Some of the changes, particularly around Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver and southeast False Creek, are simply incredible.
Experience a harrowing of crossing the Second Narrows Bridge, pre-guard rails, on the left-hand sidewalk. Marvel at the price of gas—16 whole cents a litre! And the clothing—the clothing!
A counter in the bottom left-hand corner amusingly tallies the number of VW Beetles encountered along the route (71 in total), and clips from '70s radio add to the nostalgic feel.
While I'm not a huge fan of how ubiquitous time-lapse videos are these days (how many SkyTrain ride videos does the world really need?), this one is definitely something special.More