Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kinsol Trestle - latest photos

Click on the link below to see very recent photos of an inspection done of the Kinsol Trestle. There is still not form date as to the grand opening date but the Trestle looks like its almost ready to go.

Click here to see the latest photos

Farm Cycle in Comox Valley

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, working with Comox Valley Farmers' Market Association, Comox Valley Farmers' Institute, and Discover Comox Valley have planned a non-profit farm cycle tour on Saturday, August 6th. There will be 3 routes and each route will visit farms in the Comox Valley. The cost is $10 for the day and this certainly sounds like a fun day. You could go in this event on the Saturday and then go in Bike For Your Life on the next day.

Click on the link for information on the Farm Cycle event

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Free parking for Cyclists in Ottawa

I came across this on CBC News this evening. It's an interesting idea for a large city (Ottawa)to promote cycling.

CBC News
Posted: Jun 18, 2011 2:24 PM ET

Motorists who commute into downtown Ottawa will soon have another option thanks to a new program, which the National Capital Commission is peddling.
Cyclists will be able to park for free and cycle to work as part of a pilot project in Ottawa.Cyclists will be able to park for free and cycle to work as part of a pilot project in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press)

The NCC plans to allow free access to 10 parking lots, where drivers can leave their cars and cycle the remaining distance to work. The Park and Cycle pilot will run from June 20 to October 28, 2011.

Under the plan, the public will have access to 10 parking lot facilities (360 spaces), where unrestricted access will be provided weekly to cycling commuters. All of the parking lots all located between five kilometres and 15 kilometres from Parliament Hill.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Party For Parkinson's Fund Raising Event

The event is being held on Friday July 8th in Qualicum Beach, at the Community Hall. Doors open at 7:30.

The entrance fee is 15 dollars per person. For this, you receive free food, free drinks, and a great night out! Children thirteen years of age or younger go free. You can get tickets at the door or from the Mulberry Bush Book Store in Qualicum Beach.

Last year’s fundraiser was an enormous success, as was the ride across Canada. Let’s build on that success this year, with another great night at the Community Hall! Invite as many people as you like!

Also, there will be a wall of wine. So if you do come, it would be absolutely fantastic if you brought a bottle of wine!


William Cope

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Accent Inn Bike Love Program

I was reading in the Travel section of today's Times Colonist about this interesting new program for cyclists. You can keep your bike in your room, at each Accent Inn there are a bike wash, tuning station, Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit available for use,
Rags for cleaning and drying your bike and on On-Site Laundry room. There are 5 Accent Inns in BC - Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna and Kamloops.

Here is the link:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A very succesful Community Ride

It was great to have so many people out for today's Community Ride from Parksville to Qualicum Beach. There were over 30 participants who rode the entire 13.5 km route. This event was part of the Bike To Work Week festivities in the Oceanside area. The ride started at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, wound its way through the streets of Parksville before first stopping at Oceanside Place. Thanks to Joan Michel with the RDN all of the participants enjoyed fresh fruit and water.

We then rode the Parksville Qualicum Links Trail on our way to our 2nd stop at La Boulange Bakery. The coffee, water and baked goods were really appreciated before heading out on the last leg of our journey to the Celebration Station in front of the Town Hall in Qualicum Beach. When we arrived at the end of the ride we were met by riders from the Qualicum Beach Middle School Mountain Bike Club. Thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach everyone enjoyed the Bike To Work Week Cake and goodies. We were also greeted by Richard Backus, The President of Bike To Work Week BC, and Penny Noble, the Executive Director of Bike TO Work Week BC.

I wish to thank Const. Smith and Kokesch, members of the local RCMP Bike Squad; Brad Donaldson and his crew from Marin Bikes; Joan Michel of the RDN; Arrowsmith Bikes; John Layton and the staff at La Boulange Bakery and Amanda and Heather with the Town of Qualicum Beach.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bike To Work Week Video

A Channel News (Channel 12) filmed a feature piece on Tuesday, May 31st on Bike To Work Week in our area. It was very interesting to see Vancouver Island Report that day to see how the filming turned out. As we were distributing the Bike To Work Week Registration Forms in Parksville on Monday, John Fair and I found that there were very few bike racks in front of the restaurants and coffee shops. This is one thing that I hope is resolved in the near future.

Enjoy the video