Monday, July 30, 2012

The Great Debate over Helmet Laws

The following opinion piece recently appeared in the Vancouver Sun. It is written by David Hay, a bike-injury lawyer from Vancouver. I found the article to be very informative and helped to clarify a number of issues relating to helmet use when cycling. I would recommend this article to anyone interested in this controversial issue.

The Great Debate over Helmet Laws

Sunday, July 22, 2012

More information on the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour

Thanks to Willy van Kemenade - chair of the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, here is quite a bit more information on this year's Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour:

The main registration location is at the Farmers Market Exhibition Grounds 4839 Headquarters Rd (past curling rink) (see page 23).  We have a second location at Coastal Black Estate Winery, 2186 Endall Road, Black Creek (see page 23). This registration area will only be open on Aug 11 from 9-11am.   

At this registration location you can also register for the Aug 12 itinerary or you can go to the Bayview registration location on Aug 12 between 9 and 11am if you are only doing the Aug 12th itinerary.  It’s located at the Rest area on Buckley Bay Connector between Highway 19 and 19A (close to number 22 on page 22)

The locations of the participating farms can found by downloading the Comox Valley Growers' Guide
Maps of the farms are found on Pages 19 - 24

Backroads Bliss - North Route - Aug 11, 2012
Amara Farm
Berry Best Farm
Coastal Black
Comox Valley Greenhouse
Eatmore Sprouts - 2 routes
Fir  Shelter Farm
Good Earth Farm
Island Bisons
New Sprout Farm - Twelve Tribes
Outback Nursery
Stone Croft Farm

Rural Ramble - Dove Creek Area - Aug 11, 2012 - Family and Novice Route
Dove Creek Market & Petting Farm
Eatmore Sprouts - 2 routes
Lloydshaven Holsteins Ltd
Mc Clintock's Farm
Natures Way Farm
Tannadice Farms Ltd

Bayviews - South Routes - Aug 12, 2012 - On this South Route there will be 2 itineraries starting from the registration location.
(Buckley Bay South)
Country Aire - 2 routes
Fanny Bay Oysters  - 2 routes
Ironwood Farm

(Buckley Bay North)
Grassi Point Farm Market
Country Aire - 2 routes
Fanny Bay Oysters  - 2 routes
Innisfree Farm
Royston Roasterie

Hopefully that gives you the information you need for now.   Our website will continue to be updated with information.   See  There is a limit on the number of participants so suggest you register in the near future.  Thanks again for your interest.    Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.


Presentations from Velo City 2012

Thanks to Arno Shortinghuis with the BC Cycling Coalition, here are links to many of the presentations from the Velo-City Global 2012 Conference held in June in Vancouver:

1.European Cyclists' Federation 

2.Research on Cycling Education and Cycling Accidents in Canada

3.Malmo Sweden and Planning for Cycling

4.Very Interesting Dutch Perspective on Cycling

5.Presentation on Idaho Law regarding Signage on Highways

6.The BICY Project: analysis on ways to increase cycling use in Central Europe

7.Around the World in 80 Days: Using GPS Technology to get kids cycling

8. 5 Lessons learned at Velo-City: a Good Overview of current trends in cycling

9.Reflections of conference attendees at Velo-City on Cycling Trends

Monday, July 9, 2012

Slow Food Cycle events

If you want to have a great experience cycling, visiting farms, sampling fresh, healthy foods and enjoying great views, try taking in a Slow Cycle event. There are 2 Slow Food Cycle events taking place this summer on Vancouver Island:

1.Comox Valley - Saturday and Sunday August 11 and 12 - Cost $15 per person -


2.Sooke Slow Food Cycle - Sunday - Sept 23 - 

There are also 2 Slow Food Cycle Events on the Mainland:

1. Vancouver - Actually in Agassiz on Saturday July 28 and Chilliwack on Sunday July 29


2. Pemberton Sunday, August 19

Thursday, July 5, 2012

ICBC funding to create a BC standard for cycling education and organize an instructor accreditation process.

The BC Cycling Coalition's Education Committee is pushing forward with it's "Right To Bike - Cycling Education for Children" initiative. ICBC has just announced funding to create a BC standard for cycling education and organize an instructor accreditation process.

Check out the BC Cycling Coalition Blog entry