Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cycling Proponents Peddle Health Savings

SFU's Dr. Meghan Winters found $54 to $200 million in healthcare savings in a 2012 study conducted for Toronto Public Health

Health officers, planners and city officials gather to discuss the health benefits of cycling and their economic impact

Planners and decision-makers seeking to replace partisan screaming matches over city cycling with data-driven conversations should embrace economic assessment tools, an SFU epidemiologist told the second Metro Vancouver Cycling Action Forum, a half-day event held Wednesday afternoon at TransLink’s new headquarters near Sapperton SkyTrain Station in New Westminster.

How cycling is like faith

Some months back I had a birthday that struck me as a bit … substantial. I was tempted to search out my birth certificate just to be sure. The number was right, however, and I decided that I would not go gentle into that good night (thank you,  Dylan Thomas). I was going to take a definite stand against the march of time.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bike and Walking Paths on E&N Route gains more support

It looks like the push by both Parksville and Qualicum Beach Councils to look at alternate uses of the E&N Rail Corridor has gained some traction. Nanaimo City Council recently endorsed a motion to push for bike and walking paths along the entire length of the E&N Rail Corridor. The Nanaimo Mayor and Council members unanimously endorsed the motion to establish continuous public access along the entire length of the rail line.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making back to school safer in Parksville

Has anyone had a chance to ride on Despard or Pym to see the improvements mentioned in this press release from Debbie Tardiff with the City of Parksville? Care to comment on either route?

Making back to school safer in Parksville

It's the first full week of classes in School District 69 and we would like to remind residents to slow down, drive carefully in school zones and be aware of our students on the roads. Over the summer, several City projects were completed which will help to promote safe routes to school for all our students.

Join B.A.D.D. or D.A.B.B. now!

Thanks to Gord Byers for the following. It is very timely with the ICBC initiative re. distracted drivers currently underway across the province.

What can be done about the number one
national menace on our roads: distracted drivers?
They are killing people or worse - leaving
their victims maimed, sometimes with
brain damage.

Friday, September 6, 2013

How To Comment on a Blog Post

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Combatting Bike Theft

 In this week's Oceanside Star there was an article about a dramatic increase in the number of bike thefts locally. Twenty-two bikes were stolen in the month of August compared with a total of just five bikes last year in August. Many of the bikes were left unlocked in carports or next to a home. Anyone with information on any of these thefts is asked to call the Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111.

There has been an "alarming" increase in stolen bicycles in the Parksville area, says Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman.
Twenty-two bicycles were reported stolen in Parksville last month, up from five in August 2012. After speaking with the owner of a local bicycle shop, Cpl. Foreman said he believes more bikes were stolen and not reported to police.
"It would appear that there are one or more thieves in the area that are targeting bicycles and high-end jogging strollers," he said. "Many of these bicycles and strollers were left unlocked in the carport or next to a home. Please protect your bicycle, attend a local bicycle shop and purchase a goodquality lock or leave your bicycles and strollers secured in your residence."
Anyone with information is asked to call Oceanside RCMP at (250) 248-6111.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bike For Your Life 2013

The 14th annual Bike For Your Life is in the books, and increased participation in the two longest routes has pumped the tires of the many volunteers behind the popular event which started and finished at the Parksville Community Centre last Sunday.

Tour de Rock and Jesse Foreman

Oceanside's own Jesse Foreman is one the riders in this year's Tour de Rock. You can follow Jesse as he takes part in the ride by viewing his own personal website:

The website for all Tour de Rock events can be found at:

You will find Oceanside events here in the 'Mid Island' section.
Best of Luck Jesse. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Innovative program in Oak Bay to encourage cyclists to wear helmets

Cycling crackdown in Oak Bay is a ticket to ride — helmeted

Nick Wells / Times Colonist
September 2, 2013

In Oak Bay, you can avoid a fine if you promise to buy a bicycle helmet. 
If Oak Bay police catch you riding your bike without a helmet, the ticket you get might be worth money.Cyclists who don’t own a helmet can avoid paying the $29 fine by promising to buy one — and can use their ticket to get a discount on their purchase, as part of a new Oak Bay program that begins today.