Sunday, November 23, 2014

Provincial Transportation Plan - Let Us Know Your Priorities

The Provincial Government is developing a new 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move, and wants to know your top three priorities for transportation infrastructure projects.

The British Columbia Cycling Coalition will be making a submission to the government and we want that submission to reflect the priorities of our members and other people cycling throughout BC. Knowing your priorities will also help us make the case to the government for increased investment million in cycling infrastructure, maintenance and education. In our cycling strategy, the BCCC recommends the Province invest $75 million per year in upgrading cycling facilities on Provincial highways and bridges as well as providing increased funding for cycling networks in communities around BC.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Tool for mapping cycling issues locally

In this morning's Victoria Times Colonist I came across an article entitled "Safer cycling through mapping". The article is about a brand new web-based tool for mapping a variety of cycling-related issues in your local area ( Included in the issues are easy ways to track:

1.Danger spots,
3.Near Misses and
4.Bike Thefts.

The website, created by UVic Geographer Trisalyn Nelson, is designed to allow anyone to easily post information about cycling issues in their own local area.

I gave the website a try this morning and found it very easy to use. You can also share your information using social media. Interestingly the site also shows all cycling accidents in our local area that have been reported to ICBC. When you first access the website you are asked if you want to share your location with Bike Maps. If you click on Share, the program will go to your current location. There is a tutorial for the website and this also allows you to participate in the online forum.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RDN Rail Trail Open House

The Regional District of Nanaimo Recreation and Parks Department, with support from Koers & Associates Engineering Ltd, has prepared preliminary plans for approximately 10km of Rail Trail that will link Parksville with Coombs and with French Creek.  

You are invited to attend an Open House on the project.  This is a chance to see the preliminary plans and ask Parks staff and design consultants questions about the project.

When?    Thursday October 9th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Where?   Multi-purpose room, upstairs at Oceanside Place, 830 West Island Highway, Parksville.
For more information on the project visit

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bike To Work Week Trophy presented to Town of Qualicum Beach

Congratulations to the Town of Qualicum Beach!

John Fair of the Oceanside Cycling Coalition presents the coveted Bike to Work Week trophy to Mayor Teunis Westbrook.
Qualicum Beach won the trophy back from Parksville by having more cyclists in the annual mayor’s ride during Bike To Work Week. The trophy will be on display at Qualicum Beach town hall until next year’s ride.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cycle Tourism Conference opportunity

We hope to see you at VeloWorks September 17 and 18, The Pinnacle at the Pier, North Vancouver, BC.
You can register at: http://veloworks.orgThe BC Cycling Coalition is teaming up with VeloWorks to help move cycling forward in BC. If you are a BC CC member, please check the box on the form and $15 will be contributed to the BCCC. If you are not a BCCC member, please sign up at:
It’s been an exciting two years. Much has happened since Velo-city Global 2012 brought over 800 cycling experts to British Columbia. Cities across the Province are adopting cycling plans aimed at encouraging more people to cycle and continuing to improve cycling cycle networks with paths and separated bike lanes.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tour de Rathtrevor

It's TOUR DE RATHTREVOR in support of Tour de Rock! Come ride a lap (or 20) around the campground...bring a couple dollars donations...and come see us at the Nature House to get your photo taken!!! Support a great cause...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Okanagan Rail Trail Video

This is a new video promoting the Okanagan Rail Trail between Kelowna and Vernon.
Click on the screenshot below to view the video.
Hello Rail Trailers,
We are happy to share with you a new and exciting support video!
Please watch it, share with your co-workers, friends, family and even strangers.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this film and an especially big thank you to the videographer and producers: Mike Benedeck, Angela Case and Ryan Tebbutt! These people graciously donated their time to make this video a reality.
Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 2.51.47 PMRail Trail Video
Rail Trail Support Video

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Victoria Bike Master Plan

In today's Times Colonist the lead article was on the Cycling Master Plan recently completed by the City of Victoria. The City will commit $5 Million over the next 5 years to the plan. The Plan emphasized 3 major considerations:

1.Continuous safe protected routes
2. Education and
3. Political will and policy

Here is the link to the Plan and hopefully local politicians will be able to take the time to read it.

Bike Theft in Nanaimo

Dear Cycling Friends

The Mid Island Velo Association storage container was broken into last night (July 22) and the clubs 6 Fuji youth bikes were stolen. The white bikes have red chains and all bikes have both a fixed sprocket and a freewheel. Two of the bikes are 43cm with 650c wheels.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Register early for Bike For Your Life and get a Discount

Bike For Your Life. Come out and support the event you love.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour

Only 4 weeks until the 4th annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour kicks off! This two day event is filled with multiple farm tours for all ages with routes ranging from 20 km to 45 km. The Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour provides cyclists with a unique opportunity to explore a wide variety of working farms in the beautiful Comox Valley. Below are the dates and routes that will be available rain or shine!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Bike For Your Life Volunteers needed

As you know, Bike For Your Life is happening August 10, 2014. Celebrating our 15th anniversary. We could use your help on the day of the event. I’m hoping some of you will be willing and able to Marshal, help with set up and take-down, and also could use help once or twice for a couple of hours to staff one of our tables out in the community. Please let me know as soon as possible.
Thanks so much,
Ruby Berry
Volunteer Coordinator
Bike For Your Life 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bicycle Helmet Standards

Local cyclist Len Gisbon has have created a link (Located at the bottom of this Post) which gives a comparative analysis of all internationally known regulatory standards on the subject of Bicycle Helmets. You may well see information that you didn’t know existed on the subject; review the Index listing.
Respecting the key point on the age of helmets- there is only one (1) standard - SNELL - that specifically mentions a date and that is five (5) years. All other standards emphasize “AFTER A CRASH” as the Replacement Interval.
Only buy/use a bicycle helmet manufactured to a known standard, wear it properly, and ride safely!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bike For Your Life is "ON" for this Year

Bike For Your Life. Come out and support the event you love.
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is happening August 10th, 2014

We had enough people to volunteer to help with this year's event to go ahead! Thank you to everyone who is giving their precious time to help organise our event.

We could still use some help on the day of the event, and also once or twice for a couple of hours to man one of our tables out in the community. If you have a little time to spare, contact us.

Registration forms are available on the website, Please register before the event. It helps make the morning go smoother. Also, it will be cheaper. Day of event registration will be an additional $10 for adults (no extra for kids or families).

Please print your form off the website and drop it at on our drop off sites- Ravensong Pool, Oceanside Arena, Island Cycle in Parksville, or Pedego in Qualicum, or you can mail it in to us at PO Box 921, Parksville, BC V9P 2G9.

We are excited to be celebrating our 15th anniversary this year. Look us at local events, drop by and say hello and buy a raffle ticket.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Cycle Tourism on the Coast

Building Cycle Tourism on the Coast

May 22, 2014

The Gibsons Chamber of Commerce, Gibsons Visitor Information Centre, and Transportation Choices – Sunshine Coast held a Cycling Tourism workshop on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Tourism is a major economic force on the Coast, and cycling is one of the fastest growing areas of recreation amongst adults in Canada. Put those together and add our close proximity to the Lower Mainland (which is experiencing a strong upswing in cycling), and we have the opportunity to attract a major new source of tourism business.

Following is a selection of the workshop materials and notes from the event.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BC Cycling Coalition motion re. Vancouver Island Rails to Trails

RDN – E&N Trail

The BCCC Board approves and fully supports that:
1.       The completion of a trail along the E&N line from Victoria to Courtenay is critical for creating a cycling touring network in British Colombia that will be a global draw and provide benefits to local economies and retail businesses of the degree enjoyed by extensive networks, such as La Route Verte in the Province of Qu├ębec.
And further;

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Halfbike: combines Biking, Running and Skiing

This New Vehicle Combines Biking, 

Running, And Skiing For A Truly 

Crazy Urban Commute

Meet the Halfbike, a new way to power yourself to work--more comfortable than a bike 
and less dorky (maybe?) than a Segway.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

You are Invited

The Board of the Oceanside Cycling Coalition would like to invite you to join us on the OCC Board. A member of the BC Cycling Coalition, we are a BC-registered Non-Profit Society. We are a small but enthusiastic group of local cyclists who have worked hard to promote our Mission Statement – To Promote Safe Cycling for everyone in the Oceanside area.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Vancouver Island Cycling Coalitions' new Blog

Check out the new Blog for BC Cycling Coalition-affiliated Cycling Coalitions located on Vancouver Island. Keep up to date on news and events up and down the Island.

Cycle Smarts BCCC Newsletter

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In This Issue

  • British Columbia Transportation Plan
  • Langley cyclist's odyssey 
  • Events and Activities 


Victoria sustainable and active tranportation event

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition invites to attend Changing Gears, an expo and speaker series on sustainable and active transportation, hosted by the BC Sustainable Energy Association.

Changing Gears is about:
  • understanding the impacts of fossil-fuel transportation on our environment
  • re-designing streets  and urban space to encourage “people places”, interaction, health and vibrancy in our communities
  • developing infrastructures to support “active transportation” (pedestrian and bicycle) lifestyles throughout the Capital Region
  • extending the reach, frequency, comfort and diversity of transit options

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Launch of the Nanaimo Region Rail Trail Website - Feb 25th

The Launch of the Nanaimo Region Rail Trail Website takes place on Feb 25th at the Nanaimo Golf Course from 4 till 6. This event is open to the public so please forward the poster to anyone you think might be interested.

VI Rail Trail announcement - Jan 15, 2014

Vancouver Island Rail Trail

Coombs to Parksville to French Creek

The RDN is gearing up to begin planning our first sections of Rail Trail within the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) railway corridor. With $2.6 million in funding support through the Federal Government's Gas Tax Fund, the first sections of trail, totalling approximately 10km, will connect the City of Parksville with Coombs and with French Creek.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Nanaimo Region Rail Trail newsletter

Dear Supporter of the Nanaimo Region Rail Trail,

Thank you for your interest in the NRRT! In this inaugural newsletter, we will include recent news about our regions progress on the trail, a fundraising update, as well as next steps for the Rail Trail Partnership and some ways you can help move the trail forward.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bike Swap

The Vancouver Island Performance Youth Racing Squad will be holding its first annual VIPYRS Bike/Gear Swap and Bar-B-Que on Sunday, February 16th from 10 am to 3 pm at Marin Bikes Western Canada Headquarters in Parksville. (#6 - 1152 Franklins Gull Road)

Monday, January 6, 2014

BCCC wants your input

The BC Cycling Coalition today announced the launch of a new campaign to help cyclists in the province to participate in the provincial government's Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review. Please take a few minutes to read the BCCC Press Release below and hopefully you will add your voice to BCCC's push to make cycling safer in our province. 

An Open House for the Review will be held in Nanaimo on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street