Saturday
Jun022018

A Bike Ride - The Campbell River Greenways Loop

The summer bicycle season is a great time to explore a neighbouring community by bicycle. So, we asked Laurel Cronk to take us on one of her favourite Campbell River bike rides.

Laurel Cronk is the owner of Island Joy Rides, a boutique bicycle touring company. She actually grew up in the Comox Valley, but as a young adult left the Island for a time. Eventually she returned to Vancouver Island, settling in Campbell River where she has lived for the past 25 years.

Laurel loves exploring city life and nature by bike. Cycling is something that "makes her come alive" and therefore was excited to show off a local bike route she feels is a Campbell River hidden gem: the Greenways Loop.

Cycling the Greenways Loop is truly a Campbell River Joy Ride. It skirts the perimeter of the city on nature trails, separated pathways, sea walk, bike lanes, and the road shoulder. The Greenways Loop is a 25 km journey from urban life into the peaceful world of a nature and back out again. The experience is rejuvenating.

Below are links about cycling in Campbell River and the Greenways Loop:

 

 

Thursday
May032018

Bike to Work and School 2018

A fun week of riding your bike to celebration stations and entering contests including a chance to win the Exodus Travel Cycling Adventure Grand Prize to Portugal is arriving soon. Your part is to register and then Bike to Work or School for the week.

Bike to Work Event Qualification: Biking to Work includes cycling for shopping, meeting up with friends for coffee or any other time you use your bike for transportation in place of your car.

Portugal Cycling Adventure Grand Prize

To Qualify for the Exodus Travel Grand Prize:

"You must log kilometers for at least one trip that you choose to ride your bike instead of drive a motor vehicle to during Bike to Work & School Week, May 28 - June 3, 2018 (for example, if you choose to ride a bike instead of drive a motor vehicle to work, school, the gym, run errands, meet a friend for coffee, etc.)

Enter for the Exodus Prize here:

https:www.exodustravels.com/ca/cyclingBC-registration

Note: if you enter, you will only qualify if you have logged a trip during May 28 - June 3, 2018"

Organizational Name Change

The Bike to Work BC Society has been rebranded to GoByBike BC. They are a registered non-profit society that secures and shares resources to help BC communities deliver successful events as a way to encourage people to use bicycles for everyday transportation. Their primary focus is Bike to Work and School Week, however they are also planning other BC events.

The GoByBike BC core mandate is to simply help people discover the joy of using their bikes for everyday transportation.

To help spread their bicycling message, the Society has a variety of T-shirts available with the GoByBike brand.

Ride Safe and Have Fun on your bike!

 

 

Monday
Apr162018

Cycling Stories - Shaw TV North Island - Powell River

In May 2017, the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCCo) began its production of cycling stories with Shaw Community TV. We now have a collection of video stories about riding a bike in the Comox Valley. We would like to thank Franco Noviello, our Shaw Community Access Producer, for mentoring Sue Vince, a member of the CVCCo, on her journey as a volunteer Shaw Community Producer. Her CVCCo stories join other Community Producers' stories aired on Shaw TV.

The CVCCo Cycling Stories

The content of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition videos is meant to be enjoyable and informative. For instance, if you wondered about our cycling education program, you can watch the short video that captured our fun-filled day at the Ecole Robb Road Bike Rodeo.

You will likely recognize the people in the various videos as they live in our region. The content is presented from their unique point of view.

As a Shaw Community Producer, Sue says the best part of the project so far has been meeting up and talking with people that ride a bike. She feels creating the videos is a fun way to share people's passion for cycling.

The Shaw TV Cycling Stories are also an important way for the CVCCo to communicate to our membership and the general public, our local cycling issues and events. We have enjoyed the ride so far and thank all the people that have helped us with this project.

Where to View Our Bike Stories

The Shaw TV North Island-Powell River YouTube Playlist includes our cycling videos on a variety of local topics. It also contains other Community Producers' bicycle stories from the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Powell River

Monday
Mar262018

The Story Behind the CVCCo Newsletters

In December of 2015, Terry Bourque started writing the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCCo) Newsletter. As of March 2018, we have 28 CVCCo newsletters.

How it Started - As a board member, Terry was very aware of all the good work being done by the CVCCo board and its volunteer members. Terry thought it was important to share this information with our general membership.

The Bike Topics - The monthly newsletter encapsulates what the CVCCo has been doing the previous month; however, Terry also adds some interesting cycling stories and articles. Cycling Coalition news and bike topics have included:

  • Updates on our AGM and other meetings
  • Christmas bicycle gifts and activities
  • Cycling tours and other fun bike rides submitted by our members
  • Comox Valley Event Bike Lock-Ups with our bike parking equipment
  • Cycling safety tips
  • Formal Cycling Education – The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition Bike Rodeos and Urban cycling skills courses offered in our region.

The list continues to grow.

Terry's Intended Audience - Our monthly newsletter is available for our membership, but Terry also wishes to encourage the members of the public to read it too. It is a way to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we contribute to the Comox Valley community we call home.

Where the Newsletters are Located - Terry's newsletters can be found on this website by clicking on "Files" in the navigation bar on the right OR use this CVCCo Newsletter link.

A behind the scenes look at Terry's production of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition's monthly newsletter can be viewed below.

Spread the Joy of Cycling by letting others know about our growing collection of newsletters.

 

Monday
Mar192018

2018 Annual General Meeting Update

Presentation: The 2018 Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM was well attended.  Gregg Strong presented his ideas on local bike touring for both the less experienced and the more adventurous bike rider.  It was great to listen to his stories about cycling and camping on our nearby islands.  His more remote experiences on the North Island back roads were fascinating.   The photographs of his North Island outdoor adventures reminded us how beautiful and diverse our area truly is.  More details of his presentation can be found on his website: www.backroadsbiketouring.com

Election Results: The 2018 Board of Directors for the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition is as follows:

 

  • President - Marg Harris
  • Vice President - Chris Bowman
  • Treasurer - Julia Painchaud
  • Secretary - Open
  • Membership - Steve Allen
  • Director - Terry Bourque
  • Director - Angela Dawson
  • Director - Lawrence Vea
  • Director - Brian Schoneberg
  • Director - Angela Holmes
  • Director - Judy Loukras

 As promised our annual reports are available for you to review. Please find them below: 

Finally, our organizational goal is to encourage safe cycling opportunities so more people can feel comfortable riding a bike. In our March newsletter you will find two links to two seperate surveys that allow you to voice your ideas on how to make cycling better in the Comox Valley. March Newsletter

Our Membership Director, Steve Allen, is working hard to increase the CVCCo membership numbers. Steve wants to help others discover "The Simple Joy of Riding a Bike".