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.



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:

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". 




Staycation Bike Touring Presentation

You are invited to the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition Annual General Meeting.

This year we have a special night organized: Adventure bike touring in your own backyard.

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM
When: March 6, 2018
Where: Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay
Time: 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Gregg Strong
Topic: Easy and Extreme Bike Touring on Vancouver Island

Gregg has a passion to explore local and remote areas of Vancouver Island on his bicycle. He is equally passionate about sharing his knowledge so others might find the same joy of being immersed in the bountiful beauty that surrounds us. He has lots of tips to share, photos to enjoy and stories to tell. We hope you will join us.

More details about Gregg and his presentation can be found in our February newsletter. 

2018 02 AGM 2018.pdf

We also created a sneak preview of his presentation:



The Safety Connection - The System and The Individual

From the perspective of a cycling advocate, the BC transportation system seems set up for the automobile. Protective laws that are in place for pedestrians and bicyclists convey an intention to protect people walking and riding a bike. However, these same protective laws often appear to have a bias towards the convenience of a motor vehicle; the active traveller an afterthought.

Best practice physical infrastructure for people getting around other than a car, is providing a way to bring equality back into our transportation system. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition is advocating for just that. It is a process that inevitably deals with current politics and policy, cultural beliefs and our human resistance to change.

In the meantime, the individual venturing out in the community as a pedestrian, riding a bike, or getting around on a mobility scooter must bear the "lion's share" for personal safety. Our goal today is to remind you about a few personal safety tips for the winter months still ahead - be visible, winterize your equipment and stay warm, dry, and safe.




A Jolly Christmas Bike


A Jolly Christmas Bike


December is a festive month.  It is when we prepare for the holiday season ahead.   Each day the scene of Christmas lights multiply and joyfully create the feeling of brighter nights as we anticipate the shortest day of the year.   We also start to think about what special gifts we can find for our friends and family.  

This year we wanted to help you out by showing you some gift ideas that will keep your favourite person on a bike bright, festive and safe.   Our December newsletter is filled with fun and vibrant ideas, so check it out:

If you want to give a gift that gives twice, choosing one of the lights or reflective gear options might be a good choice for you. People driving a car appreciate highly visible bike riders and pedestrians. It is scary when someone seems to appear out of nowhere, because they blend into the dark nights. In that way, reflective clothing and waterproof bike lights can be a jolly gift of safety to your loved one on a bike and a jubilant gift of visibility for their fellow road users.

Let’s celebrate with lights and enjoy the Holiday Season in a safe and festive way: