Wednesday
May062009

Upcoming Events

Presentation by CV Cycling Coalition to Council of City of Courtenay
Monday, May 11th, 4:00pm

This is by far the most important event in the short history of our coalition. The purpose of this meeting is to convince council that it is worth investing a portion of our tax dollars into making cycling safer and more convenient in our valley so more people ride their bikes for transportation.

This will reduce the need to continue building more roads, bridges and parking for cars and it will keep our air clean and our valley more liveable.

A large turn out of people at this event will show the members of council that many people in the valley are for cleaner and sustainable transportation.

Please make an effort to be there and encourage others to join us.

Presentation to Council of Town of Comox
This presentation has been postponed, more details to follow.


Next Monthly Meeting
May 21st, 7:00pm at the Lewis Centre in Courtenay.

Agenda to follow


Next Recreational Ride
Sunday May 10th, meet at Lewis Centre at 9:00am please inform Ed Schum if you have any particular ride you want to do.

Cycling Commuter Skills Course
You've got another day or so to sign up for this course, to be held on Sat. May 9th, at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Call 250-338-5371 to register.

Thursday
Apr162009

Bike to Work skills courses

Skills Courses are available to help you get ready for this year's Bike to Work week on the following dates;

Saturday April 25th and again on Saturday May 9th
Courses run from 9am to 4:30pm at The Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay

Course instructor: Gavin MacPhail assisted by Ed Schum

Cost: $30.00 per person

This course is designed for anyone who can ride a bike but is not comfortable riding in traffic.

It combines classroom and on-road training to give you the skills and information you need to take your bike on the road – and enjoy it!

You will learn how to cycle safely and confidently in an urban environment. The course takes you through the most common situations you'll face when you ride your bike in traffic. It also provides you with tips to make cycling a fun and regular part of your life.

You'll learn to:
• maneuver your bike effectively
• determine the best place on the road to ride
• communicate with other road users
• check your bike for safety
• adjust your bike to fit you
• do basic bike maintenance
• choose equipment and clothing
• plan the best routes
• handle weather and riding at night

The Bike to Work Skills course is open to anyone 16 and over, whether you ride to work, to school, to go shopping, or just for the fun of it. You’re never too old to learn to enjoy using your bicycle for transportation!

Please bring your bike (must be in good working order), an approved cycling helmet and lunch, as there will not be enough time to go out to eat.

Register at: Courtenay Recreation, Florence Filberg Centre 250 338 1000 or Lewis Centre 250 338 5371

Two sessions of a shorter version of this course will be held on May 2, at the Comox Rec Centre.

The morning session runs from 9am to 12:30pm – the afternoon session from 12pm to 3:30pm.

Course Instructor: Ed Schum with a presentation of basic bike maintenance by Simon Brampton of Simon’s Cycles.

Cost: $15.00 Per Person

Register at Comox Rec Centre 250 339 2255

Max. 6 students per course.

Tuesday
Apr142009

Meeting scheduled and volunteers needed

Just a reminder of our monthly meeting on FRIDAY April 17th, 7:00 PM in the Comox Rec Centre. (This meeting is usually held every third Thursday, but had to be moved to Friday as there was no room available on Thursday.)

There has been a fair amount of development and action over the last month and all the committees (Road Standards and Maintenance, Planning, Surveys, Mapping and Education) will be starting to work seriously on different projects and programs. Please show up at the meeting with your input and if you not already have, join one of the committees.
The more people we have, the more we can spread the workload.

We also need several volunteers to help out with our booth at The Earth Day Family Festival - Saturday April 25th at Simms Park in Courtenay. Tomiko Collins has offered to do most of organising, but needs help with staffing the booth. The event runs from 10am to 4pm - If you have a couple of hours to help with promoting our Cycling Coalition at the Earth Day celebration, please email Tomiko at: tomiko@thebikecafe.com.
This is a worthwhile event and we should have a good showing at it.

Some volunteers will also be needed for Bike to Work Week - May 11th to 17th to help with the set up and staffing of Celebration Stations around the valley every morning throughout the week. We will send out more detail on times and activities. Mark the dates on your calendar and let us know if you can help. Registration is now open at: http://www.biketowork.ca/comox_valley
Of course, all our members should participate in Bike to Work week by using their bikes for transportation as much as possible!

Sunday
Apr052009

Next Meeting Scheduled

Our monthly meeting will be held on FRIDAY, the 17th April in the Comox Rec Centre.

We normally hold our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month, but could not get a room for that day. We will send more info about the agenda of the meeting later.

Just mark it on your calendar for now.

Monday
Mar232009

Comox Valley Cycling Task Force meeting

Tuesday, March 24, 3:00 PM, Comox Recreation Centre, Noel Road, Comox BC - please note change of location.

This will be a meeting with opportunity for public input and we want to discuss how our coalition can best work with the Task Force, the Technical Committee and the planners of the different jurisdictions.

A good turnout of our members at this meeting would help our bargaining power.