Comox Nautical Days Parade

From Ed Schum:

"Thanks to all the members who came to join in the parade on Monday. We ended up with a great turn out 62 cyclists of all ages riding with us. I would estimate that about 45 of them were CVCCo members and 17 non members. 62 people on bicycles looked like an impressive group and I think we made a good impression.

Considering that we made the decision to participate in the parade only a week ago, I think it turned out really well.

We had a little four year old boy doing the whole distance on a running bike, a teenager performing some impressive stunts on his mountain bike, and a group, under the direction of Terry Dekker, singing cycling songs.

We had a variety of signs with slogans about the purpose of our coalition, and also handed out flyers with our website and vision.

Thanks to all who helped with pulling it off. Of course, we can do it even bigger and better next year."


Join the Parade on BC Day

From Ed Schum:

All cyclists are invited to ride with us in the Comox Nautical Days Parade on Monday August 3rd from 10am.

The objective of this ride is to raise awareness of what cycling can do to keep our communities more liveable; and that more safe cycling routes in our valley will encourage more people to ride their bikes, which will help to make our population healthier and our air cleaner.

If you believe in any of this and own a bicycle and a helmet, join us for this ride. The more people we have in this parade, the stronger the message will be that many people in our valley are in favour of investment into cleaner and healthier transportation.

People in electric (or manual) wheelchairs are also welcome, as they are the ones who need safer and more convenient routes more than anyone.

If you feel like decorating your bike and/or wearing some kind of costume, that would brighten things up, but it is optional.

You can also make up signs like “cycle for cleaner air” “cycling for the fun of it”, “we need safer routes for cycling”, “we need safe routes to schools”, or whatever slogan you come up with, this is also optional.

The most important thing is that you come out and join the parade. it would be great if you could pass this message on to your friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc. and encourage them to come out as well.

We also like to see as many children in the ride as possible, including those pulled in carriages.

Bikes must be in safe working order and approved cycling helmets must be worn.

The marshalling area for the parade is on Gladstone (below Comox Elementary School – a few blocks up Rodello Street from Comox Avenue)

Meeting time is Monday, August 3rd at 10am, the parade starts at 10:30am and should be over in less than an hour.

Hope to see many of you there.

email Ed if you have any questions.


Broken Spoke Coffee House - Grand Opening July 25th/26th

The Broken Spoke Coffee House - 420 Fitzgerald Avenue, Courtenay BC is having its grand opening celebrations this weekend (July 25th & 26th) with activities planned all day Saturday, including;

Le Tour de France (9am - 12 noon)

Kids Bike Safety Courses (9.30am & 2.30pm)

Led by Ed Schum of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, a cycle safety course for kids aged 4 - 12. There's two chances to catch this great opportunity, each course is set to last an hour. (Ed is still looking for some volunteers to help with this: email Ed)

Classic Bikes Museum

(Please email Mike if you have an old classic that should be on display (email Mike)

Coffee Cupping events
Art Unveiling
Bike Mechanics Courses
Grand Day Out group ride
Post Party

For more details check out their website - The Broken Spoke


Meeting Scheduled

Thursday August 6th 2009
7 to 9pm

The Salish Building (near the tennis courts)
Courtenay Recreation Centre
Lewis Park
V9N 3P5

This meeting is open to all


Meeting scheduled

The next meeting will be held at Comox Rec. Centre on Thursday, July 2, at 7pm, to discuss what actions we want to take over the summer.


Formation of the Comox Valley Cycling Public Advisory Committee
Recreational rides
Other business