Bike to Work week 2009

What a great week, an average of 50-70 folks stopped in at the Celebration Stations located around the Valley from 7-9am each morning.

There was an amazing response from the schools with 682 students and 83 staff riding and a huge amount of people seen pedaling around the Valley every day...

More info and photos from the week can be found here: Bike to Work Comox Valley.

On Thursday morning there was even a special "Bike to the Playground" event for the pre-schoolers, photos can be found here, here and here

Roll on Bike to Work week 2010 !!


Ride Report - May 17th

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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.


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.


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:
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:
Of course, all our members should participate in Bike to Work week by using their bikes for transportation as much as possible!