Cyclists Flood Florence Filberg Centre

The inaugural Comox Valley Cycling Coalition annual general meeting filled the Seniors’ Lounge of the Filberg Centre to capacity on Thursday evening. Despite the cold dreary night, cyclists of every age and interest gathered to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Valley.

Thanks to the dedication of life time cyclist Ed Schum, coalition members were treated to a presentation highlighting some of the world’s most bicycle friendly cities. Seeing beautiful pathways and bridges designed for cyclists, walkers, and runners, Comox Valley citizens confirmed their commitment to helping politicians and city planners move the district in a similar direction. The mission of the coalition is to create positive constructive changes in our transport system. Safer, more enjoyable commuter routes will encourage more people to take their bikes to school, to work, to go shopping or for recreation. The coalition is not just about cycling, it is about a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for the region.

While the executive was elected at the meeting, there are numerous ways to get involved in this organization. Meetings will be held monthly, to which the public is welcome to attend and voice their interests and concerns. Weekly reconnaissance rides will be hosted to explore and evaluate routes. Memberships are an important part of the mandate of this group. If you are interested in supporting the Cycling Coalition, memberships are available at bike stores in the valley. Whatever your passions, whatever your time commitments, if you are concerned about building a healthier community you are welcome to become a part of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition.

For more information please e-mail


Next Reconnaissance Ride

With the weather improving we will start holding our reconnaissance rides on a regular basis. Let's start this Saturday February 7th, meet at Courtenay Rec., Lewis Park at 1:00 PM.

I am planning to be there and will take you on a about 1 1/2 hour ride through some beautiful country side, ending up back at the Rec Centre. I will be there rain or shine, as long as there is no snow or ice on the road. As I said before, these rides are strictly informational/recreational/social, with several stops and discussion of what we see out there. They are also a good way to get to know other members of the Coalition and make new friends. Hope to see many of you there.

NOTICE: While we will have insurance for these rides once we are fully set up and registered, there will be no insurance for this outing. Everyone participating will do so at his/her own risk.

- Ed


Meetings scheduled

The first monthly meeting will be

Thursday February 19th
7:00 to 9:00PM

Comox Recreation Centre
1855 Noel Avenue
V9M 2H4

additionally, the next Comox Valley Cycling Task Force meeting will be held on Tuesday February 17th, 3:00 to 4:30 PM - Courtenay City Hall

Both meetings are open to all.


Be Car Free in the Comox Valley

The major event of this month, or perhaps the year will definitely be 'CAR FREE in the Comox Valley', an Open House get together organised by the Courtenay Rec Centre. It will be held on February 26, 7:00 PM in the large hall of the Florence Filberg Centre.

Our group as well as Active Comox Valley, Comox Valley Transit and the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force have been invited to do a presentation and set up an information table at this event. This is a great opportunity for us to spread the word of what we are all about and recruit new members.

This is THE MEETING I would like to see all our members as well as everyone in the Valley who is in favour of cleaner transportation to attend as it could be seen as a mini referendum on this issue. Please mark the date on your calendar and encourage several more people to attend.

As a special incentive there will be free snacks and refreshments.


Comox Valley Record January 28 2009