Reconnaissance Ride - Saturday 21st February 2009

Ride report from Ed Schum

"Eight of our keen members showed up for the ride on February 21. The air was cool but the sun made riding very pleasant. The plan was to look at the Riverside trail to see what can be done to make it safer. After riding over 5th Street Bridge, we went under the bridge and up the set of stairs where bikes have to be carried. A smooth narrow strip of concrete on at least one side of the stairs would make it much easier to move bikes up or down these stairs.

The Riverside Trail is a pleasure to ride. At least for the first part after its start behind Central Builders.

The closer one gets to the Airpark the busier it gets with people walking, some with their dogs on loooong leashes.

This trail coming down a fairly steep hill from 17th Street Bridge meets the Riverside trail on a blind corner and needs a caution sign for cyclists to slow down.

The two steel posts in the middle of a sharp turn on the trail make it difficult for some cyclists, particularly with trailers to negotiate the turn. With the new landscaping in place they should no longer be necessary to keep cars off the trail. The concrete garbage container could be moved off the trail.

As mentioned earlier, once you get to the Airpark the traffic on the trail gets quite busy in the afternoon of a sunny day. There are many people walking with kids and dogs and kids riding their bikes and trikes. This is a great and true multi use trail and, in my opinion, cyclists should not expect to be able to ride on it at any speed.

There are a few corners that could be widened and a center line in some places might help to separate traffic going in different directions. Perhaps a few signs could explain who has the right-of-way and where people should walk or ride. But, in my opinion too many rules and regulations would spoil the trail.

This is the kind of trail where nobody should be in a hurry, everyone watch out for everyone and faster people yield to slower ones.

I would suggest that we leave this trail to pedestrians and only slow recreational riding and get one of the south-north running streets improved for faster cycling and commuting.

All of this is my personal opinion. Please let me know if yours is different. In the end we will leave it up to one of our committees to determine what the stand of our coalition on this trail is.

Wow, how can anyone say so little with so many words?



Meeting Agenda - Thursday February 19th 2009 - Comox Recreation Centre 7pm


Operate as a Chapter of the BCCC – or – form our own Society?
What do we want to get involved with?

Chip seal issue
Road standards
Road maintenance
Special events
Social events
Reconnaissance rides
Traffic laws
Traffic counts and surveys
Coalition clothing?

If you have any additional ideas, bring them to the meeting.

Forming of work groups/committees
We need more members involved in leadership roles.
Presently elected officers:

President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Media Relations, Webmaster, Social convener.

Additional appointed or elected positions:

Vice president(s)
Work group/committee leaders
Additional social convener(s)

‘BE CAR FREE IN THE COMOX VALLEY’ get-together, Feb. 26
Promote it as much as possible.
Presentation, Information Table-photos-posters-memberships.

Strategy to convince local governments that the majority of citizens are in favour of spending more tax dollars on improvements for cycling and walking instead of on getting more and more cars into our city centers.

Monthly meetings: Continue every third Thursday of month?
Reconnaissance rides: Every Saturday at 1:00 PM
Membership drive.
Open discussion


Reconnaissance Ride - Saturday 14th February 2009

Ride report from Ed Schum;

"The great weather yesterday brought a record number of eight of our members out for the third Reconnaissance Ride.

Thanks to Bonnie Ervin, Emily Holmes, Jan Gemmel, John Hurley, Dave Hardie, Jim Palmer and Mike Collins for joining and guiding me.

We first puttered around the area behind the Superstore and the new Casino to see if we can find a route to bypass the very busy and to most cyclists intimidating intersections on Ryan Road.

To make a long story short, the possibility of such a bypass is definitely there, however it will need a lot of research by a special committee to find out how it can be done.

After that we all sprinted up the little hill on 10 Street and rode through East Courtenay and a corner of Comox and found cycling and multi use trails most of us were not aware existed.

A reminder of the first monthly meeting of our Coalition on Thursday, Feb, 19. As I said before, this meeting is very important as we will be making some far reaching decisions for the direction we want our coalition to take.

I will send out an agenda for it in a day or two, In the meantime, please put it on your calendar and try to be at the Comox Rec. Centre at 7:00 PM on Thursday.

There is also a meeting of the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force on Tuesday, Feb. 17 in the Courtenay City Hall. This meeting is not nearly as important, but it would be good if some of us could be there.




Reconnaissance Ride - Saturday 7th February 2009

Thanks to Peggy Kabush, Kathleen Hennig, Jim Whitehead and Wilf Dreher for coming out in cool weather for the second rec. ride of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition. The weather was cool but fairly pleasant as we started the ride, but got colder as time went on and everyone was quite happy to get back to the Rec. Centre and, eventually home to a warm shower.

These rides will be even more fun as the weather gets warmer. I hope we will get more of you coming out as time goes on.

We will stick to Saturday at 1 PM and the Courtenay Rec. Centre as the meeting place. Next week we will probably ride up to East Courtenay and see what we can see on that end of the Lerwick Road area.

Also, the Comox Valley Cycling Task Force meeting will be in the Courtenay City Hall on Feb. 17, 3:00PM. Hope to see some of you there.

Our first monthly meeting on Feb. 19th will be at the COMOX Rec. Centre, Room C, at 7:00 PM. The main purpose of the meeting will be to make the decision if we want to form our own society or be a chapter of the BCCC, Yes, we are still waiting for more information from the BCCC. We will also form several committees to tackle different areas of concern, like chip sealing, road maintenance, safety issues on our roads, traffic counts and surveys, education, legal issues, lobbying, and whatever else you are concerned about. Sounds like there is a lot to do, but there are so many of us and we will not try to do it all at once.

Also, keep the 'Be Car Free in the Comox Valley' open house on Feb. 26 in the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on your calendar and promote it with your friends. As I said before, it will be very important to have a good turn out at this get together to show local politicians how many residents of the Valley are in favour of cleaner and sustainable transportation.


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.

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