Arno Schortinghuis

On November 30, Canada lost a passionate bike advocate. One of our founding members, Arno was involved in many organisations including Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (now HUB),  the BC Cycling Coalition and even dipped his toes in politics as a Green Party candidate. 

Known for his gentle nature even when pushing for change, Arno dedicated countless hours volunteering for a National Cycling Strategy with Vélo Canada Bikes. Van Bikes recently updated a blog detailing Arno’s advocacy history, and a ride celebrating his life and legacy was held on December 8th. Several articles have come out in the weeks since his death, each one highlighting what a national treasure Arno was.

Our thoughts are with  his family, friends and his extended and extensive bike family.  If you would like to honour his legacy, please strike up a reasoned conversation with a non-bike rider, volunteer for your local bike advocacy group, or become a member of
Vélo Canada Bikes. Nothing would celebrate his life more than a Bike Friendly Canada.

Pééhoto Credits Yvonne Bambrick


We have all lost a great leader in cycling in Canada, BC and Vancouver. Really amazing all the great work Arno did. His passion and positive attitude was really inspiring. So power, gentle and kind. He is really missed.

Richard Cambpell, Vélo Canada Bikes


I will always remember him as a timeless advocate for cycling and as a gentle and elder statesman of the bike movement. 

Keane Gruending
Vélo Canada Bikes