The Path Forward – A Winter Cycling Congress Warm Up

Going to be in Calgary for the Winter Cycling Congress next month? Join Vélo Canada Bikes for a pre-event gathering to prepare for the 2019 Federal Election to ensure that bikes are on the agenda for all parties. Grab a bite, a pint and get ready to engage in some fun activities while we welcome delegates from around the world to Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

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

2019 National Bike Summit Sponsorship Package

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2019 National Bike Summit May 13-14 in Ottawa, Canada? The summit sponsorship package is available now.

Thank you to our returning sponsors The Co-operators, Outdoor Gear Canada, SRAM, and more! We are also thrilled to announce Shimano Canada as the event’s gold sponsor this year.

You’ll hear lots more as we continue to work on the event.  If you want to learn more about the conference itself and get a few preliminary details,  see the save the date message.

Geoffrey Bush, CVMBC

Geoffrey Bush, Coalition Vélo Montréal Bike Coalition

Suburban born, year-round cyclist since grade school – living just inside the limit for school bus service and with inadequate public transportation –  Geoffrey has always been keenly aware of the efficiency and fun of the bicycle as sport and transport. Urban dweller for the last 38 years this relationship with cycling has grown through: ongoing participation in a cycling club; as an organiser of the Montreal Ride of Silence for 7 consecutive years; as an early and continuing member of the Montreal Bike Coalition; fully autonomous bike vacations leaving from Montreal (New York City; Cape Cod; Toronto) and since early childhood daily year-round use of a bicycle for getting around.

Dan Lambert

Dan lives in Montreal and has studied in engineering and finance. He became 

Dan Lambert, Montreal, QC

a cycling advocate 10 years ago and is  now a spokesperson for the Montreal Bike Coalition. He also participates in several borough cycling associations. His dream – a 30% cycling modal share in Montreal. To get there he knows there are two key requirements to achieve that objective:

-Protected bike paths on most arteries

-Good winter cleaning of bike paths 

Glyn Bissix

Glyn Bissix is a Professor in the Community Development, and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Programs at Acadia University.  His PhD is from the London School of Economics in Resources and Environmental Management.

Glyn Bissix,, Greenways Nova Scotia

His teaching includes community design and active living, parks management, and strategic planning.  His publications focus on integrated resource and environmental management, outdoor recreation, health inequalities, and active living; most recently focusing on the health, environmental, social and economic impacts of so called multiple use trails in Nova Scotia.  Glyn is a founding member of Greenways Nova Scotia, an advocacy group promoting active transportation on community trails.

Ian Froude

I am proud to represent the people of Ward 4 on St. John’s City

Ian Froude Councillor, Ward 4 St John’s, NL

Council. I live in Ward 4 with my wife Stephanie, son Simon, and two dogs: Riley and Desmond.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of the St. John’s Tool Library, and I run a small business, the Bite-sized Farm. I am a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Civil Engineering Program. In addition to being an entrepreneur I have experience serving my community as a board member of the O’Brien Farm Foundation, and served on the Board of Engineers Without Borders Canada.

In previous roles, I have served as Executive Assistant to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Natural Resources; as well as the ‘Manager, Advocacy and Campaigns’ for the national charity, Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Michael Cranwell

Having been involved in and around cycling for well over 3 decades (from

Michael Cranwell

being a racer, commuter and someone who identifies themselves as a cyclist), I’ve seen a great deal of change in how the bicycle can be a catalyst for many positive opportunities.

I’ve taken my passion for cycling from a past time, into something that impacts all aspects of my life. My sport, my community, my lifestyle and my career all center on the bicycle.

We are at a crossroads with regards to cycling in our country and I believe that the time is right to help create a singular voice for all in Canada who cycle. I also feel that we need to develop better programs of education for all users of the road with a basis on safety, health, the environment, infrastructure and respect for each other.

Michael is :

Cyclist
General Manager and New Business Development, Gears Bike Shop
Founder & President of the LapDogs Cycling Club & Race Team
Vélo Canada Bike, Board Member (Present)
Ontario Cycling Association, Board Member (Past)
Canadian Independent Bicycle Retail Association, Board Member (Past)