Vélo Canada Bikes has been taking part in the Transport Canada work as members of the Vulnerable Road Users Heavy Vehicle Advisory Committee for the last two years. The summary report has just been released, and the steering committee is looking at next steps.
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 lives in Montreal and has studied in engineering and finance. He became
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:
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.
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.
I am proud to represent the people of Ward 4 on St. John’s City
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.
Having been involved in and around cycling for well over 3 decades (from
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)
In addition to commuting to his Toronto office, Patrick Brown enjoys recreational rides throughout Ontario, Europe and the United States. At home, he is active in representing injured cyclists and their families across the province and has been an involved cycling activist seeking to enhance the rights of cyclists through his organization, Bike Law Canada.
Due to the alarming number of cycling deaths in Ontario, Patrick and fellow lawyer Albert Koehl initiated and were pro bono counsel in the 2010 Ontario Coroners’ Year Review into Cycling Deaths from 2006 to 2010. He and Albert were awarded the prestigious Champion of the Year Award by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation for their representation of the cycling community. The Review led to a comprehensive list of recommendations to reduce death and provide safe passage to cyclists.
Patrick is one of the founding members of the Toronto Bike Union (now CycleToronto), and is a former director. He is a proud contributor to Advocacy Respect for Cyclists [ARC] who have defended cyclist rights since 1996. In 2013, his firm, McLeish Orlando LLP was awarded the Bicycle Friendly Business Award by the City for promoting cycling in and outside the office.
Patrick is the past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is one of the few lawyers in the province who have been certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and also voted into BestLawyers Canada and LEXPERT by his peers.
Jean François Pronovost is Vice President, Development and Public Affairs for Vélo Québec.
He works on the focus, strategy and development of new projects and partnerships at Vélo Québec. Jean-François Pronovost has been instrumental in building the famous 5 000 Km Route verte. Since 1995, he has been involved with the development of this bike route across Québec. Recently, he has been a key person in the organization of the international Winter Cycling Congress in Montréal. In 1992, he acted as Chief Organizer of the first world-wide conference on bicycling, the Conférence Vélo Mondiale Pro Bike•Velo City, in Montreal.
Trained as a biologist, Jean François Pronovost has worked as a nature guide, journalist and television commentator.
Anna Sierra is in grade 9 at Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa and trains with the Ottawa Bicycle Club. A few years ago she travelled around Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada by bike with her family. She is a passionate cycling advocate and looks forward to a day when kids across Canada can ride to safely to school.