Active Transportation Announcement

This morning Minister McKenna and Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore announced moving forward with the National Active Transportation Strategy and the creation of a $400 million Active Transportation Infrastructure Fund. This announcement is a very important step for cycling in Canada, and somthing we have been advocating for, for what feels like a very long time. 

$400 million will thus be devoted over five years to communities for projects across Canada for the development of cycle or pedestrian paths or paths in natural environments, for example.

Vélo Canada Bikes has been at the forefront in calling for this strategy and a dedicated funding stream specifically targeted to cycling and active transportation. Last March, the federal government announced their intention to move forward with a national AT Strategy. Over the past 12 months VCB has been engaged with the government and other stakeholders, emphasizing the need for both an inclusive strategy and dedicated funding. 

There will be further consultations with Infrastructure Canada on the AT Strategy Framework over the next couple of weeks. Vélo Canada Bikes will be hosting sessions right across the country with Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore to discuss the strategy, answer questions, and get feedback. Watch for an invitation coming to an inbox near you! If you aren’t a member or newsletter subscriber, now is the time.

With this announcement we have the opportunity to transform and build sustainable, accessible, inclusive, and safe communities all across Canada. There are more details to come, and VCB will share them with you as we know them. 

Again, watch for invitations soon for a session in your region. 

Thank you for your support of Vélo Canada Bikes, and work that you have done locally to get us to today. 

e-Bikes & Micro-Mobility

Transport Canada has made the decision to step away from defining and regulating e-bikes as of February 2021. Since this decision was communicated in February of this year, VCB has been engaging stakeholders to understand the scope and impact of this decision. 

Our main concern is that the lack of country-wide definitions could lead to a mish mash of regulation across the country, with each province and territory taking their own path. We are already beginning to see that occurring in the discussions happening now. 

Having harmonized definitions of e-bikes across Canada benefits everyone. Having different regulations in each province will act as a barrier for manufacturers and retailers getting their bikes to market. And this is a huge market! Over the past several months e-bike sales have exploded across Canada. While bike sales have increased significantly, it is the e-bike market that has shown the most growth. 

 Vélo Canada Bikes sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on behalf of our cycling advocacy partners asking for a stop to the repeal of the federal definitions and to work together to have a more cohesive approach to e-bikes and micro-mobility. 

We look forward to a response to our letter and engaging with our partners and stakeholders further to support a bike friendly Canada.

Letter to the Prime Minister

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: Brian Pincott Announced as Interim Executive Director

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September 25, 2019


Dear members, supporters and friends,


It is with extreme pleasure that I am letting you know that Velo Canada Bikes has hired Brian Pincott as our Interim Executive Director, starting right away. Brian will be with us as ED for the next 6 months to help map the future of VCB.

Brian brings a wealth of experience to the work, as well as a strong commitment to our shared vision. He was a City Councillor at the City of Calgary from 2007 to 2017. In that time, he championed cycling as a transportation option for the city. His work culminated with the installation of the downtown Cycle Track Network in 2015. In his work as City Councillor, he served on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In his work with FCM, he has been on Parliament Hill many times, navigating the ins and outs of the politics of The Hill. His work at FCM was mostly focused on developing a National Housing Strategy, which the Federal government announced in November 2017. Since leaving City Hall in the fall of 2017, he has moved to Winnipeg to be with his partner, a professor at the University of Manitoba. 

We are at an exciting time at VCB, as we chart our way to building on our amazing success in our short existence. VCB has raised awareness of the need for a comprehensive approach to cycling as a viable transportation choice for citizens. With the increased urgency around climate change, VCB is positioned to be able to respond quickly to offer transportation solutions and options to all orders of government.  We look forward to working with Brian over the next several months to build VCB into a sustainable organization and ensure that VCB is the national go-to voice for cycling as transportation. Many of you will be hearing from Brian directly in the coming days and months. 


Sincerely,

Anders Swanson, Chair

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM is coming up on September 28th. Here is everything you need to know. Thanks for being part of the Vélo Canada Bikes family and for your interest in the work we do.

When: Saturday, September 28, 2019 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Who: Everyone is welcome to attend! Note: only members can vote. We appreciate every single member. To check your membership status, contact us at Membership@CanadaBikes.org

RSVPs appreciated: please email membership@canadabikes.org to let us know. If you are representing a membership organization, let us know!

What to expect: Join us for a special guest presentation by Tony Arnold (Sydney, AUS) stay for the formalities and meet new people! Agenda is below.
AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Special Guest (Tony Arnold)
3. Report from the Chair
4. Financial Report
5. Nominations
6. 2-minute updates from across Canada
7. Election Results
8. AGM Adjournment

You can review the minutes from the 2018 Vélo Canada Bikes Annual General Meeting.

Where:
On a computer? Use this Zoom Meeting link to join the meeting.
https://zoom.us/j/825075573

On a phone?

Dial by your location
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +61 8 7150 1149 Australia
        +61 2 8015 6011 Australia
        +31 20 794 0854 Netherlands
        +31 20 241 0288 Netherlands
        +1 720 707 2699 US (Denver)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 825 075 573
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/anMzXCAoG

Other information: We accept nominations to the Board of Directors from the floor and in advance. If you are interested in nominating someone or joining the board, contact info@canadabikes.org for more information. Nominees expressing interest in joining the board prior to the AGM will be updated here, so check back often! You must be in “virtual” attendence to vote or stand as a nominee.

Canadidates for 2019-2021 Vélo Canada Bikes Board

Kathy Manners – ON Social Innovation consultant and owner, Pedal People

Kathy is a results-oriented, values-based community leader and entrepreneur with a passion for innovation. She has worked in both the private sector at 3M Canada and public sector with the Ontario Public Service, along with contributing extensively in the non-profit environment.

Kathy has extensive experience in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Marketing/Communications and is one of a handful of Canadians who have completed graduate work in social innovation. 

Kathy was the chair of the board of the The Sharing Place Food Bank, Community impact chair and board member for the United Way, chair of the Patient Advisory Council for Soldiers Memorial Hospital and board member for two international boards that support social impact in Guatemala and Burma, in addition to other volunteer experiences. 

In 2018, Kathy and her cycling pals rode for 82 days and 4802kms from Victoria BC to St. John’s NFLD to experience all that is Canadian. When she returned, she created Pedal People, an urban cycling fashion line with the vision to bring beauty to the bike.

Doug Hoover – ON Criminal Lawyer, Federal Department of Justice

Doug is a practicing lawyer and started his career working as a legislative assistant for Ged Baldwin, a federal member of parliament from 1979 to 1983. Doug then became the Director of Government Affairs for Sulpetro Limited and then the Special Assistant, Hon Tom Siddon, Minister of Indian Affairs. In 1993, he opened his own law practice in Ottawa and focused on criminal and human rights law. Prior to 2000, Doug was also a political volunteer and worked with the Rt Hon Joe Clark (1985 – 1990); the Hon Harvie Andre (1988); and the Indian Association of Alberta (1989-1992).

Since 2000, Doug has been the Counsel to the Attorney General of Canada, in the Department of Justice, Criminal Law Policy Section. In this role he has developed complex policy and legislative options for federal senior Ministers to adopt and present to Cabinet and Parliament. This experience has given Doug unique capabilities to identify how best to develop, present and market policy options that would achieve improvements in the lives, not only of cyclists, but of every Canadian.

Doug is also the president of Justbike/Justebike (2008-present) and has been a year-round commuter cyclist and competitive cyclist for the past 40 years.

Sam Starr – BC Engineer, Cargo Bike & Cycling Logistics Consultant

Sam is the founder of Critical-Mobility, a Vancouver-based business with a mission to advance the use of cargo bikes and cycling logistics systems across North America. A recent graduate of the Master of Engineering Leadership program in Urban Systems at the University of British Columbia, Sam is passionate about sustainable cities and mobility solutions. Sam holds two other degrees, in electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sam spent 12 years designing, engineering, and implementing solutions in the supply chain and logistics industry, with companies from FedEx to U.S. Pack, to global 3PLs, integrators, and service logistics providers. He has focused on global logistics as well as final mile delivery, and understands supply chain needs, including in the service industry.

Based in Vancouver BC, with a personal passion for cycling, Sam’s work experiences, interests, and passion have led him to pivot into accelerating the adoption of e-bikes, cargo bikes and cycling logistics. Sam feels that cycle logistics is the solution to urban freight issues in cities and that we need to align policy makers and planners to make this vision a reality.

Board Members Seeking Another Term

Darnel Harris ON
Dea Van Lierop QC / Netherlands
Kimberley Nelson AB
Fiona Walsh BC
Tegan Moss ON
Richard Campbell BC

To learn more about existing members, visit Board of Directors.

We hope to see you there!

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!

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.

AGM 2018

Vélo Canada Bikes 2018 Annual General Meeting Agenda

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 14:00 – 16:00 EST

Conference call: using ClickMeeting with dial-in option.

ClickMeeting location: https://canadabikes.clickmeeting.com/canada-bikes-agm-2018

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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.