Anna Sierra Heffernan-Wilker

Anna Sierra Heffernan-Wilker, Youth Cycling Advocate

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.

Graham Larkin

Graham Larkin, Vision Zero Canada

Graham Larkin is Executive Director of Vision Zero Canada and Love 30 Canada, campaigning for the elimination of road violence and the promotion of active mobility on Canada’s roads.

Darnel Harris

Darnel Harris

Darnel is a community advocate who enjoys animating spaces and sustainability mobility projects. His Master’s Major Project, Breaking Down the Barriers to Biking in the Black Creek Area, created a community action plan for practical suburban biking, and led to Toronto City Council approving a Community Bike Center near York University. Darnel’s  sustainability efforts to create a Mobility Greenway in Toronto’s northwest, including a wide mobility pathway and flood barrier, was honoured with the 2016 Green Talents Award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Canada Bikes AGM October 15th 2016

Please join us at our 2016 annual general meeting taking place online on October 15th at 1pm Eastern (2:30pm NFLB, 2pm Maritimes, noon Manitoba, 11am Alberta, 10am BC)

Here’s how to participate:

1. If you are already a member, you will have received a “Save the Date” notice 3 weeks ago and recent instructions in your email (if you missed the instructions, see #3). Note: Our AGM is for individual members and organizational members only. Organizational members can send up to three delegates to observe. Only one person is allowed to vote in elections. If more than one person is attending on behalf of an organization, kindly be sure to RSVP and indicate which person has voting rights.  Individuals are welcome to be both a member of an organizational member and a member of Canada Bikes as an individual (of course, if you had to pick one, we recommend your local organization first!)

2. If you are not already a member of Canada Bikes, it is not too late to sign up and then RSVP.

3. If you missed the email just click this link to go to our online meeting platform and register. It is best if you do this at least a few minutes in advance. Enter your name and email address. You will receive an email back within a few minutes with a unique link/phone number and PIN to join the AGM.

4. See you Saturday!

Agenda

Introductions (15min)
Approval of Agenda (1min)
Approve Minutes from AGM 2015 (2min)
Welcome and Report from the Chair (15min)
ED Introduction and Looking Forward (10min)
Financial Report (5min)
Notice of motion: proposed changes to the bylaws (Quorum) (1min)
Nominations to the Board (5min)
Election of Board Members (10min)
Adjourn
Cross Country Check-in and Discussion (20min)

We looking forward to having you join us and share in the national conversation on improving everyday cycling for Canadians of all ages and abilities!

We’re hiring! Executive Director Position

Please see the very exciting opportunity below.

Executive Director : Fundraising & Development

Canada Bikes – Canada Bikes is a growing and dynamic non-profit organization providing a strong national voice for everyday cycling in Canada.

Job Purpose – The Executive Director is a contract position commencing September 1, 2016 or earlier and responsible for organizational fundraising and development, the successful leadership and management of Bike Day In Canada, and working with the Board on encouraging the Federal Government to adopt and implement a National Cycling Strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Obtaining core funding for the organization through grants, membership and business contributions that would enable the Executive Director position to continue.
  • Helping Canada Bikes diversify its funding sources and increase financial support for Bike Day In Canada
  • Building relationships with cycling or other organizations and businesses across the country
  • Organizing internal discussions regarding the development of a National Cycling Strategy
  • Participating in strategic planning sessions and member outreach
  • Managing event steering committees for Bike Day in Canada Event
  • Managing the Canada Bikes presence at Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference and other key events
  • Developing and reviewing organizational policies and procedures

Qualifications

  • Fundraising experience (grant writing and sponsorship)
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Networking and coalition building experience
  • Knowledge of government relations, advocacy and campaigning
  • Strong leadership, organizational and program management skills
  • Marketing skills and knowledge of Social Media and other current marketing techniques
  • A good working understanding of cycling and sustainable transportation issues
  • Experience and/or training/degree in a related field is an asset (such as Event Planning, Not-for-Profit Management, Urban Planning or Public Administration)
  • French/English fluency is an asset
  • Location: As the position will involve working with Federal officials, ideally the Executive Director will be either based in Ottawa or able to easily travel there for meetings (i.e.Montreal, Toronto)
  • Experience using Mailchimp, WordPress, Google Docs and Contact/Relationships Management Systems

Compensation: This is contract position start at 20 hours per week for 30 weeks with expectation to extend should both parties agree and funding be available.  Compensation ranges from  from $30 to $40 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Please forward your resume and a cover letter explaining what excites you about this position to [email protected] with “Executive Director” in the Subject. The deadline is midnight August 1, 2016.

Interviews will be held between August 1 and August 8.

We thank all applicants for your interest, however only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Website: http://www.canadabikes.org/

Stimulus that Sticks: Why Building a Bike Friendly Canada Cannot Wait

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Jan 22 2016
Anders Swanson | @SwansonAnders

Cycling has become a Canadian issue. Sooner or later, the bicycle will play a much bigger role in the lives of all Canadians. It is only a matter of time. Statistically speaking (if you take a moment to look and ask), the vast majority of Canadians are behind us. They/we/you just want to be able to ride everywhere too badly.

Eventually, all levels of government will catch on the enormous mountain of latent demand that exists. Denmark had to work to become Denmark. The Netherlands became bike friendly intentionally. Canada must do the same.

How soon we all get there depends solely on the ability of our governments to understand how cycling works and their willingness to act. We’ve done our best. We have exhorted, explained, and organized. We have ridden, we’ve designed, we’ve presented. A lot of us even brave the torpedoes and go out and ride every day.

But we have reached a threshold where it no longer suffices to shift the impetus onto individual people. We can no longer simply say: “Hey you! Go out there. Go make some healthy choices.” while surrounding our communities in overbuilt infrastrucure that is loud, scary, unsustainable and pushing us further and further apart.

From a scientific standpoint, we now know – without a shred of doubt – that bicycle infrastructure is tied directly to usage levels and safety levels (as if bike-friendly countries with millions of people acting as clear examples for decades wasn’t enough). Want safety? Build it. 

Cycling is a major driver of numerous positive social, environmental and economic shifts, too many to even list. It is an essential service. It is a moneymaker. It is a serious means of transportation already serving millions with the added potential to be the backbone of public transit. When you add up all the benefits. dollar for dollar, what more can you possibly want?

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Cycling has national and even global consequences, and the time has come for all of our governments to do something about it.

Let’s face it. We’ve got serious issues. Luckily, the challenges that cycling infrastructure helps address – think major infrastructure deficits, childhood obesity, serious longterm healthcare sustainability concerns and, well…the future of Planet Earth  (..oh yeah. that..) – are all eminently solvable.

The right solutions simply need to rise to the top. Cycling infrastructure is one of them.

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The reality is this: An individual can build a bike, but she can’t build a bike lane. It is up to the government to make those healthy choices possible. Build it and we will come.

With all the talk about gearing up for more “infrastructure spending”, it is clear that we have an opportunity to do something right this time around. There is a burgeoning general agreement that the status quo no longer works.

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That’s why I, along with passionate members of our volunteer board, gave up a good part of what otherwise could have been a lovely weekend to write what we feel is an important letter to Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. You can read Our Letter to Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in full here.

The gist: if we’re gonna ramp up, lets make sure there a better, safer more exciting Canada comes out at the other end. We cc’d a whole bunch of hardworking organizations across the country to demonstrate how serious this has become and because we know that, for them to, a bright future for Canada is only possible if get our priorities straight.

The letter itself ends with a call for a national cycling strategy. Going forward, we’re going to need the kind of nuanced and targeted approach that makes cycling thrive all over the world.

Below is an excerpt from that letter: the 5 interim recommendations that would make for a much better Canada.

In order to maximize the benefits of any federal infrastructure investment, we recommend the following:

  1. Prioritize those transportation projects designed to get people moving by sustainable forms of transportation. Canada’s approach to climate change and transportation equity deserves a sense of urgency. It follows that all new infrastructure projects deemed acceptable to the federal government follow strict environmental rules leading to outcomes that help us meet our international obligations.  Similarly, other levels of government do not always have the means to directly recoup the health benefits that cycling offers. Federal infrastructure investment programs are important opportunities to areas of overlapping interest and projects should be approved for federal funding based on their likely impact in areas of federal purvey.
  1. Ensure that, if deemed eligible for federal funding, all new/upgraded roads infrastructure projects include family-friendly protected walking and cycling design.  As investments in new and upgraded infrastructure have a lifespan of decades, it is critical that a complete streets approach be adopted now to ensure that these generational investments eliminate serious injuries and fatalities among people walking and cycling. We must insist upon highway/roadway design that includes protected bike lanes, protected intersections, traffic calming and design best practices known to dramatically reduce the safety risk to Canadians. Cycling facilities cannot be optional. Canada’s 2015 Road Safety Strategy’s ultimate goal is to continue to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions on Canada’s roads. No project approved by the federal government should work counter to this goal.
  2. Understand that funding for cycling is integral to any mass transit project. Canadian jurisdictions are just now beginning to realize the need to link cycling infrastructure and transit. The reason for doing so is as simple as providing an exponential increase in effectiveness for any given station or stop. Cycling and transit are mutually dependent and thrive most when approached together. Mass transit represents a major financial investment, thus it is in the federal government’s interest to insist that multi-modal transportation be approached wholistically and that cycling be engrained whenever a mass transit project is proposed.
  1. Provide resources for the expertise needed to design high quality cycling facilities everywhere. Smaller communities in particular often lack the resources to implement leading edge improvements. Other countries are far ahead when it comes to developing national standards, training opportunities and leadership on design best practices. The Federal Government has an important role to play in shaping provincial and municipal policy so that infrastructure for cycling is front and centre of the design of investments, rather than just an add-on or ignored entirely.

5. Provide leadership. As soon as possible, we recommend making a public federal commitment to increasing cycling as a form transportation in Canada. Making verbal public commitments and important gestures are one of the simplest and most inexpensive actions that can be taken by a political entity. Doing so would inspire municipal governments, provincial governments, non-profit organizations, government administration and the people of Canada themselves to do their utmost, knowing that we are united in our purpose.

…but what do you think?

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About the author 
Mr. Swanson is a consultant, writer, mapper, designer and former bicycle mechanic. Recent projects include CounterPoint, BikeWalkRoll and the winter maintenance guidelines for Calgary’s exciting new downtown cycle track system. His volunteer work includes being a proud board member of  The WRENCH and coordinator/designer for international Winter Bike to Work Day. He is the Secretary of the Winter Cycling Federation, coordinator of the Winnipeg Trails Association and current Chair of Canada Bikes.

Election 2015 Survey Evaluation

In our spirit of “bike partisanship”, we asked all of the federal party leaders to respond to a questionnaire containing two important questions on infrastructure funding and national cycling policy.

We encourage everyone to read the responses we received in detail, as well as the full party platforms and to do their own analysis.

To help folks scanning numerous issues during the election interpret the answers, we convened a small panel of experts in cycling policy from around the country to independently evaluate the answers. Then we averaged their scores.

Here are the overall results:

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Methodology

Panel members were asked to score each of the responses using this criteria and scoring system. The overall score represents a simple average of the scores from all panelists. Panelists were asked to remain neutral, fair and to score the parties on their cycling policy only.

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Canada Bikes would like to warmly thank the members of the panel:
Mark Cohoe
Executive Director, Bike Winnipeg
Certified CANBike Instructor

Arne Elias PhD MBA
Sustainable Transportation and Energy Specialist

Kay Teschke
Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Leads the Cycling in Cities program of research examining bicycling motivators and deterrents, and factors that increase or decrease injury risk.

Richard Zach
former Vice President, Bike Calgary

Disagree? Think we missed something?

Tell us. Every opinion matters. The more discussion the better. It’s all part of raising awareness of the importance of cycling as a national issue. We’d love to get your feedback via Twitter, Facebook or email at info[a]canadabikes.org.

Reponses to Canada Bikes Cycling Questionnaire.

A couple weeks ago, Canada Bikes released an election questionnaire outlining the important role that cycling plays in Canada and looking for answers to two important questions from the leaders.  If you want to see how cycling fit into their vision for Canada, see their responses below (listed in the order in which they were received):

 

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Bloc Québécois – Réponse – Vélo Canada

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NDP – ENG  /   NPD – FR

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA DID NOT REPLY.

 

 

Canada Bikes Election 2015

We are asking two very important questions of each of the party leaders on behalf of all Canadians.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country ride a bicycle everyday, and more yet feel passionately about issues of transportation, sustainability, economic vibrancy and health.
In order to help Canadians understand how each party best reflects their views, we are asking all party leaders to review this document (also attached) and to return responses to the two important questions before midnight on Friday, October 9th. 
Check back in the week before the election. Make your choice.