HUB Cycling is a charitable not-for-profit organization that has spent over 20 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental, and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that #UnGapTheMap to create a connected cycling network.
HUB Cycling’s mission is to get more people cycling more often. We make cycling better through education, action and events. More cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. We’re leading the way in making cycling an attractive choice for everyone.
HUB Cycling have close to 3,000 members and more than 40,000 direct supporters. HUB Cycling has 10 volunteer committees across Metro Vancouver that encourages cycling for all ages and abilities (AAA) in municipalities across Metro Vancouver.
HUB Cycling was established in 1998 (originally named the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) to improve cycling conditions in Metro Vancouver.
HUB Cycling Organization Chart
What we do:
- Provide bicycle education for all ages
- Communicate & encourage more people to cycle, more often
- Build a fun & social community with events, programs & courses
- Work with governments, businesses & community organizations
- Research & write letters & reports
A member-based organization, we strive to remove barriers to cycling and improve the quality of our communities, our health, the environment, and local economies.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
Vision - In Metro Vancouver in 2030, cycling is an attractive transportation option because it is fun, safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and cycling abilities. Investment in cycling is aligned with ambitious government mode share goals, cycling education is universally accessible and cycling facilities are connected throughout the region.
Our Mission - To get more people cycling, more often.
Our Core Values - As Metro Vancouver's most recognized and respected cycling transportation organization we:
- Respect all forms of transportation
- Value cycling as a community building tool & as a healthy practice for individuals & our environment
- Provide inclusive, forward-thinking programs and services, known for engagement and empowerment of the community and their transportation choices
- Avoid funding or support that could compromise the integrity of our mission, purpose or values
Annual General Meeting - AGM
HUB members are invited and encouraged to attend our Annual General Meeting, where we report on our past year of action and programs geared towards making cycling better in Metro Vancouver and elect new Directors of the Board. The AGM is also a great way to meet like-minded, bike-minded people. You can also join the pre-AGM President's ride, and the post-AGM social (details here).
HUB Cycling's 2019 Annual General Meeting
Saturday, September 14, 2019
12:30pm to 4:00pm
Registration: 12:30p - 1:00pm
The meeting will begin at 1:00pm
312 Main St, Vancouver (Reach Meeting Room, ground floor)
- 2019 HUB Cycling AGM Agenda (PDF)
- 2019 Board Candidate Profiles (PDF)
- 2018-19 HUB Annual Report (PDF)
- 2018-19 HUB Cycling Financial Statement (PDF)
- 2018 HUB Cycling AGM Minutes (PDF)
- 2017-18 Annual Report
- 2017-18 Financial Report Statements
- 2018 AGM Meeting Agenda
- 2018 Board Candidate Profiles
- 2017 AGM Minutes
- 2017 AGM Agenda
- 2017 Board Candidate Profiles
- 2016 AGM Minutes
- 2016-17 Annual Report
- 2016-17 Financial Report
- 2015-16 Annual Report
- 2015-16 Financial Report
- 2015 AGM Minutes
- 2014/15 Annual Report
- 2014-15 Financial Report
- 2014 AGM minutes
- 2014 SGM minutes
- 2013-14 Financial report
- 2013-14 Annual Report
- 2013 AGM minutes
You may also want to attend a local HUB committee meeting in your area to find out more about the work we do.
Derik was born and raised in the lower mainland and has lived and worked extensively throughout British Columbia.
A background in both Finance and IT has led him to work in various technology and finance based start-ups and companies. His volunteer experience includes working with Whistler Sport Legacies encouraging the public to explore winter sports and the Vancouver Foundation promoting their Neighborhood Small Grants Program.
He currently owns and operates a specialized accounting firm based in Surrey and bikes from his home in Vancouver to work on a regular basis. This commute, covering 4 separate municipalities, combined with a desire to explore has given him an appreciation for the diversity and breadth of bicycling opportunities within Metro Vancouver.
He believes that bicycling is an incredibly healthy practice, not just for individuals, but for our environment and our communities. He sees HUB as playing a significant role in working with residents, business and government to create safe and efficient cycling opportunities for all Metro Vancouver residents.
Now retired, Jeff is a former Vice President at Finning International, which brought Jeff to live and work across Canada, South America, and Europe. Jeff also led engineering teams at Westport Innovations.
Jeff lives downtown and cycles locally, while also enjoying cycling trips abroad. He believes that cycling for transportation can best be increased by ensuring people have access to safe infrastructure, and that people feel safe when cycling. Action work to promote these goals is our most valuable contribution. This includes advocating for improvements at all levels of government, and celebrating our successes.
Jeff is chair of the Vancouver/UBC Committee at HUB, where he leads advocacy efforts including Assessment Rides and Reports. Jeff also sits on the Operations Committee and Regional Advisory Committee, where he has worked hands-on to make operational improvements relating to Board Policies and Procedures, and worked on regional advocacy issues.
Matt was born and raised in Vancouver and has recently returned from five years living in Toronto. His passion for cycling took off after a Canada-wide bike trip. Since then he’s been an avid cyclist and was one of the few all-season cyclists in Toronto.
Matt is a Chartered Professional Accountant- CA with over 10 years of accounting and finance experience. He has extensive experience preparing financial statements, reviewing internal controls and preparing annual and multi-year budgets. His board experience includes acting as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the West End Food Co-operative- a co-op promoting access to healthy and sustainable food.
He believes that cycling is incredibly fun and that with the right exposure everyone would prefer a bike over other modes of transportation. He sees HUB as a fantastic way to expose and educate residents as to how amazing commuting can be on a bike.
Corrie Bownick is a passionate cyclist and environmentalist. She believes healthy bodies and healthy environments go hand in hand, and cycling helps to achieve both. Her work with HUB is inspired by helping people of all ages and abilities incorporate cycling into their lifestyle, even in small amounts.
Corrie is a Store Director in a luxury retail setting and hopes to bring her operational expertise to the HUB board. She lives in Vancouver’s Downtown West End and enjoys Vancouver’s extensive bike lane network on a regular basis.
Jeff became a passionate cyclist in 2009 when he went carless and his bike became his primary mode of transportation. He discovered that aside from being more economical, it was far less stressful and typically faster to get around the city by bike – and it reduced his personal ecological footprint. Jeff firmly believes that cycling contributes to making our cities healthier and more liveable.
Jeff is a facilitator, trainer and public engagement specialist for the non-profit and public sectors. He currently works in community development for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. A former Commissioner with the Vancouver City Planning Commission, he is dedicated to creating sustainable cities. In his spare time he enjoys cycle touring with his partner.
Tai Silvey is a founding member of Evo Car Share and currently leads the Evo business for BCAA. Tai is an accomplished brand builder and business leader and has played key roles in the launch and explosive growth of businesses from Evo Car Share to Dyson Vacuums to Red Bull.
Tai is a transportation futurist and has a passion for helping design solutions for cities that promote vibrant and livable communities. As an urban dweller and cyclist, Tai believes that cycling needs to play a central role in mobility to create livable cities of the future. He also believes that getting more people to cycle more often can build community and increase the health of people and the environment.
Neil is an active cyclist, parent, and citizen who believes strongly in the community value of riding bikes. His work as environmental coordinator at the City of Port Coquitlam has involved expansion of bike routes and the initiation of dockless bike sharing, and has taught him the value of working with stakeholders, and meeting in the middle to find solutions that function for everybody. His goal as a member of HUB’s Board of Directors is to help create a safe, interconnected cycling ecosystem that makes the freedom of cycling accessible to all people throughout our region.
Shareen rides Gran Fondos, Century and mass rides because she loves the community energy that comes from the cycling community! She is thankful for the great work that cycling advocates have previously done to ensure she can ride safely and she hopes to continue their good work. She also commutes daily and ride regardless of the weather conditions. Currently, she is a second year Masters of Community and Regional Planning student from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography and Certificates in Applied Human Nutrition from Simon Fraser University.
Her previous work experience includes working at UBC’s Go Global International Student Exchange Office, Katimavik Regional Offices, Diabetes Canada and various Metro Vancouver based neighbourhood houses. She is passionate about a safe and healthy community for all and ensuring all demographics and abilities are able to feel safe and confident in the riding community.
Matt is a sustainability communication specialist with a passion to nudging people to make healthier decisions for both themselves and the planet. As a board member, Matt hopes that his skills in strategy and marketing can assist HUB in its continued growth in both Metro Vancouver and beyond. On a personal note, Matt enjoys all types of riding. He can be often found exploring the mountain bike trails throughout the province, riding his road bike in countries like Cuba, Colombia and Spain or late night cyclocross adventures in Stanley Park.
Julie grew up cycling in Vancouver. As an adult she gains great pleasure from her cycling commute and urban cycling with her young family. She believes that cycling provides a sense of freedom and a connection to the world around you that other modes of transport lack – and she wants to help more people of all ages and lifestyles discover the pleasure in cycling.
Professionally, Julie is a lawyer representing small businesses and families in commercial and estate disputes, and companies and individuals with privacy issues.
(Currently on maternity leave) Erin has been with HUB Cycling since 2009. Her background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.In the past she has worked for local government and crown corporations in their sustainability and outreach initiatives.
Erin was a Director of the Board with the Vancouver Public Space Network from 2007-2012, working to create vibrant urban spaces inviting to everyone. In 2011, she was elected to the Board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the North American umbrella association for active transportation advocacy.
Director of Corporate Engagement and Events
(Currently on maternity leave) Laura is a strong believer in the importance of building happy, healthy, and inclusive urban communities and feels that the bicycle is a key to achieving these societal outcomes.
Laura enjoys the convenience of biking, its low environmental impact, and the energy she gets from riding. Her goal is to promote cycling as a primary mode of transportation throughout Metro Vancouver.
Previously, Laura has worked for The Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Foundation, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and The Moss Street Community Market.
When she’s not cycling around Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, Laura can be found hiking and camping or picnicking in Dude Chilling Park. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Joint-Honours) from McGill University and is currently a Masters Candidate in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University.
Director of Programs
Growing up in a small BC interior town, Tim spent much of his youth on a bike exploring and learning about the world. As an adult living in Vancouver Tim rediscovered cycling for practical and environmental reasons, and has since become an enthusiastic cyclist, bike mechanic, and bicycling promoter.
Refugee and immigrant settlement have been the focus of Tim's professional career for over two decades prior to his joining HUB in 2013 as Director of Programs. In addition to developing and delivering a range of services for newcomers, Tim has played a central facilitative role between not-for-profit service providers and government funders in the expansion and professionalization of refugee and immigrant services in BC and nationally. Tim is excited to be part of HUB where he can bring his program development expertise to his area of passion - urban cycling.
Director of Communications
When more people cycle, communities become happier, healthier and more sustainable. To this end, Navdeep Chhina aspires to help build a network of safe cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities.
At HUB Cycling, Navdeep overseas media relations, stakeholder relations, volunteer and community relations, social media outreach and brand development.
Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Navdeep worked at The Georgia Straight for 14 years, providing strategic marketing and communications leadership. Navdeep earned a diploma in Marketing and Communications from British Columbia Institute of Technology and studied Electronics and Communications Engineering at Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology in Bangalore, India. Before immigrating to Canada, Navdeep grew up in Chandigarh, one of the early planned cities designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect Le Corbusier with plenty of green spaces and dedicated cycle paths.
(Currently on maternity leave) Cathy joined HUB cycling in 2016 as Membership Manager. Cathy loves hearing from dedicated HUB supporters and hopes to expand the organizations membership base to further grow the voice and impact of HUB.
Having previously worked for environmental non-profits, Cathy is passionate about working towards improving the environment through alternate means of transit and helping all people across Metro Vancouver, find the confidence they need to get on their bikes!
A Los Angeles transplant, Cathy loves living a car free lifestyle in Vancouver and can be found on the weekends zipping around the sea wall on her bright red Biria bike!
Manager of Partnerships & Events
A Vancouverite born and raised, Tracy loves to ride her bike and has been inspired by the growing number of community members choosing cycling as their mode of transportation. Living and studying in pro-bike cities such as Montreal, Amsterdam, and Lund, Sweden, has contributed to Tracy’s passion and motivation towards strengthening Vancouver’s biking community and promoting sustainable lifestyles.
Tracy’s ideal community is one that is healthy, connected and sustainable, and wholeheartedly believes that the bicycle can get us there.
Jennifer comes to HUB Cycling with a background in Business Management and has over ten years experience working in both the for and non profit sector. Besides maintaining office operations, finances and administration, Jennifer also assists our programs, events and membership services ensuring the office runs like a well oiled bike chain. While living in Amsterdam, Jennifer's love for cycling as a means of transportation and a healthy lifestyle flourished. She was inspired and enlightened and looks to continue the ease of cycling in her own Vancouver community. She looks forward to meeting you, sharing her love for cycling and assisting you by providing the information your seeking. When Jennifer is not at the HUB Cycling HQ, you will find her biking around the city enjoying the sunshine on a sunny patio or park and catching up with friends. .
Tim comes to HUB from the private sector, where he worked as a planner delivering Active Transportation projects across Canada. He holds a Masters' of Planning from Dalhousie University where he worked on projects incorporating complete streets, neighbourhood and regional planning, and public engagement. He also has completed a Bachelors’ degree in Geography, and a post graduate certificate in Urban Design, both from Simon Fraser University.
Tim’s love for cycling began in Surrey BC, where he and friends would often make long trips all around Metro Vancouver. Later in life, he rediscovered this passion for two-wheel commuting using his $15 bike to travel all around Halifax and Dartmouth NS.
Bike to Work Manager
Rowena comes from a background of working in tech and digital democracy and has worked with government and transport departments around the world to help them consult with the public online. She is especially passionate about widening participation in urban planning and sustainable transport.
Rowena’s ideal community is one that is open to trying different modes of transport, is connected and communicative. Rowena is excited about reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging the public to cycle year-round.
Originally hailing from South West England, Rowena moved to Vancouver with just a backpack and her bike. When she’s not cycling around Vancouver, Rowena loves practicing yoga, learning to ski on one of the mountains or braving the cool seas for a surf. Rowena is also a keen traveller and always aims to pick up a bike wherever she goes. Some of her fondest memories include cycling in Europe and Central America.
Bike Education Coordinator
Kristen became involved with HUB in 2018 after a road trip from her home base of Toronto brought her to Vancouver. She was quick to fall for the sudden ease and freedom of bicycle travel here. It became her means of commuting, exercising, socializing, and adventuring – and overall brought lines on the map to life. When the opportunity arose to use her outdoor education background in the Bike Ed. Instructor role, it was an easy transition. The energizing and rewarding season on the front-line sparked her interest in the behind the scenes work that culminated in such a successful program; thus drawing her to become an Education Coordinator.
Kristen earned a BSc in Zoology, and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Guelph. Animal research was her gateway to Canada’s backcountry, and cycling continues to allow her quick access to nature while in the city. Being a firm believer in the all-around benefits of fresh air, wherever one may find it, Kristen is delighted to facilitate programs that draw people out the door and onto their bikes!
Gavin Davidson, MRM, MCIP, RPP
Gavin is a professional planner and a nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, planning and facility design. He brings two decades of experience facilitating trans-disciplinary teams in developing ambitious, award winning plans and projects. As a certified trainer for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO’s) Urban Street and Bikeway Design Guides, Gavin presents regularly at conferences and seminars throughout Canada.
Infrastructure Planning & Policy Manager
Evan grew up biking, but quickly forgot about it when he came of age in oil country and bought a truck. In 2011, Evan embarked on a car-lite experience. This was inspired by a desire to reduce his resource consumption, and he finally gave up his Mustang the next year.
After moving to Vancouver, Evan acquired a west coast bike and has been steadily moving toward becoming a year round, utilitarian cyclists (not there yet!). Evan believes that cycling can be a ‘silver bullet’ on a number of issues - congestion, pollution, health outcomes - while at the same time providing a speedy, fun way to move around.
Evan has previous experience working within the nonprofit world. He holds a Masters in Planning from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, in addition to his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. He has recently worked for Vancouver Bike Share (Mobi), Fraser Health doing employee consultation work, HUB Cycling in several different roles, and a variety of projects related to cycling, transportation and planning. Evan is currently planning a trip along the West Coast Trail, and looking forward to his next multi-day bike adventure.
Everyone Rides Grade 4-5 Manager
I have been involved with HUB Cycling for 15 years both as a volunteer advocate helping to create wonderful opportunities to bike in Vancouver and working on many of the HUB programs for that same purpose. Currently on staff as the Everyone Rides Grade 4-5 Manager, this position is helping to realize a dream that started up a decade ago- we want to see all children in BC getting great cycling education in school! I'm very excited to be working on this pilot and look forward to the joy of seeing more kids out confidently riding to school, to play and for the sheer joy of it.
Rianna joined HUB Cycling during the Summer of 2019 as their Marketing Coordinator. Growing up as a young girl, she spent much of her time biking trails in Washington at her family's trailer in Whatcom Meadows. Since then she has grown passionate about connecting with like-minded individuals through a plethora of outdoor activities, including trail running, biking and hiking.
In 2018, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing, and minoring in Interactive Arts and Technology, with a Certificate in Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability. While completing her undergrad, she co-founded a film production company called Stream Productions that focuses on raising environmental awareness through comedic media and film. Stream's films attracted the attention of reputable organizations such as the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Scouts Canada. Rianna is excited to use her experience and background to help HUB Cycling build happier, healthier, and more connected communities through cycling.
Bike Education Coordinator
Born and raised in Vancouver, Stuart has long been an avid cyclist and advocate of car-free living. Prior to joining HUB as Bike Education Coordinator in 2019, he served as the Provincial Coordinator for the BC Commuter Challenge for BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation). In 2009, he helped to found The Triple Crown for Heart charity bike ride benefiting BC Children’s Hospital, and is currently Co-Chair of the organization. In addition to organizing the event he has enthusiastically participated in the ride each year, cycling all three North Shore mountains in one day. He also volunteers as a ride marshall for RBC Granfondo Whistler.
Stuart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma in Financial Management from BCIT. As a father of five children, Stuart has accumulated considerable experience in teaching kids to ride bikes.
Stuart is a passionate environmentalist who believes in sustainable lifestyle choices and works toward setting an example and educating people to obtain this goal. He believes that giving children the opportunity to learn about and gain confidence in cycling from a young age is a great investment in a more sustainable future.
I want to share my love of riding bikes with everyone! There was a time when I commuted by car to my corporate place of work… Often sitting in rush hour traffic, going through the complications of the day to come, surfacing memories of the fun and simplicity of bike riding kept my sanity!
Since then, I have become a full time car free cyclist, with an awesome hobby turned bikey career! When I’m not on a bike tour, exploring the North Shore mountains, building up a sweet frameset, at OCB (Vancouver’s most established community bike shop), or Kickstand Bikes (Vancouver’s newest volunteer run community bike shop) you’ll find me chilling at a coffee shop, with one of my trusty (steel, or carbon) steeds ready to go on a fun group ride around the bustling town:)
I’m big on bike social activities, events, building bikes and sharing skills to make our riding experience and ultimately, our everyday lives better! See ya on the ride ;)
I grew up cycling in '80s Beijing when there were more bikes than cars, then took a break from riding before rediscovering my love for bikes on the streets of Vancouver.
Cycling has since become one of my favourite ways for exploring cities, islands, and nooks and crannies of the world. It's been a treat as a bike ed instructor to facilitate and witness the remarkable moments of joy, courage, connection, freedom and selfreliance people find on their bikes.
Saturday mornings were the best time when I was growing up. I would jump on my banana seat bike, tassels streaming from the handlebars, and race around. The freedom of taking off on my own, flying down the hills, meeting up with friends, it was a pretty exciting time for an 8 year old!
Biking to me is freedom. Teaching bike education feels like I am providing someone with a new tool for freedom and independence, to safely get to where they need to go or just find the fun flying down that hill knowing they can stop at the bottom!
Riding through the forests of Britany my wife and I kept hearing a French horn playing in the distance. Gradually it grew louder until finally we biked by a man playing his horn while his family looked on. And that’s what I love about cycling. It’s seeing things you may never see otherwise.
Since learning to ride I have loved travelling and seeing the world immersed in it. From the Gulf Islands to New Zealand’s South Island it’s the roads lesser travelled that my bike points me down. Whether its commuting, biking to shops, or taking on another week-long journey riding a bike inspires me with new experiences. And by helping people feel more comfortable riding their bicycles I hope they can also see the world in a different way.
I discovered the freedom & empowerment of cycling young, as a toddler. Early one morning, I left the house before my parents were awake, pedalling off on my red tricycle, in my pyjamas. It only got better when I learned to ride a two-wheeler! These days, what makes me feel strong is how much I can carry in my Dutch cargobike: furniture, bricks, lumber, but most often my two children and large loads of groceries. Besides teaching cycling skills to children and adults in various HUB Cycling programs, I'm on the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society's Board of Directors, and the City of Vancouver's Active Transportation Policy Council. I organize rides, workshops and events for Vancouver Family Biking, and I blog at Spokesmama.com.
I love riding my bikes!!! I love supporting adults and children as they learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time, or perhaps get back on the saddle after many years away. I love supporting people to ride with more confidence, learn how to understand, maintain and repair their bikes.
Love love love :) what more can I say...it's been a lifelong love of mine. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to inspire and connect with others through bikes and riding.
My favourite memory of riding my bike would be with my siblings around the courtyard we used to live in. We would try to ride around the whole thing balancing on the curb, which was tricky, also riding down the hill around the corner of the house, over and over.
I love teaching the youth because I think cycling should be an activity that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and this is something we are encouraging. It's great to see how enthusiastic, excited, and eager the youth are about participating!
From the beginning of Mathieu's search for freedom, biking has proven to be the answer. One of his favourite epiphanies was the realization that hopping on a bike makes everything seem to disappear, leaving only joy and playfulness. These moments always carry Mathieu past his destination. For him, teaching cycling and bike mechanics has become a way to empower and bring joy to kids and adults. In the rain or in the snow, in traffic or with a flat, cyclists should always feel comfortable and free.
I've been biking ever since my dad taught me, pushing me on my purple mustang, back in the 70s.
Wait. That's not true.
When I went to high school I was afraid my bike would get stolen so I walked to school. This lasted through three years of art school, busing from Richmond to Granville Island.
One day I decided to ride to school, and I surprised myself by not only surviving the trip, but also by trimming 15 minutes off my bus commute. The trip was free; I got exercise; and I arrived sharper. I've been hooked ever since.
I've since ridden the streets of Paris; Harbin; Montreal (through winter). I've taken up randonneuring, centuries, and fondos. I commute by bike, shop by bike and explore by bike. Now I get to teach on a bike!
I've tried to describe to non-cyclists what it is about cycling that's so great, and then I sit down with another cyclist and we share that same look. "Yup. Cycling." We get it
Growing up near the mountains, woods, and ocean here in Vancouver gave Alexandra more opportunity than she could have imagined. What started as passion and playtime developed over the years, and it is what keeps her learning, active, and happy. Whether biking along the trails in nature or within a city, there is not a finer way to experience the quirks and quarks of life. She is so happy that she can share her love of biking with the greater community and join in the action to create a safer space for all. We are so lucky to live on the beautiful door to British Columbia's- let's make it better.
Cycling is the best! With no car and no drivers license, it’s the only way I get around. Madison (my road bike) and I have been on many adventures together, whether it’s commuting to work in the city or bike packing somewhere far from the city. I’m a lover of the outdoors and cycling is a great way to incorporate some adventure into my daily life. When not cycling, you can find me in the mountains either climbing or skiing, or volunteering at Fresh Roots and Kickstand. I’m excited to be teaching and sharing my bike love with many others!
I grew up in the city, and such I have always been a cyclist. I have never bothered to get a driver's license as cycling is my number one way to travel. I love that cycling means when I leave my home I can start my journey right away, that it's better for the environment and it doesn't hurt that it keeps my pins toned! When I'm not cycling you can find me tending my garden, doing charcoal sketches or practicing foreign languages.
From a humble beginning of simply needing a bike due to a broken down car, Alex has since developed a love of multiple forms of cycling over the last 8 years. Taking a particular interest in mountain biking, Alex made the move to Vancouver in part due to the world class trails at its doorstep. Coming from a background in secondary teaching, he has been eager to adapt and learn new skills in the primary level orientated courses. The opportunity of combining his two passions, education and cycling has been an unexpected highlight
My first love of cycling was riding my tricycle in the park, but I was 14 then and my knees kept hitting me in the forehead. So I graduated to a Raleigh with Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and I was hooked—long hair flowing in the breeze (that was before helmets were invented), bell bottom jeans flapping, dodging the cobblestones and streetcar tracks of Toronto.
We have learned that the bicycle can change the world. I want kids to feel safe and confident so their riding can be an instrument of change for whatever cause excites them: health, transportation, the environment, philanthropy...
For me that is combatting my greatest foe: cancer. Together with my ride mates we have contributed over $7 million dollars to research. That’s gratifying. My hope is that it inspires.
I learned to ride a bike at age 5 using the "trial and error" method, circling around the garage with my cousin's cool red and black racer. My skills have much improved since then, biking for equal parts transportation and joy. I love my commutes around the city, but am usually dreaming of the next chance I can get out on a longer tour! I gained confidence on my bike with a trip down the Northwest Coast, and several smaller trips around Vancouver Island. For me, one of the best parts of cycling is all the amazing people I get to meet, not to mention the incredible sights, healthy heart gains, and convenience of it all (who wants to deal with parking in the city??).
I love swapping stories with fellow cyclists and am always amazed at how much there is to learn along the way! I strive to share this love of biking in hopes to inspire others to realize their own strength and capabilities.
I loved biking as a kid in the Kelowna—especially with my dad and sister to the candy store, and through the field and alleys with my little pals. When I moved to Victoria I discovered road bikes and a whole community and culture based on the wonder of cycling. Bike polo, bicycle dance troops, midnight mystery bike rides, long afternoon sun rides with friends—that community of people and time was truly special and formed a love of riding bikes for pleasure, fitness, freedom and commuting that will continue for the rest of my days.
I love working with kids and being inspired by the smallest things; I might secretly still be a kid, shh! Riding bikes is so much fun—just spinning those legs around frees your mind. Your neighbourhood ride can become a spy mission, or your thoughts could be a million miles away. Your choice.
When I was a kid, I used to think I was really cool because I spent hours trying to keep my tire straight riding across wooden or concrete dividers that were elevated slightly off the ground. I imagined I was on a knife edge on a mountain. Maybe I could be in the Olympics, with my great sense of balance! Now I have settled into the fact that I was probably just like every other kid. I can’t wait to see what else cycling and working with kids has to offer!
Growing up in the suburbs where things tend to be far apart, it was liberating to be able to get around by bike and not to mention far more exciting than taking the bus.
After many years of not owning a bike, I have recently rediscovered my love of cycling and now choose that as my mode of transportation above anything else anytime I can. Whether its for getting around, going for a casual bike ride or bike touring I love sharing my love and excitement for cycling with others!