HUB Cycling

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 is a charitable non-profit organization, established in 1998 (originally named the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) to improve cycling conditions in Metro Vancouver. Since then, we've grown a lot! We've impacted infrastructure, educated thousands of children and adults and motivated thousands more. See the HUB Cycling brochure for more information here.

Organization Chart

What we do:

  • Provide bicycle education to 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

Read about our successes

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). 

The 2017 AGM will take place on Saturday, September 23 from 12.30-4pm at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, Room 137, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC.

You may also want to attend a local HUB committee meeting in your area to find out more about the work we do.

Board Members

Alexander Clarkson

Alexander Clarkson

President

Alex is a prosecutor helping to enforce Canada's environmental laws. He has an engineering degree & a law degree and has conducted hearings in both English & French. He is also a published legal author on the topic of environmental law. He has appeared before administrative tribunals, the Tax Court of Canada, the B.C. Provincial Court and the B.C. Supreme Court.

Alex has a strong belief that cycling creates cleaner, closer, and safer communities. He would like to see Vancouver as a model of sustainable and intelligent city planning. He sees cycling as an integral part of the solution to international environmental concerns as well as local concerns about the quality of life in our communities.

Jeff Leigh

Jeff Leigh

Vice President

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.

Derik Wenman

Derik Wenman

Treasurer
 

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.

Matt Matthew Alexander HUB Cycling Board Member Photo

Matthew Alexander

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.

Mir Ali

Mir Ali

Mir is an accounting and finance professional with over 10 years of business experience. He has obtained a business administration degree with both an accounting and information systems background from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. His experience includes exposure to various organizational structures such as family businesses, large corporations and not for profits.

Mir’s passion for bicycling revolves around a vision for a world where everyone has access to safe cycling infrastructure in order to reduce our dependence on environmentally damaging alternatives. He views HUB as integral connection between the general public, businesses and local governments.

When Mir is distracting himself from work he likes to do so by playing hockey, travelling, spending time with his family, and you guessed it, taking leisurely rides on his bike.

Corrie Bownick

Corrie Bownick

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.

Rebecca Chaster HUB Cycling Board Photo

Rebecca Chaster

Rebecca is an urban planner by day, urban explorer by night, and outdoor adventurer by weekend (often by bike). She currently works as a municipal housing and policy planner and has previously worked as a sustainability specialist and development manager in Metro Vancouver and West Africa. She holds a UBC Master’s in Urban Planning and SFU Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement. 

 

Rebecca is very active outside of the office; recent volunteer roles include twice having been appointed the youngest member to planning-related civic boards by Vancouver City Council, acting as Board Chair of the Environmental Youth Alliance, and working through ISSofBC with Syrian refugees to develop a Syrian youth group in Surrey. She was first introduced to the convenience and thrill of cycle commuting while living in France a decade ago and enjoys longer cycle tours each summer.

 
 

Kevin MacDuff

Kevin MacDuff

Kevin rode bikes as a child growing up in Maple Ridge and kept riding as he commuted up Burnaby Mountain to SFU. It was how he met his wife and has been his preferred commuting mode since. Kevin believes cycling is the psychologically healthiest way of getting to work and that many more people want to cycle, walk and take public transit to work than currently do, and does what he can to overcome the barriers preventing this.

Kevin is a mathematician specializing in Human Resource analytics and an accountant who works as a director at Vancouver Coastal Health where he also advocates and works to improve cycling infrastructure for VCH's 19,668 employees. He built Vancouver's first end of trip facility - the VGH Cycling Centre, as well as numerous bike cages and bike rooms. He also serves on the board of the Cambie Corridor Consortium - the first transportation management association in Canada.

He is also a former theatre actor and maintains strong connection to the arts community.

Morgan Maguire

Morgan Maguire

Morgan grew up in Vancouver and has been an all-season cycling commuter since high school. Morgan is inspired by his travels to embrace everyday life cycling: an efficient means for transporting oneself through everyday life beyond cycling for commuting and recreation. He believes adopting everyday life cycling will help people cope with rapid growth in their communities while maintaining a high standard of living.

Morgan is a lawyer and CEO of Investor-State LawGuide, a leading international online legal research platform. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Fairview Slopes. Weekends typically involve cycling, hiking or skiing.

Annie Merritt HUB Cycling Board Member Photo

Annie Merritt

Annie is a long-time cyclist and Planner working in Vancouver and the North Shore. She currently works in community health and wellness planning, and organizational planning with the First Nations Health Authority. She has previously worked in public space planning, community engagement, and policy. She is passionate about the role cycling can play in contributing to the creation of inclusive, connected, and sustainable communities. 

Annie's vision for our cycling future is one where getting around by bike is a safe, affordable and enjoyable mode of transportation that is accessible year-round to people of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels. Beyond the Lower Mainland, Annie has enjoyed commuting by bike in a diversity of cities including Port Alberni, Montreal, Brisbane, and in her hometown of London Ontario

Jeff Rottin HUB Cycling Board Photo

Jeff Rottin

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.

Meredith Seeton

Meredith Seeton

Meredith is a community planner based in the Tri-Cities. She works in municipal government on long-range land use planning, social policy, and development. Meredith gets excited about facilitating public engagement and participatory planning, and is passionate about creating more sustainable and inclusive communities where walking and biking are the easy choice.
 
Meredith was first immersed in the world of convenient, safe and joyful bike commuting while living in Copenhagen in her early twenties. Since then, she has enjoyed getting around Metro Vancouver by bike, and periodically heading out on longer tours with her partner.

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Stuart grew up in the Yukon, just shy of the arctic circle, and rode a bike whenever he couldn’t use a toboggan.

His career experience includes 10 years in the technology industry; during this time, he rarely rode a bike. In 2014, he sold his car and switched career direction after volunteering for organizations reflecting his values, which reawakened a passion for safe streets and transportation cycling.

A passionate advocate for bicycling and livable cities, Stuart currently works as a consultant for the local transportation and bicycle retail sector, and still volunteers with organizations working on sustainability.

Fiona Walsh

Fiona E. Walsh

In 2009, after 40 years of only driving a car, Fiona bought an electric-assist bike and began commuting from North Vancouver to her school in Burnaby. In 2013, she graduated to a much lighter, non-electric bike. In 2015, she donated her car to the Kidney Foundation. She is now a retired teacher, volunteering with North Shore Emergency Management, North Van City and West End Coal Harbour Community Policing Centres and the Edible Garden Project. She also chairs her community residents association.

Fiona joined HUB in 2010 and became a member of the board in the summer of 2012. After breaking her wrist in 2010, while cycling over the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, she joined the North Shore HUB Committee to work for improvements to the bridge accesses and sidewalks, which we now enjoy. As a director of the BC Cycling Coalition and Canada Bikes, she hopes to act as a liaison and to tackle issues around outdated and/or non- existent TAC standards for cyclists, pedestrians and people on mobility devices.

Staff

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Acting Executive Director 

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.

Timothy Welsh

Timothy Welsh

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. 

Alyshia Burak

Alyshia Burak

Bike Education Program Manager

Alyshia joined HUB in 2015, and has been involved in supporting a variety of bike education programs and events. Currently she manages HUB's bike education programs for all ages, and enjoys working with community groups to bring accessible bike programs to newcomers to Canada.  

Alyshia is passionate about fostering healthy living, social equality, and thriving communities and has worked with non-profit organizations both locally and globally to achieve these goals. She holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBC.

Catherine Acuna

Catherine Acuna

Membership Manager

Cathy joined HUB cycling in 2016 as Membership Manager.  Cathy is looking forward to engaging with dedicated HUB supporters and expanding the organizations membership base to further grow the voice and impact of HUB.

Having previously worked at Ecojustice Canada, 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!  

Having grown up in Los Angeles, 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!

Tracy Wilkins

Tracy Wilkins

Special Events Manager

As a Vancouverite born and raised, Tracy loves to ride her bike and has been inspired by Vancouver’s progress in accessibility and 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, helping create an efficient transportation system and promoting sustainable lifestyles.

Tracy’s ideal community is one that is healthy, connected and future focused, and she looks forward to joining HUB Cycling's pursuit to make this a realty in Vancouver.

If you see Tracy snowboarding on one of our local mountains, practicing yoga, cruising the seawall or enjoying a beverage on a patio, be sure to say hello!

Jennifer Rai

Jennifer Rai

Office Manager

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. .

 

Jelena Kocmaruk

Jel Kocmaruk

Education Program Coordinator

Jel's background in recreation and community development has led them to work in a variety of settings both facilitating and coordinating programming for all ages. Joining the education team at HUB Cycling is an opportunity to work towards integrating cycling and all its positive benefits into the daily routines of children and adults across Metro Van. Enduring areas of interest include alternative & experiential education, sustainable community projects, and derailleur adjustments. When not at work, you can find Jel at the library, backpacking, or riding!

Andrew Picard

Andrew Picard

Committee Engagement Coordinator

Andrew has a background in urban planning with previous work in active transportation consulting and community engagement. Having participated in cycling advocacy in Ottawa and Victoria, Andrew is excited to help facilitate a safer and more connected cycling network across Metro Vancouver.

In 2013, Andrew spent a semester studying cycling in Copenhagen and returned to Europe shortly after, to complete his master’s thesis on the evolution and design of bicycle infrastructure in Berlin and Münster, Germany.

Andrew holds degrees from the University of Toronto (M.Sc. Planning) and the University of Victoria (BA Human Geography).

David Ronnov

David Rønnov

Advocacy Intern

David, a Dane living in Copenhagen for the last 11 years, has joined the HUB team as an intern for his Master's program in Sustainable Cities. 

Like most Danes, David has been cycling since before he can remember. Since then, cycling has emerged for him as the panacea for many urban ills. In his perspective, cycling can help create cities that are more fun, safe, healthy, walkable, prosperous and beautiful. 
David loves to bike for all purposes and destinations, including urban exploration when traveling, long-distance cycling and everyday commuting. David also enjoys movies, good food and drink, as well as kayaking, hiking and running. 

David has a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen, a BSc in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning from Aalborg University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s programme in Sustainable Cities at Aalborg University.

Instructors

Ari Ng

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 ;)

Bike Love
Ari

Carly Johansson

With a passion for active transportation and urban sustainability initiatives, Carly thrives in extreme weather. She strives to inspire others to embrace biking year round. From her first time riding a bike in the snow in Sweden, to riding fat bikes in the Rockies, she finds the fun in cycling everywhere.

Charlie Watson

Charlotte (Charlie) Watson

My favourite memory of teaching cycling was to a group of women over the age of 50. They were so nervous that they weren't going to be good enough.  To me they were good enough just for turning up to the lesson. By the end of session, all had improved, a few were actually riding, but most importantly they were having fun and feeling proud of themselves.

One women who had been nervous at the start said that the instructors had given "no pressure. only pleasure". You can watch a short video featuring this group here

Donna Chen

Donna Chen

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.

Heather Harvey

Heather Harvey

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!  

Ken Wuschke

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.

Lisa Corriveau

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.

Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Smith

When I teach, I like to tell stories, because for many, they are overcoming fear to learn to ride. Horses were my thing as a child, and since having one in our backyard was not possible, I rode my bike all over my small town, jumping my fine steed, and travelling far and wide. Its name was Bluey.

More recently, when I asked a classroom what they were going to bring to school for bike day (expecting them to yell out "bikes!") one young fellow said "Our Imagination!". Cycling will open doors you may not expect!

Louise Fenwick

Louise Fenwick

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.

Mandi Parkes

Mandi Parkes

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!

Mathieu Beaudoin

Mathieu Beaudoin

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.

Darren Brereton

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

Eddie Wong

Eddie has always enjoyed cycling from an early age. As a boy, he loved to ride through puddles and muddy patches, much to the chagrin of his mother. As an adult, he commutes year round by bike, riding through puddles but avoiding muddy patches. He loves the freedom that cycling brings, and the money he saves by not having to go to the gym. Eddie is an enthusiastic teacher and is always encouraging people to ride their bikes.

Tom Skinner

To me, biking is hands-down the best way to explore. Whether it’s exploring your city, a new mountain top, a different country, or just exploring your own limits, you have the ability to do things no other mode of transportation allows. I love showing others how simple and enjoyable it can be to get around by bike. It’s amazing to see how cycling opens up a world of possibilities to new riders.

I love my daily commute, rain or shine, plus any adventures I can do by bike – on road, off-road, or no road! You’ll find me cruising around East Van, riding in the mountains, and sometimes at local cyclocross races.