People at HUB
HUB Cycling is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive organization and to working with people and communities to support them to thrive and prosper. Diversity is integral to this commitment. Diversity among our members, volunteers, staff and Board of Directors allows us to better understand, connect to, and respond to the needs of HUB members and broader communities.
Visit bikehub.ca/diversity to learn more.
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.
Alicia is the Sustainability Specialist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. When she’s not planning for climate action and sustainability, she ponders about how to make Vancouver a less car-dense and more bike-friendly city. While spending two years living in and studying for her Environmental Sustainability Master’s in Sweden, she grew amazed by the bike path networks. She became motivated to bring this inspiration back to Vancouver to make cycling accessible for 8 to 80 year old's and help transform Vancouver into a city made for people, not cars.
Alicia is a recreational cyclist and loves cycling for all of its health, environmental, and recreational benefits! She hopes to bring a sustainability and equity lens to the board as well as her experience working in and being on the board of several non-profits. She is co-chair of the board’s Regional Advisory Committee working on cycling advocacy across Metro Vancouver.
Sarah is a lawyer for the Federal Department of Justice and a mother of two. She is an avid cyclist who chooses to go by bike as her primary mode of transportation. She also enjoys road biking. She has experience as a board member of a non-profit organization and enjoys fundraising. In her role as a civil servant and government lawyer, she has extensive experience with risk management and the interaction between policy and law. She is a member of the HUB Van-UBC local regional committee and a long-standing HUB member. Sarah loves biking and is grateful for Vancouver’s cycling lanes and bike safety initiatives.
Victoria is a marketing consultant with over 30 years of experience, working with organizations and agencies to develop comprehensive marketing solutions in Canada and the US. Her love for problem solving, sustainable living and lifelong learning motivates her both professionally and personally.
Victoria sees cycling as a solution to the climate, affordability, health and equity challenges we face. As an avid cyclist, she is passionate about leveraging her extensive experience to increase ridership across Metro Vancouver. Victoria is thrilled to be working with the board, staff and volunteers to build upon the amazing work HUB Cycling has done so far.
Alexandra Flynn is a law professor at UBC and a mom of two teenagers.
Alexandra's work focuses on municipal law and governance, including Indigenous-municipal legal relationships. She is an avid cyclist for transportation, sport, and pleasure, including taking a 6-month cycling trip in Europe and Southeast Asia with her family.
Alexandra has a long history of volunteer and board experience and hopes to contribute to making cycling safe and possible for all.
I have been a biking enthusiast for 35 years. While living in Kelowna, I would commute on my Walmart bike to and from my accounting job, during winter and summer. In winter, I would get home some days and say, whew, I made it. There was no safe cycling infrastructure, just painted lines. But even with that, I was grateful that my employers supplied a safe bike lockup area, showers, and lockers. It was rare (and still is). When teaching my two daughters to ride, I was nervous. I had seen a lot. It was about constant vigilance, not freedom and fun, which it should be.
I bring to this board years of accounting and bookkeeping experience, experience on two boards, strong communication skills, and a desire to work with an organization that I support and appreciate. Advocating for safe mobility routes for all is important and necessary.
I’m excited at the prospect of bringing my 30 years of strategic leadership to HUB's Board. I love to bike for fun, commuting, and travel, and want to ensure these opportunities are available and comfortable for all. As a seasoned executive and board director, I’m passionate about driving success through sustainability. My Vice President responsibilities at Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) spanned diverse areas including marketing, community, environment, government advocacy, and first nation relations over 20 years. While at YVR, I built respectful, deep, and personal relations with Musqueam leading to a historic 30-year Sustainability and Friendship Agreement. I have served as board director on YVR Art Foundation (an indigenous-focused not-for-profit), Georgia Strait Alliance, and Richmond Hospital Foundation and recently attained my Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation, Canada’s highest board governance credential. Since retiring from YVR in 2020, I volunteer as a business advisor to indigenous organizations and provide strategic consulting services in tourism, aviation, and sustainability. I’ve been an active HUB member for decades and recently mentored a refugee family and a new immigrant through HUB’s newcomer program. I would be honored to bring my optimistic, ethical leadership; sound judgment; and personal commitment to the HUB Board.
Mairin is a passionate changemaker and avid road cyclist based in Vancouver. From her upbringing on northern Vancouver Island to her studies in Resource Management at Simon Fraser University, she carries with her a deep sense of respect for our home planet and all that is necessary for us to steward a regenerative, just, and equitable economy. Mairin is an Impact Strategy Consultant at Decade Impact, a boutique, women-owned impact consulting firm in Vancouver. She finds joy and excitement in her work helping purpose-driven organizations define, measure, manage, and communicate their social and environmental impact on the world. With several years of experience in the sustainability consulting space, Mairin is skilled in policy development and advocacy, as well as team management, leadership, and facilitation. As a daily bike commuter and keen cyclist for the last 6 years, Mairin’s familiarity and lived experience with Metro Vancouver’s cycling infrastructure have inspired her to join HUB as a Board Director.
She believes that cycling plays an invaluable role in fostering thriving and accessible communities. Mairin hopes to help advance HUB’s policy advocacy work in service of removing barriers to cycling and support HUB’s collaboration with government bodies and other values-aligned organizations.
Interim Executive Director & Director of Bike Education
Since moving to Vancouver in 2000, Rose has been delighted to cycle the ever-growing number of bike routes throughout the region and southwest BC. Riding a bike regularly for the past 25 years has kept her happier, healthier, wealthier and more connected in her local community.
At HUB Cycling, Rose oversees the Bike Education department including hundreds of bike courses in schools and the community as well as the provincial Everyone Rides Grade 4-5.
Before joining HUB Cycling in 2019, Rose worked as a director, manager or instructor in various outdoor recreation and sustainability education organizations. She has also worked as a Director of Operations for a local paddling company, responsible for company operations, risk management, human resources and the paddling school. Rose has a degree in Urban Geography from UBC and is nationally certified to instruct various outdoor activities. She is grateful and excited to lead HUB’s bike education team into a future where cycling education is available to all.
Director of Program Development
Tim spent much of his youth in the South Okanagan exploring by bike. 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. Before joining HUB Cycling in 2013 Tim's work in refugee and immigrant resettlement included developing and delivering a range of direct services, and playing a central facilitative role between service providers and government funders in the expansion and professionalization of the BC settlement services sector. As HUB Cycling's Director of Program Development, Tim works with the HUB Cycling team to build the strength and reach of existing education and events programming, and develops new programs which support HUB Cycling's mandate including Research, Bike Friendly Buildings and Newcomer Bike Mentorship.
Director of Operations
Emily is a white settler living on unceded Coast Salish territory with her young family.
Director of Campaigns & Inclusion
When more people cycle, communities become happier, healthier and more sustainable. To this end, Navdeep Chhina aspires to help build a network of inclusive and safe cycling infrastructure for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. At HUB Cycling, Navdeep (ਨਵਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ - he/him) oversees inclusion and diversity efforts, media relations, stakeholder relations, community relations and advocacy efforts. Creating a welcoming, inclusive organization and collaborating with people from underrepresented and marginalized communities is integral to these efforts.
A settler on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, Navdeep grew up in Chandigarh, India.
Director of Partnerships and Events
As HUB Cycling's Director of Partnerships and Events, Laura brings a wealth of experience, a passion for community building, and a strong commitment to increasing the use of active and healthy transportation.
With over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, Laura has been championing cycling for more than a decade. She spent nearly four years leading active transportation initiatives for the City of Vancouver, developing the City’s Transportation Demand Management Action Plan and overseeing a variety of active travel initiatives. Prior to the City of Vancouver, Laura spent over six years at HUB Cycling. During this time she founded many new initiatives, including Bike the Night, Bike to Shop Days, and the Bike Awards, and forged numerous partnerships across different sectors.
Laura holds a Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McGill University.
Cathy joined HUB Cycling as Membership Manager and now serves as Community Manager. She works to amplify the voice of HUB's Metro Vancouver Local Committees and support their advocacy efforts to make biking safer and better for all ages and abilities.
Having previously worked for environmental non-profits and education and cultural institutions both in Canada and the UK, Cathy is passionate about working towards improving the environment through alternate means of transit and helping people find the confidence they need to get on their bikes.
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.
Lisa (she/her) is our Event Manager. Before joining HUB in 2022, she worked in conference production, hosting live and virtual events for audiences in Philadelphia, Chicago, Amsterdam & Paris, and has marketing and PR experience in the UK social enterprise sector. She has a BA in International Relations and Journalism and is excited to combine her professional experience, commitment to sustainable living and love of cycling for the role.
Lisa is proud to have never driven a car but slightly embarrassed to admit she needed training wheels on her bike until the age of 12. Her favourite biking accomplishment was bikepacking Japan's Shimanami Kaido trail. After three years of living in the Netherlands, she understands the importance of cycling infrastructure in building a cultural acceptance for commuting by bike.
Bike Education Manager
Everyone Rides Grade 4 - 5 Program Manager
Lorraine enjoys creative problem solving, and believes that cycling can be an elegant, simple, and creative solution to so many problems in our communities. Her bike Rootbeer just thinks cycling is fun, and everyone should do it.
Lorraine oversees the Everyone Rides Grade 4- 5 program in smaller communities outside of the Lower Mainland. While working as a Cycling Instructor for eight years, Lorraine was honoured to watch new cyclists go from scared and wobbly to confident and triumphant riders. She previously worked as a Fundraiser and Volunteer Coordinator for various non profits, including the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. During the Pandemic, Lorraine wrote a Y/A novel, set in her hometown Riverview, New Brunswick, and looks forward to seeing it published.
Lorraine and Rootbeer can often be seen coasting along the Sea Wall, walking their dog Junebug at sunset, and gardening in their community garden plot.
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 ;)
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 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 on transportation projects on multi-use paths, e-bikes and bus-bike integration, as well as stints with Vancouver Bike Share (Mobi), Fraser Health doing employee consultation work, and a variety of projects related to cycling, transportation and planning. Evan is currently looking forward to his next multi-day bike adventure.
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 Mentorship Program Manager
Mark grew up in Ottawa and moved to Vancouver in 2007. Since then he has mostly lived in East Van, with time also spent living (and bicycling) in South Korea, The Netherlands, and Japan. It was Vancouver though, that really reignited a passion for cycling, and an interest in the infrastructure and systems, both formal and informal, that make it an enjoyable and efficient way to get around the city.
Mark has a BA from Trent University, and recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies program at Simon Fraser University, during which he tried, whenever possible, to write about bicycling. Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Mark previously held a number of different roles in the non-profit sector, and worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language, both here in Vancouver, and overseas.
Bike Education & Equipment Coordinator
Born and raised in Vancouver, Stuart has long been an avid cyclist and advocate of car-free living. Prior to joining HUB 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.
Bike Education Coordinator
Lisa Corriveau fell in love with cycling when she learned to ride a bike at age four. She became a regular cycle commuter in Vancouver while completing her Bachelor of Arts in French & Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. After starting a family, she realized that she needed a bigger bike and has been carrying her two kids, large grocery runs, or the occasional friend on cargo bikes since 2014.
Lisa saw a need for more resources to help families, particularly those with very young children, get into cycling and living car-free. She helped build the Vancouver Family Biking group, developed workshops, and put on events, as well as started her blog, Spokesmama.com. Lisa also spent six years as a member of the City of Vancouver's Transportation Advisory Committee and currently volunteers as a pilot for Cycling Without Age.
Lisa has osteoarthritis in her hip, and as it has progressed, she has increasingly relied on her ebike as a mobility device. She advocates for disabled cycling via various public speaking engagements and on social media.
Lisa has been with HUB as a cycling instructor since 2016, sharing the joy of cycling with thousands of students of all ages and is excited to continue teaching and organizing as a Bike Education Coordinator.
Growing up in Newfoundland (and experiencing its infamous winters) meant cycling season could be rather... short. But that didn't stop me and my family from enjoying it as much as was humanly possible! I learn to ride on rocky trails, coasting past bogs and watching out for moose on the path. I loved the freedom to explore my town and surrounding forests and did it as often as I could.
Since moving to Vancouver, I've turned into more of an urban commuter cyclist, but that doesn't mean I love cycling any less! Cycling has always meant independence for me, and I love inspiring others to feel the freedom that cycling can give you. I've been teaching natural and outdoor subjects to youth for over 15 years (including marine biology, outdoor theatre, and basic science literacy) and love coordinating and teaching cycling with HUB. It's a subject very near and dear to my heart, and I absolutely adore working to share that passion with others.
Bike Education Coordinator
Monica (she/her) sees bicycles as happiness machines, and they totally changed her life. Her journey started in Mexico when she was 4, and his father taught her how to ride a bike. Since then, she’s found freedom and independence, as well as the opportunity to meet many incredible people on the road. She believes in the importance of making a community and loves to spread the word about all the cycling benefits, especially for women.
She’s been in the education field for more than 13 years and her background is in performing arts. For her, theatre and bikes are so alike: there are many paths to choose from, you decide how long you want to go and there are always risks involved; both demand you be in the present, here and now. So, probably, you can see her riding around theatre venues or thinking about a new story to be performed during her free time.
The cities are changing around the world, cycling is more on the radar as a way of transportation. Being part of that active change makes her proud and encourages her to keep sharing those happiness machines.
Communications & Fundraising Manager
Matthew grew up in the Greater Toronto Area with a passion for cycling and endurance sports. After completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, Matthew’s love for exercise, sport, and active living motivated him to pursue a Masters of Science in Kinesiology at UBC. Although he can’t get up to the speeds of his lycra-wearing idols, Matthew enjoys cycling on the many bike-friendly paths of Vancouver and hopes to share his love for exercise on two wheels with everyone.
An (she/her) joined HUB Cycling in 2023 as the Event Coordinator. Prior to joining HUB, An worked as a program and communications manager with a passion for youth empowerment. An has worked with various NGOs in Canada, Vietnam, and South Africa in hopes of raising awareness about wildlife conservation and sustainable living.
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.
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!
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.
I only really became hooked on cycling as a young adult, but it didn't take long to become totally dependent (in a good way) on my bike for the freedom, convenience, fun, and exercise it provided. From UBC campus to the ruins of Angkor, I have found no better way to experience life than on two wheels. In addition to being a Bike Education Instructor, I am also an Academic Advisor at UBC with an MA in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin) and a proud cat mom.
I dream of one day cycling around the world - or at least across a continent. For now, the best times on my bike are spent discovering scenic routes around Vancouver and on short camping tours around coastal BC. I am sure sharing my love of cycling with a new generation as an instructor will soon be added to that list!
I consider myself to be an incredibly fortunate person to have been born and raised in the spectacular city of Vancouver and the lower mainland. With our mild climate, mountains, ocean and lakes I have been able to take advantage of an array of outdoor activities throughout my life. One of which has always been cycling. What was once a means of transportation as a young child has become an integral part of my lifestyle. From biking to / from work, participating in fund raising rides such as The Ride to Conquer Cancer”, to camping adventures and to stay healthy and fit.
In 2019 I decided to retire from the position of Vice President at a Property Management frim. I realized I wanted to retire from the hectic pace of management and to take a slightly different path in my semi-retirement. In the spring of 2019, I found myself working for a cycling tour company taking visitors around our beautiful city on bikes. Early in 2020 I joined HUB and was later hired as an instructor for their bike programs in schools. I happy to say that I have been able to turn my passion for cycling into the best part-time retirement jobs a person could wish for.
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.
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!
Cycling has been part of my life since the age of 6. That’s a lot of commuting, touring, errands, mountain paths, and navigating congested city streets. Cycling is a part of my everyday work and fun with family and friends. I am driven by my passion for making real change to benefit our environment, enhance opportunities for healthy living, and decrease our dependence on the car. With HUB Cycling, I will help students confidently make cycling a routine and safe life skill.
My "love" of bikes is a practical one. Growing up, it was simply an inexpensive way of getting around town that didn't rely on my parents or bus fare. My cycling got more serious when I took a job as a bike messenger in Winnipeg, MB. At that stage, I needed to get the gear and bike maintenance skills to deliver packages across this prairie city through wind, rain, snow and sun. Since moving to the West Coast, I've left that behind for a 7-gear, Dutch-style bike that will get me from point A to B in comfort.
In addition to commuter cycling, I have dabbled in education in a variety of community settings, including adult literacy, digital skills, teaching English, and rec programs for children and youth. I'm excited to teach others about safe, urban cycling.
This job combines two of my greatest passions: teaching and cycling. Cycling is so much more than transport or exercise, it is a representation of what a better future might look like. The economic and environmental implications of a society built around human powered transport are extraordinarily positive. Rising house prices and cost of living in our city coupled with the looming prospects of the climate emergency therefore illustrate the importance of educating youth on the capabilities of the bike. My personal passion for cycling melds with my love for the outdoors as the activity allows me to interact with previously unnoticed features of the lower mainland. Having recently developed an interest in the mechanics of bicycles through the building of the bike I’m standing with, I can now move through my city on a piece of machinery built by my own hands and powered by my own legs. This passion is not required to realize the benefits provided by city cycling but I hope that at least some of my students are inspired to share it. As I study to become a teacher I could not think of a better environment to test and learn new skills than the one provided by HUB.
Growing up, my experience using the bike as transportation soley consisted of going to the corner shop to buy penny candies.
Fast forward to university and I was using my bike daily. However, it wasn't until living in the Netherlands that I truly realized how freeing - and limitless the potential of - the bike was.
Since being back in Vancouver, I have worked with HUB on the cycle highways project and am eager to continue to help realize the benefits of cycling in Metro Vancouver.
I first experienced the joy of riding on a 1990s single speed with pink tassels flowing off handlebars. My little legs loved the cheap thrills of riding fast down the dirt roads of Western Massachusetts. Now with slightly longer legs still the feelings have not changed. A small-town human at heart, I seek out the familiarity of quiet routes through the city.
I am a strong believer that the empowerment people experience through learning to ride and navigate our cities reach far beyond moments in the saddle.
With an unwavering passion for two-wheeled adventures, Meltem has carved an exhilarating path through the world of biking. From the earliest days, the rhythmic whirl of pedals and the rush of wind against skin ignited a spark that would evolve into a lifelong journey. Meltem's cycling tale unfolds across diverse terrains, from urban streets to rugged mountain trails. The gears of experience have spun through countless cycling events, each one adding a new layer to their story. The evolution from a curious beginner to a seasoned cyclist showcases not only their physical prowess but also an unyielding dedication to mastering the art of biking. Fuelled by a desire for both personal growth and a deeper connection with the world, Meltem continues to explore new horizons, their tireless spirit a testament to the profound joy and liberation found in the simple act of pedaling forward.
Biking is a wonderful way of getting around. My bicycle has taken me to school as a kid, to university as a student and for more than 20 years to work. Cycling is my preferred way of commuting because it wakes me up in the morning, it gives me exercise, it is economical, environmentally friendly and reliable… the list of advantages goes on and on. What I also love about cycling is that I can stop on a whim to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings. I have commuted by bike in Germany, England, China and Canada – and I really appreciate the bike lanes in Metro Vancouver!
As a HUB teacher I hope to inspire kids and youth to give cycling a try, find fun in it and continue to ride well into adulthood.
“I simply love riding my bike Brunilda. We go on adventures together all year round, including getting groceries, camping, painting on location, and making new friend (the one in the photo is Eve). I learned how to cycle last century, on a green “BH bici con ruedines”, and since then, I keep moving forward. I love teaching people of all ages how to ride, and how to do it safely. I also enjoy learning about mechanics (= getting my hands busy and dirty), so I can be as self reliant as possible, and help fellow cyclist in peril. Safe cycling is empowering and gives me freedom, independence… and it is so much fun.”
Cycling has always been in my life since a kid! From the day I learned to ride through Pedalhead's summer camp I've always enjoyed the freedom of cycling and the satisfaction of teaching others how to enjoy cycling as well! I began volunteering with Pedalheads at 13 and once I became an instructor at the camp, went on to teach for another 5 years! Now I am proud to represent HUB and teach cycling to new riders in brand-new ways and environments!
Learning to bike in Vancouver, there have been many green spaces and parks around, and one of my favourites for biking has been Central Park in Burnaby. In elementary school, biking became a tool for getting to school on time, and throughout high school and university biking has given me the freedom to get around the city on my own schedule. The last couple of summers, my bike has taken me along parts of the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands for camping trips and biking has been an affordable way to get outside doing the things that I love! I'm looking forward to giving people the tools to ride their bikes with confidence and explore all the ways that biking can be practical and fun!
Growing up in Victoria in a bike-obsessed family, it only makes sense that cycling is a huge part of my life. Cycling became especially important to me when I realized the sense of independence it gave me from a young age! Now, I still like to bike to places whenever I possibly can— whether that be to work, school, errands, or exciting new destinations to camp. I’ve worked with bikes and people both as an instructor and tour guide in the past, and am excited to continue to spread my passion for cycling as amazing option for both transportation and fun!
Angie Tang Wong
Started riding bicycles at 5 years old. It meant freedom with my friends. We rode everywhere. Then from 6 to 10 I rode to school every day until we moved across the street from my school. Riding just for fun until 15 when I got a job as a caddy and then at 16 at Safeway, riding as a bike commuter. By now I inherited my brother’s Raleigh 3 speed which I loved and cherished.
At 16 I got my drivers licence and the bike got parked except for the occasional ride for pleasure.
At 40ish I found myself out of shape and overweight. I tried commuting to work and soon parked my car at the office to use during the day. Every week day in all weather I rode to the office and learned there was no bad weather just bad gear.
My wife became an avid cyclist and together we rode longer rides and discovered bike touring. Wow!!
I am now 76 years old and still riding with the bicycle being my first transportation choice even though I am not as strong as I once was. I will share cycling with anyone interested.
First learning to ride on a Schwinn Stingray with "apehangers" in Yosemite National Park, my love affair with the bike has evolved from family camping trips to commuting and mountain biking internationally. Whether getting to school on the west and east coasts of the US, teaching English in Japan or living in Vancouver since 2000, the versatility and fun of "going by bike" has been a constant pleasure. Over the last 10 years, I have been an active member of the HUB community, volunteering with Bike to Work and School events as well as my local committee and now working as a Bike Ed Instructor. Along with raising a teenage daughter, I am thrilled to be actively involved in promoting the benefits of cycling, especially among the youth of British Columbia.
I am a recent transplant to Metro Vancouver from the rural interior. I have enjoyed the feeling of freedom and excitement of cycling since I was a kid. I remember stealing my older brother's super awesome BMX to rip around our family farm and around my hometown after school to the swimming hole or up a logging road. When I moved to Kelowna ten years ago for university I started commuting to and began to see the health and community benefits of cycling. There is no better way to experience a city and interact with the landscape than from the seat of a bike. I hope to spread the joy and satisfaction I feel from cycling to others and help educate a new generation of cycling enthusiasts.
Am I a cyclist? Hmm, not really. I grew up on a farm driving grain trucks - not much opportunity for bike riding. In university, biking was a mode of necessity, not an identity. Do I enjoy the freedom of biking instead of being stuck in my car in traffic? For sure. Do I like rockstar parking in front of the grocery store? Yup. Do I enjoy skipping the gas bill? 100%. Do I relish being fit enough to keep up with the kids? You bet. So….maybe I am a cyclist. Sometimes. And more often now. You could be too.
Working with HUB following a 30 year career in public education Phil is delighted to have the opportunity to combine his love of cycling, his joy for teaching and learning, and his desire to make the world just a little bit better all in one place.
Mahshid comes with a whirlwind of diverse experiences. From studying Drama and fine art in Iran to delving into TV and Video Production in Canada, her journey has been nothing short of adventurous. As an art teacher abroad and dabbling in roles like a Radio Technician and Studio Camera Operator in Canada, she’s had the opportunity to explore various paths. But now, it's time to share her ultimate passion for cycling with all of you!
“My cycling story takes me back to when I was a little girl in Iran. My parents bought me a bike, and taught me in our backyard.Oh boy! I stumbled and fell countless times. But with each fall, I rose up again, determined to conquer the two-wheeled wonder. "Let go, Dad, I can do it," I finally called out with unwavering confidence. That's when the love affair with cycling began, and it made me feel truly liberated and free.”
Growing up in Esfahan, where it was illegal for women to ride bikes, presented a challenging twist. Her dad, fearing for her safety, took her bike away, and that sense of freedom became a distant memory. Yet, she never gave up on finding it again. After moving out of Iran, she reunited with her passion for cycling through bikepacking journeys to refugee camps in Turkey. And guess what? The flame has never died out since! Now, if she is not bikepacking, you can bet she is exploring the city as a car-free cyclist, or in social bike events where freedom, fun, and friendship await! Pedal power, here we come!
I grew up on Coast Salish territories, in so-called South East Vancouver, and have been avidly riding my good ol’ Kona mountain bike since I was 15. Biking has been my primary mode of transport, through the different neighbourhoods of the city I have lived in my early adulthood. I love to bike fast with my roommates and friends. Following a big crash with a parked car when I was 15, I have gotten a lot better at not turning my entire bicycle when looking behind me to check if my friends are still there. I love to take my bike, all packed and saddled for camping, on the ferry for an adventure far from home. I love figuring out and getting to know my bike, its mechanics, what it can hold, what feels comfortable for me; its and my limitations. I’m interested in getting kids acquainted with the fact that biking is breezy, empowering, exciting, and no huge deal! Outside of biking, I love to draw, joke, play and dance with my friends and my little baby cousins. And I like to play cards with my grandparents… Weehee let’s go on a bike ride!