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.
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.
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.
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.
Geneviève Bowers is a regular commuter, a road cyclist, and an adventurer who enjoys self-supported cycle touring. In the past, she’s also used cycling to fundraise for ovarian cancer research. She has 13 years of experience analyzing various policy issues and developing policy for public entities. Geneviève has also volunteered as a Board Director for a non-profit that fundraises for and disperses student financial awards. She has skills and experience in fundraising, working closely with senior officials, intergovernmental relations, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning. Genevieve works as Policy Analyst at British Columbia Lottery Corporation.
Will is a dedicated bike commuter and passionate mountain biker. He grew up in North Vancouver, and now lives and works in East Van. Will works in the healthcare sector as a labour relations lawyer. He is dedicated to working with Employers and Unions to collaboratively resolve labour disputes and to serve the public healthcare system. Will believes that creating a viable system of cycling infrastructure and fostering a supportive and inclusive bicycling community are vital for building a happy, healthy, and sustainable society.
Ouifaq Laissaoui was born and raised in Morocco. She moved to Vancouver a year ago and quickly felt a sense of security. When she was biking back in Morocco, she was worried about her safety. Today, by joining HUB’s board, she wants to contribute to make biking safe for all cyclists. Ouifaq believes that cycling does not only promote physical and mental balance but is also an eco-friendly, inclusive way of integrating the community and share environmental responsibility. She aspires to bike more often and share that journey to inspire. She currently lives in East Van and enjoys the freedom of biking on a regular basis.
Jean has lived and cycled (for commuting and for recreation) in a number of cities across Canada, and loves exploring new places by bike. She is passionate about cities, and has an extensive background in government relations and policy development, having worked at the BC Legislature in Victoria, for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa, and now for the City of Richmond. She is excited to advocate for cyclists of all abilities to have access to safe and efficient cycling infrastructure.
Paul learned the joys of cycling on the mean streets of Toronto in the 1970s – a very different time for urban cyclists. Arriving in Vancouver as a university student he found his way around Vancouver and suburbs for years by bike – exploring the mountains and the city and finding kindred spirits in cycling clubs and low-key racing. When he’s not working as an executive in the space industry Paul is often found managing his kids bikes and finding excuses to ride. He believes in the universality of cycling and the value of introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to the joy of (safely) feeling the wind in your face on a self-propelled adventure of any scale. Paul lives with his family in East Vancouver.
Sherry is a first-generation immigrant to Canada. Having lived in multiple Asian cities (Qingdao, Beijing, and Taipei), Sherry came to Vancouver for her graduate studies in 2009. After a brief working experience in San Francisco, she moved back for the livability and diversity, and picked up cycling at an older age than many people.
Currently, Sherry works for Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization that build partnerships among academia, government, and communities to support industrial and social innovation in Canada. As the Senior Account Manager and Team Lead, Sherry Zhao is responsible for Mitacs business development activities for all program deliveries in British Columbia.
Sherry holds a PhD in chemistry from UBC, and a BSc from Peking University.
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 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 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 safe cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. At HUB Cycling, Navdeep oversees media relations, stakeholder relations, volunteer and community relations and advocacy efforts.
A settler on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, Navdeep grew up in Chandigarh, India.
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!
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.
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.
Director of Engagement
Bike Education Manager
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 Manager.
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
Planning and Research Lead
A nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, planning and facility design, Gavin brings two decades of experience facilitating trans-disciplinary teams in developing ambitious, award-winning plans and projects. Using a collaborative approach, Gavin has helped organizations and agencies across Canada integrate policy and design innovation to achieve more efficient, safe and sustainable built environments. As one of a select few certified trainers for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), 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 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.
Originally from the hilly and windy city of Wellington, New Zealand, Madeleine started cycling to work in 2011. She loved that it saved her money, she arrived to work at the same time no matter the traffic, and that she was healthier for it.
When Madeleine isn't at work you will find her mountain biking in the North Shore, skiing in Whistler, camping, or trying new coffee shops around the city.
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.
Director of Bike Education
Rose believes that continuing to ride bikes for transportation is one of the smartest life decisions she had made. That decision has made her happier, healthier and more connected to her local community. Since moving to Vancouver in 2000, she’s been delighted to cycle the ever growing number of bike routes throughout the region and southwest BC.
At HUB Cycling, Rose oversees the Bike Education department including hundreds of bike courses in schools and the community as well as Everyone Rides Grade 4-5.
Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Rose worked as a manager and instructor in various outdoor recreation and 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 Geography from UBC and is nationally certified to instruct various outdoor activities. She is very excited to lead HUB’s bike education team into a future where universal cycling education is available to all.
Bike to Work Week Coordinator
Kate joined HUB Cycling at the start of 2021 as their Bike to Work Week Coordinator. Kate loves biking through the city in her free time and using her bike to make deliveries for her small business. One of her fondest biking memories was exploring the outskirts of Cuba on her bike after class each day during a field course she took part of in the summer of 2015. Kate is very passionate about health and sustainability, and is excited to share the benefits of cycling with the community.
Kate grew up in Ottawa and lived abroad for several years before settling down in Vancouver in 2019. Kate has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University.
Bike to Work Week Manager
Negar joined HUB Cycling as the Bike to Work Week manager in 2021. She originally studied environmental science at SFU, and later moved abroad to the UK and received her MSc in Sustainability and Consultancy. Negar is passionate about sustainability and entrepreneurship having established her own nut milk business abroad. While living in the UK, she rented a bike from a university and got to learn about bike mechanics and local bike paths through her friends. The ease of biking motivated Negar to encourage others to also pick up biking. Now back in Port Moody, Negar is eager to make a positive impact in her community!
Outside of work, Negar enjoys perfecting her coffee, cooking new recipes, yoga, and, hiking with her pup Kya.
Event & Volunteer Coordinator
Originally from Quesnel BC, Hanna moved to Vancouver in 2016 to attend UBC. She completed her BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice in 2019. After living in the city for a few years, she discovered the joys of exploring Vancouver on her bike. She’s interested in urban planning and active transportation and is keen to help promote cycling in her community. Prior to working with HUB, she ran a summer leadership camp for LGBTQ2S+ youth, where she gained experience working with events and volunteers. She has also worked as an urban researcher with SFU and as a forestry field worker in BC’s interior. When she’s not exploring the city on her bike, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and making sourdough.
Bike Education Coordinator
Lilian joined the HUB Cycling team in early 2021. Originally from the UK she has been in Vancouver for almost two years and is excited to apply her past communications and political organizing experience to the role. Lilian passionately believes in the importance of teaching young people to cycle in creating sustainable cities.
Lilian fell in love with cycling from the back of her parents bicycles and then on her own two wheels in London from a young age. Since then she has spent many family holidays cycling (including cycling from London to Paris at the age of 11!). More recently she is looking forward to (and a little nervous about!) training for the Whistler Gran Fondo.
Everyone Rides Grade 4-5 Manager
Having grown up and bounced around a few Eastern Canadian provinces, Alix moved to Vancouver in 2017 where she quickly learned to enjoy the mild year-round cycling temperatures. A strong supporter of active transportation and self-propelled adventures, Alix joined HUB cycling in early 2021. She believes in the benefits of a solid cycling education from a young age and the overall life, health and friendships that cycling can bring.
Alix has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from UBC SALA and an undergraduate degree in Community Design and Sustainability from Dalhousie University. Exploring the city by bike from a young age is what drew her to these studies, taking great interest in how pedestrians and cyclists experience their environments at their unique speeds. You can find her out and about walking or biking around with her dog, Walnut.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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 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.
I learned to ride a bike when I was about eight years old, and at that point in my life, it was my crowning achievement. In 2012, after watching the movie, Premium Rush, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a committed cyclist. I bought my first steel single-speed commuter a year later, and since then my interest in cycling has only increased. One of my goals since I first learned to ride was to be as in control of the bike, and also to be as connected to it, as possible. At first, that meant learning cool tricks and skills to show off my balance and control. A few years ago, I learned to bunny hop, which felt like (pun intended) a huge leap for me. Now that I have more experience, I’ve realized that control and skill also mean riding responsibly. Especially in Vancouver, knowing how to ride responsibly is something I hope I can share with cyclists of all levels.
Recently, I’ve gotten interested in gravel and off-road riding, and I hope to start mountain biking soon as well. I’m lucky to have grown up in Vancouver, which has become a hotbed for cycling and riding of all kinds.
I grew up in a small town and biking was how I got everywhere. For me, biking is freedom and independence. From cruising down hills, to sweating up them, biking makes me feel powerful and alive. I love being able to get myself anywhere with only my legs and I feel so fortunate to live in a place where that is possible. I bike for pleasure and for my commutes. Biking to work makes my commute one of my favourite parts of the day. I also enjoy bike-based adventures. Something about biking to a beautiful spot makes that spot all the prettier. I am so excited to be working with HUB and teaching bike skills so that more people can feel happy and safe on a bike! Learning how to bike has been an invaluable gift in my life and I feel fortunate to be able to pass that on.
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 am very excited to teach cycling skills and safety with HUB. It's a subject very near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to sharing my skills and passion with everyone that I teach.
Riley grew up in Ontario and has spent the last 3 here in BC. Her post-secondary studies were in recreation and leisure services at Niagara College. Her passions lie with youth and education. Riley is also a bike enthusiast who loves to use cycling as her main mode of transit. On weekends you can often find her biking along the seawall or off on an adventure, exploring somewhere new. If not on two wheels you may find her on two feet, out for a casual walk or mural hunting around the city. She can't wait to share her love and knowledge of cycling with others in the community.
My first solo bike at age 5 was the enormously intimidating trek from my childhood house to the mailbox about 20 meters down the road. I have been hooked on bikes ever since! I love getting places faster, experiencing nature, weird interactions with other cyclists, biking as fast as humanly possible, being an eco-warrior, feeling myself getting stronger up hills, cruising along with friends, those fancy little bike stoplights, and NEVER having to pay/look for parking. I also take a bit of wicked enjoyment zooming past lines of cars stuck in gridlock. I’m super excited to share my enthusiasm for cycling with children as a Bike Education Instructor this season!
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 didn’t make biking very easy for myself when I started — the hills of Bowen Island, where I grew up, and the hand-me-down single-speed Baycrest I learned to bike on did not mix. But after slogging through my early years on two wheels, I felt like I was set free on the streets of Vancouver when I moved here in 2012. Using a bike as my primary form of transportation while commuting out to UBC, I became more interested in cycling overall and started working for Vancouver Bike Share in 2016 until 2018. Since then, I have continued cycling (as close to year-round as I can manage) and I have worked in education with youth in various aspects, from mental health awareness to private tutoring. It’s great to be able to finally combine cycling and education and spread the word about how wonderful biking can be!
The (documented) beginning of my love for riding a bike can be found on a VHS tape at my parent's house. On it I can be seen, at the tender age of 3, zipping around in tight circles on my tricycle yelling "look at me guys, look at me". I've cooled it on the showboating front since then but the fundamental joy that riding a bike brings me remains. I like to say that when I ride my bike I feel like how I imagine a dog feels when they stick their head out a car window - it's bliss.
One of my favorite things about riding a bike is how it opens up the world to you - the smells, the sights, the sounds! It's such a fun and freeing way to travel and I couldn't imagine a life without it, I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place that lets you ride a bike year-round. I'm excited to educate and work with lots of different people, to both collaborate and help them find their confidence on wheels.