Did you know a transit referendum is coming?

A Metro Vancouver referendum as early as this year will help decide the future of the region by deciding potential new revenue sources for transportation improvements. Funding measures and a transportation plan are being identified by the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council by June when the province will then help shape the question. Funding for transit and cycling have faltered in recent years, with regional funding sources limited by the province. This referendum is vital to open up new funding sources to help our transportation system grow with our population and economy, and to grow in a sustainable way. Without additional funding, maintaining current transit service will not be possible, and cycling funding is uncertain. 

Why is this transportation referendum important?

Metro Vancouver roads are congested, transit cannot meet current demand, and people and goods are not moving efficiently throughout Metro Vancouver. By 2031 there will be one million more people in the region, and these issues will get worse if no action is taken to fund improvements. 

Find more information at: movinginalivableregion.ca

When will it happen?

The province previously noted a referendum concurrent with the 2014 municipal elections. It has more recently signaled that it would be willing to delay the vote until June 30, 2015, unless mayors are unable to come to a consensus then the earliest the referendum date would be in conjunction with the 2017 municipal elections.

What can you do?

Let your mayor and MLA know that increased transit and cycling funding are important to you, and to the region. The next couple of months are very important for them to hear your voice.

Take the Moving in a Livable Region survey. By completing it, you could win an iPad mini!

City of North Vancouver Approves AAA Cycling Network

The City of North Vancouver council recently approved a new AAA (All Ages & Abilities) cycling network, due in part to the efforts of HUB, specifically our North Shore Committee.

In June, 2013, City of North Vancouver staff asked HUB to comment on several options for a new bike facility on Chesterfield Avenue, the designated bike arterial that runs from the Lonsdale SeaBus up the hill into the heart of the city. It is also a busy street with parking on both sides, and is an emergency vehicle route. 

HUB requested an option that included separated lane, and an overall plan that would be considered AAA, a growing concept driven by the need to safely make cycling inclusive and available to all, regardless of skill level.

Following a presentation to city council, staff were directed to produce designs and cost estimates for a AAA network across the City.

Throughout the fall and winter of 2013/2014, HUB and the North Shore Committee worked in close consultation with the City on the North Shore Bicycle Master Plan, which was overlaid with a number of options for AAA cycling. Based on input from a number of sources, including HUB and the City of North Vancouver’s Integrated Transportation Committee, the most extensive option was selected and recommended by staff for approval. 

Through efforts starting in June 2013, with a HUB delegation to Council, then more committee meetings, and more Council presentations, and one delayed vote, finally the motion passed on February 24th.

This is a significant decision — while this AAA cycling network will not be completed for many years, approval of the plan establishes a framework for a long-term vision for AAA cycling in the City of North Vancouver!

We congratulate Mayor Darrell Mussatto and the Council of the City of North Vancouver, HUB North Shore Committee member Heather Drugge, and everyone involved in this success.

Carbon Talks - The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region

Members of the public are invited to join SFU at two public Carbon Talk dialogues specifically focused on transportation, the economy, and what is needed to ensure high livability in the region.

Part of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, the talks are called Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region, and will take place in Vancouver (March 14) and Surrey (April 8).

These talks will include special guest panelists seeking to engage and educate Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders on transportation issues. 

Moving in a Livable Region is also the name of a new initiative launched by SFU, comprised of businesses, organizations, local governments, and transportation leaders, in a concerted, collaborative effort to create a long-term sustainable funding regime for transportation in the Metro Vancouver region. 

Moving in a Livable Region is committed to preparing Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders for the transit referendum by providing information on transportation issues and funding options for the region in the context of the upcoming vote.

Visit the Moving in a Livable Region website for more information.

POSTPONED: Pattullo Bridge Review Public Consultation

TransLink is deferring a previously announced public consultation regarding the Pattullo Bridge, which was to begin next week.

This deferral will allow TransLink time to work with the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, in response to the Province's request for regional collaboration on a transportation plan.

As the Pattullo Bridge is one of the key priorities for the region, TransLink needs time to confirm with the Mayors' Council how options for this project will fit into the regional plan, which the Mayors have been asked to deliver by June 30, 2014.

TransLink anticipates completing this work as quickly as possible and commencing Phase 2 public consultation of the Pattullo Bridge Review later this spring. Watch for notification of upcoming consultation opportunities at the Patullo Bridge Review website.

HUB Statement on the Vancouver Park Board Decision Regarding Kits Beach & Hadden Park

On February 17th, 2014, the Vancouver Park Board gave direction to discontinue proceeding with any options for a new bike path through Hadden Park or at Kits Beach. 

The Park Board will explore other ways to improve safety on the existing route through Hadden and Kitsilano Beach Park; some funds from this project will also be re-allocated to other pedestrian and cycling safety priorities that exist elsewhere around the city, under Park Board jurisdiction.

HUB is disappointed that the 28km of separated bike route on Vancouver’s Seawall will include this single instance of merged bike and foot traffic into a single, already overcrowded path. We believe the path is and will continue to be a safety hazard. It is unclear what other safety improvements the Parks Board can make on the existing path. 

The alternative is for people to bike on the road, which is not a comfortable option for all ages and abilities. Without separation from car traffic, many people who would like to bike through Kits — especially kids, families and tourists — will feel less safe doing so, which will reduce the number of people being active through cycling.

HUB, TravelSmart to Highlight Cycling Safety For Winter Riders

Streetside Event to Promote Cyclist Visibility and Support Growing Numbers

Cycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Metro Vancouver, and in winter it's more important than ever to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. 

Thanks to our unique climate in Metro Vancouver, we are able to comfortably cycle year-round. However at the same time, we experience longer, darker nights compared to other cities and regions. To promote bike safety for those who ride during the dark winter months, TravelSmart and HUB have partnered together to provide cycling tips:

  • WHO:    TravelSmart and HUB: Your Cycling Connection 
  • WHAT:  TravelSmart Winter Bike Light Giveaway
  • WHERE: West 1st Street & Mackay, North Vancouver 
  • WHEN:   Tuesday, February 11, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (evening rush hour)

TravelSmart will be handing out bicycle lights in North Vancouver while HUB will provide cycling-specific resources to help people plan their routes, find appropriate bikes and gear, get educated on the rules of the road, and raise their comfort level with riding for transportation.

TravelSmart asks Metro Vancouver residents to pledge to take one less car trip per week, and supports organizations like HUB who make those positive commuting choices easier.

Bike Friendly Business Awards - what a night!

Last night, HUB: Your Cycling Connection hosted the first annual Bike Friendly Business Awards ceremony and reception.

This gala event, presented by ING Direct and emcee’d by local communications consultant, writer and cycling personality Stephen Irving, brought together leaders in sustainability, active transportation, and health and wellness from across Metro Vancouver.

These organizations made commitments to being bike friendly in the past year, and were recognized by HUB for their investments in their employees and customers. Champion organizations from Fall 2013 Bike to Work Week were also recognized.

Photos from the event are on the HUB Facebook page.

The Bike Friendly Business award winners and runners-up were:

  • Best Bike Parking and Storage Runner-up- Dillon Consulting Limited
  • Best Bike Parking and Storage Runner-up- BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus 
  • Best Bike Parking and Storage - Vancity (Vancity Centre)
  • Most Bike Friendly Building Runner-up - Vancouver Community College (Downtown Campus)
  • Most Bike Friendly Building - Vancity (Vancity Centre)
  • Most Bike Friendly Workplace Runner-up - Vancity
  • Most Bike Friendly Workplace - Vancouver Public Library

The Bike to Work Week 2013 Champions were:

  • Best Workplace (1-10 employees) - Bruce Carscadden Architect 
  • Best Workplace (1-10 employees) - Gowlings
  • Best Workplace (11-25 employees) - Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Best Workplace (26-100 employees) - Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
  • Best Workplace (101-1000 employees) - Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.
  • Best Workplace (1000+ employees) - University of British Columbia
  • Best in School - Eric Hamber Secondary School
  • Best in Health - Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
  • Best in Business - Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.
  • Best in Other - Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Best in Not for Profit - Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Best in Higher Education - University of British Columbia
  • Best in Government - City of Vancouver
  • Bike to Work Appreciation Award - Vancouver Airport Authority - For Outstanding Commitment to Commuter Cycling

Congratulations to all our winners and winners-up, and to everyone who attended the event! 

Thank you also to our sponsors:

  • Board of Change 
  • WeCycle Magazine 
  • Musette Caffé
  • Harvest Community Foods 
  • Tandem Bike Cafe 
  • Union Food Market 
  • Uprising Breads 
  • Union Street Cycle 
  • Velofix Mobile Bike ProShop 
  • VanCycle Mobile Bicycle Shop
  • The Wilder Snail 

HUB Announces 2013 Bike Friendly Business Award Winners

HUB: Your Cycling Connection is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Bike Friendly Business Awards.

The awards were given to the recipients during the first annual Bike Friendly Business Awards gala event, presented by ING Direct and emcee’d by local communications consultant, writer and cycling personality Stephen Irving. It brought together 80+ leaders in sustainability, active transportation, and health and wellness from across Metro Vancouver.

Find the event press release here and photos from the event on the HUB Facebook page.

The Bike Friendly Business award winners and runners-up were:

  • Best Bike Parking and Storage Runner-upDillon Consulting Limited
  • Best Bike Parking and Storage Runner-upBCIT Aerospace Technology Campus 
  • Best Bike Parking and Storage - Vancity (Vancity Centre)
  • Most Bike Friendly Building Runner-up -Vancouver Community College (Downtown Campus)
  • Most Bike Friendly Building - Vancity (Vancity Centre)
  • Most Bike Friendly Workplace Runner-upVancity
  • Most Bike Friendly Workplace -Vancouver Public Library

The Bike to Work Week 2013 Champions were:

  • Best Workplace (1-10 employees) -Bruce Carscadden Architect 
  • Best Workplace (1-10 employees) -Gowlings
  • Best Workplace (11-25 employees) -Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Best Workplace (26-100 employees) -Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
  • Best Workplace (101-1000 employees) -Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.
  • Best Workplace (1000+ employees) -University of British Columbia
  • Best in School - Eric Hamber Secondary School
  • Best in Health - Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
  • Best in Business - Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.
  • Best in Other - Mountain Equipment Co-op
  • Best in Not for Profit - Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Best in Higher Education - University of British Columbia
  • Best in Government - City of Vancouver
  • Bike to Work Appreciation Award -Vancouver Airport Authority - For Outstanding Commitment to Commuter Cycling


Congratulations to all our winners and winners-up, and to everyone who attended the event! 

Thank you also to our sponsors:

  • Board of Change 
  • WeCycle Magazine 
  • Musette Caffé
  • Harvest Community Foods 
  • Tandem Bike Cafe 
  • Union Food Market 
  • Uprising Breads 
  • Union Street Cycle 
  • Velofix Mobile Bike ProShop 
  • VanCycle Mobile Bicycle Shop
  • The Wilder Snail 

Charitable Donation Tax Receipts

If you have moved sometime in 2013 and have not updated your address in your HUB member account, plase contact Admin[at]Bikehub[dot]ca with your current address ASAP to ensure you receive your tax receipt.

Thanks!

Work at HUB: Part Time Office Manager Role Opening

HUB is looking for a highly motivated part time office manager to join us at our dynamic, busy and bike-friendly workplace.

You are:

  • a self-starter, able to take initiative and deliver on time
  • skilled at multi-tasking and time management
  • an excellent communicator
  • adept with computer skills and basic website updating
  • knowledgeable about bookkeeping
  • able to thrive in dynamic environment
 

Some key tasks will include:

  • General office administration
  • Management of inquiries by phone and email
  • Registration for HUB programs
  • Basic bookkeeping assistance
  • Website content updating
  • Membership and volunteer coordination assistance
  • Support for membership processing and events
  • Office operations, organization and tidiness
For the full job posting visit our Jobs page.

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