HUB Cycling's highlights of 2016

January 3, 2017

On a global scale, 2016 may not be a year that many people will remember fondly but for HUB Cycling it was one of our best yet. Over the last year we have seen more people than ever before taking part in our programs and events, as well as steady improvements in bike infrastructure across the region.

With the support of our members, volunteers, sponsors and partner organisations, HUB Cycling has got more people cycling and helped create safer routes across Metro Vancouver. Here are some of the achievements we celebrated last year.

Education

  • Over 4,000 kids, across 11 different municipalities, received bike education through our Bike to School program and the majority of schools who took part in our survey reported that ridership doubled after the course

  • More schools than ever before took part in Bike to School Week with 115 schools logging a total of over 16,000 trips by bike

  • With the support of TransLink, we offered free and discounted Streetwise courses which helped 976 people increase their confidence when cycling on city streets

  • By delivering specially tailored bike education courses and creating information sheets in simplified English, we enabled 175 immigrants and newcomers to discover their new home on-bike

Events

  • Bike to Work Week continued to grow with 17,401 registrants across the Spring and Fall events including 2,422 new commuters. Collectively, our Bike to Work Week riders logged almost 96,000 trips totalling 890,735kms!

  • We launched two new events which illustrated that bikes are great for all kinds of trips. In August, 965 people registered for Bike to Shop Day and enjoyed discounts at 33 different stores, markets and cafes who were rewarding people who cycled.
    Bike the Night in September saw 640 people of all ages cycle together on a mass night ride along the newly opened Arbutus Greenway

  • Hundreds of HUB supporters and members came together to celebrate cycling at events such as the Bike Friendly Business Awards, Bike Shorts and HUB’s Holiday Party.

Action

  • Almost 100 bike infrastructure projects were completed or committed in 2016 including the opening of the Stanley Park Causeway, the development of the Fraser Heights Greenway in Surrey and City of Vancouver’s purchase and commitment to creating the Arbutus Greenway

  • After advocating for increased investment in cycling, this fall we welcomed the announcement of additional funding across Metro Vancouver. In October, BikeBC increased their 2017/18 program pot by $2m and December saw the Mayors' Council approved Phase One of TransLink's 10-year Vision which includes $48.95m for cycling over the next three years.

  • For the first time ever, our membership numbers hit over 2,000 which shows just how many people want to see better biking across Metro Vancouver

  • Our local committees continued to help get more people cycling safely in their community. This included partnering with police in Delta to educate agricultural workers on the rules of the road, delivering Learn2Ride lessons to 42 kids at MEC Langley BikeFest and working with trained bike mechanics to source and renovate bikes for newcomers to New Westminster.

Although HUB achieved a lot in 2016, we will not be resting on our laurels. The team has a long to-do list for 2017 as we continue our action, education and events work and build on last year’s successes.

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