What did HUB Cycling’s Local Committee Advocacy Teams Accomplish in December and January?

January 29, 2024

HUB Cycling has 10 Volunteer-led Local Committees across the lower mainland who are the backbone of our advocacy work.

Local Committee volunteers meet monthly to identify gaps in the cycling network in their neighborhoods and advocate for safer and better streets for all ages and abilities in their respective communities.

They do this through a number of ways including writing letters to Mayor and Council, presenting to City Council, meeting with city staff and municipal politicians to advocate for safer streets, and gathering public support for Active Transporation initiatives.

Most HUB Local Committees pause their meetings for December or use this time to get together for some well-deserved social gatherings. That doesn't mean their advocacy work stops. Here are just some initiatives our volunteer Local Committees have undertaken in the last two months to push for safer biking for all ages and abilities:

  • Burnaby: The Committee is celebrating a big win to the upcoming improvements for the Midtown Bikeway! The City of Burnaby has acknowledged the Committees report on the action plan and as a result, a number of improvements for the Multi Use Path on Moscrop St/Deer Lake Pkwy from Boundary Rd to Burnaby Central Secondary have been identified and will be implemented in the short-term. The committee also hosted a winter social ride on December 30th.
  • Delta: The Committee continues to advocate for a safe cycling path along 56th Street as the area further develops. Committee leaders have also met with BC Ferries to advocate for better access to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for people walking or biking.
  • Langley: The Committee has begun work to update the Langley Gap Priority List - a comprehensive inventory of cycling infrastructure gaps in Metro Vancouver that urgently need improvement to make cycling safer and more accessible. 
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows: The Committee has sent a letter to Pitt Meadows Mayor and Council with input on the Active Transporation Advisory Committee Budget as well as a letter to Maple Ridge Mayor and Council on Bike Parking Recommendations.
  • New Westminster: The Committee will raise concerns with City to enforce their guidelines around reducing negative impacts for cyclists around construction and flagging zones. They are working with New West Secondary School students to encourage active transporation to school.
  • North Shore:  Local Committee volunteers have had meetings with District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver and City of North Van municipal staff to discuss Spirit Trail, Heywood Street, Cotton Road, Delbrook Traffic Calming and Traffic Mobility Plans. 
  • Richmond/YVR: The Committee has sent a letter to Richmond Mayor and Council on Richmond's 5 year Capital Plan and the Shell Rd Multi-Use Path and is meeting with the Steveston BIA on making the area more friendly for people on bikes.
  • Surrey/White Rock: The Committee has written a letter to City of Surrey Design and Construction Division with recommendations on the 64 Avenue Improvements Project. The Committee has also begun to discuss the effects the proposed Bus Rapit Transit (BRT) project will have on people on bikes and how best to ensure future plans take the interests of active travel users into consideration. 
  • Tri-Cities: The Committee has celebrated achieving almost every single one of their 2023 goals and will draw up their priorities for 2024 including continuing to focus on their priority gap list. United Blvd, Coquitlam, Guildford Way, Coquitlam/Port Moody, Pitt River Bridge to Coquitlam Centre, Clarke Street, Port Moody and Sassamat Greenway, Belcarra/Anmore/Port Moody as their top five gaps. 
  • Vancouver/UBC: Committee is leading a campaign on the removal of the Stanley Park Bike Lane calling for a reinstatement of the lane.

To see even more of what YOUR local committees has been up to, follow their discussion boards by subscribing on their individual committee websites or join the next local committee meeting.

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