Our Positions

Our positions express priorities relating to active transportation policy, cycling education and promotion, and the planning, design and implementation of cycling infrastructure. Based on this, we initiate public engagement to support better biking across Metro Vancouver.

Is there a particular issue you’d like to see us take a position on? Let us know!

Our current positions include:

UnGaptheMap to Connect the Regional Cycling Network

Meeting 2040 transportation goals — and the demands of a growing economy and population — requires safe and accessible connections between our communities. This includes a region-wide approach to implementing important cycling infrastructure improvements and new facilities across Metro Vancouver, including all ages and abilities (AAA) bike routes between and within municipalities, to and from schools and commercial zones, and across major bridges and water crossings. Find out more >>

Bike Right: Children's Cycling Education

Every child should have the right to learn how to confidently, comfortably ride a bicycle — we work with partners such as ICBC, HASTe BC, and the BC Cycling Coalition to achieve universal access for every child and youth in BC to receive standardized cycling education.

Be Bike Smart

Reckless behaviour endangers all road users. We all have a responsibility to respect and expect enforcement of speed limits, traffic signals and rights of way, especially as more people cycle on roads and parkways.

Bike to Health

Regular exercise can reduce the occurrence and symptoms of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other major diseases; cycling is an affordable, convenient and fun way to reach and maintain optimum health, and integrates easily with most people’s daily transportation needs. Not only can cycling serve as a form of exercise to combat illness and disease, but its net effect on the population can also help reduce the severity and impact of sick days and healthcare costs in our workplaces and communities.

Adult Helmet Law

The use of bicycle helmets by all ages should be encouraged and supported; however, adults should have the right to make their own choice with regards to helmets. Although helmet use may reduce the severity of some injuries, over-emphasis of mandatory helmet use can detract from prioritizing more important cycling safety issues. We believe the most effective measures to improve cycling safety include cycling education for all road users, and cycling infrastructure improvements.

Vancouver Public Bike Share

The development of a world-class public bike share program in Vancouver is an important commitment to active transportation and reducing current and future burdens on our roadways and transit systems, and a demonstration of the potential for a regional approach to bike share across Metro Vancouver.

Vote for Better Biking

Every candidate running for public office at the municipal and provincial levels of government within Metro Vancouver should be given equal opportunity to make their positions on active transportation policy and investments known; HUB and the BC Cycling Coalition work together to provide candidates a platform to speak to voters on these issues during each election cycle. We then encourage voters to turn out to cast their vote for candidates that best represent our region’s transportation priorities.

Electric-assist Bikes

HUB's mission is to get more people cycling more often and electric-assist bikes further this mission because they allow people with physical limits or long commutes the opportunity to cycle more often/for longer distances. As such, HUB agrees with the current state of the law that electric-assist bikes are allowed in bike lanes and need not obtain a license or insurance to ride.

HUB supports electric-assist bikes (active when the user is pedalling) because they allow more people to ride, and to ride further. We do not include throttled electric bikes (usually scooter style) in this, as we believe they should be on the road, subject to the Motor Vehicle Act regulations applicable to low powered motorcycles, and not on the bike paths.

HUB supports the current speed and power limits for electric-assist bikes (32 km/h and 500W respectively). Although these speeds and power limits are higher than required for standard electric-assist bikes, cargo-bikes rely on higher speeds and powers.

 

What You Can Do

Our positions reflect HUB priorities. With your support, we can turn these words into action — if you see a position that’s meaningful to you, get involved!