Monday
Apr162018

Cycling Stories - Shaw TV North Island - Powell River

In May 2017, the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCCo) began its production of cycling stories with Shaw Community TV. We now have a collection of video stories about riding a bike in the Comox Valley. We would like to thank Franco Noviello, our Shaw Community Access Producer, for mentoring Sue Vince, a member of the CVCCo, on her journey as a volunteer Shaw Community Producer. Her CVCCo stories join other Community Producers' stories aired on Shaw TV.

The CVCCo Cycling Stories

The content of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition videos is meant to be enjoyable and informative. For instance, if you wondered about our cycling education program, you can watch the short video that captured our fun-filled day at the Ecole Robb Road Bike Rodeo.

You will likely recognize the people in the various videos as they live in our region. The content is presented from their unique point of view.

As a Shaw Community Producer, Sue says the best part of the project so far has been meeting up and talking with people that ride a bike. She feels creating the videos is a fun way to share people's passion for cycling.

The Shaw TV Cycling Stories are also an important way for the CVCCo to communicate to our membership and the general public, our local cycling issues and events. We have enjoyed the ride so far and thank all the people that have helped us with this project.

Where to View Our Bike Stories

The Shaw TV North Island-Powell River YouTube Playlist includes our cycling videos on a variety of local topics. It also contains other Community Producers' bicycle stories from the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Powell River

Monday
Mar262018

The Story Behind the CVCCo Newsletters

In December of 2015, Terry Bourque started writing the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCCo) Newsletter. As of March 2018, we have 28 CVCCo newsletters.

How it Started - As a board member, Terry was very aware of all the good work being done by the CVCCo board and its volunteer members. Terry thought it was important to share this information with our general membership.

The Bike Topics - The monthly newsletter encapsulates what the CVCCo has been doing the previous month; however, Terry also adds some interesting cycling stories and articles. Cycling Coalition news and bike topics have included:

  • Updates on our AGM and other meetings
  • Christmas bicycle gifts and activities
  • Cycling tours and other fun bike rides submitted by our members
  • Comox Valley Event Bike Lock-Ups with our bike parking equipment
  • Cycling safety tips
  • Formal Cycling Education – The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition Bike Rodeos and Urban cycling skills courses offered in our region.

The list continues to grow.

Terry's Intended Audience - Our monthly newsletter is available for our membership, but Terry also wishes to encourage the members of the public to read it too. It is a way to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we contribute to the Comox Valley community we call home.

Where the Newsletters are Located - Terry's newsletters can be found on this website by clicking on "Files" in the navigation bar on the right OR use this CVCCo Newsletter link.

A behind the scenes look at Terry's production of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition's monthly newsletter can be viewed below.

Spread the Joy of Cycling by letting others know about our growing collection of newsletters.

 

Monday
Mar192018

2018 Annual General Meeting Update

Presentation: The 2018 Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM was well attended.  Gregg Strong presented his ideas on local bike touring for both the less experienced and the more adventurous bike rider.  It was great to listen to his stories about cycling and camping on our nearby islands.  His more remote experiences on the North Island back roads were fascinating.   The photographs of his North Island outdoor adventures reminded us how beautiful and diverse our area truly is.  More details of his presentation can be found on his website: www.backroadsbiketouring.com

Election Results: The 2018 Board of Directors for the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition is as follows:

 

  • President - Marg Harris
  • Vice President - Chris Bowman
  • Treasurer - Julia Painchaud
  • Secretary - Open
  • Membership - Steve Allen
  • Director - Terry Bourque
  • Director - Angela Dawson
  • Director - Lawrence Vea
  • Director - Brian Schoneberg
  • Director - Angela Holmes
  • Director - Judy Loukras

 As promised our annual reports are available for you to review. Please find them below: 

Finally, our organizational goal is to encourage safe cycling opportunities so more people can feel comfortable riding a bike. In our March newsletter you will find two links to two seperate surveys that allow you to voice your ideas on how to make cycling better in the Comox Valley. March Newsletter

Our Membership Director, Steve Allen, is working hard to increase the CVCCo membership numbers. Steve wants to help others discover "The Simple Joy of Riding a Bike". 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb132018

Staycation Bike Touring Presentation

You are invited to the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition Annual General Meeting.

This year we have a special night organized: Adventure bike touring in your own backyard.

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM
When: March 6, 2018
Where: Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay
Time: 7:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Gregg Strong
Topic: Easy and Extreme Bike Touring on Vancouver Island

Gregg has a passion to explore local and remote areas of Vancouver Island on his bicycle. He is equally passionate about sharing his knowledge so others might find the same joy of being immersed in the bountiful beauty that surrounds us. He has lots of tips to share, photos to enjoy and stories to tell. We hope you will join us.

More details about Gregg and his presentation can be found in our February newsletter. 

2018 02 AGM 2018.pdf

We also created a sneak preview of his presentation:

 

Saturday
Jan202018

The Safety Connection - The System and The Individual

From the perspective of a cycling advocate, the BC transportation system seems set up for the automobile. Protective laws that are in place for pedestrians and bicyclists convey an intention to protect people walking and riding a bike. However, these same protective laws often appear to have a bias towards the convenience of a motor vehicle; the active traveller an afterthought.

Best practice physical infrastructure for people getting around other than a car, is providing a way to bring equality back into our transportation system. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition is advocating for just that. It is a process that inevitably deals with current politics and policy, cultural beliefs and our human resistance to change.

In the meantime, the individual venturing out in the community as a pedestrian, riding a bike, or getting around on a mobility scooter must bear the "lion's share" for personal safety. Our goal today is to remind you about a few personal safety tips for the winter months still ahead - be visible, winterize your equipment and stay warm, dry, and safe.