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In this issue:


Family Cycling Suggested Tours Bike Beer! & more...

Cover Photo: Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama, jumps for joy while her family enjoys biking in their cargo bucket bike.

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Comox Valley Farm Tours

WeCycle is a new newspaper magazine dedicated to the cycling commuter, their families and organizations. We believe this demographic is made of people who care about their environment, their food and local economy. 6 times per year 5000 printed copies are distributed along bike routes, in community centers, libraries with dozens of street drops and racks. Editorial comes from the wonderful writers at the BC Cycling Coalition, HUB and free­lance journalists. Editor/Publisher: Mailing Addres: 1-1455 Brigantine Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3K 7C2 Phone: 604-526-8557 Email: Cover Photo:

Policy Editor: Richard Campbell Copy Editor: Adam Paluck Design & Layout: Tania McGuire Page 2

Photo: Gladys Dawson

“The publication for passionate pedallers”

Event Dates : August 10 & 11, 2013 Cost and Registration: Participants can register on the day of the event or pre-register online. For more information and to register : h t t p : / / d i s c o v e r c o m ox va l l e y. c o m / cvfarmcycletour

Photo: Gladys Dawson


If you love to cycle and enjoy discovering the local bounty from the surrounding land and sea, register for the 3rd annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour. The 2013 event takes place on Saturday, Aug 10th and Sunday Aug 11th. A new route on the beautiful Comox Peninsula will be attractive to returning and new riders. These unique tours provide a great opportunity to cycle some of the region’s most stunning rural areas and meet local farmers that will greet and host cyclists at their properties with displays, tours, products, entertainment and fun! This is a fantastic event for the whole family! On Saturday, after registering, why not start your Farm Cycle Tour at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market for breakfast, music or other market goodies. Many vendors are offering Farm Cycle Tour participants discounts simply by showing their official event map.

Photo: Jon Toogood

a wonderful Cycle Tour

Lets Go Biking! West Dyke Trail Richmond by Colleen MacDonald The West Dyke Trail extends along the Fraser River with views of the airport, goes past the UBC rowing club, the Richmond Oval and down the west side of Richmond. You might spot herons, ducks, hawks along the way and there are turtles in the ditches. At Garry Point, circle the park and then head back along the same route. Richmond has made some great upgrades and added kids playground equipment along the dyke. The Richmond Oval is worth a stop -- there are art sculptures around the building and it’s great to peek inside the windows. Distance and Rating: › 12 km each way, 24 km return (can shorten the route if needed, park anywhere along River Road) › Easy dyke cycling, no cars

Eats: Steveston has many restaurants and shops, and there are many restaurants on No.3 Road in Richmond. Other than that better bring some snacks.

How to Get There: › From the Bicycle Path on the Canada Line Bridge, take the path along Van Horne Way across Great Canadian Way. Follow Charles Street and turn left onto No. 3 Road. At Cambie Road, head west until you meet the dyke at the river. › From the Canada Line Skytrain Aberdeen station, head west on Cambie Road until you meet the dyke at the river. › If driving, park on River Road near Cambie, or anywhere along River Road, depending on where you want to start.

Cue Sheet:

› Travel

southwest along the River Road dyke › Pass the UBC Rowing Club › Pass the Olympic Oval › Head south alongside the Terra Nova Natural area › Spot the turtles sunning between Williams Road and Garry Point › At Garry Point Park, circle the park and head back along same route

Photo: Colleen MacDonald

Options: › After Garry Point, head into Steveston for an ice cream or fish & chips! › Start at Garry Point and follow the West Dyke Trail north for as many kilometers as you like › Tie in with Ride #8 Steveston

Maps, photos and more great rides at: Happy Riding!

How to Increase Cycling: Most Interesting Route: Lessons from Cities across the Globe Professor John Pucher of Rutgers University will document the boom in cycling in European and North American cities. John will show that cycling can thrive even in cities with no history or culture of daily, utilitarian cycling, but only if government policies provide safe, convenient, and pleasant cycling conditions. Similarly, government policies are key to encouraging walking and making it safer. Safe infrastructure is a prerequisite, but it must be complemented by other supportive measures.

June 14, 2013, 7:00 pm 1400 Harbour Centre Register here (free): OnlineRegistration/site/event/detail. php?id=670

Central Valley Greenway by Ulrike Rodrigues The Central Valley Greenway. For an easy day trip or an after-work spin, jump on the 24-kilometre CVG. The little-known interurban trail connects the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster on a flat, continuous, paved route that shadows the Translink Millenium line. Follow the path of creeks, crows and old railway lines from False Creek to the Fraser River, then grab a snack

at New West’s River Market. If you’re feeling lazy, roll your bike onto the Skytrain for your return trip. Getting-Ar ound/Cycling/CentralValley-Greenway.aspx

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Separated Bike Lanes on Cornwall? yes please, they’re definitely needed! by Richard Campbell The City of Vancouver has released its proposed improvements for cycling and walking on the Point Grey Cornwall Corridor. The good news is that the plans includes an upgrade of Burrard Cornwall intersection with separated bike lanes west to Cypress and separated bike lanes on Point Grey between Balsam and Macdonald. An option including closing Point Grey between MacDonald and Alma to motor vehicles would also be great for cyclists of all ages. I’m particularly pleased with the proposed closure of Chestnut at Burrard to motor vehicles. The Park Board will be planning improvements in Kits Beach Park that could include a bike path from Balsam to Arbutus along Cornwall. The bad news is that absolutely no improvements are planned on the section of Cornwall from Arbutus to Burrard. Instead, they are proposing to detour cyclists to York Street and upgrading York with some traffic calming and separated bike lanes by the school. Problem is that the hill on York is much longer than Cornwall and York does not have the lovely views of the oceans and mountains. In spite of the fact that York has much less traffic than Cornwall, many more people currently choose to cycle on Cornwall. Diverting cyclists up hilly routes really has not worked here or anywhere else in the world. It certainly did not work for the Seaside Bikeway that routed cyclists up Trafalgar then along York for a bit. Cornwall a Great Cycling Route Will Build Upon Successes Cornwall has all the elements of a great bicycle route. It is very scenic with great views of the mountains and ocean, relatively flat and has popular cycling destinations including Page 4

Kits Beach and Kits Pool. It is far more popular than other streets in the area in spite of high levels of speeding traffic. With separated bike lanes, it will become one of the most popular bicycle routes in the city for commuters to Downtown and UBC as well as residents and tourists looking for a great ride on a sunny day. Cornwall will build upon the success of Burrard Bridge, Dunsmuir and Hornby providing people of all ages with a great cycling experience from Chinatown to Jericho Beach and beyond. Such great bicycle routes are critical to provide people with affordable transportation choices. Such bold initiatives are required for the city to meet its transportation and Greenest City goals. Separated bike lanes on Cornwall as the first project since the completion of the Transportation Plan will ensure that there is positive momentum to move the plan forward. People in cars who are considering cycling will see happy people like them cycling along Cornwall with their families. They will be tempted to give it a try themselves. Tourists will be easily able to find their way to and from Burrard Bridge and the Beaches without maps or looking for signage. The cafes and restaurants will be happy to have all these stomachs on wheels cycling near their front doors. If experience elsewhere holds here, these businesses will want bike sharing stations close by. Bus Bike Lane Both to improve the street for transit and make it safer for everyone, a 24 hour 7 day a week bus/bike lanes in addition to separated bike lanes on Cornwall would be a great idea. A bus/bike lane would speed transit pasted the congestion caused by lane reallocation and provide a safer, more

Cycling in the Door Lane on Cornwall.

comfortable space for those people who want to continue to cycle on the street.   Cycling in the Door Lane Almost all the cyclists I have observed on Cornwall, cycle in the lane with the parked cars, way to close to the doors. Especially on the long downhill stretch from Larch to Arbutus, cycling in the door zone is especially dangerous as cyclists are traveling faster and the breaking distance for cyclists and motor vehicles is greater. As dooring accounts for between 1015% of cycling collisions, this is a very critical safety concern. Less Stress and Conflict Separated bike lanes decrease conflicts between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians making travelling around the city more pleasant and less stressful for everyone.

People driving can get frustrated being stuck behind a slower moving cyclist or they may worry about hitting a cyclist. Switching lanes to pass cyclists increases the risk of collisions as well in addition to creating more congestion. One of the main concerns of pedestrians and transit users on Cornwall is sidewalk cycling. There is strong evidence for Hornby and elsewhere that separated bike lanes along a street dramatically reduces sidewalk cycling. Separated bike lanes on Cornwall will also make walking much more pleasant by increasing the distance between the sidewalk and the fast moving traffic especially on the narrow section between Maple and Arbutus. Travel times will likely decrease for everyone in off peak hours due

to people cycling instead of driving and fewer people cycling on the road slowing down buses. This transit time reduction benefit will be greatest on the hot summer days when congestion is worse due to beach traffic. Beach weather is great cycling weather. Overall, this could even result in faster transit times on average. This is also when aggressive beach traffic is likely to be on York looking for parking. Safety Separated bike lanes also tend to reduce collisions and injures among all road users. On Hornby, the reduction

in collisions was 19%. In NYC, the reduction in collisions was 33.60% and injuries was 26.4. The longer downhill sections on York will likely increase cyclist speed increasing the chances and severity of cycling collisions. Take Action • Write to Mayor Gregor Robertson and Council: More information at:

Serious Cash for Cycling Video Did you miss our Serious Cash for Cycling Panel at SFU on May 2nd? Watch the fully edited recording, and learn about why we need a serious investment in cycling in British Columbia.

h t t p : / / b ccc . b c . ca /s e r i o u s cash-for-cycling-video/

The Challenge Penticton fun for the family by John Scott - Director, Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition I recently met with Barb Haynes, the General Manager of Challenge Penticton. Planning for the inaugural Challenge Penticton triathlon is keeping her and her team very busy. Penticton has an awesome race history with the first long distance race occurring in 1983 involving only 23 participants. This year Barb expects 900+ individual racers and another 350 for the relay event. Challenge Penticton has introduced a relay component in 2013, so if you’re a speedster on the bike all you need to do is round up a swimmer and a runner and your in! Most of the participants registered to date come from Western Canada. So far 23 States have participants registered, with other riders coming from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Challenge Penticton is not just about race day on August 25th as the week before offers plenty of events for athletes, families and spectators. Activities start on Wednesday and include a “Tribute to Sport” Parade, Party in the Park - family style barbeque, and multi-day race expo to

answer every question people have about triathlon and its components. For the racers, the Penticton Bonus is the one loop course. Not too sure, if while racing the participants take stock of the beauty surrounding them; but they get the platinum package with 180 kilometers of some of the

most spectacular desert, lake views and vineyards in Western Canada. After the race they can relax poolside and revisit the vineyards with some of our very own V.Q.A.s.

More information on the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition: http://www. (2nd QR)

More information on the Challenge Penticton: (1st QR)

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How to bike with your family with bike by numbers! there is an extensive network of bike paths: including separated bike lanes. Figure out which roads and lanes you feel comfortable riding on and then map your route to the grocery store, playdates, school, daycare, and work. The City of Vancouver has a cycling route map and trip planner that can help on their website at: cycling-routes-maps-and-trip-planner.aspx.

by Manda Aufochs Gillespie Biking as a family is great: it’s fun, relatively affordable, feels virtuous, and my kids absolutely love it. Family biking, though, has special needs. When biking with a child, most riders feel extra cautious. The bike is heavier and has additional appendages and there are lots of other practical concerns: where to put the extra gear, the second child, and what happens when the kids fall asleep. I am just as lazy as the rest of them. My first thought when it is rainy or cold or when I am running late is NOT: wouldn’t it be fun to bicycle? Yet, I also hate trying to find parking, trying to drive safely while children are whining in the back seat, and the expense of filling up my car with gasoline. Then there are the environmental reasons: most Canadians are shocked to realize that we are one of the most polluting countries in the world. We rank 15 out of 17 developed countries for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita. For most of Canada, transportation is the second largest source of GHG emissions after energy used in our buildings. For many Vancouver families who heat their homes from hydro electricity, transportation is their highest source of GHG emissions, and an easy one to do something about. Most of the trips you take as a family are trips of five miles or less and because of the way anti-pollution controls work on a car, these first few miles are the most polluting. Vancouver is one of the easiest places in North America to make a habit out of biking for these short trips. A biking habit can save big bucks. According to CAA it costs an average family in BC more than $10,000 a year to own and operate a car.

Making a habit of family biking Figuring out how to make biking part of your daily routine is really about learning a new habit. Like with any habit, Page 6

4. Finding the right bike for family biking. There are a number of fun and convenient options for riding with your children on your bicycle. I’ll share a few of my favourites.

The pedal-powered alternative to the mini-van: Cargo bikes

my 3-year-old daughter on a scoot/balance bike

you have to figure out how to make it easier to do than not. Here’s a few tips to consider: 1. Invest in bike parking. Park your bike(s) somewhere convenient: simple to get on the road and simple to get off the road. Pay for a parking space if you have to. If parking your bike isn’t convenient and easy, then you are way less likely to succeed at making bicycling a habit. (Remember, you will still save money over driving the car or paying for transit, so invest in this.) 2. Gear-up! Get helmets you love. Buy a light for every helmet, for the front and back of every bike, and invest in bells and horns, cute little baskets or bags that hang off the sides, rain-proof pants,

and bright reflective jackets. Getting the right gear costs relatively little, but not having it can become a big barrier to biking. Feeling safe on a bike can make riders more confident and having the right gear is a big part of this. All busy parents hate not finding things when they need it, so buy extras and put everything in a designated spot that is easy to access when you need it. Getting out the door is hard enough without having to search for a working rear light: so every week do a little maintenance check to make sure everything is still charged, working, and where you think it is. 3. Research your routes. While you are getting the hang of your new bicycling way of life, spend a little extra time to carefully plan your routes. In Vancouver,

Cargo bikes are bikes designed to carry extra cargo. They come in a few different shapes, sizes and styles. The “cargo” can be carried either in front of the “driver” or behind her; the bike might have a bucket or a box or simply seats that hold anywhere from 2-5 kids; and it might be built upon a two-wheeled bicycle frame or be a three-wheeled tricycle style. Cargo bikes are designed to carry heavy loads and thus often have stronger frames, spokes, and a double kickstand, which is extremely useful to safely hold the bicycle while kids load in and out. If you want your cargo bike to have the capacity to function more like a pedal-powered-mini-van that you can load up with kids and groceries, I strongly encourage you to consider investing in electric-assist. Without it, you have to be very strong to get up and down the hills of B.C. As a relatively small woman, I consider it essential here, but I did ride a fully-loaded cargo bike in other cities without it. You can add electric assist as a retrofit to most bikes and it turns your bike into an “e-bike.” That way you have a little electric power boost available to you every time you pedal. The BionX is what we use. We chose it because it is competitively priced, gets great reviews,

DaFiets style cargo bike

and was capable of working with our big cargo bike (and has a two year warrantee). Price: $1,000 to $3,000.

The “bucket” bike The Madsen is a cargo bike—a bike designed to carry extra cargo—that has the carrier in back. The Madsen is what I ride with my kids. It is the lightestweight, easiest-to-ride cargo bike I have every tried (and I have tried quite a few). The bucket contains two bench seats and four seatbelts and we have indeed gotten four children in it. We have added electric assist to ours. For all these reasons and due to price, the Madsen gets my top recommendation. The only major con is that the company just doesn’t manufacture the bells and whistles I wish it did: no rain cover! Age range of passenger: A child needs to be able to sit-up well on their own to use the Madsen, approximately 2 years old to adult. (My husband has ridden me in ours many times.) The Madsen comes from the U.S. and prices range from $1400 to $2000. Learn more at

Bakfiets-style bikes When I lived in the flat-lands of Chicago, I rode a Bakfiets-style cargo bike. In Dutch, Bakfiets means “box bike” and, as the name implies, they look like a bicycle with a big box on the front. These bikes are extremely popular

in the Netherlands and Copenhagen where parents throw any number of kids, animals, and small household appliances into them. The smaller versions are usually bicycles with a wooden box that can carry two to four children. There are also larger versions that are tricycles and I have seen these carry five kids. The cons of the Bakfiets-style bikes is that the bike itself is quite heavy. I can’t imagine any but the very smallest of them ever working in a place with even moderate hills. As well, the two-wheeled Bakfiets can’t carry more than about 80 kg before they get very hard to steer. Because the box is in front, it takes a while to get used to riding and it can feel a bit precarious. This design also means that it is very hard to find electric assist options that work with the Bakfiets. I don’t like the three-wheeled Bakfiets-style tricycles as I find them too heavy to maneuver easily, nearly impossible to use anywhere with hills, and quite tippy because of the tricycle design. They do have light-weight, canvas, versions of the tricycle style, but I found the maneuvarability, tippiness, and inability to supplement with electric a continued turn-off. The pros of the Bakfiets-style bicyle: These bicycles have been around for a number of years and they are by far the most beautiful cargo bikes available. There are a number of reputable manufacturers and they all provide wonderful continues on next page...

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or you are 7 months pregnant you will find there is simply no room to get on the bike with this seat. The one I have is the Bobike mini and I love it. Designed for children ages 9 months to 3 years. Approximate price: $150

The back-mounted kid seat

Dave Biggs, Deanna Knight, Bodhi and a family friend with the the tag-a-long bike.

accessories, including great rain covers. (The Netherlands is a very rainy place.) As well, almost all Bakfiets are designed so that you can put kids in seatbelts on the bench seats and safely hook infant carseats inside. These are also the funnest bikes to ride (as long as you are on a gentle downhill) as the kids are located right in front where you can see them, talk with them, and enjoy their laughs as you all whiz by gaping onlookers. Age range of passenger: From infants to adults. Prices are usually in the $3,000 range. Learn more about getting a Cargo Bike in Canada at

hold your stuff, and even electric-assist to help haul it all to the bike you have now.

The long-tail bicycle

The first time I saw a kid being ridden by her dad on the front of a bicycle, I was in Ireland. The kid must have been five and her feet were nearly dragging on the ground. Yet, I still knew I wanted one for my child when she came. There are any number of kid bike seats that you can get now. They actually mount over the centre of the bike, but the kid looks to be sitting on a seat near your handlebars. The child really only fits in the front until about 3 years of age, but from about 9 months until that time, this is the funnest ride available. I love being able to look down and see my child while I am riding. It is also easier to balance than a bicycle with a back-mounted seat. The downsides are that when they fall asleep their heads bounce around unsupported and there is less room for the rider so if you have very long legs

Long tail bicycles look a lot like any other around-the-town bike, but just a bit longer. The longer part in back can be set up to hold two bike seats: one right after another. I have even seen people put two kids on back and one on the front in a front-bicycle carrier. The long-tail bicycles are also available as e-bikes. Age range of passenger: From 9 months (in a kid bike seat) to adult. Without electric-assist: under $2000, with electric assist: $3000.

Ways to turn your “regular” bicycle into a family-bike Your regular bicycle can become a family bike too just by adding a few “bells and whistles.” You can add up to two bicycle seats, a wagon to pull behind the bike, bags and baskets to Page 8

Bike extension kits Turn your road or mountain bike into a longtail style cargo bike with this nifty new kit called the Free Radical Family Kit. Learn more at: www. The age range would be the same as for the long-tail: 9 mos to adult. Get a taste of the convenience of cargo biking for $569.

The front-mounted kid seat

When you think about riding a bicycle with a kid, most people get a picture of a kid riding in a backmounted bike seat. They make the bike a bit heavier and it’s a bit harder to balance, but it is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to start biking with a child. Most of these have tall backs that allow a child to sleep pretty comfortably. The back-mounted seat can be used for kids from approximately 9 months to 5 years. Prices range from $5 at your local yard sale to $250 for a beautiful one with all of the bells and whistles.

The trailer The next most common way to pull a kid after the back-mounted bike seat, is a trailer that holds one or two kids and attaches behind the bike. These are often referred to by the leading name-brand makers such as Burley or Chariot. Canada also makes its own brand called the Wike. The benefits of a trailer is that they are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, don’t require

back-mounted kid seat

you to buy a new bicycle, and some of them can carry two kids and their stuff easily. It also will protect your child from the rain and provide them a cozy place for napping on the go. Most bike trailers can also serve as a stroller, so, for one price you get it all. I disliked using my trailer, however, as it never felt safe because of how low-to-the-road and far away it is. These trailers are thus harder for vehicle drivers to see. I strongly recommend using a tall flag and bright lights if you chose this option. I also found that my children fight more when they are in a trailer as they, too, don’t have the same visibility and are thus less engaged with the ride compared to the other options discussed. continues on next page...

girls in a bucket bike

The trailers all say that in North America it is advised kids wait to bike until they can sit up and hold their heads up on their own, at approximately 1 year of age. Although many have baby support systems as add-ons or work with infant carriers as well. They work until a child gets too big at about 5 or 6 years of age. The prices range from $250 to $800.

The Trail-a-Bike The Trail-a-Bike is a Canadian company that created a “tandem style” bike that attaches to your bike and pulls the kid. It got so popular that the whole category is referred to by this name now. You can even get a version that seats two kids. The trail-a-bike has the added advantage of letting your child get a feel for the balance and skills needed for bicycling on her own. The child needs to do some work on the Trail-a-Bike, at minimum to stay awake and hold on. There are options for kids ranging from 3 to 10 years old. (Although they also have a babyseat accessory for kids starting at 1). Prices from $250 to $600.

Helpful links The City of Vancouver’s trip planner for bikers that is at: streets-transportation/cycling-routes-mapsand-trip-planner.aspx. A great source for biking as a family in Vancouver, including bike routes by neighbourhood and colour-coded based on ease: http://www.letsgobiking. net/ Metro Vancouver has a nonprofit dedicated to bicycle education and helping you to get biking: Learn more about the different bikes that might work for your family at

3 Delicious Bike Beers! by Ulrike Rodrigues

Do you think it’s a coincidence that BC microbreweries have created not one but three bike-inspired beers?

Why bike? by numbers 60% of a cars emissions are released in the first few minutes of operations Most short trips, 82% of trips less than 5 miles, are made by car 40% of all car trips are within 2 miles of the home nd biking ranks 2 in most preferred method of transport up to 20 bikes can park in one car spot 12% of trips taken in Vancouver are on bicycle In second for the region, Richmond is just over 3% There are 400K miles of bike lane in Vancouver Our greenhouse gas emissions from private motor vehicles is up 35% from 1990s th Canada ranks 15 out of 17 countries for per capita GHG emissions The #1 cause of death in Canadian children are motor vehicle crashes An entire website dedicated to helping you figure out cargo biking in Canada, including where to buy one: A website to understand and buy electric bikes in Canada, including longtails and cargo bikes: Vancouver’s Bicycle Family handmakes cargo bikes & has lots of other information at Buy a Bobike kidseat at www. Buy a Canadian bicycle trailer at Buy lots of accessories for your cargo bike of any type or turn your existing bicycle into a cargo bike at And you can always ask The Green

Mama your questions about bicycling or any other aspect of green living at

1. Switchback IPA. A hoppy India pale ale from Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing Company, Switchback offers “citrus, stone fruit and tropical flavours” balanced by “medium-bodied, fresh malt characters.”

2. Slipstream Cream Ale.

How to get the little ones started on their own You can out-source anything in Vancouver: including teaching your kid to ride a bike. Peddleheads offers classes to teach your kid to bike or to teach them to bike better and safer. If you aren’t going to pay money to have a teenager hold the back of your kids bike until the training wheels are history, no worries. Parents these days are foregoing training wheels altogether and buying what is known as the “scoot” or “balance” bike instead. These bikes look lot like a

Also from cycle-friendly Victoria, this Phillips Brewing Company ale is “mediumbodied and smooth like a pedal stroke” and pairs well with chicken, salmon, and brick cheeses.

smaller version of a regular bicycle but there are no peddles and no chain, instead the child scoots the bike with his feet and is responsible for steering and balancing himself. As the child get’s better, the seat goes up until the child propels herself forward quickly and is balancing and steering just as she would on a big bicycle. From there, learning to peddle is a simple affair. When not busying writing her new green living book, Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama, can be found biking around her Strathcona neighbourhood with kids in tow. Sign-up to get the latest green living tips delivered to your inbox at www.

3. Red Racer. Surrey’s Central City Brewing Company offers not one but seven beers with its saucy girl-ingarters-on-a-glider image. The awardwinning brewery serves up a variety of ales, lagers, and an Extra Special Bitter. Page 9

Safe Cycling Routes Badly Needed Stanley Park Causeway by Richard Campbell A horrific start Bike to Work Week. A horrific start to any week. A woman riding a bicycle on the Stanley Park Causeway sidewalk somehow fell in front of a bus and was killed instantly. Reports suggest that she might of brushed or collided with a pedestrians. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. While we don’t know exactly what happened, it is pretty clear that this was a preventable tragedy. The problems with the Causeway have been known for years. It is not likely that such a substandard facility would be built today. The sidewalks are too narrow for cyclists and pedestrians to safely share. The traffic noise makes it really difficult for people on bicycles to alert other cyclists or pedestrians from behind by bell or voice. There is no barrier to prevent cyclists from falling in front of traffic. Cyclists also tend pick up a fair amount of speed on the long downhill stretch making southbound sidewalk where the collision occurred particularly problematic. Cyclists falling off sidewalks is dangerous for people in motor vehicles as well. The bus skidded from the curb lane to the middle lane. It is fortunate that another vehicle was not hit. A few years ago on Burrard Bridge, a pedestrian pushed a cyclist off the sidewalk in front of a car. The driver, who had her child in the backseat, was really worried that she would be hit from behind while braking to avoid hitting the cyclist. Clearly urgent action must be taken to ensure such tragedies do not happen again. The challenge will be to minimize impact to Stanley Park while ensuring people’s safety. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has little right-of-way to work with along the Causeway. Even if there is Page 10

Memorial on the Stanley Park Causeway

enough space for separate bicycle and pedestrian paths or a wider shared path, proceeding immediately could be very problematic as one of the sidewalks would likely have to be closed for several weeks during construction leaving two-way cycling and all the pedestrian traffic on one noisy narrow sidewalk with headlights blinding half the people on the sidewalk. Very scary. None of the current paths or roads in the Park are good alternatives by themselves. They are longer and hillier than the Causeway making them poor choices for commuters. The steeper sections with loose gravel can be quite treacherous. The paths can also be rather hard to navigate. One option would be to use sections of existing trails such as Bridle, Tatlow, South Creek, Wren and Hanson linked with sections of new trails. Sections

of existing trails rendered redundant could be decommissioned to compensate for the greenspace lost to the new trails. It is likely that any new paths can be routed around larger trees minimizing impact on the forest. Once such an alternative is in place, work on improvements to the sidewalks can proceed. Especially over the long term, it makes sense to have more options through the Park to spread demand over several routes reducing conflicts between users. Unfortunately, the Causeway is only one of many roads throughout the province without safe cycling facilities. The Provincial Government and municipalities need to dramatically accelerate their investment in safe cycling paths and lanes to prevent fatalities and injuries. This is one of the main reasons the BCCC

and our member organizations are recommending that the Province implement a comprehensive all ages Cycling Strategy. The BCCC will be working with HUB to encourage Park Board and MoTI to make travelling through Stanley Park safe for everyone. For more information on how you can help, go to:

Top 10 List of Do’s and Dont’s What to do After a Crash by David Hay The things people do and say following a traffic accident are often given significant weight by a judge or jury during the trial process. Underlying the theory of evidence is the notion that the further one is from the event in issue, the more inherently unreliable is the recollection of that event, given the impact of anger and denial around the trauma itself, the tendency to reconstruct, and factors related to litigation around the event. However, witnesses I have come across over the course of ten years of practising law have seldom possessed the presence of mind following a serious trauma to take steps to protect their legal position related to that trauma. Let’s face it, the furthest thing from anyone’s mind following an accident on a bicycle is the possible impact of what they say or do on a lawsuit over the accident. With that caveat in mind, here is my top ten list of do’s and don’ts following an accident. This list is based on some of the difficulties I have seen people get in which might have been avoided if they simply had been a wee bit more mindful of the future implications of their conduct. I preface this list by saying that if you have been involved as a cyclist in a serious traffic accident (and in my experience most accidents between cars and bicycles are relatively serious) there is very little if anything you can do to improve your legal position and almost invariably, anything you

say or do in an effort to explain what happened will be used against you. So don’t try. The Do’s Try to observe where you are immediately following an accident make a mental note of where you are in relation to your bike, the car which struck you, and a reference point such as the painted lines of cross walk, a light standard, fire hydrant, corner, bus stop, etc. Try to obtain as much information as you can relating to the identity of the driver, licence plate of the vehicle, and any witnesses to the accident - this is particularly important if the accident is a hit and run and the police do not attend. Get legal advice immediately as there is a positive obligation on you to attempt to ascertain the identity of the driver and owner of the vehicle.

If the ambulance attendants ask you to go to the hospital, go - you score no points for being stoic and from a medical point of view it is usually a good idea to take the time to get examined. Control your temper and avoid belligerence or antagonistic behaviour - you may be understandably upset but restraint in these circumstances is of immense value - conversely, displays of anger only predispose witnesses, adjusters, and the ultimate triers of fact to not see things your way. Talk to a lawyer prior to talking to ICBC - you are required by law to provide information to ICBC but you are not required to provide information directly to ICBC and there is seldom an upside. The Dont’s Do not apologize - we have a tendency to apologize to the person who stepped on our foot. Unfortunately, an apology is often interpreted later as an admission against interest even when, at the time it was made, it may have had nothing to do with who was at fault for the accident. Do not discuss with the driver of the car or the witnesses what happened unless the driver is explaining to you how he/she was at fault for the accident - in that event, listen carefully and do not offer a statement such as ‘It’s ok, I think I am fine.’ Accident victims are often in a state of shock as a result of which they cannot experience the full

extent of their injuries until sometime later. Do not agree to settle the dispute privately. It may be that you can do this but wait until you have had a chance to fully consider what happened and the consequences. Do not give or sign long winded or complicated statements surrounding the circumstances of the accident - you will likely be approached both by the police and ICBC - if it is not practical or reasonable to contact a lawyer prior to giving a statement, then keep it very short and concise to allow for further reflection: remember, your statement can seldom help you. Do not pay a traffic ticket related to the accident simply because you have no time to file a dispute. The payment of a ticket, though not conclusive of your legal dispute with the driver, certainly indicates a guilty mind or a lack of confidence in one’s position and tends to impact on a case in negligence against the wrongful driver. David Hay is a litigation lawyer and partner at Richards Buell Sutton LLP and a member of the B.C. Cycling Coalition board of directors. He has a special interest in bike injury law and can be contacted at 604.661.9250 or

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