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Yes, we ride the last Friday of every month!


LAST chance to get a ballot this Friday - dont let the No Side win


Please find info below on encouraging people who cycle to vote Yes by
helping out with the Mayors' Council Bike Route Canvassing.

If you are unavailable for the Mayors' Council Bike Route Canvassing,
you can also get a few people together in your neighbourhood and hand
out information along bike routes or streets or at events. Here is a
small flyer with information on cycling improvements and contact info
for registering to vote that is perfect for handing out to cyclists:

For tips on engaging people around the referendum, email me



Volunteer - Mayors' Council Bike Route Canvassing

The transportation referendum is a critical moment for the future of
cycling in our region – possibly the greatest single opportunity ever.
A YES vote means funding for tripling our bikeway network, as well as
other essential improvements for safety and convenience. A NO vote
means no new regional funding for cycling and a decline in transit
service levels.

Did you know that other transportation referendums in North America
have passed and failed by as few as 700 votes?

Every vote makes a difference. In recent canvasses, we've found that 1
out of 6 people want to vote yes but haven't registered or mailed in
their ballots yet. That's why we're organizing canvasses along popular
bicycle routes to let as many cyclists as possible know what's at
stake in this election.

Will you volunteer? Sign up here to help spread the

We'll be holding a quick conference call at 4 pm on Monday, 5/4 to
orient all the volunteers, but if you can't make it, we'll follow up
with you individually.

Feel free to email with any questions.

And if you haven't already, remember to vote YES and mail in your ballots!


Fwd: Join me for a Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training

Learn more about ForestEthics Advocacy

Join us May 2 and get ready for non violent civil disobedience training.


Last November we were reminded just how powerful non violent civil disobedience is when over 100 protesters chose to risk jail time to stand up to Kinder Morgan's plans to drill their pipeline under Burnaby Mountain.

That is why ForestEthics Advocacy is hosting a Civil Disobedience Training in Burnaby just a few blocks from the Mountain and Kinder Morgan's Tanker Terminal. If you have ever considered taking that next step and being part of a direct action or an act civil disobedience this is a great opportunity to learn more.

If you can join us please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.

Here are all the details:
Saturday May 2 9:30am - 4:30pm
Lochdale Community Hall
490 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby

We will be talking about when and where civil disobedience is a good tactic, what your legal rights are, how to de-escalate conflicts and practicing some of the techniques you can use in an action. We will also have a chance to hear about the history of civil disobedience in our province and the environmental movement.

I have long said that there were three routes for stopping the Enbridge pipeline, at the ballot box, in the courts and through direct action. That is why we have taken the Harper Government and the National Energy Board to the Supreme Court to challenge the Kinder Morgan pipeline approval process.

However we also want to be prepared for the day when we are forced to take a stronger stand. That is why we have decide to offer a Non Violent Direct Action Training for members of our community who are willing to take that next step.

This moment calls for bold action, if you are ready to step up, this event is for you.

See you there,

Sven Biggs
Campaigner, ForestEthics Advocacy

P.S. Five signatures are even more powerful than one – after you RSVP, forward this email to your friends!


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Fwd: [Velolove-Vancouver] Car Free Streets in Vancouver Bike Cafe – April 14

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From: Richard Campbell
Subject: [Velolove-Vancouver] Car Free Streets in Vancouver Bike Cafe – April 14
To: HUB Vancouver <>, trans-action <>, Vancouver Discussion List <>


Please join us for the next Bike Café where we will be discussing Car Free Streets in Vancouver.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

6 p.m

Musette Caffè Chinatown, 75 E. Pender St., Vancouver



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Fwd: [BIKEHUB] Fwd: 2nd Annual Amazing Disaster Rally - May 9, 2015

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From: Tim Yzerman timyzerman <>
Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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From: "Cory Hansen"

Good Morning,


Just wanted to pass along the information for our 2nd Annual Amazing Disaster Rally and if possible could you please pass this information forward as we think this is a great opportunity for cyclists in the area.


The Amazing Disaster Rally is designed to demonstrate the important role cyclists can play in an emergency response. After an earthquake in New Westminster, cyclists may be able to access roads, pathways and bridges that vehicles can't, to help move people, information and materials from one location to another.


The Rally starts at 9am on Saturday, May 9th 2015 from Queens Park Stadium and is expected to last 2 to 3 hours.  This event which will be the first of its kind in the Lower Mainland.


For more information and online registration please visit


If more information is required please let me know.


Thank you kindly


Cory Hansen (McLaren)  |  Emergency Planning Assistant


 City of New Westminster  |  Fire & Rescue Services

1 East 6th Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6



Fwd: [BIKEHUB] Money - the Root of All Contention

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From: K E Ohrn  [BIKEHUB] <>
Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Tamsyn Bergmann  writes in the Globe & Mail on a little-discussed aspect of the transit referendum.  Of the three levels of government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal), the Municipal level has the fewest tax levers.  This referendum is mostly about where transit money should come from, and who will be seen to raise the money.  In this case, the Province of BC has forced the Municipalities to be the bad guys, and the public will respond in due course.
As to who supports and funds the NO campaign, aimed at starving transit of any new funding, I leave it to you to surmise whose profits are maintained, and whose philosophies are served if the public denies this funding.  And who is watching carefully.
Ken Ohrn  |  Cypress Digital
Vote YES on transit 



Fwd: Bike Boom Kickstarter goes live

Roads Were Not Built For Cars email banner

Sequel to Roads Were Not Built For Cars goes live on

I've just gone public with the crowdfunding campaign for Bike Boom, the follow-up to Roads Were Not Built For Cars. I'm pretty nervous – it's a very public way of getting, or not getting, support for a project. 

The project can be accessed at There are plenty of pledge levels, from £1 to, er, £1,095, and every penny will go towards making Bike Boom as good a read and as popular as my first history book.

There's even a video on the Kickstarter page. I make two very brief appearances. I'm happier behind the lens.

I appreciate the support I get from Kickstarter backers. They'll get rewards, such as first edition books, but they're also plugged in to the backer-only emails that will chart the progress of the book. As I say on the Kickstarter page, backers are along for the ride. And on that note, I'll get on my bike and go buy a sarnie for lunch.



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Our mailing address is:
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Kickstand Benefit Concert – January 31st, 2015


Fwd: This Could be the Best Thing to Happen for Bike Education. We Need Your Help.

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From: HUB Cycling <>
Date: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Subject: This Could be the Best Thing to Happen for Bike Education. We Need Your Help.

We're excited to announce that we've made it to the final round of car2go's charity challenge - now we need your help. 

If you're a car2go member, please take 10 seconds to vote for HUB and more bike education in schools. All car2go members are invited to vote, even if you already voted in the nomination round. 

Even if you're not a car2go member, you can still help!
  • Spread the word on Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook. Tell @car2goVancouver followers who you voted for! 
  • Forward this email to friends, family and colleagues who drive car2gos and ask them to vote for HUB. Voting is open until 4pm on Monday, December 15th.
  • Volunteer to help get more votes. Email for more information. 
  • And if you've been thinking of joining car2go, you can actually join for free this week using the promo code: CAR2GOTIME. 

Why vote for HUB Cycling? 
We are a charitable non-profit that has been working for over 15 years to improve cycling conditions across Metro Vancouver and make our communities happier, healthier and more sustainable. HUB has educated thousands of children, adults and new Canadians on how to ride safely in the city and has worked with local governments, businesses & community organizations to improve cycling infrastructure and facilities. HUB also runs free community events like Bike to Work Week and Bike to School Week. 

Funds from the Charity Challenge could help inspire thousands of children to live active and healthy lives. With the donation from car2go, we could provide practical and engaging bike education to thousands of schoolchildren across Metro Vancouver and continue our work to make cycling safer and achieve universally accessible bike education in schools. Through classroom and on-bike learning, kids learn about riding skills, the rules of the road, and how to feel safe and confident riding in their neighbourhoods. When more kids can bike and walk to school, communities become healthier,happier and more sustainable places to live. The best part? Students arrive at school alert and ready to learn! We hope you'll vote for us and support our work to create a future generation of healthy and active learners.

Thank You for Supporting Better Biking!
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HUB Cycling | 1 - 828 West 8th Ave | Vancouver | BC | V5Z 1E2 | Canada


So many choices.... how to vote

Here is one guide to voting that helps you navigate the myriad choices in this election. I don't like Frances portrayal of COPE as comical out of touch lefties... other than that it's pretty informative and useful:

I’m hearing from more than one person that this election is very confusing for them, especially those who are young and/or who are not regular political junkies. They aren’t sure what the parties really stand for, whether some candidates are better than others, and whether they should vote strategically — or even how to do that.
This is my attempt to help out with a short guide that’s not written in the often coded language of most news articles. It is necessarily incomplete and inevitably informed by some of my personal preferences.
People who read this blog regularly know already that I’m a centrist moderate, with a weakness for good-hearted conservatives and pragmatic lefties. I do retain a special place for the odd fiery rabble-rouser, right or left, if I think they’re making telling points. I place value on people who have put in some time learning about their communities and city politics and shown a commitment to causes. And I prefer those who can make their case without too much hyperbole or outright lying — though that’s a tough condition in this fractious round. Finally, it matters to me what a political party or candidate actually accomplishes or proposes that can be realistically accomplished. (Sometimes I’m too cautious and I acknowledge that.)
With all that, I’m not going to recommend very many individual candidates, as others have. It’s not that kind of election.
This time, it’s a choice among parties, not candidates. All of the candidates from all of the parties are sticking to their party line. Vision votes like a bloc, and the NPA candidates are almost indistinguishable, just lining up behind their mayoral candidate without even being introduced. You’d have to go to a lot of all-candidates’ meetings to get a real sense of any differences. I haven’t had time to do that, as a one-humanperson band. And, even then, I think I’d end up differentiating more on the basis of style and rhetorical ability than anything else.
I also don’t believe in recommending political choices as though they are right for all voters. Everyone comes with different values and questions.  And this blog post is not for those who are diehard Vision only, NPA only, or COPE only voters. You guys know what you’re doing. It’s for those in the middle, who are thinking about picking a mix, who are thinking about switching from the way they voted last time, who are wondering to stay with old choices.
.... more details: actual names


don't blow it people - VOTE!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carmen Mills
Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Hello my friends,

(if you do not live in B.C. please feel free to ignore this email)

Tomorrow, Saturday, is civic election day in B.C. Wherever you live, I urge you, please select a few minutes within your busy day and live them well: get out in the sunshine and VOTE.

Let me say that I really and truly loathe party politics. I am convinced that where party politics begins is where true democracy ends. So, I am not suggesting that you vote for any party as defined by their logo or their name. But if you love this city, please think of what you love about it, and who you really believe can bring that love to light. We have a lot to lose, and your vote could be the one that changes everything.

Vancouver certainly has all the challenges inherent in city life. But it is also a place of huge beauty, courage, and possibility. In the past few years I have grown to love Vancouver even more, as I have watched it blossom in so many small but huge ways: farmers' markets, street festivals, curbside composting, transit improvements, backyard chicken coops, laneway housing, community farms, social innovation, greenways and neighbourhood projects and public spaces, and of course, the genesis of a bicycle paradise which most of us would never have dreamed of even a decade ago. Every one of these small miracles has required courage, and each one has needed a champion at City Hall to stand up and fight for it.

Our current City Councillors, Park and School Board Reps, and our Mayor are those people. They are people like you and me: teachers, farmers, social workers, city planners, environmental activists. They ride bikes, they take transit, they live in rental housing. They stand in opposition to casinos and pipelines and tankers. They come to our demos, they dance with us at our parties, and they live with us on our streets. 

Please do not let the bankers and oil execs and lawyers get their greedy claws back into our beautiful home. We have come so far. Lets not blow it.

The polls are open 8am to 8pm. Walk, bike, drive if you must, whatever - just please, get out there tomorrow and VOTE. 

This has been a publicly self-serving announcement, in aid of all the good stuff. Thank you, enjoy!