Children participating in the HUB Learn2Ride program at the 2016 MEC Langley BikeFest.


 

2016was a very exciting and busy year for the members of the HUB Langley Committee.

We've been extremely fortunate to have had opportunity to meet and work with a lot of very passionate and dedicated people in both the City of Langley and the Township of Langley (and a few other municipalities) who want to see better cycling infrastructure and are working hard to make it happen.

Here are a few of the highlights and accomplishments of 2016:

January

  • The year started off on a sad note as City of Langley Councillor Dave Hall, an avid transportation cyclist and staunch supporter of cycling in Langley succumbed to a fight with cancer on January 4th. A few weeks previous he had resigned from council. Councillor Hall very much encouraged the efforts of the HUB Committee and he will be greatly missed by all.
  • Had our first ever meeting with Township of Langley Engineering.
  • We had our first meeting with the Langley District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC).

February

  • We received notification that we were awarded a City of Langley Community Grant for which we had previously applied. The funding allowed our committee to offer a HUB Learn2Ride program at the 2016 MEC Langley Bikefest. A huge thank you to the City of Langley for their generosity as it helped us to get bike safety training to 42 children. 
  • Attended our first stakeholder meeting with the City of Langley to discuss the 203rd Street Project.
  • We provided our first letter of support to the City of Langley for upcoming work on the 203rd Street Project.
  • Moreno Zanotto gives a presentation about BikeMaps.org at our monthly meeting.

March

  • Provided the City of Langley with a letter of support for the 48th Avenue project.
  • Committee purchases action camera to use with Road Assessment Rides.

April

  • We ask the City of Surrey to host a tri-municipal meeting with engineering departments from Surrey, City of Langley, and the Township of Langley. It's the first time in history that the engineering departments from all three cities meet together at the same time. The meeting is a huge success and opens a dialogue about cycling connectivity between the three municipalities.
  • We conduct our Committee's first ever Road Assessment Ride - 203rd Street from Michaud Crescent to Grade Crescent.
  • Our first ever meeting with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (216th Interchange Project).
  • Provide letter of support to the Township of Langley for funding for the Northeast Langley Connector Project.

May

  • Met with Township of Langley engineering to discuss improvements to cycling around West Langley Elementary School as well as 208th Street connectivity.

June

  • Our committee hosted a HUB Learn2Ride program for children between the ages of 8 - 12 at the MEC Langley Bikefest. 42 kids participated on what turned out to be a blistering hot day. More info is posted on our blog.
  • Hosted a joint Bike to Work Week station at the Golden Ears Bridge with the Maple Ridge and Surrey committees.
  • Attended the Township of Langley Public Engagement Charter Open House.

July

  • Dan and Stan presenting at Council Meeting

    Dan and Stan presenting at Council Meeting

    It is brought to our attention that the construction of bike lanes on 32nd Avenue in Aldergrove have been stopped due to resident complaints. Our committee discusses strategies on how to proceed.
  • We appear as a delegation at a Township of Langley council meeting to explain the importance of the 32nd Avenue route regionally and locally. Council votes to suspend construction of bike lanes until a public meeting can be held.
  • We initiate an email and social media campaign. In three days 36 letters of support from cyclists are sent to the Township of Langley.
  • The committee does a Road Assessment Ride of Glover Road between Douglas Crescent and Langley Bypass.

August

  • HUB Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Stanley Park.
  • Construction upgrades start on 203rd Street.

September

  • Members of our committee attended the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in Vancouver.
  • HUB Langley Committee has an information booth at the BC Rivers Day Festival at Derek Doubleday Park.
  • Attended Public Information Session about 32nd Avenue bike lanes in Aldergrove.
  • We perform another email and social media campaign to encourage cyclists to submit a completed questionnaire for the 32nd Avenue bike lane project. Approximately 50 cyclists submit questionnaires and letters in support of the bike lanes.

October

  • The committee provides letters of support to the City of Langley for funding for the 53rd Avenue and 202nd Street projects.
  • Met with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to further discuss the 216th Street Interchange. We previously asked for the design to be changed to have multi-use paths on both sides of overpass (instead of only one side) -- MoTI agrees to change design and invite us to work with them on road markings, way finding, and signage.
  • We discuss at our monthly meeting and agree to develop and host Cycling Infrastructure Tours in 2017. These tours will be specifically designed to provide education and to showcase good cycling infrastructure and will be designed with a focus toward community decision makers.

November

  • Met with Surrey Engineering to discuss the Cycling Infrastructure Tours. The City of Surrey Engineering agrees to partner with our committee to host the tours and to showcase their infrastructure.
  • Township of Langley Engineering submits report with recommendations to council regarding 32nd Avenue bike lanes.

December

  • Depiction of completed cycling lanes on 32nd Avenue.

    Depiction of completed cycling lanes on 32nd Avenue.

    HUB Volunteer Christmas Party in Vancouver.
  • Provided City of Langley with letter of support for funding for Glover Road cycling improvements.
  • HUB Langley Committee presents as a delegation at the December Township of Langley council meeting.
  • Township of Langley council votes in favour of continuing bike lanes on 32nd Avenue in Aldergrove.

I'd like to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone who participated and supported the HUB Langley Committee -- your input and hard work is very much appreciated and contributed to the success that we experienced this past year. A huge tip of the hat to all the hard working folks at HUB's head office -- your guidance and support has assisted our committee in ways that we can't express. I'd especially like to thank Tony Bisig, Mitchell and Katherine Nurse, Aven and Reed Poynter, Stanley Yntema, and Michael Ge for the tireless commitment that you've given to make this committee a good one.

Although we're relatively new to the community, the HUB Langley Committee has been welcomed by local government officials and staff. It has been very encouraging working with the municipalities and community groups and we look forward to another year of striving to make Langley a better place to get around on a bicycle.

Ride safe and have a great 2017.

Submitted by Dan Millsip, HUB Langley Committee Chair