October 2017 HUB Cycling Langley Newsletter

October 2017 HUB Cycling Langley Newsletter

New Cycle Lanes on 53rd Avenue in Langley City

The City of Langley has installed painted bike lanes along 53rd Avenue from 203rd to 208th. This included widening the lanes across the bridge near 206th Street which if you've ridden across there in the past was extremely narrow.

To achieve the bike lanes (and a buffer area for most of the segment) the road was reduced from two lanes in each direction to a single vehicle lane in each direction. Removing a lane of traffic is a bold move - it's nice to see this foresight being exhibited in the City.


Our Infrastructure Tour has been postponed

Unfortunately, we had to postpone our Cycling Infrastructure Tour due to a very low response from Township and City councils. We'll be rescheduling the tours for the Spring or early Summer in 2018.

Thanks to everyone on the HUB Langley Committee who helped organize the tour, the Engineering Department at the City of Surrey, and our guest speakers, and to the companies who offered their support -- Coast Mountain Bus, Starbucks, Tim Horton's and Nestor's Market.

We're confident that with a fresh approach that we'll have a successful tour in the new year.


Attend Our November Meeting

Our next meeting is tonight, Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Drop in and let us know of your concerns about cycling in the City of Langley and the Township of Langley and find out what we're working on.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meeting location:

Township of Langley Civic Facility
Murray Creek Room
20338 - 65 Avenue
Langley, BC
V2Y 3J1

More about our meetings (including a location map)

All are welcome, no experience is required. Drop in, say hello, and share your experiences. Together we'll make cycling safer and better in Langley.

If you are not able to attend this meeting and would like to offer assistance, learn more about what we do or wish to be added to our email list, please send an email to langley@bikehub.ca and we'll get back to you right away.


HUB Langley Committee October Meeting Agenda

 

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Adoption of previous minutes
  3. Business from previous minutes
  4. HUB Committee Workshop
  5. UnGaptheMap
    1. - 53rd Avenue
  6. Infrastructure Tour Update
  7. New Business
  8. Question and Answer if time allows
  9. Adjournment

 


About HUB Cycling

HUB Cycling makes cycling better through education, action, events, and collaboration. More people riding bikes means healthier, happier, more connected communities. HUB Cycling is leading the way in making cycling an attractive transportation choice for everyone. HUB is a charitable non­profit that has spent the last 15 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that benefit current and future cyclists. For more information about HUB Cycling visit bikehub.ca.

The HUB Cycling Langley Committee was formed in May, 2015. For more information about our committee, please visit our website at the address below or send us an email: langley@bikehub.ca

Thanks to all the bike shops in Langley for their ongoing support of our HUB Committee:

July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Our upcoming Infrastructure Tours are shaping up!

We had originally planned to host our upcoming Cycling Infrastructure Tour on bicycles but found that it was too difficult to find a reasonably short route that would cover all that we wanted to show. To do so would require at minimum, a 23 km route -- a distance that we felt is too long (especially with a couple of good-sized hills along the way) for people with little to no experience riding alongside or with traffic.

Instead, we decided that it would be best to do our tour with a bus. So after a few emails, phone calls, and meetings, Translink has most graciously agreed to provide us with a bus for the day.

The tour, which will be held in late September and is specifically designed for Langley City and Township mayors and councils, engineering and planning staff, and a few others in the community who are instrumental in the transportation infrastructure decision making processes. The tour will be taking place in the City of Surrey and will highlight Surrey's vision and approach to creating a transportation network that provides options for people who more in and around its communities. The tour will also emphasize the effort being made throughout the Metro Vancouver region to provide a comprehensive cycling network that will encourage more people to ride bikes on safe, connected infrastructure.

The tour will open at Surrey City Hall with a presentation from the City of Surrey Engineering Department and will be followed with a speakers panel that includes:

Gordon Price 
A Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Until 2016, he was the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and is a former six-term Vancouver City councillor. Find out more about Gordon on his blog, Price Tags.

Chris and Melissa Bruntlett
The owners of Modacity (a very popular and informative Vancouver based blogzine) work together to communicate a more human image of multi-modal transportation. Chris and Melissa strive to educate people and cities about the inherent benefits of moving away from a car-centric transportation model, to a more inclusive one that is accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and economic means.

Nathan Pachal
Nathan is a Langley City Councillor, and advocate for creating sustainable and accessible communities. Nathan has been running the very successful and well-known, South Fraser Blog for the past ten years.

In addition to the speakers panel mentioned above, we also have representatives from ICBC, Fraser Health, and Translink who will be speaking on the bus.

We're looking forward to a great day showing and learning about the challenges, benefits, successes, and approaches to different types of cycling infrastructure.

If you'd like to help out with our tour, please get in touch with us at langley@bikehub.ca 

Converted roadway at 110th Avenue at 154th Street.

One of the planned stops on our tour -- a repurposed roadway at 110th Avenue and 154th Street in Surrey.

 


Chilliwack is Forming a Cycling Advocacy Group

If you live or cycle in Chilliwack you might want to get in touch with a group of cyclists in the area who are talking with local politicians, city staff, and cyclists to better infrastructure in that region. We attended their first meeting last month and were very impressed with their approach and level of enthusiasm.

If you want to help out or learn more about what this group is doing, contact Janice at jbalakshin@gmail.com


Attend Tonight's July HUB Langley Meeting

Our next meeting is this evening, Monday, 17 July, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Drop in and let us know of your concerns about cycling in the City of Langley and the Township of Langley and find out what we're working on.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meeting location:

Township of Langley Civic Facility
Murray Creek Room
20338 - 65 Avenue
Langley, BC
V2Y 3J1

More about our meetings (including a location map)

All are welcome, no experience is required. Drop in, say hello, and share your experiences. Together we'll make cycling safer and better in Langley.

If you are not able to attend this meeting and would like to offer assistance, learn more about what we do or wish to be added to our email list, please send an email to langley@bikehub.ca and we'll get back to you right away.


HUB Langley Committee July Meeting Agenda

    1. Welcome and Introductions
    2. Adoption of previous minutes
    3. Business from previous minutes
    4. UnGaptheMap
    5. Infrastructure Tours
    6. New Business
    7. Question and Answer if time allows
    8. Adjournment

 

About HUB Cycling

HUB Cycling makes cycling better through education, action, events, and collaboration. More people riding bikes means healthier, happier, more connected communities. HUB Cycling is leading the way in making cycling an attractive transportation choice for everyone. HUB is a charitable non­profit that has spent the last 15 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that benefit current and future cyclists. For more information about HUB Cycling visit bikehub.ca.

The HUB Cycling Langley Committee was formed in May, 2015. For more information about our committee, please visit our website at the address below or send us an email: langley@bikehub.ca

 

June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

Learn2Ride at the 2017 Langley MEC Bikefest was a huge success!

This was our second year providing a Learn2Ride program at the MEC Langley BikeFest and we had quite a few more kids receiving instruction than last year. In total we had 54 kids participating in 3 sessions. Lots of smiles and laughter and learning. The weather couldn't have been better and was much more comfortable than last year's scorching temperatures.

We'd like to thank MEC for providing us with a location, Langley Farm Market for donating fresh fruit for kids and parents, the City of Langley for providing us with partial funding for the event. And of course, a huge thank you to all the parents who brought their kids out -- we hope your children enjoyed the day and learned some new skills that will assist them in becoming safe and aware cyclists. 

We'll be posting photos of the event on our Committee website in the next week.

203rd Street Project to officially open soon

Green paint -- a first for Langley!

203rd Street now has green paint to bring attention to the bike lanes at all street crossings. The street also features LED lighting that makes walking, cycling, and driving much safer at night.

The previously scheduled opening of 203rd Street was cancelled due to unforeseen occurrences and a new date will be set soon. If you would like to attend the opening, join us on our HUB Langley Facebook page and we'll let you know of the date as soon as we're notified. Come out and show your support for the work the city is doing to improve the cycling network.

Upgrades have begun on 56th Avenue in Downtown Langley City

If you've been in the downtown core of Langley City lately, you're probably aware of the road construction on 56th Avenue. Underground work on the street is being done and at the same time the city is installing cycling infrastructure from Glover Road to the Langley Bypass as well as wide, well-lit sidewalks in the commercial area around the 206th Street/Logan Avenue area.

Kudos to the City of Langley for their vision of giving people more choices for the ways that we able to travel around our neighbourhoods.

Bike to Work Week Station

The HUB Cycling Langley Committee joined up with the Ridge Meadows and Surrey HUB committees and hosted a Bike to Work Week station at the south end of the Golden Ears Bridge on June 1st. In a two hour period we had 42 cycling commuters stop by at our table for some snacks and beverages and to chat about cycling. Several cyclists won prizes donated by local bike shops.

Attend Our June Meeting

Our next meeting is this coming Monday, June 19, 2017 at 7:00pm. Drop in and let us know of your concerns about cycling in the City of Langley and the Township of Langley and find out what we're working on.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meeting location:

Township of Langley Civic Facility
Murray Creek Room
20338 - 65 Avenue
Langley, BC
V2Y 3J1

More about our meetings (including a location map)

All are welcome, no experience is required. Drop in, say hello, and share your experiences. Together we'll make cycling safer and better in Langley.

If you are not able to attend this meeting and would like to offer assistance, learn more about what we do or wish to be added to our email list, please send an email to langley@bikehub.ca and we'll get back to you right away.

June Meeting Agenda 

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Adoption of previous minutes
  3. Business from previous minutes
  4. UnGaptheMap
  5. MEC Bikefest Report
  6. Bike To Work Week Report
  7. Infrastructure Tours
  8. New Business
  9. Question and Answer if time allows
  10. Adjournment

About HUB Cycling

HUB Cycling makes cycling better through education, action, events, and collaboration. More people riding bikes means healthier, happier, more connected communities. HUB Cycling is leading the way in making cycling an attractive transportation choice for everyone. HUB is a charitable non­profit that has spent the last 15 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that benefit current and future cyclists. For more information about HUB Cycling visit bikehub.ca.

The HUB Cycling Langley Committee was formed in May, 2015. For more information about our committee, please visit our website at the address below or send us an email: langley@bikehub.ca

Visit HUB Cycling Langley:  www.bikelangley.ca

Thanks to all the bike shops in Langley for their ongoing support of our HUB Committee:

Learn2Ride for Free at the 2017 MEC Langley Bikefest

Learn2Ride for Free at the 2017 MEC Langley Bikefest

Sign up your child For Learn2Ride today!

Register to reserve a spot for your child for the June 4th courses at the MEC Bikefest with our online registration form. Your child will receive a two hour long course by trained HUB instructors who will teach your kids basic bike and safety skills. There are only 60 spots available so don't delay - register today to reserve a spot!

When: June 4, 2017 — Three 2-hour sessions to choose from - 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1:00pm to 3:00pm or 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Langley MEC store location, in the parking lot behind the store
Who: Kids between the ages of 8 to 12
Cost: FREE!

MEC invited us back again this year to the Bikefest so we decided to bring back HUB's Learn2Ride program and offer free safety courses for kids between the ages of 8 - 12.

We applied for a grant through the City of Langley Community Grant Program and received partial funding to provide trained cycling instructors from HUB's Learn2Ride program at the 2017 MEC Langley Bikefest. The instructors will host a shorter version of the Learn2Ride program taught to grades 2-5 in schools throughout the Metro Vancouver area for up to 60 children aged 8 to 12 at this year's Bikefest.

Learn2Ride utilizes a simulated environment that is free from traffic to teach basic bicycle and traffic safety skills. It is an interactive experience for children, focusing on having fun while demonstrating the importance of staying safe while riding.

MEC Langley has provided us with an area to host the program and has added us in their advertising support for the event. Envision Financial has provided us with the free use of a popcorn machine, including all the popcorn and popcorn bags we need for the entire day.

Learn more about HUB's Learn2Ride program on the main HUB website.

Watch a video presentation about Learn2Ride:

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the following who have made it possible for HUB Langley's participation in the MEC Bikefest:

2016 – The Year in Review

2016 – The Year in Review

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

No December Meeting

Please note that the HUB Langley Committee does not meet in December. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:00PM. For more information about our meetings, please visit our Meetings page.