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

A Fabulous Day at the MEC Langley Bikefest!

A Fabulous Day at the MEC Langley Bikefest!

42 kids, a bunch of bikes, fresh popcorn, sunshine, and a whole lot of fun

Sunday, June 5th was our first HUB Langley Committee public event and I'm happy to report that it went very well.

The Plan

The idea to get involved with the MEC Langley Bikefest started last year when our committee had an information tent at the 2015 Bikefest -- it was a great opportunity to meet people in the community and talk about bikes and cycling. Since then, MEC has generously invited us back on several occasions to have an information table in the store which has enabled us to reach out to many people who support cycling in Langley.

We wanted to make a bigger contribution to the event this year so last December when an email newsletter from the City of Langley was received that had an article about applications being accepted for the City's Community Grant Program, ideas immediately began forming.

Kids getting an introduction to bike safety

Kids getting an introduction to bike safety

The next stop was to MEC in Langley to see if the store wanted to have the Learn2Ride program at the Bikefest and if so, we'd look at what it would take to make it work and then submit an application for the Community Grant Program. Word came back from MEC Head Office -- we got permission and were good to begin organizing our first HUB Langley/MEC Bikefest Learn to Ride Program. Lots of calls and emails between the HUB Langley Committee, HUB Headquarters, MEC, Envision Financial, insurance agents, and instructors and we were on our way -- the wheels were turning.

We were fortunate that the City of Langley selected our application for a community grant and awarded us with $1000 which paid for the majority of our costs to bring instructors, a few loaner bikes, and pay for insurance for the day.

Working with MEC to plan the event has been a huge pleasure and all the staff and management there are great to work with. Rafael, our main Bikefest contact was on top of things from the onset, making sure that details for the day were taken care of well ahead of time. A manager change occurred at the store while we were in the process of making plans and both past manager, Karen and present manager, Khrista were terrific as were staff members Kathy and Ardeen, who both helped with some of final arrangements.

We learned that Envision Financial has a Tent and Popcorn Machine program for non-profit organizations and since our event qualified, we applied for both. There were no tents available for the day but we were given the use of a popcorn machine including all the popcorn and bags that we would need. The popcorn was a big hit and made a great snack along with ice cold water and flavoured drinks that MEC provided.

The Promotion

To promote the Learn2Ride program we had signs at the MEC Langley store along with sign-up sheets at the event table for a few weeks before the Bikefest. Our website was updated with information about the event, and an online form was created for signing up. But a week and a half before the event we found that we weren't getting any responses. We made new signs and put them on the MEC check out counters and figured that surely, this will work as every person making a purchase can't help but read about it. Still no sign-ups. We had been posting about the event on Facebook and on our website but registration just wasn't happening and we couldn't figure out why -- maybe people have other stuff on the go, maybe they don't want to commit until they know what the weather is doing, maybe it was something entirely different.

We were now at Monday, less than week before the event and we had only 2 sign-ups. Only 2! We contacted a few local schools and spoke to the principals who agreed to send out flyers out to all the students at their schools aged 8-12. On short notice we managed to call a few schools, get flyers designed, printed, distributed to the schools, and handed out to 700 kids. Thanks to Douglas Park Elementary, Langley Meadows Elementary, and West Langley Elementary schools for helping us to promote the event!

Because you can't be too cool when you're riding a bike.

Because you can't be too cool when you're riding a bike.

On Tuesday morning the flyers had been dropped off at the schools and would be sent home with kids on either Wednesday or Thursday. Still wanting to do more I considered other options and decided to give Facebook a shot. I clicked on the "Boost Post" button for our Facebook post and started a promotion campaign. I was able to focus on the target demographic by age, location, interests (and more). I entered my credit card information and clicked on the go button and waited. Nothing. More waiting. More nothing. Heck, an hour had gone by already and only a few more clicks on the post than before the paid promotion. Maybe I'm too impatient. I should go for a bike ride.

I return a couple of hours later from my ride and am happy in the increase in activity on our Facebook page. The ad has been seen by some 400 people and we'd gotten a few likes on our Facebook page. I fine tune the demographic reach and wait. More results -- and more interaction, a few more likes on our page -- more clicks to our website -- and a few more sign-ups. We're now at ten sign-ups and it's only Wednesday evening -- there are still three more days to go. I relax a bit.

By late Thursday afternoon we've got 14 kids signed up but in the evening things got interesting. My fine tuning of the Facebook demographic seemed to be working, we're now at more than 8,000 post views and for a while sign-ups are coming in at a rate of 2 or 3 a minute. As I'm entering the data into a spreadsheet my email is dinging with another sign-up. And then another. By midnight Friday we had over 40 kids signed up! Nearly 50 had signed up by Saturday night and by 10:00am on Sunday we had a total of 56 kids signed up! We didn't quite reach our goal (and maximum) of 60 kids but we were pretty close.

The Big Day

We arrived at MEC at 8:30am and the fellows delivering the popcorn machine were already there and we give them a hand to unload the machine. MEC staff had brought out tents and were setting them up for ourselves and for the St John's Ambulance first aid attendants that MEC saw to have on hand. Having first aid attendants handy turned out to be a good thing as later in the day one tyke fell and scraped his knee -- nothing serious at all but it was nice to have the medical attendants close by. Our instructors arrived in their car-share van promptly at 9:30am, an hour before the first class and begin setting up the course. Tables and chairs are brought out, sunscreen is slathered on, the popcorn machine is plugged in and popping, and we're ready to roll as we approach ten o'clock. Kids began arriving shortly after 10:00 and by 10:30 everyone was booked in, photo releases signed, and the first class was ready to start.

Stop. Signal. Go.

Stop. Signal. Go.

It was quite warm in the morning with not a lot of air movement. The instructors paused the class after each segment and the kids all had a break for a few minutes to get a drink and a popcorn snack before resuming with the lessons. Kudos to instructors Donna and Ben for their concern about keeping the kids well hydrated. Several parents offered to lend a hand and participated by helping at the stations and ensured that the kids were riding correctly. Smiles were everywhere.

The first two sessions went off without a hitch and only a few people who registered not showing up. The last afternoon session, which had the largest booking -- 23 kids in all, turned out to be our least attended session as 11 of the kids were no-shows. We suspect this was because of the weather. With temps in the range of 32 degrees it was definitely one of the hottest days of the year so far and we figure that parents were likely with their kids at soccer or baseball games all morning and decided it was just too darned hot to be standing on pavement watching their kids riding bikes in the afternoon.

The kids (and parents) who did show up for the last session did have a great time despite the heat and the instructors wisely worked in a couple more hydration breaks with rests in a shady spot.

We had a few HUB Langley committee members help out on the day -- special thanks to Aven and Tony for being there, and to Geraldine for stopping by in the afternoon. We also had a nice visit from one of the Township of Langley engineers and West Langley Elementary  Principal, Mr. Oliver stopped by to see how things were going as well.

High five! Practice for one handed riding.

High five! Practice for one handed riding.

In all, our first event in Langley was a huge success and there are 42 kids who are now a bit more street savvy with a few more of the skills necessary to become responsible cyclists in our community.

A big thank you goes out to all the parents who showed up with their kids -- we're glad that you could make it! And an extra thanks to the parents who helped our instructors with the stations.

Another thank you to the dedicated and passionate members of the HUB Langley Committee and to the staff at HUB Headquarters who were involved in the preparation -- you all rock.

And of course a huge tip of the hat to MEC, Envision Financial, and especially to the City of Langley -- without your support this could not have happened.

On behalf of the HUB Langley Committee I would like to extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to everyone involved for the opportunity to contribute to our community.

If you attended the event or just have something to say about it, please leave a comment below.

Ride safe,

Dan Millsip,
HUB Langley Chair, 2016

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: