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: