It’s been four years since Ed Schum and Wilf Dreher first started the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition. Both continue to support and advocate for cycling education, cycling facilities and cycling infrastructure in the Comox Valley.
Since those early days the CVCCo has evolved to become a registerd nonprofit society with a board of directors.
The CVCCo held its 4th Annual General Meeting in February 2013 and elected a new board. cyclecv.com/contact
Some the CVCCo 2012 Achievements
Education Committee – Cycling Skills for Life Program – a ten-month seed project funded by the Federal Government New Horizons for Seniors. Essentially seniors learned safe cycling techniques and then transferred their new skills into teaching children how to cycle safely. The results are 137 adults and 916 children have learned better cycling skills in this area. The project has been so successful that the plan is to continue and perhaps expand it in 2013. It has also lead to a partnership with School District #71 to bring a HASTE Project (a project to enable students to safely cycle or walk to school) to the Comox Valley.
Technical Committee – Working within the cycling task force mandate to promote and advocate for safer cycling facilities and infrastructure in the Comox Valley. One major achievement has been the provincial funding for bike lanes on Fitzgerald. The CVCCo was instrumental in bringing in a very experienced Community Transportation Planner, Richard Drdul. He was able to recommend a couple cycling infrastructure ideas for Fitzgerald. Two other ongoing CVCCo projects are: providing a cycling perspective at the City of Courtenay Master Transportation Plan stakeholders table; and, working with the Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge Project to create a safe access route across the Courtenay River between Simms Park and the Courtenay River Walkway.
Events Committee – creating partnerships with groups that develop cycling opportunities and incentives, such as Bike to Work Week Comox Valley, Cycle Farm Tours and safe bike parking at the annual Filberg Festival. In 2013 the CVCCo will continue to partner in these events plus we will be adding a Bike Parking facility for the Armed Forces Day in August.