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Money for Bike Lanes

January 20, 2009

The City of Kelowna has provided a list of $70.7 million of potential infrastructure projects to both the federal and provincial governments should funds become available to help stimulate the economy.

“It is important to let our senior partners know we have projects that can be built this year to help stimulate our local economy and benefit the community in the long-term,” says Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

The City’s funding requests, in order of priority, include $8.8 million to construct multi-use pathways, including Lakeshore Road (Gyro Park to Mission Creek), Cawston Avenue (Rails with Trails to downtown) and Houghton Road (Rutland Road North to Highway 97); $3.4 million to upgrade the heritage Laurel Packinghouse; $11 million to build the Glenmore Road Bypass; $24 million to four-lane Highway 33 between Muir and Gallagher Road; $12.5 million to construct a four-lane bridge over Mission Creek on Gordon Drive and $11 million to bring sanitary sewer to Hall Road.

The City’s first priority for multi-use pathways supports a number of shared goals between the three levels of government. The off-road asphalt pathways promote alternative transportation, tourism, active living, and safety while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Glenmore Bypass will occur in 2009 regardless of additional funding,” says Shepherd. “Additional funding would allow the City to reallocate funding currently earmarked for the Glenmore Bypass for other projects.”

There is currently no formal application process in place. However, the City is anticipating that any approved projects would be cost shared equally between all three levels of government. The above priorities are subject to change if senior government grants with specific criteria become available.


Mountain Bike Club AGM

January 20, 2009

Date: Wednesday February 18th 2009 – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Directions: Kinsmen Hall, Gordon Drive to Lexington Drive, the hall is on the right.

MBCO Poster

Great Film Festival Jan 30-31st

January 12, 2009

See poster for details or visit

Look for local cycling celebrities to be present.

Reel Change Film Fest

Next meeting

December 1, 2008

Don’t forget the next meeting of the coalition this Thursday at 4pm.
It will be very exciting.

Tonight is the inauguration of the city council and I look forward to seeing some of the new councillors act on cycling issues.


Bicycle death leads to time served

December 1, 2008

Patrick Chagnon has been in jail for nearly nine months, awaiting trial in the death of cyclist John Patrick James Robinson.

Tuesday, 28-year-old Chagnon was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

read more here

New In Bicycles (NIB)

November 26, 2008

CNN is reporting on a belt driven bicycle. Something to keep the pant legs clean.

Seriously, there is some good news and good stats in this article:

“The U.S. bicycle industry was a $5.4 billion industry in 2007, including the retail value of bicycles, related parts, and accessories through all channels of distribution, according to research funded by the National Sporting Goods Association. More than 43 million Americans age 7 and older were estimated to have ridden a bike six times or more in 2005, the industry group said.”

chainless bicycle

chainless bicycle

Here is your official invite to our next meeting Thursday Dec 4th, 2008 at 4pm!

November 25, 2008

The location will be the Bean Scene on Bernard.

The following is the ‘plan’ for that meeting done up by Tony and John!

Hope to see you there.

Kelowna and Area Cycling Coalition Planning Session
At the last meeting of the Kelowna and Area Cycling Coalition (KACC)
on November 6, 2008, it was agreed that the next Coalition meeting, to
be held between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM on December 4, 2008 at the Bean
Scene on Bernard would be dedicated to planning the future
responsibilities and structure of the Kelowna Group.  The meeting will
be split into two parts:
1).  4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – A workshop to identify the key areas of work
for the future coalition through the identification of current issues.
Issues will be grouped into priority areas for the future coaltion to
action.  Areas may include, but are not limited to; advocacy; media
& communications; safety; KACC membership; volunteer activity and
community events; and, regional linkages.  Please bring those moans
and concerns and we’ll try and turn them into positives!
2).  5:00 PM to 6:00 PM –  This part of the meeting will address how
we should be structured as an organization from now on: do we wish to
become an official ‘chapter’ of the British Columbia Cycle Coalition;
do we wish to become an NGO; do we wish to implement membership fees;
and, do we need to set up an executive with specific responsibilties.
The success of the meeting and future direction of the KACC is
dependant on your contribution and I encourage everybody who is able
to attend to come along to offer your thoughts, help define our group,
ensure the interests of the cycling community in Kelowna are
represented and that we represent you.
Thank you for your ongoing support for the Kelowna and Area Cycling
Coalition and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.


Bicycles best invention of 2008?

November 12, 2008

Time Magaine posted a list of their best inventions of 2008 and in the list at number x is the Montreal Bike Share program. It is right up there with the global seed vault!

We hope to see more bicycle related initiatives put forward to help people make the choice to bike to school, work or for fun.

Here is the link:,28804,1852747_1854195_1854146,00.html

Can you guess where this is?

November 10, 2008

Some stores get it and some don’t.
Can you guess where this bike rack is located?

While it is installed perpendicular to the wall allowing access to both sides (Future shop failed that test)
they decided place a Daily Courier paper box right up beside it.

Man that is a bummer.


Still haven’t decided? Kelowna Election 2008

November 10, 2008

The following is a list of email addresses for the councillor candidates in Kelowna for the November 15th election. If you haven’t seen them speak or read any of their info please try emailing them your questions and concerns.

We need safe, accessible cycle facilities ASAP.

Let me know what you have here.


Matthew Reed
Dorothee Birker
André Blanleil
Kevin Craig
Donald Forbes
Gunnar Forrstrom
Joe Gates
Gunnar Forsstrom
Gretchen Gebhard
Brian Given
Mary-Ann Graham
Janice Henry
Jerry Hlady
Robert Hobson
Charlie Hodge
Graeme James
Cody Lanoue
Perry Mack
John Marshall
John Manton
Shelley Nicholl
Murli Pendharkar
Toby Pike
Andrew Powell
Mo Rajabally
J.C. Rathwell
Angela Reid
Michele Rule
Jason Rock
Lisa Simone
Luke Stack
Cheryl Stone
Mark Thompson
Bill Vaughn
Crystal Wariach
Scott Yule
John Zeger