Archive for the ‘Cycling Coalition’ Category

First ride of 2010

March 22, 2010

The Coalition managed to get out for a group ride yesterday March 21st. Wonder how many other bike groups chose that day to get out for a ride.

We explored options for riding between Rutland and Downtown. While it was a Sunday there was still a bunch of traffic. There was some bike lane narrowing from time to time and a few stretches that needed sweeping.

We could have used a route along the railway for at least half of it if only the corporation would cooperate.

Where is Kelowna’s Rails to Trails project now? Ask your local politician.

Grant

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April 8, 2009

bicyclrodeo0Do you like kids?

Do you like bikes and tools?

Here is a chance to put those together.

It is Bicycle Rodeo season again! As a lead up to Bike to School / Work weeks the city is hosting bike rodeos at select schools through out the district.

The Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition will be helping out with these great events as they did last year.

Contact Mike Kittmer at city hall if you are interested and to find out more.
mkittmer@kelowna.ca
or visit i-go.ca.

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A Bike Rodeo is usually a bicycle safety clinic featuring bike safety inspections (and optionally quick tune-ups), and a safety lecture about the rules of the road (10 to 15 minutes). This is followed by a ride on a miniature “chalk street” course set up in a parking lot where young cyclists are shown where and how to apply the rules. Optional activities include Helmet fitting, prizes and drawings, and in some cases commercial activities such as booths set up by bike shops etc.

The main focus of a bike rodeo is Cycling Safety for young cyclists, ages kindergarten to 14 or so.

April 2009 Meeting info

April 8, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Apologies for the change of plans. We are now holding out next KACC meeting Thursday April 16th at Doug’s workplace.

BMO boardroom at 1484 Water Street (side door entrance) at 5:25pm.

Lots of good news to discuss. Please let Tony or myself know about any agenda items you would like to add.

Grant.

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Next meeting

March 10, 2009

Thursday, March 12th 5:30 pm Bean Scene Meeting room

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.

Grant

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.
  
Cheers
Tony

Grant
 

Bike Walk and Roll Event

September 18, 2008

Walk and Roll Car Free Day is Sat. Sept. 27 11 am-3pm downtown this year by the Sails!!!

The cycling coalition will be there providing maps, manuals, safety tips and basic maintenance tips.

More info at : www.i-go.ca or http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page865.aspx

Grant

Top Ten List

July 8, 2008

Here is a list of items that the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition is working on or feels should be worked on by governments.

Some of these were brought up at the BC Cycling Coalition meeting June 14th at UBC-O.

Please send us your feedback.

Glenmore Rd. – This section of road is lacking Cycle lanes. It is an important Commuter and Recreational link but is dangerous to ride.

The Bridge – a Public Focus group formed by the Province in 1995, recommended the configuration (existent on the old bridge) of separated cycle/pedestrian lanes on both sides of the new bridge. Between 2001 (the last meeting held by the Province) and 2003 (when the Cycle Coalition became aware of a change of plans) the province made an ‘in-house’ decision to provide only one lane on the south side. The resulting configuration is less than satisfactory and acts as a deturrant to cycling.

Access to UBCO – since 1993 the Cycling community has been attempting to secure safe access to the Campus from both the North and the South side. Although there has been some progress, there are still barriers to safely accessing the site on a bicycle.

Signed Bike Routes – There is a need to create a defined series of dedicated, signed and traffic calmed cycle routes throughout the city. While this process has begun, it needs to be placed on a higher priority by the city.

Enforcement – there needs to be a more consistent enforcement of the laws and bylaws in the City (particularly; 1-the Helmet Law, 2-obeying the motor vehicle laws and 3-riding on the proper side of the road.)

Data – there needs to be accurate data on current route use by cyclists to provide a base line for future planning.

Communication – there needs to be a more formal communication system established between the cycling community and the city departments. The city has been supportive of the cycling initiative but it is important to have a defined method of communicating and recording cycling issues in a formal manner.

Coordination with the Regional district – many of the Cycling issues deal with the whole Region (outside of the city of Kelowna).

BC Cycling Coalition Meeting recap

July 2, 2008

Thanks to all BCCC members and local cycling advocates who attended the June 14th meeting in Kelowna.

Vernon and Kelowna cycling coalitions plan on staying in touch to work on connecting the two communities by bike in the near future. We received a lot of support and advice from the provincial network and combining that with the Soaring Eagle Wine Route plan we should be able to get something happening.

Thanks to Jennifer Smith from the Capital News for attending and reporting on our efforts.
http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/kelownacapitalnews/opinion/19881514.html

More to come.
Grant

BCCC Father’s Day Bike Ride

June 14, 2008

For anyone interested in riding with the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition and the BC Cycling Coalition tomorrow June 15th from UBC-O or from the EECO Centre to Summerhill Winery in the Mission can meet up with us either at the University at 10:00 am or at the EECO centre at 10:45.

We are going to have lunch!

For more info contact me at 979-0009 or ridebike@okanagan.net

Grant