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Kelowna Critical Mass 2010

March 22, 2010

What is up with Critical Mass in Kelowna?
This blog has seen a lot of hits regarding the topic.

Years ago there was a small but regular group that met at the Sails on the last Friday of the month around 5pm to bike around and make noise.

Not sure what is happening now but hopefully there are some people out there that are keeping the flame alive.

Leave a comment if you know of a ride.



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.


Volunteers needed

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.
or visit

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.

Next meeting

March 10, 2009

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

There is a BIKE SWAP this weekend

March 5, 2009

There is a BIKE SWAP this weekend……buy yourself a new used bike…sell your old one….add a bike to your fleet.

the Details…..
Consignment of goods-Friday March 6 @4-8pm Rutland Senior Secondary

The SALE- Saturday March 7 @10-4 pm Rutland Senior Secondary

Pick up of CA$H or goods-Saturday March 7 @ 4-6pm Rutland Senior Secondary

I will be puting in the Rock -a Billy and the Woody…also a Nirve Island Flower up for taking as well…..come to check them out.

The sale will have road bikes…tri bikes…mountain bikes….cruisers…kids bikes…plus some 08 Deals from your local bike stores participating..

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

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.


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

The Glenmore Valley Community Association candidates forum Wed Oct 29th

October 26, 2008

Fellow cyclists:

Here is a wonderful opportunity to get some good publicity for cycling.
Please consider having a bit of fun and supporting cycling in our

The Glenmore Valley Community Association is having an all candidates
forum this coming wed. evening at 7 pm at the Kelowna Bible Chapel,
across Bernard Ave. from the Apple Bowl.

The format is a bit different in that the directors of the association
will be spending about 30 to 45 min. addressing the council candidates
about issues of interest to Glenmore and North Glenmore.  Once the
presentation is over the candidates will have the opportunity to take
some refreshment and meet the candidates.

I, as a director, will be speaking briefly about transportation, mainly
non motorized transport and bus service/facilities.  I will also be
speaking about a Smart Growth BC pamphlet we will be providing the
audience and candidates.

I make a point of riding my bike to all of our directors and general
meetings to let people know that a bike is a practical method of getting
around even when it is colder out and dark.

It would be fantastic if you could bike to and from the meeting.  There
is no bike parking anywhere nearby so bring the bike into the
downstairs.  This is a really effective way to make a gentle point to
our mayor and prospective council members and if we can get a lot of
cyclists to turnout may well make a difference in their attitudes once
they become council members.

Please consider turning up on a bike.  It’s time that cyclists started
to let our city know that they too have a vote.

Also please consider asking a cycling friend or two to come out in
support.  There will be coffee and cookies to recharge before heading

Thank you,

John C. Suttie
Cyclist, member B.C. Sustainable Energy Assoc.
and director of the Glenmore Valley Community Assoc.
PS There will be a door prize for someone arriving by bike.

Kelowna! How Green Is Your Vote

October 22, 2008

Dave Williams of the BC Sustainable Energy Association sent this notice about an upcoming election event. Please make time to attend and participate.

BCSEA Okanagan Chapter presents “Kelowna! How Green is Your Vote?”
Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 2:00

Location: Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus, Room S104 (The Lecture Theatre), Kelowna BC

Are you concerned about the future of your city? Are you concerned about the rate of development in the City of Kelowna? Come on out to hear Kelowna city mayoral and council candidates speak on sustainable development, transportation, and food supply issues within Kelowna.

David Williams