Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cyclists Flood Florence Filberg Centre

The inaugural Comox Valley Cycling Coalition annual general meeting filled the Seniors’ Lounge of the Filberg Centre to capacity on Thursday evening. Despite the cold dreary night, cyclists of every age and interest gathered to discuss challenges and opportunities in the Valley.

Thanks to the dedication of life time cyclist Ed Schum, coalition members were treated to a presentation highlighting some of the world’s most bicycle friendly cities. Seeing beautiful pathways and bridges designed for cyclists, walkers, and runners, Comox Valley citizens confirmed their commitment to helping politicians and city planners move the district in a similar direction. The mission of the coalition is to create positive constructive changes in our transport system. Safer, more enjoyable commuter routes will encourage more people to take their bikes to school, to work, to go shopping or for recreation. The coalition is not just about cycling, it is about a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle for the region.

While the executive was elected at the meeting, there are numerous ways to get involved in this organization. Meetings will be held monthly, to which the public is welcome to attend and voice their interests and concerns. Weekly reconnaissance rides will be hosted to explore and evaluate routes. Memberships are an important part of the mandate of this group. If you are interested in supporting the Cycling Coalition, memberships are available at bike stores in the valley. Whatever your passions, whatever your time commitments, if you are concerned about building a healthier community you are welcome to become a part of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition.

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