A History of Cycling Advocacy

Conversations with people who helped transform Greater Vancouver into a transportation cycling leader.


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What theVan Bikes Project is All About.

In the years following Expo '86, Vancouver, and in many ways the entire metropolitan region, began to make a collective, ideological pivot — exemplified by the rejection of some of the hallmarks of urban sprawl, re-prioritization of motor vehicles, and a new generation of activist. The bicycle advocate.

Advocates launched a movement around transportation choice. It became a community of overlapping collaborations and friendships, involving people from all walks of life. 

The people profiled here are a small sampling of the artists, educators, engineers, lawmakers, leaders, professionals and youth, who, over the course of the last thirty years, have invested their time, health, reputations and careers as cycling advocates.

They also represent the tens of thousands of everyday people in Greater Vancouver, the country's third-largest metropolitan area, who ride bicycles for transportation. This is their stories, in their words. Read More>>