A History of Cycling Advocacy

Policy Leadership

Peter Stary, former City of Vancouver transportation planner and VP Recreation & Transportation at Cycling BC

Danelle and I met with the Minister of Transportation, Jackie Pement. At that meeting I proposed to her that the province set up a matching fund for cycling infrastructure in order to prompt municipalities to take on creating cycling infrastructure. Senior staff were looking terribly concerned and negative.
Three months later, the government announced it. For a time it was known as the Cycling Network Program. Now they call it Bike BC.

Colin Brander, former Director of VACC/HUB Cycling, current Director of BC Cycling Coalition

Municipalities don't spend a lot on education on the rules of the road, because they believe it's a provincial responsibility, which technically it is. But the province doesn't spend anything on it. 

Tamim Raad, former Director of B.E.S.T. and Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at Translink

Translink's real power is in allocating funding and setting criteria for how that funding gets used. So it's in a very powerful position. 
What advocates need to know is that Translink has all these internal pressures and needs external pressure to make sure that it doesn't cut those when times are tight. Or that it allocates a fair and reasonable amount and gets supported for that. 
Those types of things don't happen unless there's external pressure.

Mia Kohout, former HUB Cycling Bike to Work Week Manager and Editor of Momentum Magazine

When I started, I emailed all the MLAs and MPs in the lower mainland, and at the time Gregor Robertson was an MLA for Vancouver Fairview.
And he not only was the only one who got back to me, he invited me into his office and gave me a list of companies I should talk to. He said, this is a great idea, whatever I can do to help you get this off the ground, I'd like to do it. 

Kino Roy, HUB Cycling Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows committee volunteer and City of Maple Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Committee member

When you're completely restructuring a road, you have the space to put in bike infrastructure, and I think that they're doing that whenever it's politically easy.
The hard thing to do is take an existing road, take out parking or driving lanes or whatever it is. So that's where there needs to be a push.