A History of Cycling Advocacy


Ken Ohrn, former HUB Cycling director, Price Tags co-editor

Politicians decide where the money is spent. We run the risk of electing the wrong people for the wrong reason, and having big chunks of this undone.
That's a risk, and it's within the realm of possibility.  If the NPA had gotten in in 2011 we wouldn't have anything. "We'll take them out." That was the message for the base.
Lo and behold, they got their asses handed to them in the election. They were wiped out from council. Likewise in 2014.
If you think your vote doesn't matter, or you think politics is a bunch of bullshit and it doesn't matter, think about this next time you're on the seawall or on a bike lane somewhere.

Gordon Price, City of Vancouver Councillor 1986-2002

The NPA still can't bring themselves to support it, to be passionate advocates. The most they'll say is, "Well we could have handled it better."
The blowback that initially occurs towards change is something a politician wants to be seen to be leading, if they're in opposition.
So when Point Grey Road happened it was natural that the NPA would oppose it, because the blowback was so intense. Or Burrard Bridge.

Bonnie Fenton, former VACC staff and City of Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee member

To see the changes that are able to happen with a new local government, to me it was stunning to watch.
Maybe when you're sitting right there in it, it doesn't seem like it, but from my view from a distance, it's just been incredible to see what's possible.

Nelson McLachlan, former volunteer and Bicycle Advisory Committee member, City of Vancouver

This isn't Gregor Robertson. This is specific policy that we put into place thirty, forty years ago. This is what we decided to do incrementally, over the course of years.
So you just can't point your fingers at him. These are all people about my age, saying, "Gregor Robertson and the [expletive] bike paths."
Get a grip. You have no idea, you don't know the history. And that's all I can say.