A History of Cycling Advocacy

Safe Streets

Jackie Chow, HUB Cycling Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows committee

You go along Lougheed Highway, and then you get to Meadowtown Mall, where the bike lane ends. At some point they repaved the road and didn't repaint the bicycle symbols on the bike lane right where it crosses two busy exit lanes for motor vehicles. So it just looks like two white lines, but it's not visible that it's a bike lane. 
Dave started advocating for that. He has all his contacts with MOT, and he told them it's really dangerous. We had complaints from other people as well.
Nothing happened. He talked to people dozens and dozens of times.They kept promising, yeah we're going to do something about it.
But nothing ever happened. It took a long time, like over a year, and then I got an email from Dave. He said, "I had two very close calls".

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

I remember Cypress was so controversial. I went to the city consultation, and people in that area [had] these doomsday scenarios of these mad cyclists, cycling down the streets, killing their kids.
Meanwhile they had no concerns about motor vehicles driving down their streets at 60 kilometres per hour. 

Fiona Walsh, Director - BC Cycling Coalition, HUB Cycling & Canada Bikes

Yellow jacket, yellow hat — I wore that yellow hat all year round at the beginning. I just said, "hey, you're going to see me. You're not going to say, 'I didn't see her', with this yellow hat."
You know, like the guy turning left in North Van just killed a forty-one year old. "I didn't see him, the sun was in my eyes." Oh yeah? How many times has that happened in an accident? 
So that was my defence — I'm out there, I'm loud, you're going to hear me, or see me, and I'm going to act like a car. And I'm going to take the lane.