No. 34 (BC insert)
The No. 34 B.C. regional insert appeared magazines destined for distribution in British Columbia, Canada. Included in the insert are stories about the Burrard bridge in Vancouver, cycling parking and injuries.
<ul><li><p>GET OUT.GET NOTICED.YOUR BIKE IS MORE THAN A GREAT WAY TO GET AROUND.</p><p>Cycling is a great mode of transportation. With plenty of fun routes to choose from, get your Regional bike map and get riding. Visit www.translink.bc.ca/bikes for a retailer nearest you.</p><p>Momentum Bike ad_fnl.indd 1 2/14/08 1:56:47 PM</p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>by Ron van der Eerden</p><p>in this issues bc section</p><p>legal briefthe advocate: bicycle parkingbiker profile: jodi daymountain bike collectorramparts of the burrard bridgetyee contest winnersgatewaybicycalendar</p><p>35678111214</p><p>Bike To Work Week in Vancouver.</p><p>Photo by David Niddrie</p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>bicyclist injuries and the</p><p>over the course of the next year you may hear about something relating to a study on bicyclist injuries and cycling environments being conducted </p><p>through Lower Mainland hospitals. The study kicked off on June 1, 2008. I was </p><p>asked to participate on the steering committee and I am happy to say that </p><p>this unique research project is now officially underway.</p><p>Underlying the project is the concern that in North America </p><p>cycling is more dangerous than it should be. Cyclists in North </p><p>America are at twice the risk of fatality as their counterparts </p><p>in Europe, and eight times the risk for serious injury. When </p><p>compared to The Netherlands, cyclists here are three </p><p>times more likely to be killed and 30 times more likely to </p><p>sustain serious injuries. </p><p>Naturally, the purpose of the study is to reduce the </p><p>risk of injury by first understanding what increases it. </p><p>Factors influencing cycling injuries include the social </p><p>environment, the physical environment, personal </p><p>characteristics of a bicycle rider, and the nature of </p><p>vehicles involved in interactions with cyclists. </p><p>The study, called Bicyclist Injuries and the Cyclist Environment </p><p>(BICE), will use as its primary consideration the built environment, that is, </p><p>the physical characteristics of the route on which the cyclist was injured. The </p><p>studys methodology will include the use of a comprehensive interview form </p><p>completed after admission to hospital. The results are then imported into a </p><p>matrix which examines the various factors relating to injury in three phases; </p><p>pre-event, event, and post-event.</p><p>By analyzing available data the investigators hope to gain a better </p><p>understanding of injury risk and, therefore, injury prevention.</p><p>From my perspective, improving the safety of cycling is a gift that keeps giving. </p><p>Many cyclists are afraid to commute to work or even ride recreationally </p><p>on a city street. Risk reduction leads to more cyclists, which in turn </p><p>leads to greater risk reduction through safety in numbers </p><p>and conditioning of motorists to expect cyclists and respond </p><p>accordingly. In addition, once the number of cyclists </p><p>increases, so does the social clout of cyclists and the </p><p>ability to motivate legislators to enact more cycling-friendly </p><p>laws and provincial and local governments to assist in the </p><p>development of more cycling-friendly infrastructure.</p><p>Cycling is safer elsewhere, so we ought to be optimistic </p><p>that it can be improved here in British Columbia. BICEs </p><p>analysis of infrastructure will no doubt bring further pressure </p><p>on decision makers to make the necessary choices to reduce the </p><p>frequency and severity of bike injuries.</p><p>I was recently reminded at the Bike to Week wrap-up party that </p><p>investment in cycling in infrastructure is a financial no-brainer in terms </p><p>of return on investment. I am hoping the BICE study will yield compelling </p><p>results and keep the wheels of change turning in the right direction.</p><p>legal brief</p><p>david hay cycling environment</p><p>Cycling is safer elsewhere, so we ought to be optimistic it can be improved here in British Columbia. </p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>4]``SW\T]$"%! "%& " & #</p><p>sunshinecoastmountainbiketrailchallengeAugust 9 + 10, 2008</p><p>9SbbZS</p><p>DOZZSg</p><p>)Usbot!Dbobeb*!Usbjm"</p><p>Dzdmjoh!uif</p><p>Visit our website for dates</p><p>>`SaS\bSRPg</p><p>1gQZW\UDOQObW]\aE]`ZReWRS</p><p>]TTT]`;][S\bc[`SORS`a?c]bSRWaQ]c\bQ]RS([%&</p><p>July 12 + 13, 2008</p><p>seatoskymountainbiketrailchallenge</p><p>the advocate</p><p>john luton</p><p> 2008 Bikes In Store Now!</p><p>Vancouver 137 W. 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The results are mixed, but a growing </p><p>demand for more and better bicycle parking </p><p>presents opportunities to celebrate the bicycles </p><p>presence in the public realm.</p><p>Cities usually pay attention to the design of </p><p>public spaces and, where they can, to the private </p><p>domain as well. They prescribe developers the </p><p>form and function of buildings; they go to great </p><p>length and expense to design and build sidewalks, </p><p>streets, squares, and parks to entice and embrace </p><p>their pedestrian citizens.</p><p>In cities and towns across the continent, the </p><p>challenge of providing more effective bike parking </p><p>has spawned similar efforts to sculpt racks that are </p><p>both fun and functional.</p><p>DERO, a manufacturer based in Minneapolis, </p><p>probably has by far the most eclectic selection. A few </p><p>of their variations on bike bike racks have popped </p><p>up in Victoria and some of their other funky designs </p><p>can be seen in cities like Portland, where bicycle </p><p>culture is thriving. A rack designed as a steaming cup </p><p>of coffee sits in front of a caf and other models are </p><p>available that look like martini glasses.</p><p>Powells Books a Portland institution in its </p><p>own right has its own design with book titles </p><p>carved out of their rack (unfortunately the design </p><p>and orientation of the racks are not particularly </p><p>functional). In Vancouver, Washington, the </p><p>more square-ish staple rack, which mimics </p><p>the functionality of the inverted U, has been </p><p>rendered with a bike stencil and at some locations, </p><p>a foot pump for those suffering deflation.</p><p>Louisville, Kentucky, the city of Windsor, and </p><p>Reginas library; all have held design competitions to </p><p>produce works of art doubling as bicycle parking. A </p><p>quick look at the web finds some interesting pieces </p><p>in Philadelphia. Seattle has some fine examples of </p><p>the advocate</p><p>john luton</p><p>victorias stencil rack</p><p>missoula bike bike rack</p><p>brentwood bay</p><p>vancouver, washingtonbike rack and pump</p><p>north vancouver</p><p>portland bike oasis</p><p>the eye portland</p><p>thoughtful and attractive designs. In San Francisco </p><p>Guns into Art melted 75 handguns to make a </p><p>beautiful rack that sits in front of city hall.</p><p>There are still far too many examples of concrete </p><p>wheel benders and other well-intentioned efforts </p><p>that fall far short of the functional requirements </p><p>necessary for a good bike rack, to say nothing of </p><p>their artistic presence in the public realm. </p><p>The emergence of more and more bike racks as </p><p>art is nevertheless encouraging. All bikes come to </p><p>a stop, sooner or later, at least for a time. Settling </p><p>into an art piece makes a positive statement </p><p>about the place bikes hold in our cities and in our </p><p>transportation culture.</p><p>www.meltguns.com</p><p>hitching post seattle</p><p>photos by john luton</p><p>pbicycle arkingand public art</p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>4 - 1238 Davie Street, Vancouver604-684-0486 backalleywineworks.com</p><p>Wine with balls!</p><p>ALLTHECARYOUNEEDFORBUSINESSPERHOUR </p><p>*OIN.OW SGDKNB@KBGNHBD</p><p>WWWCOOPERATIVEAUTONET </p><p>3AVEONJOINING0ROMO#ODE-O</p><p>$ISCOVERTHEFREEDOMANDCONVENIENCEOFCARSHARING</p><p>WWWTHECOMPANYCARCA</p><p>biker profilejodi day, 26interactive designerwest end, vancouver</p><p>Rides: Chrome Bianchi</p><p>I bought it a year ago and have been upgrading </p><p>it piece by piece. It just keeps getting better.</p><p>How long have you been riding?</p><p>Ive had bikes forever but as an everyday form </p><p>of transportation (and fun), about two years.</p><p>Whats your favourite thing about riding your bike?</p><p>Everything! Freedom.</p><p>Whats your least favourite thing?</p><p>Angry drivers.</p><p>Do you ever sing when you ride?</p><p>All the time.</p><p>Do you bike in the rain?</p><p>Of course.</p><p>Anything else youd like to add?</p><p>Sometimes people get bummed on biking </p><p>being trendy or whatever. I think the more </p><p>people on bikes the better.</p><p>pho</p><p>to b</p><p>y je</p><p>sse </p><p>sava</p><p>th</p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>jim neilson doesnt have the use of his legs, and though he can still use his arms somewhat, he is considered a quadriplegic. Jim is a collector </p><p>of bicycles. Its an odd notion, collecting something that you cant enjoy in </p><p>the manner it was intended.</p><p>Jim hasnt always been in a wheelchair; there was a time when he was quite </p><p>an avid mountain biker. He witnessed the evolution of the sport as it moved </p><p>from an underground and isolated movement to a healthy lifestyle that went </p><p>beyond the simple riding of bikes on dirt. Perhaps its that same energy that </p><p>drives Jim to seek out and add to his collection of vintage and classic mountain </p><p>bikes. He focuses on older bikes because, I can relate better to the old stuff </p><p>because I never got to ride anything with disc brakes or full suspension.</p><p>The idea of collecting bicycles happened quite by accident. At a time </p><p>when so much of Jims life had changed due to a fluke accident involving a </p><p>defective motorcycle throttle and a parked car, he was faced with casting </p><p>off his prized Offroad Toad bicycle as a pointless reminder of a different </p><p>time in his life. But he couldnt. There was simply too much respect for the </p><p>freedom and happiness that bike represented.</p><p>Jim is a collector by nature. A visit to his Port Coquitlam home shows his </p><p>passion as a collector. Jim also collects Coca-Cola memorabilia and the walls </p><p>are covered with vintage posters, signs, and all manner of memorabilia. Sitting </p><p>amongst all of this is an early Dekerf hardtail that has just been refurbished </p><p>with a fresh coat of trademark Tangerine orange paint and new decals. Then </p><p>Jim will take you out to his garage or into his office where you will notice the </p><p>bits and pieces of mountain bike history stowed on shelves, in boxes, and built </p><p>up into an eclectic collection of bikes. While his collection isnt exclusively west </p><p>coast bikes (there are two early 1980s Stumpjumpers in the collection and Jim </p><p>suggests there will always be room for a Team Chance even though they were </p><p>made in the east), geographical origins definitely drive the selection.</p><p>Jim realized early that there were many people who had prime examples </p><p>of quality mountain bike history downgraded into obsolescence by newer </p><p>bicycles. These early mountain bikes were stored in garages and basements </p><p>throughout the Lower Mainland. The bikes were too good to throw out but at </p><p>the same time had been usurped by newer, bigger, better technologies. Too </p><p>good to throw out but not good enough to ride, is how Jim describes them. </p><p>People would hear about Jim and his fascination with west coast bikes and </p><p>offer him their old bikes, happy to see them go somewhere they would be </p><p>appreciated and become a part of something bigger.</p><p>BC has so much to do with where mountain biking is today. Sloping </p><p>top tubes, free riding, Dekerf, Offroad Toad, Kona; leaders of the industry, </p><p>all here in BC, says Jim. And the vintage bikes suit Jims philosophy, too. </p><p>Im old school because I believe that in order to go down a mountain you </p><p>need to ride up it. He collects forks too, like Tange Switchblades, Brodie </p><p>Gatorblades, and Syncros forks, and he has a whole board adorned with </p><p>half a dozen Brodie fork prototypes.</p><p>Though hes unsure what hell do with his collection, which currently </p><p>stands at about 22 bikes in various degrees of completeness, he imagines </p><p>displaying them in a bike-themed coffee shop or restaurant where others can </p><p>share his passion. A place where kids with $4,000 worth of downhill rigs and </p><p>$500 worth of body armour, and have no idea, can see them and theyll say </p><p>Holy Cow, people used to actually ride that stuff? Theyll understand how </p><p>and why things are the way they are now. Theyll understand the evolution </p><p>of mountain bikes. Hes also not done collecting bikes. I want to collect the </p><p>whole early 1990s Rocky Mountain line. I have quite a few of them already.</p><p>One of the biggest challenges Jim faces is fixing the bikes once he has </p><p>them. With very limited use of his hands and arms, he is dependent on others </p><p>to fix and put these bikes together for him. Still, his collection continues </p><p>to grow day by day and become more varied with unique treasures from </p><p>western Canadas rich mountain biking heritage.</p><p>text & photo by craig sinclair</p><p>Im old school because I believe that in order to go down a mountain you need to ride up it.</p><p>collectorthe </p><p>mountain bike</p></li><li><p>british columbia </p><p>the burrard bridge is a stately 1932 Art Deco structure that carries six lanes of traffic to and from downtown Vancouver. For the last two </p><p>decades of its 76-year existence, cyclists have been seeking some space </p><p>on this bridge, so far with little success. So little, in fact, that to cyclists the </p><p>bridge has become a lovely and useless monument to political inertia.</p><p>A quick review of the facts: In 1996, responding to advocates lobbying, </p><p>the city began a trial reallocation of one lane for cyclists. This was </p><p>cancelled after one week, due to poor planning and implementation, </p><p>which resulted in motorists outrage.</p><p>In 2001, after five years of lobbying and consultation with 34 community </p><p>groups, whose recommendations included bike lanes on the bridge (or at </p><p>least another trial thereof), Council instead voted to paint a stripe down the </p><p>middle of the bridges sidewalks, dividing them into imaginary narrow lanes </p><p>accommodating pedestrians and cyclists adjacent to one another. At the same </p><p>meeting, council voted against installing guardrails between the sidewalks and </p><p>the car traffic.</p><p>In 2004, a cyclist was knocked off that sidewalk and suffered horrific </p><p>injuries when run over by a car. She sued the city, and eventually settled </p><p>out of court for an undisclosed sum. This was national news briefly, </p><p>and in mid-2005, the city resolved to reallocate the two curb-side lanes </p><p>for cyclists in another trial. Finally! we all thought. About time, too. </p><p>Nothing came of that, because a civic election followed a few months </p><p>later, and the new city council vetoed the plan immediately.</p><p>In 2006, Council commissioned a plan to widen the sidewalks. This </p><p>proved contentious, since the bridge is designated and protected as </p><p>heritage architecture, and such construction would alter that. It also did </p><p>not address the concerns of the Squamish First Nation, who claim the land </p><p>beneath one end of the bridge as their own. It was also expensive, coming </p><p>in at a cost of about $40 million.</p><p>Groups of stakeholders, first asked for feedback some 15 years earlier, </p><p>began bailing out around then, exasperated as years passed with nothing </p><p>happening on the ground....</p></li></ul>