- Summer Cycling
- Pro Walk/Pro
We're back. 600 plus delegates attended September's Pro Walk/Pro Bike
conference in Victoria. The last few months of preparation and post
conference work put our newsletter on the back burner.
Now its back to cycling fun.
Dave Hobson is our first winner of a box of Rogers Chocolates
for his fun photo of biking on Vancouver Island. You'll see it featured
in this edition of Island Cycles.
Keep the photos comin'. We'll award more delicious delights and feature
winners in future editions of Island Cycles. Send in your stories and
photos of cycling on Vancouver Island for your chance to win the
chocolate. Much thanks to Rogers for putting up the prizes.
Many Pro Bike delegates were seen riding in various locations around the
Island and nearby destinations. The Comox Valley, Sunshine Coast and
west coast Vancouver Island were some spots reporting visitors with
Events on the Island this summer included: Gabriola Cycle and Kayak
Festival, MS Bike Tour, Vancouver Island BMX Championships, Canadian
Track Championships . . .
Don't stop cycling!
With little winter to speak of,
Vancouver Island is a great cycling destination all winter long. Fly in
and bring your bike (Victoria's airport has an assembly station and box
storage for you). If you must play in the snow, visit our own skiing
paradise (good cross training for bike riders) at Mount
The third edition of Davenport's cycling and walking map of Greater
Victoria is available from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance.
Order your copy: $5.00 plus $1.00 for postage to
Free maps: The 2nd edition of "Cycle Vancouver Island - It's
Worth the Ride"
is available free from VICTA. Send your name
and address to:
The map and guide has been spread across the
Pacific Northwest by Certified Folder Display Canada
and Tourism Vancouver Island.
Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference Impacts
The Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference took over Victoria
from September 7-10, 2004. More than 600 delegates attended. U.S.
cycling advocates gathered near Shawnigan Lake for the Labour Day
Weekend (September 3-6) and workshops kept some delegates in the capital
through September 12th. Tourism Victoria estimated a
$500,000 impact from the conference in planning for the event. Post
mortem analysis is being prepared by the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking in Washington, DC.
Victoria's Airport Authority
added bike lanes to the
terminal access road and set up a bicycle assembly station on site. A
quick look at the box recycling facility at the station revealed
visitors from Manitoba and Ontario had been using the service within
weeks of its opening. BC Ferries
cosponsored a design
competition for new racks on the ferries. Work is proceeding on
building prototypes for testing this winter. Thanks to Norco
for co-sponsoring, and the Capital Bike and Walk
Society for organizing the competiton. More than 22 submissions were
received and winning designs came from Quebec and BC.
New bike projects were initiated in Victoria, Saanich, and Central
Saanich leading up to the conference.
Cycling on Vancouver Island was featured this season in the
Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, Halifax Herald, New York Times, San
Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere in the print media. Watch
for cycling to play a cameo in Fox ESPN's "Good Time Golf",
shown in the Pacific Northwest and in a new column in Adventures
With the season winding down, Island Cycles will be preparing for next
year's riding. Watch for explore reports from Island destinations we'll
be exploring over the winter. We know our visitors will be looking for
inside information and we want to make sure we're ready with the best
advice possible. If you have a story, a picture or a hot tip for
cycling on Vancouver Island, send it in. We'll be updating our website
with new pics and stories, hot links and best places to ride.
Cycles is published for hundreds of
readers by: John Luton, 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6;
250-592-4753/886-4166 (cell). Coordinator, Vancouver Island Cycle