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October 2, 2013 North Shore Outlook: North Van municipalities ramp up cycling efforts

The city and district of North Vancouver are steadily rolling ahead with the implementation of the 2012 Bicycle Master Plan. http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/226207121.html

July 30, 2013 North Shore News: $20 million bridge project to start in fall

CONSTRUCTION is set to begin on a $20-million project to improve the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossings notoriously narrow sidewalks. See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/20-million-bridge-project-to-start-in-fall-1.578977#sthash.tynbBOOh.dpuf

July 28, 2013 North Shore News: Causeway safety options under review

CHANGES to make cycling the Stanley Park causeway safer for cyclists are being fast-tracked by the province after the fatal crash of a cyclist two months ago. See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/causeway-safety-options-under-review-1.579438#sthash.hNGP2yTh.dpuf

June 26, 2013 North Shore News: Cyclist group wants AAA bike plan: Separated bike lanes wanted for Marine, Esplanade, Chesterfield

THE City of North Vancouver is looking at a number of measures to make cycling around the city safer and more appealing, but advocates are calling for even bigger plans. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/Cyclist+group+wants+bike+plan/8579896/story.html

June 25, 2013 North Shore News: Possible safety barrier coming for Stanley Park bicycle commuters

CYCLING advocates have won a small victory for North Shore bicycle commuters who cross the Stanley Park Causeway. The Vancouver Park Board voted Monday night to begin looking at options for heightened safety measures on the causeway, including a potential barrier to separate the sidewalk/bike path from the busy roadway. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/Possible+safety+barrier+coming+Stanley+Park+bicycle+commuters/8577079/story.html

June 14, 2013 North Shore News: Bike map updated

This map shows a portion of the 2013 North Shore Bike Map presented by a group called HUB. HUB is a charitable non-profit group, with a goal to "make cycling better through education, action and events," as described in a recent press release. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/Bike+updated/8525344/story.html

June 14, 2013 North Shore News: Cyclist's death drives petition

A cycling tragedy last month has prompted a petition aiming to increase bike safety on the Stanley Park Causeway. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Cyclist+death+drives+petition/8525335/story.html

October 12, 2012 North Shore News: Cyclists hope bike plan will get action

North Vancouver's bike plan is a good one, says one local cycling advocate, but needs to be backed by the political will to turn the plan into reality. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/Cyclists+hope+bike+plan+will+action/7379516/story.html

August 30, 2012 CBC Radio One: North Shore cycling petition

North Shore resident Antje Wahl recently started a petition directed at the District of North Vancouver Council, demanding they "build a safe and complete bike network." Listen to the story: http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/high-velocity/2012/08/30/north-shore-cycling-petition/

August 17, 2012 North Shore News: Bike crash stokes East Keith debate

A collision on East Keith Road that sent a cyclist to hospital this week has reignited the debate over a proposed bike lane, which advocates say could have prevented the crash. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/Bike+crash+stokes+East+Keith+debate/7104301/story.html

July 8, 2012 North Shore News Letter to the Editor: Lane decision a wrong turn

The recent decision by the District of North Vancouver Council to abandon the proposed lane changes on East Keith Road between Sutherland and Brooksbank Avenues is more than just a lost opportunity to reduce speeding and collisions and improve safety. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Lane+decision+wrong+turn/6901302/story.html

June 24, 2012 North Shore News: Wayfinder's guide

A free comprehensive map of North Shore bicycle routes is now available at bike stores, municipal halls, libraries and recreation centres across the North Shore. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/Wayfinder+guide/6832565/story.html#ixzz1yppTtKgm

June 19, 2012 Georgia Straight: North Vancouver cyclist miffed about “retrogressive” Low Level Road vote

Heather Drugge wasted no time laying waste to City of North Vancouver council following its 5-2 vote on Monday (June 18) to approve a foreshore redesign that includes reconfiguring the Low Level Road. Read more: http://straight.com/article-713911/vancouver/north-vancouver-cyclist-miffed-about-retrogressive-low-level-road-vote

June 13, 2012 North Shore Outlook: North Van city council stalls Low Level Road decision for one week

City council was treated to a full council chambers once again last night, the majority of visitors in attendance there for council’s expected final vote on the Low Level Road project. Read more: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/158877685.html

June 13, 2012 North Shore News: City defers Low Level Road vote

The Low Level Road project hit a speedbump Monday night when City of North Vancouver council deferred their vote on the controversial project until June 18. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/City+defers+Level+Road+vote/6773753/story.html#ixzz1yFXUG8Rg

March 15, 2012 Georgia Straight: North Shore is improving for cyclists in most areas

Lynn Valley resident Jay MacDonald said he’s shed more than 50 pounds and sleeps better since he started cycling seriously two or three years ago. Read more: http://www.straight.com/article-634506/vancouver/ups-and-downs-north-shore-cyclists

February 1, 2012 CBC Radio One: Putting the North Shore on the cycling map

The North Shore committee of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is putting together a free comprehensive map of cycling routes across the North Shore. It will include official routes as well as routes suggested by cyclists like you. Listen to the story: http://www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/high-velocity/2012/02/01/putting-north-vancouver-on-the-cycling-map/

January 22, 2012 North Shore News: Mapping the North Shore's bike routes

Cycling in the North Shore is about to become a lot easier. The North Shore committee of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition has received a $14,026 grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op to organize and produce a regional bike map for North and West Vancouver. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Mapping+North+Shore+bike+routes/6034113/story.html#ixzz1kOSNnIFs

January 18, 2012 North Shore Outlook: Putting North Shore cycling on the map

A local cycling advocacy group is assembling its own bike-friendly roadmap of the North Shore and they’re calling on local two-wheelers to submit their favourite routes and detours. Read more: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/137599358.html

December 14, 2011 North Shore News: MEC supports local bike project

Thanks to a grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op, the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition has received $14,000 to develop a pocket map of North Shore cycling routes. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/travel/supports+local+bike+project/5858019/story.html#ixzz1id362P1B

November 9, 2011 North Shore Outlook: Unexpected lane change

Cycling advocates are accusing the District of North Vancouver of backpedalling on its transportation plan after district staff spent Bike to Work Week removing the bike lane from East Keith Road — grinding the gears of North Shore cyclists. The bike lane along East Keith Road, between Sutherland and Brooksbank avenues, replaced a second westbound car lane when the road was repaved in early October and had only been a bike lane for less than a month when it was scrapped and redrawn for cars. Read more: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/133558603.html

July 13, 2011 CBC Radio One: North Shore commuting experience with cycling and transit

VACC-North Shore committee member Tamiko Suzuki submitted her commuting experience to CBC Radio One's High Velocity, a weekly piece on bicycling issues. Tamiko's email was read on air and she won a cycling book!

I live in North Vancouver above the Upper Levels Highway and work at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver. I have always HATED the commute—the frustration of dealing with traffic and the guilt at being a single occupant driver. Even taking the bus was a pain as it was twice as slow as by car. I came up with the solution of cycling to work—its faster than the bus, there’s never any traffic jams, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for the body—I don’t need to go to the gym!

My morning route starts with a quick zoom down the hill to the Seabus—I barely have to pedal!. On the Seabus, I relax with the newspaper and coffee or admire the scenery. Once at Waterfront station, I can either cycle to work or take the Canada Line to the King Ed Station and cycle the three blocks from there. The advantage of taking the Canada Line is I'm NOT wind blown or sweaty when I arrive.

For the ride home I can either retrace my steps to the Seabus and throw my bike on the bus to get up the steep hill in North Van or (usually) I cycle home via Lions Gate Bridge. I take the beautiful Sea Wall route if I am in a relaxed state of mind or, if I'm in a rush, the more direct but hectic route on the Dunsmuir - Georgia bike lane.

My final secret for bicycle commuting to North Van? I bought an electric assisted (BionX) bike! Now I can pick up a bottle of wine and a few groceries, charge up the hill (passing all those triathletes and Gran Fondo road racers) and get home with enough energy to start my second work shift—being a Mom and getting dinner on the table!

Tamiko Suzuki

July 6, 2011 North Shore Outlook: City helps push the pedals

As a teenager, North Vancouver’s Jay MacDonald was an avid cyclist, partly out of necessity and partly out of desire. Read more: http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/news/125098464.html

May 4, 2011 North Shore Outlook : Cyclists propose new bike loop

A North Shore cycling group is hoping to get more bicycles on West Vancouver’s streets with a proposed new bike loop. The district is playing catch-up with other municipalities when it comes to developing bike-friendly infrastructure, said Peter Scholefield, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s North Shore committee vice-chair. The majority of the municipality’s streets don’t have bicycle lanes and most are tight for space, he said. Read more: http://www.bclocalnews.com/greater_vancouver/northshoreoutlook/news/121269329.html

April 29, 2011 North Shore News : Low Level Road hearing date moved to May 25

A delegation from the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition also came to council last week, asking staff working on the project with Port Metro Vancouver to give a second-look to lessening the slopes on the new road and adding barriers to separate car and truck traffic from cyclists. Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/Level+Road+hearing+date+moved/4697161/story.html#ixzz1LVesNUDG

March 2, 2011 : North Shore News Letter to the Editor: Low-Level Road

The Low Level Road Re-Alignment Project is a critical piece of the Pacific Gateway Program. The Low Level Road project objectives include increasing truck access to rail and marine terminals to facilitate increased importing and exporting goods. In addition, new train tracks with more capacity and increased marine transportation are planned. While contributing to economic growth, increases in all these forms of transportation will also contribute to increased air pollution, noise and truck traffic through our community. Read more http://www.nsnews.com/business/Level+bike+route+needed/4371473/story.html#ixzz1Ff7wCYs

February 8, 2011 : North Shore News Letter to the Editor: District of North Vancouver and JBAC

The following letter was sent to the editor at the North Shore News on February 8th, 2011 regarding our concerns about the District pulling out of the Joint Bicycle Advisory Committee:

Dear Editor

Cycling represents the fastest growing transportation mode in the City of Vancouver, where bike lanes and a coordinated cycling network promote and facilitate cycling. The three North Shore municipalities have all committed to increasing the number of trips made by bicycle to encourage healthy, livable and sustainable communities. However, the built cycling infrastructure remains patchy and does little to encourage North Shore residents to shop, commute to work, visit the library, or ride to school on a bicycle.

Read More...

The letter prompted a response from DNV and the North Shore News followed up to write this story...

February 18, 2011 North Shore News: District of North Vancouver reorganizes bike committee

The District of North Vancouver is steering away from the Joint Bicycle Advisory Committee, leaving the city alone at the table and cyclist advocates questioning what this means for the Bicycle Master Plan. Instead, two members of the former JBAC will now sit on the district's Transportation Planning Advisory Committee, while staff will pick up more of the work of co-ordinating projects with the city. Read more http://www.nsnews.com/news/District+North+Vancouver+reorganizes+bike+committee/4306792/story.html#ixzz1Ff795tH2

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