Over 20 Cycling Leaders Celebrated at HUB Cycling’s 11th Annual Bike Awards

Read on for some of the evening’s top award winners.

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      (This story is sponsored by HUB Cycling)

      HUB Cycling hosted its 11th Annual Bike Awards on March 12th, celebrating the organizations and individuals making biking better across Metro Vancouver. 

      Cycling advocates, politicians, and regional and provincial decision-makers gathered in downtown Vancouver to celebrate those who made cycling safer and more accessible in 2023. The night was hosted by Uytae Lee, founder of About Here.

      Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure, gave a welcome address reinforcing B.C.’s commitment to supporting active and healthy transportation. TransLink’s CEO Kevin Quinn then explained how cycling contributes to prosperity in the region, highlighting the importance of TransLink’s Access for Everyone Plan, which includes building 450 kilometers of new cycling routes as part of the Major Bikeway Network.

      One of the evening’s top awards, the Arno Schortinghuis Cycling Champion of the Year Award, was presented to Joan Caravan. As a former transportation planner with the City of Richmond, Joan has been a tireless cycling advocate for decades and was instrumental in helping expand cycling education to every elementary student in Richmond.

      This year's Bike to Shop Champion Award went to the Vancouver City Centre Summer Bike Valet service—the first daily bike valet service in downtown Vancouver open to the general public. 

      TransLink, the City of Vancouver, Downtown Van, Cadillac Fairview, and BEST - The Bicycle Valet were awarded the Bike to Shop Champion Award for running the daily Vancouver City Centre Bike Valet in the summer of 2023.

      The night’s festivities continued with the City of New Westminster and the City of Coquitlam winning Infrastructure Improvement Awards. The City of New Westminster won the award for the New Westminster Secondary School Cycling Connector, connecting 6th Street with the 7th Avenue Crosstown Greenway. The City of Coquitlam made history with the opening of the Guildford Greenway, Coquitlam's first-ever city-built protected bike lane.

      The City of Coquitlam took home an Infrastructure Improvement Award for making history with the opening of the Guildford Greenway: Coquitlam's first-ever city-built protected bike lane, supported by TransLink’s Bicycle Infrastructure Capital Cost-Sharing Program.

      HUB Cycling’s Biggest Leap Award is given to organizations that make a significant step forward to get more people cycling through policy and infrastructure changes. TransLink and the City of Surrey both won the Biggest Leap Award this year. TransLink continued to expand its support for cycling over the past year, including committing to make the bike bus to the Tsawassen ferry terminal a seasonal feature. The City of Surrey received the Biggest Leap Award for its Quick Build project—six kilometres of protected bike infrastructure.

      To view the complete list of winners, visit bikehub.ca/BikeAwards