HUB Cycling

HUB Cycling is a charitable not-for-profit organization that has spent over 20 years removing barriers to cycling in Metro Vancouver, while cultivating the health, environmental, and economic benefits that active transportation can bring. HUB has educated thousands of people, motivated thousands more, and championed improvements that #UnGapTheMap to create a connected cycling network.

HUB Cycling’s mission is to get more people cycling more often. We make cycling better through education, action and events. More cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. We’re leading the way in making cycling an attractive choice for everyone.

HUB Cycling has close to 3,000 members and more than 40,000 direct supporters. HUB Cycling has 10 volunteer committees across Metro Vancouver that encourages cycling for all ages and abilities (AAA) in municipalities across Metro Vancouver. 

HUB Cycling was established in 1998 (originally named the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) to improve cycling conditions in Metro Vancouver. 

See the HUB Cycling brochure for more information here.

Are you interested in becoming a HUB Board Member? If so, email board@bikehub.ca for more information or follow our events block on our home page for the latest updates on our next Annual General Meeting and Board Elections. 

 

HUB Cycling Organization Chart

What we do:

  • Provide bicycle education for all ages
  • Communicate & encourage more people to cycle, more often
  • Build a fun & social community with events, programs & courses
  • Work with governments, businesses & community organizations
  • Research & write letters & reports

Read about our infrastructure successes

A member-based organization, we strive to remove barriers to cycling and improve the quality of our communities, our health, the environment, and local economies.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Vision - In Metro Vancouver in 2030, cycling is an attractive transportation option because it is fun, safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and cycling abilities. Investment in cycling is aligned with ambitious government mode share goals, cycling education is universally accessible and cycling facilities are connected throughout the region.

Our Mission - To get more people cycling, more often.

Our Core Values - As Metro Vancouver's most recognized and respected cycling transportation organization we:

  • Respect all forms of transportation
  • Value cycling as a community building tool & as a healthy practice for individuals & our environment
  • Provide inclusive, forward-thinking programs and services, known for engagement and empowerment of the community and their transportation choices
  • Avoid funding or support that could compromise the integrity of our mission, purpose or values

Annual General Meeting - AGM 

HUB members were invited and encouraged to attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. Board president Derik Wenman and Acting Executive Director, Navdeep Chhina reported on our past year of action and programs geared towards making cycling better in Metro Vancouver. HUB members also elected new Directors of the BoardThe AGM was held virtually via Zoom this year.

The live video feed from the AGM and chat conversation
between the attendees is also available at this link on ZOOM.

 

2020 Annual General Meeting Information

Past Documents:

You may also want to attend a local HUB committee meeting in your area to find out more about the work we do.

Board Members

Staff

Erin O'Melinn

Erin O'Melinn

Executive Director

Erin has been with HUB Cycling since 2009. Her background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.In the past she has worked for local government and crown corporations in their sustainability and outreach initiatives.

Erin was a Director of the Board with the Vancouver Public Space Network from 2007-2012, working to create vibrant urban spaces inviting to everyone. In 2011, she was elected to the Board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the North American umbrella association for active transportation advocacy.

Timothy Welsh

Timothy Welsh

Director of Program Development

Growing up in a small BC interior town, Tim spent much of his youth on a bike exploring and learning about the world.  As an adult living in Vancouver Tim rediscovered cycling for practical and environmental reasons, and has since become an enthusiastic cyclist, bike mechanic, and bicycling promoter.  

Refugee and immigrant settlement have been the focus of Tim's professional career for over two decades prior to his joining HUB in 2013 as Director of Programs.  In addition to developing and delivering a range of services for newcomers, Tim has played a central facilitative role between not-for-profit service providers and government funders in the expansion and professionalization of refugee and immigrant services in BC and nationally.  Tim is excited to be part of HUB where he can bring his program development expertise to his area of passion - urban cycling. 

Navdeep Chhina

Director of Campaigns & Inclusion

When more people cycle, communities become happier, healthier and more sustainable. To this end, Navdeep Chhina aspires to help build a network of safe cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. At HUB Cycling, Navdeep oversees media relations, stakeholder relations, volunteer and community relations and advocacy efforts.

A settler on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples, Navdeep grew up in Chandigarh, India.

Catherine Acuna

Catherine Acuna

Membership Manager

Cathy joined HUB cycling in 2016 as Membership Manager.  Cathy loves hearing from dedicated HUB supporters and hopes to expand the organizations membership base to further grow the voice and impact of HUB.

Having previously worked for environmental non-profits, Cathy is passionate about working towards improving the environment through alternate means of transit and helping all people across Metro Vancouver, find the confidence they need to get on their bikes!  

A Los Angeles transplant, Cathy loves living a car free lifestyle in Vancouver and can be found on the weekends zipping around the sea wall on her bright red Biria bike!

Jennifer Rai

Jennifer Rai

Office Manager

Jennifer comes to HUB Cycling with a background in Business Management and has over ten years experience working in both the for and non profit sector. Besides maintaining office operations, finances and administration, Jennifer also assists our programs, events and membership services ensuring the office runs like a well oiled bike chain. While living in Amsterdam, Jennifer's love for cycling as a means of transportation and a healthy lifestyle flourished. She was inspired and enlightened and looks to continue the ease of cycling in her own Vancouver community.

 

Tim Davidson

Project Researcher

Tim comes to HUB from the private sector, where he worked as a planner delivering Active Transportation projects across Canada. He holds a Masters' of Planning from Dalhousie University where he worked on projects incorporating complete streets, neighbourhood and regional planning, and public engagement. He also has completed a Bachelors’ degree in Geography, and a post graduate certificate in Urban Design, both from Simon Fraser University.

Tim’s love for cycling began in Surrey BC, where he and friends would often make long trips all around Metro Vancouver. Later in life, he rediscovered this passion for two-wheel commuting using his $15 bike to travel all around Halifax and Dartmouth NS. 

Rowena Farr

Director of Engagement

Rowena comes from a background of working in tech and digital democracy and has worked with government and transport departments around the world to help them consult with the public online. She is especially passionate about widening participation in urban planning and sustainable transport. 
Rowena’s ideal community is one that is open to trying different modes of transport, is connected and communicative. Rowena is excited about reducing the barriers to cycling and encouraging the public to cycle year-round. 
Originally hailing from South West England, Rowena moved to Vancouver with just a backpack and her bike. When she’s not cycling around Vancouver, Rowena loves practicing yoga, learning to ski on one of the mountains or braving the cool seas for a surf. Rowena is also a keen traveller and always aims to pick up a bike wherever she goes. Some of her fondest memories include cycling in Europe and Central America.

Kristen Elder

Bike Education Manager

Kristen became involved with HUB in 2018 after a road trip from her home base of Toronto brought her to Vancouver. She was quick to fall for the sudden ease and freedom of bicycle travel here. It became her means of commuting, exercising, socializing, and adventuring – and overall brought lines on the map to life. When the opportunity arose to use her outdoor education background in the Bike Ed. Instructor role, it was an easy transition. The energizing and rewarding season on the front-line sparked her interest in the behind the scenes work that culminated in such a successful program; thus drawing her to become an Education Manager. 

Kristen earned a BSc in Zoology, and Cognitive Psychology from the University of Guelph. Animal research was her gateway to Canada’s backcountry, and cycling continues to allow her quick access to nature while in the city. Being a firm believer in the all-around benefits of fresh air, wherever one may find it, Kristen is delighted to facilitate programs that draw people out the door and onto their bikes!

 

Gavin Davidson, MRM, MCIP, RPP

Project Manager

Gavin is a professional planner and a nationally recognized leader in transportation policy, planning and facility design. He brings two decades of experience facilitating trans-disciplinary teams in developing ambitious, award winning plans and projects. As a certified trainer for the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO’s) Urban Street and Bikeway Design Guides, Gavin presents regularly at conferences and seminars throughout Canada.

Evan Hammer

Infrastructure Planning & Policy Manager

Evan grew up biking, but quickly forgot about it when he came of age in oil country and bought a truck. In 2011, Evan embarked on a car-lite experience. This was inspired by a desire to reduce his resource consumption, and he finally gave up his Mustang the next year.  

After moving to Vancouver, Evan acquired a west coast bike and has been steadily moving toward becoming a year round, utilitarian cyclists (not there yet!). Evan believes that cycling can be a ‘silver bullet’ on a number of issues - congestion, pollution, health outcomes - while at the same time providing a speedy, fun way to move around.

Evan has a Masters in Planning from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, in addition to his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies. He has recently worked on transportation projects on multi-use paths, e-bikes and bus-bike integration, as well as stints with Vancouver Bike Share (Mobi),  Fraser Health doing employee consultation work, and a variety of projects related to cycling, transportation and planning. Evan is currently looking forward to his next multi-day bike adventure.   

 

Madeleine Service

Engagement Manager

Originally from the hilly and windy city of Wellington, New Zealand, Madeleine started cycling to work in 2011. She loved that it saved her money, she arrived to work at the same time no matter the traffic, and that she was healthier for it.

When Madeleine isn't at work you will find her mountain biking in the North Shore, skiing in Whistler, camping, or trying new coffee shops around the city.

 

Rianna Fiorante

Marketing Manager

Rianna joined HUB Cycling during the Summer of 2019 as their Marketing Coordinator. Growing up as a young girl, she spent much of her time biking trails in Washington at her family's trailer in Whatcom Meadows. Since then she has grown passionate about connecting with like-minded individuals through a plethora of outdoor activities, including trail running, biking and hiking.
In 2018, she graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing, and minoring in Interactive Arts and Technology, with a Certificate in Corporate Environmental and Social Sustainability. While completing her undergrad, she co-founded a film production company called Stream Productions that focuses on raising environmental awareness through comedic media and film. Stream's films attracted the attention of reputable organizations such as the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and Scouts Canada. Rianna is excited to use her experience and background to help HUB Cycling build happier, healthier, and more connected communities through cycling.

Stuart Lew

Bike Education Coordinator 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Stuart has long been an avid cyclist and advocate of car-free living. Prior to joining HUB as Bike Education Coordinator in 2019, he served as the Provincial Coordinator for the BC Commuter Challenge for BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation). In 2009, he helped to found The Triple Crown for Heart charity bike ride benefiting BC Children’s Hospital, and is currently Co-Chair of the organization. In addition to organizing the event he has enthusiastically participated in the ride each year, cycling all three North Shore mountains in one day. He also volunteers as a ride marshall for RBC Granfondo Whistler.

Stuart has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma in Financial Management from BCIT. As a father of five children, Stuart has accumulated considerable experience in teaching kids to ride bikes.

Stuart is a passionate environmentalist who believes in sustainable lifestyle choices and works toward setting an example and educating people to obtain this goal. He believes that giving children the opportunity to learn about and gain confidence in cycling from a young age is a great investment in a more sustainable future.

Rose Gardner

Director of Bike Education

Rose believes that continuing to ride bikes for transportation is one of the smartest life decisions she had made.  That decision has made her happier, healthier and more connected to her local community. Since moving to Vancouver in 2000, she’s been delighted to cycle the ever growing number of bike routes throughout the region and southwest BC.

At HUB Cycling, Rose oversees the Bike Education department including hundreds of bike courses in schools and the community as well as Bike to School Week.  

Prior to joining HUB Cycling, Rose worked as a manager and instructor in various outdoor recreation and education organizations.  She has had the privilege of supporting people to achieve personal and professional goals such as leading a team of seasonal staff or learning to safely capsize and re-enter a kayak.  She has also worked as a Director of Operations for a local paddling company, responsible for company operations, risk management, human resources and the paddling school. Rose has a degree in Geography from UBC and is nationally certified to instruct various outdoor activities.  She is very excited to lead HUB’s bike education team into a future where universal cycling education is available to all.

Kate Shen

Bike to Work Week Coordinator

Kate joined HUB Cycling at the start of 2021 as their Bike to Work Week Coordinator. Kate loves biking through the city in her free time and using her bike to make deliveries for her small business. One of her fondest biking memories was exploring the outskirts of Cuba on her bike after class each day during a field course she took part of in the summer of 2015. Kate is very passionate about health and sustainability, and is excited to share the benefits of cycling with the community.

Kate grew up in Ottawa and lived abroad for several years before settling down in Vancouver in 2019. Kate has a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Lancaster University. 

Negar Naghshinehpour

Bike to Work Week Manager 

Negar joined HUB Cycling as the Bike to Work Week manager in 2021. She originally studied environmental science at SFU, and later moved abroad to the UK and received her MSc in Sustainability and Consultancy. Negar is passionate about sustainability and entrepreneurship having established her own nut milk business abroad. While living in the UK, she rented a bike from a university and got to learn about bike mechanics and local bike paths through her friends. The ease of biking motivated Negar to encourage others to also pick up biking. Now back in Port Moody, Negar is eager to make a positive impact in her community!

Outside of work, Negar enjoys perfecting her coffee, cooking new recipes, yoga, and, hiking with her pup Kya.

Hanna Jarrett

Event & Volunteer Coordinator 

Originally from Quesnel BC, Hanna moved to Vancouver in 2016 to attend UBC. She completed her BA in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice in 2019. After living in the city for a few years, she discovered the joys of exploring Vancouver on her bike. She’s interested in urban planning and active transportation and is keen to help promote cycling in her community. Prior to working with HUB, she ran a summer leadership camp for LGBTQ2S+ youth, where she gained experience working with events and volunteers. She has also worked as an urban researcher with SFU and as a forestry field worker in BC’s interior. When she’s not exploring the city on her bike, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, and making sourdough.

 

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