Thursday, January 30, 2014

Help wanted for Bike Tune-up Workshop

Our Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows HUB committee is planning a Spring Bike Tune-up Workshop and is looking for people who feel they have some skills to share. If you know how to fix a flat, adjust/fix brakes, change brake pads, lube and do other minor bike repairs and would like to teach others, we’d love to hear from you! Date & location still to be determined, but most likely at the Haney Farmers Market on a Saturday this Spring. 

If you can help, please send me an e-mail at, or if you know someone who might be interested, please pass on the message.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Radio interview on CBC Radio The Early Edition, In Your Neighbourhood

Margaret Gallagher of CBC Radio The Early Edition, In Your Neighbourhood, was in Maple Ridge at the Port Haney WCE station/Billy Miner Friday Jan. 17 to talk to people about transportation issues. I found an interview with Graham Mowatt about transit at about 0:34, and I talked about cycling at about 2:19. Here's the link.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Column The News: We need to stop suburban sprawl

My latest column in the Maple Ridge News:

posted Jan 10, 2014

Municipal finance manager Paul Gill has, thankfully, publicly sounded the alarm about sprawl.

Maple Ridge needs to change the way it grows.

Undoubtedly Mr. Gill has explained this significant problem in more depth to our council members. So far, however, they’re happily continuing down the same sprawling path, seemingly oblivious to the horrendous long-term cost they’re saddling the district with.

What voters need to understand is that it’s imperative that we put a stop to the way our municipality – as so many others – continues to expand into our forests and agricultural lands. We just can’t afford it.

Much of the land now being eaten up by is not terribly suitable for development to begin with, often located on hillsides, with many gullies and fish-bearing streams and other features that make it even more costly to develop, maintain and service.