Monday, April 27, 2015

Art Studio Bike Tour 2015

On Sunday, May 10th  we're planning to do our 2nd annual Art Studio Bike Tour. The Art Studio Tour is an annual 2-day event on Mother's Day weekend.

We're hoping for a nice sunny day so that more people may consider trying out a tour by bike this year. If it rains (i.e. more than just a drizzle), we may cancel. If you're not sure, check this blog ( We'll post any cancelation on the morning of the ride by 8 am.

This year we're planning to do two routes, one that's mostly flat (#1), and a hillier route (#2). If we don't have enough participants, we may just end up doing route #1.

Both groups will be leaving at 10:00 am from Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. Please arrive at about 9:45 am to give us a little time to get everyone to sign a waiver. Insurance for these group rides is covered by HUB at no cost to participants.

Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary. We just like to have an idea of the number of people that we can expect. E-mail Jackie:

Some of the art studios may offer some refreshments, but it would be a good idea to bring some lunch along.

Of course you can also try one of the routes on your own in your own time. Just click on the map, save the image and print it in landscape format. Also bring a copy of the list of studios with addresses to help guide you along.

Route #1 is a flat one in central and west Maple Ridge, with one studio in Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows:

This route is about 21.5 kms.

Artists on route #1:

Win Seaton -
in alley behind Subway on 224th Ave., Maple Ridge

Diane Wooldridge - The Mud Room / Creations By Sisters
Barb Barringer - Spiritbear Designs / Creations by Sisters
21652 121 Ave., Maple Ridge

Kerry McLaren - Red Dog Studio -
Donnae Bell -
21536 River Road, Maple Ridge

Rebecca Fisher - Osprey Village Artist in Residence -
#102 - 10973 Barnstonview Rd., Pitt Meadows

Kristin Krimmel -
12343 - 216 St., Maple Ridge

Route #2 is a more hilly route in central and east Maple Ridge. Perhaps some people may have to walk some sections on this route. That's perfectly fine. It's not a race and it's supposed to be fun. We'll all take a break at the top of the hill so that those who need a little more time have time to catch up. Here's the route:

This route is about 20 kms.

Artists on route #2:

Kat Wahamaa - Port Haney Artist in Residence -
11630 - 224 Street, Maple Ridge

Suzette Fram -
Lori Shook -
22610A - 116 Ave., Maple Ridge

Alexandra Lanzarotta - LXandra Jewellery -
11019 - 237 Street, Maple Ridge

Elizabeth Hancock - Holly Tree Studio
12122 - 244 Street, Maple Ridge

Craig Speirs - Wind Dancers - facebook: WhisperingWind, Wind Dancers
Diane Speirs - Alouette Mountain Studio
23386 - 124 Ave., Maple Ridge

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Column: "Water theme for Earth Day", and: MRBERT!

My column in the Maple Ridge News of April 10, 2015 is about our 4th annual Cycle Recycle and about the launch of MRBERT:

"At the upcoming Earth Day event on April 18, HUB is going to have lots of bikes to give away! We saved some bikes from the Recycle Depot, and we've also had quite a few donations from individuals this year, especially of kid's bikes. So thank you to Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and all those who donated their bikes! They've all been cleaned already, and one of our committee members is presently hard at work doing some needed repairs.


Note that we've made a change of plans with regard to the Cycle Recycle. Since we have over 20 bikes to give away, we decided to have two draws instead of one. The first one will be at 11:30 am by Ross Davies of KEEPS, the second one at 1:30 pm by Queen Elsa (Frozen).

Some of MRBERT's members: John, Dave and Alex