There are many things in life that seem to be common knowledge, but go unsaid because we think that it is just that - common to all people. However, like most things in life that are worth saying, we think riding bikes is not only good for you, but good for your community, the environment, the list goes on and on. You should also tell your loved ones that you love them too, but we seem to overlook that too often as well!
We have done a lot of research to inform ourselves on the benefits, as well as the costs to building cycling infrastructure in our community. While there is a cost - dollars and cents for the infrastructure, reduction in parking on roads where bike lanes go, and other possible drawbacks to investments in cycling infrastructure, we are extremely confident, and happy to share that the benefits far outweigh the costs.
The benefits are many - better health, better for the environment, better for community engagement and social interaction. We aren't naive enough to think that everyone can ride a bike everywhere they go, all the time. We do feel though that if people had the option (and the supporting infrastructure) to enable a single ride a week, they'd reap all the benefits and want to do it more. This is why cycling infrastructure is so important.
We've attached an Active Transportation Guide below for those that want to read more about the how and why developing active transportation options is to the benefit of everyone.
Mission has Critical Mass Rides! Don't know what that is, read here.
Mission's version is our own special flavour - a very family-friendly and fun ride across town to show the rest of our community that there are cyclists and creating infrastructure for them is a good investment! The rides are scheduled for the last Sunday of every month, 3-4:30, meeting at Heritage Park Middle School and riding across town on the gentle grade of 7th avenue.
Check back here for any updates or info, but otherwise put the last Sunday of each month in your calendar and be there!
There's a new Sprockids session happening in Mission this Spring. FVMBA, Cycling BC and Fraser House are at it again. Details can be found at the program page here. Feel free to email the Sprockids team at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions!
This first post is to fill you in on what this is all about. There are a variety of ways to enjoy yourself on two-wheels in Mission. Mountain Biking - lots of it. Road Cycling - some of the best road routes around. Transportation - we're working on it. Recreational rides, here and there but growing all the time.
However, as the various groups that advocate for each of those pursuits have come to realize - there is no central location or voice for cycling in Mission. And that is needed to engage the community and rally around the common cause - pedals and gears are good! We believe that cycling is a vehicle for many great things in life - health and happiness being two wonderful side-effects of an active cycling lifestyle.
So, this post is to explain the why this site got started. The what will come over time and we're looking for collaborators. You love to pedal? Want to share that passion with a bigger group? Start here and feel free to use this platform for your own spreading of the word. We're here to share the vision - pedal pleasure for all of Mission!
The Mission Community Cycling Coalition is a group of groups. There are several organizations that represent the various types of two-wheeled pursuits in Mission. This is a home for them all, and a place for the advocacy efforts for transportation as well.