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Sticky: Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a chance for Schools throughout BC to encourage and celebrate students and their families cycling to school. This year, HASTe BC and HUB are teaming up again to provide more resources and support to help schools coordinate their Bike to School Week efforts.

Register your school today to receive a free resource package and compete with schools across BC for sweet prizes!

Bike to School Week Champion - Chris Martin

One sings for the world famous progressive rock band, Coldplay, and the other is a teacher and Youth Cycling Advocate in Kamloops, BC. Both of them are total ROCK STARS. We don't really care much for the singer so we're going to talk about the other one. Click here to read more about him.

And don't forget to register your school for Bike to School Week, whether you're in Metro Vancouver or anywhere else in the Province

Primary school teacher, youth cycling coach, and father; these are some of the many roles that Chris Martin regularly takes on.

Bike to School Week Champion - Tu Loan Trieu

If a little friendly competition helps you to get motivated then this week's post will probably do the trick. Tu Loan Trieu, Librarian and Classroom Teacher at Hillcrest Middle School in Coquitlam, has led her school to BTSW Championships for two consecutive years. She's looking for a third title, but she's not the type to let you know about it. Keep reading her story here.

Tu Loan Trieu leads an active lifestyle and attempts to cycle to work at least a couple of days a week (it is an hour commute one way!).

Bike to School Week Champion - Liz Cramb

To gear up for Bike to School Week this year (May 30 - June 3) we'll be profiling a number of "Bike Champions" who we think have taken bike advocacy for kids to the next level. Our first profiled Champion is a teacher at Buckingham Elementary in Burnaby, Liz Cramb. Click here to read more about her.

Liz Cramb is a Grade 5/6 Teacher at Buckingham Elementary in Burnaby.

The Myth of the Urban Revival?

The ascendance of cities has become something of an axiom recently: we're told that everyone is moving to the city -- it's the place to live. But a recent article by Jed Kolko based on American census data suggests otherwise: not only are suburbs still growing faster than cities, but the kinds of demographic growth that cities are seeing is a bit unbalanced.

Jed crunched the numbers and found that cities are indeed growing: they're growing whiter, richer and older. Not quite the bold new urban future we were promised. Read his fascinating article here.

Street Fight Webcast

Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner of New York City, will be in Vancouver on March 22nd to talk about her new book Street Fight, which documents her efforts to transform the Big Apple into a walking- and bike-friendly City.

If you're like me, and you a) would love to attend and b) totally spaced on buying a ticket (the event is sold out) you're in luck: the event will be webcast live. Find out more and register here.

The Pedestrian Crossing Flag Debate Heats Up

The District of West Vancouver recently initiated a pilot Pedestrian Crossing Flag program at a crosswalk near a local elementary school. CBC's The 180 took a look at the program and how it is being received by the neighborhood and, or course, the twitterverse.

HASTe is HIRING!

We're seeking a qualified candidate for the role of Operations Coordinator starting March 2016. Please click here for further information about the position.

Hoist The Black, Er, Orange Flag!

Over the past year or so, there has been a rapid rise in interest in pedestrian crossing flags. The video below takes the idea behind the flags to its very funny but logical conclusion, asking the question: just how visible is visible enough?

We here at HASTe are still ambivalent about this scheme, as it seems to put even more responsibility on pedestrians to "stay safe" while doing nothing to address issues like vehicle speed and distracted driving. Apparently we're not the only ones!

Does time come in a box? Not usually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Sartor, HASTe's North Shore Facilitator explores the benefits of "time well spent" at her job and with her kids in this week's special blog post. Read more after the break.

As we are entering the gift giving season, did you ever think, the best gift to give is your TIME?

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