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Cycling groups merge to form one entity: Capital Bike

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society have merged to become a new society called Capital Bike.
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Corey Burger and Meredith James of Capital Bike, a merger of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and the Great Victoria Bike to Work Society. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society have merged to become a new society called Capital Bike.

The coalition was formed in 1991 as a bicycle advocacy group, followed by the society in 1997 focusing on bike-skills education and the promotion of its annual flagship event.

The two volunteer-driven organizations had worked successfully together for years and, after a joint annual general meeting in November 2019, officially decided to merge into a single organization. The merger was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Capital Bike is building off 30 years’ worth of momentum and success,” said Meredith James, co-chair of the new entity. “By bringing together cycling skills courses, fun rides, as well as our advocacy for safe streets for everyone, we will build on that success.”

She said combining the resources of both organizations will result in greater efficiency.

The new organization will undertake a review of existing programs and examine how it has engaged on transportation issues.

“We will work to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the cycling community,” she said. “Whether you are a regular on the Galloping Goose, a nervous new rider or your bike is an essential part of your everyday transportation, there’s a place for you at Capital Bikes.”

• For more information, go to capitalbike.ca