Dan Millsip has used a bike as his main method of getting around for almost a decade, but there are still roads in Langley he avoids.
While most drivers in Langley are very good about giving cyclists room, they donâ€™t really want bikes on main roads, Millsip said.
â€œHonestly, I donâ€™t want to be there either,â€ the chair of the newly launched Langley HUB chapter said.
HUB is a cycling advocacy network started in Vancouver in the late 1990s and has been sending out spokes to other communities since.
Millsip, a semi-retired Langley City resident, will be advocating for better cycling infrastructure.
â€œThereâ€™s a couple areas that Iâ€™m looking at focusing on,â€ said Millsip. â€œOne is schools.â€
Millsipâ€™s own kids rode to school through most of their early years and have become avid cyclists as adults.
After riding for years, eight years ago Millsipâ€™s family sold one of their two cars.
â€œEverybody in the family got a thousand dollar bicycle,â€ he said.
HUB has already met with the District Parents Advisory Council, and has connected with families at local bike shops.
Millsip said he keeps hearing that people want their kids to be able to ride bikes to school, but are worried about safety.
A lack of bike lanes leading up to many schools is part of the problem, Millsip said. There isnâ€™t a bike lane to Yorkson Middle School, for example. A bike lane down 48th Street was just added near H.D. Stafford Middle this year.
â€œThe alternative to that is the traffic jam at every school,â€ Millsip said.
Another priority is what HUB calls â€œUngap the Map.â€
Langley, like many other communities in the Lower Mainland, has stretches of road with bike lanes. But existing lanes and safe routes donâ€™t necessarily connect to one another.
Even where such routes exist, they arenâ€™t necessarily well marked.
For example, how to ride from Brookswood to Langley City?
Millsip isnâ€™t a fan of riding down most of 200th Street or 208th Street, as neither is very forgiving of cyclists, and there are no bike lanes until north of 48th Avenue on 208th Street.
There is a safer way through, on 203rd Street â€“ but it involves winding through residential streets and cul-de-sacs and cutting through a path on the BC Hydro right of way.
Without safe, marked routes, many people choose not to ride.
â€œWhat Iâ€™d like to see is a north-south corridor going all the way from Walnut Grove to Brookswood,â€ he said.
The local HUB chapter is putting together a survey of cycling routes, and will have recommendations about which areas could do with connections and upgrades soonest.
He points out that other communities, like Surrey and Vancouver, are farther ahead on cycling infrastructure.
â€œMy wife, she wonâ€™t ride on the streets in Langley,â€ Millsip said. â€œWe go into Vancouver, and sheâ€™s all over it.â€
Theyâ€™d like to see connections in and between higher-density neighbourhoods in Langley, including industrial areas like Gloucester.