Historical Timeline

1991

Created as a non-profit organization to promote cycling as a sustainable form of transportation.  BEST was started by a group of dedicated cyclists, or “bicycle people” as we used to call ourselves. Our vision is vibrant, healthy communities built around walking, cycling, public transit, and ride/car shares. Our mission is the transformation to sustainable transportation.

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1992

1992

Coordinated Ride for the Environment events during National Environment Week in June of 1991 and 1992.

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1992

1992

Published the first Spoke ‘N Word Newsletter.  Running until January 2000, Spoke ‘N’ Word was the source for all bicycle advocacy news in the Lower Mainland .  Out of the ashes grew Momentum Magazine, first published in February 2001, and still going strong.

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1993

1993

Started Our Community Bikes, Vancouver’s first do-it-yourself bike store. In 1999 we spun OCB into its own non -profit, PEDAL. PEDAL’s three core programs are:   Our Community Bikes – full service mechanic and retail bike shop.   Our Community Bike Club – bike skills for youth.   Pedals for the People – providing refurbished bikes…

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1994

1994

Change our mandate to all forms of sustainable transportation, rather than focusing solely on cycling.  Also incorporated as a Canadian Charitable Organization.  Our charity number is 140171216RR0001 .  

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1996

1996

Ran the first Bike to Work Week Campaign, from 1996 to 1999, as a way to promote cycling and build awareness.

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1997

1997

Launched Go Green Choices to address the Lower Mainland’s air quality and transportation concerns through a media and communications campaign and supporting trip reduction initiatives. BEST ran the program until 1999, with a focus on employer outreach and alternative commuting modes.  We ended the program when Translink was given the mandate to assume responsibility for Transportation Demand…

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1997

1997

  Began coordinating Commuter Challenge in BC, a friendly competition including all forms of sustainable transportation.  A national initiative, participants walk, cycle, take transit, ride share, car-share, or work from home during Canadian Environment Week (typically the first week of June), and track their commutes online for the chance to win great prizes!  

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1999

1999

Developed Off Ramp, an internationally awarded project promoting sustainable transportation in secondary schools.   The program trained and supported student leaders in developing strategies and activities to encourage their peers to travel to school by walking, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, taking transit or ride sharing.  Off Ramp ran until 2003, in Victoria and Metro Vancouver.

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2000

2000

Bike Month, an annual celebratory campaign aimed at promoting bicycling in BC, was started.  Bike Month built on and is testament to the success and growth of previous Bike Week and Bike to Work Week campaigns.  June was officially declared as Bike Month in the Province of BC by the Minister of Transportation and Highways, Harry Lali….

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2001

2001

Awarded the first million dollar grant from Vancity for development of the Central Valley Greenway, a 20 km long regional urban trail from Vancouver to New Westminster.  The vision was of an 20-kilometre long trail stretching from the False Creek in Vancouver through Burnaby and Coquitlam, and ending in New Westminster along the Fraser River, a unique, flat…

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2002

Held Canada’s first National Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Conference.  Bringing over 200 transportation professionals, elected officials and planners for three days of practical workshops, the conference advanced the field within Canada and lead to BEST launching its Building TDM Capacity project the following year.  Through this project BEST helped Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria, Whistler and…

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2003

2003

Produced “How to Reclaim Your Street: A Community Guide”, to assist neighbourhood groups in their efforts to address local traffic concerns such as volume, speed, safety and loss of community.  Through facets such as neighbourhood organizing, celebration, art, community designed streetscapes, direct action strategies, and individuals reducing their own car use, the guidebook helps people become active…

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2006

2006

Started The Bicycle Valet, as part of the Going Active program, encouraging event goers to use active transportation by offering free and safe bicycle parking.  The Bicycle Valet is now BEST’s signature social enterprise, growing significantly every year.  

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2008

2008

Coordinated the production of a cycling map for Richmond and YVR Airport, distributing 25, 000 copies to civic facilities, grocery and convenience stores and other community agencies.

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2009

2009

Central Valley Greenway is officially launched.  For its work, BEST received the City of Burnaby Gold Environmental Star.  More importantly, the Greenway served as a catalyst for a constituency for active transportation.  Today, it is used regularly by people on bikes, foot, skateboards, rollerblades and other forms of active transportation. Download the Central Valley Greenway Route…

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2010

2010

Operated The Bicycle Valet at eight locations for two weeks for the City of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics.  

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2011

2011

Launched Living Streets, an educational engagement program focusing on promoting walking in urban environments.  Living Streets currently operates in the City of Surrey.

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2011

2011

Launched STAR, Seniors Transportation Access and Resources, a province-wide coordinating initiative to help agencies provide transportation to seniors.

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2014

2014

The Bicycle Valet reaches the important milestone of 100, 000 bikes safely parked.  We celebrated by giving away a bike to our lucky 100, 000th rider, and throwing a party to thank our volunteers, staff and sponsors.  #bikevalet100k  

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2016

2016

BEST celebrates 25 years of sustainable transportation! Throughout its history, BEST has advocated for sustainable transportation and healthy communities.  Some of our policy contributions include: Working with local, regional, provincial and federal government agencies and decision-makers/policy-makers assessing sustainable transportation options and land-use planning, and the impact on air quality, traffic congestion, and energy consumption of various…

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