About Us

Your Capital Bike Society

Our aim is to be there for everyone who wants to enjoy cycling in the Capital Region – whether you’re new to the Region and perhaps just learning to ride, dusting off a bike that’s been the garage for a while, or an experienced rider who wants to connect with our vibrant cycling community. We want to be there to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and connections to make cycling an easy and fun transportation option.

 

Capital Bike acknowledges and respects the unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ nations where we work and ride.

2023 Highlight Reel

With many successes, growth, and changes to come, we want to share our year with you.

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2022 Highlight Reel

2022 has been a banner year for us! We’ve grown a lot over the past year and we’d like to share our successes with you. New Services/Programs Education Celebration We…

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Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Capital Bike

In September 2020, Capital Bike was approached by Erica Camfferman, a Masters in Leadership student at Royal Roads University, to collaborate on her Engaged Leadership Project. Erica loves to cycle…

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We Can’t Ride Alone

Capital Bike has 4 full-time staff, one part-time staff, bike skills instructors, bike valet supervisors, a volunteer Board of Directors and dozens of program volunteers.

We’re proof that less is more and that a dedicated team can not only move mountains but encourage people to ride them. We rely heavily on companies, organizations, and individuals who appreciate the culture and commerce benefits of a bike-friendly and focused community.

Colleen Sparks

Colleen Sparks

Executive Director

Colleen is a committed cyclist and community advocate who is excited to apply her skills to help bring Capital Bike’s Five Year Strategy to life.

Kristin Kain

Kristin Kain

Events Manager

Kristin is a keen cyclist with an affection for getting more people on bikes! She believes in the power of cycling – improving one’s mind, body, community, and planet!

Rebecca Uhland

Rebecca Uhland

Bike Parking Program Coordinator

Rebecca, a graduate of Kinesiology from Université Laval, is dedicated to making movement an integral part of daily life for everyone. Passionate about inclusivity, she strives to create spaces where physical activity is accessible and enjoyable for all. Rebecca is on a mission to foster a healthier and more active community!

Lana Taves

Lana Taves

Education Manager

Lana Taves is a Senior Bike Skills Instructor. Lana values the physical and mental benefits of biking, from increased energy to the feeling of self-powered, low-carbon freedom. She holds Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree.

Sam Holland

Sam Holland

Development Manager

Joel Satre

Joel Satre

Director, Advocacy Co-Chair

Joel is a lifelong Saanich Peninsula resident who has cycled all his life. He enjoys exploring the region’s natural and cultural scenes. A passionate advocate for cycling, urbanism, sustainability and social justice, Joel is the co-chair of Capital Bike’s Advocacy Committee. Joel graduated from UVic in 2022 with a BA in Political Science and Geography, and one day aspires to become an urban planner.

Niki Sutherland

Niki Sutherland

Chair

Niki Sutherland is a parent and a librarian with over a decade of governance experience in the non-profit sector. Her professional values of social responsibility, access, and inclusion and diversity align with and drive her passion for her role with Capital Bike. She is a long-time year-round cycle commuter having ridden in cities across Canada and internationally. She is an occasional triathlete and chicken mom.

Douglas Baer

Douglas Baer

Secretary, Advocacy Co-Chair

Douglas Baer is a Professor Emeritus (retired faculty) at the University of Victoria who still sometimes teaches statistics seminars around the world. He is a former President of the UVic Faculty Association, the Confederation of BC Faculty Associations and the Canadian Sociological Association and has also served as President of his Saanich community association. He has lived in Saanich for just over 20 years, prior to which he spent 15 years attempting get around by bike in Fake London (Ontario). Annually, for every km. he puts on the shared family automobile, he bikes between 5-10km.

Ashley Brooks

Ashley Brooks

Treasurer

Emmy Blouin

Emmy Blouin

Director

Emmy Blouin is a fundraising professional, an Advancement Specialist with the Royal Roads University Advancement team. She led the fund development for Indigenous-led organizations and national non-profits. Additionally, brings numerous years of experience in board governance, sport development and event management. In every professional field, Emmy’s focus remains on community development. She is an avid cyclist, whether it be on the asphalt, dirt or gravel and a strong proponent for active transportation.

John Alexander

John Alexander

Director

John Alexander is a Victoria lawyer. He has significant experience in governance and advising not for profits and serving on amateur sport boards. John’s interest in cycling is as a commuter cyclist, and competitive rider, and enjoys bicycles for fun, sport and health.

Rebecca Freedman

Rebecca Freedman

Director

Rebecca Freedman is a Director with the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance. She has a background in community-based social marketing. Rebecca has successfully built and supported the implementation of community programs and campaigns across B.C. to address air quality and community food waste. Rebecca is a dedicated cycling commuter and has raised her daughters to love biking, first riding on the back of her cargo bike, and now confidently riding their own bikes to school everyday.

Chris Van Sickle

Chris Van Sickle

Director

Chris is a professional musician, application developer and IT consultant. He is an avid cyclist, attempting to live as car-light as possible. If he’s not on tour or staring at a screen, he’s probably out in the woods somewhere on his bike.

Patrick Shreck

Patrick Shreck

Director

Building For The Future

Capital Bike is always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to get involved in the community and grow our programs.

Have an idea? What to get involved? Let’s get in touch!

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