We have all lost a great leader in cycling in Canada, BC and Vancouver. Really amazing all the great work Arno did. His passion and positive attitude was really inspiring. So power, gentle and kind.
He lead the BC Cycling Coalition over the last four years and has been instrumental in our work to encourage the BC Government to develop an Active Transportation Strategy, which they have recently committed to doing.
Arne Elias said when he was talking to advocates across Canada regarding forming Canada Bikes, Arno was the one who responded most positively. He was instrumental to the establishment and growth of Velo Canada Bikes.
He lead HUB through their transformation from a volunteer run organization to one of the largest groups in Canada. He also was on the board of Bike to Work BC and volunteered at our Community Bikes. He would haul a bus bike rack around to events in Vancouver. And I'm sure he did a lot more that I don't know.
His final day was no exception. We cycled out on a nice November day to New West on the Central Valley Greenway, which he loved, to a meeting he arranged with TransLink on the BC Active Transportation Summit. The meeting went really well with TransLink strongly interested in partnering with us on the Summit. He was really happy about this success.
He left New West on the SkyTrain then was cycling home. He was found lying in the grass next to a bike path road severely injured. We think he missed the path ramp and hit a curb. He passed away the next day with his family by his side.
Arno is really missed. We all do our best to continue and build upon his legacy.
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