Community Events

The End of Bikes vs. Cars – The Kelowna Community Speaker Series – Digital Book and Highlight Video

BikeVsCars_450The End of Bikes vs Cars was a speaker series event we helped host in Kelowna on October 15, 2015. The event was a huge success, we felt that the evening was very positive and we think it will only help promote further discussions about multi modal transportation in the City of Kelowna. We have created an interactive digital book that helps describe the events of the evening. Thank you to everyone who attended the event! It was a really meaningful and great night for Kelowna.

Open The End of Bikes vs Cars Digital Book

If you would like to print the booklet or view the PDF on a mobile device select this version


Event Highlight Video

Full Length Presentation

The Ghost Bike Memorial in Honour of Patricia Keenan

There are a number of issues and topics that affect all of us in our community. For us, as an organization, group of colleagues and friends, no topic has hit closer to home than the issues surrounding the availability and safety of urban mobility options. In July, we lost a close friend and colleague, Patricia Keenan, to a cycling accident in Kelowna. Some of the commentary from the community regarding the accident was quite polarizing; a bike versus car mentality. Given our close relationship to Patricia, we internalized this differently. For us this is about People; and the need for all of us to come together, be constructive, have conversations about things that matter, engage collectively in possibilities thinking, and build our community together.

Who: Opening Address by Colin Basran, Mayor of the City of Kelowna and Martin Bell, Urban Systems
Presentation by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, Modacity

When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, October 15th, 2015.
Doors open at 6:00 with presentation and discussions from 6:30 – 8:00. Refreshments and appetizers to follow. Cash bar available.

Where: The Laurel Packing House – 1304 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
Bike Valet proudly provided at the event by Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition.

There are 2 ways to secure tickets:
1) By donation, where only one ticket can be purchased at a time and you can designate how much your donation will be. Donate on Eventbrite here.

2) To purchase multiple tickets for the event, we have preset the ticket price for $5 per ticket. Download your tickets from Eventbrite here.

Following Patricia Keenan’s cycling accident, a trust account was setup for her son. All donation/ticket proceeds will be given to his trust.

We are excited to partner with the Kelowna Cycling Coalition to host “The End of Bikes vs. Cars” where we will explore the benefits and possibilities of moving towards an even more inclusive transportation model that is accessible to people of all ages, abilities and economic means. The operative word in the concept public right of way – is “public” and access to our roads should be a privilege shared by all in a healthy and respectful way. The evening will concentrate on promoting a more human image of multi-modal transportation and working together as members of the same community to improve the quality of life for all road users.

Speaker Bios

Colin Basran, Mayor of the City of Kelowna

Mayor_Basran_bioMayor Basran was born on November 14, 1977 at the Kelowna General Hospital. He spent his childhood in Rutland attending the Belgo and South Rutland Elementary Schools, Rutland Junior Secondary, Rutland Senior Secondary and KLO Secondary Schools, graduating in 1995 from KLO Secondary. From 1995 to 2000, Colin attended Okanagan College, with great interest and focus on studying English and History. After leaving Okanagan College, Colin entered the Broadcast Journalism Program at BCIT and graduated in 2002.

Colin then married Leanne and they now have 2 beautiful children: daughter Nyah born in 2010 and son Keenan born in 2012.

Mayor Basran’s parents, George and Donna, raised him to love his community and instilled the very values that guide him today. The amazing journey of the Basran family, in search of new opportunities, led them to settle in the Okanagan and become one of the very first East Indian families in the area. His grandparents Jaginder and Naseeb Kaur Basran helped found the first Sikh Temple in Kelowna, while Joe and Julia Rieger were very active in Rutland as volunteers with Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women’s League.

Work and Community Involvement

  • 2002 to 2007 – News Reporter with CHBC Television
  • 2009 to 2014 – Realtor at Royal Lepage Kelowna
  • 2006 Okanagan Reporter of the Year awarded by “BC Fruit Growers Association”
  • Founding member of the Okanagan Young Professionals
  • 2011- Kelowna Chamber of Commerce – Young Professionals Task Force
  • Member of United Way’s GenNex
  • Member of Okanagan Changemakers
  • Annual charity golf tournament has raised close to $40,000 for ALS, KGH Foundation and Canadian Mental Health Association
  • 2014 Startup Week Organizing Committee; a technology event encouraging innovation and local entrepreneurship
  • 2011 – elected as Councillor for the 2011-2014 term.
  • 2011 to 2014 – served as Regional District of Central Okanagan Director
  • 2011 to 2014 – served on the Kelowna International Airport Advisory Committee, the Kelowna Joint Water Committee, the Uptown Rutland Business Association, the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce (Alternate), the Tourism Kelowna (Alternate), the Downtown Kelowna Association (Alternate), the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (Alternate), and the Sterile Insect Release Board.


Mayor Basran enjoys many sports including hockey, golf, slo-pitch, fastball, basketball, volleyball, snowboarding, and touch rugby. He is an avid support of the arts especially local live music and art exhibits.

Martin Bell, CEO, Urban Systems

MartinEventMartin Bell is a husband, proud dad, urbanist, cyclist and car sharing advocate. He is also the co-leader of Urban Systems, an inter-disciplinary professional practice focused on providing spirit in service for vibrant communities. The firm is owned by its people and our networked organization of 450 employees spans 12 offices in western and northern Canada.

Martin joined Urban Systems in Kelowna in 1997 to build a government consulting practice with a focus on partnerships between the public and private sectors for the delivery of infrastructure. He was asked to lead in building our Calgary local government practice in 1999 and became a partner in Urban Systems in 2000. In 2002, after leading Urban’s Living Company visioning process, the company’s founders provided an opportunity to build a new office and professional practice in Edmonton and Martin had the good fortune to be selected to lead this initiative. Martin was named CEO and co-leader of Urban Systems with Steve Frith, President, in 2009.

Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, Founders of Modacity

UrbanSystems_ModacityIn the summer of 2010, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, along with their two young children, made the conscious decision to sell the family car, embarking on a new and enlightening adventure. Forced to move to a multi-modal commute, relying on public transit, walking and a lot of cycling, the Bruntletts quickly realized the benefits of living a ‘car-lite’ lifestyle, not the least of which was the increased human interaction with the city they call home.

Four years later, Chris and Melissa took their passion further by founding Modacity, a multi-service consultancy that through their work as writers, filmmakers, photographers and speakers inspires “healthier, happier, simpler forms of urban mobility.” Their stories of Vancouver’s emerging bike culture garnered an international audience, and have been featured in publications such as Momentum Magazine, Grist, Spacing Magazine and the Huffington Post.

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