|Tiessen Award for Cycling Advocacy
Cyclometer #64, May 1998
Toronto's Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists (ARC) was awarded the
inaugural Hilda Tiessen Award for Advocacy by the Ontario Cycling
Association in November.
ARC was formed in 1996 after two cyclists were killed by trucks and two
arrests were made during a Critical Mass bike ride in Toronto. The
Hilda Tiessen Award recognizes ARC's activities over the past two years
in projects that include:
- legal defense for cyclists unfairly charged or
injured in car-bike collisions
- participating in the Toronto Coroner's investigation
into cycling deaths
- free legal/insurance workshop for cyclists
- organizing memorials for cyclists killed by motor
The new award is posthumously named for Hilda Tiessen, founder of
Sunwheel Couriers and a tireless advocate for the cycling community.
Veteran cycle messenger and cycling 'zine editor Derek Chadbourne
accepted the award on behalf of ARC. It was presented by Tiessen's
partner Paige Cousineau.