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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 vehicles.

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.


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