By Sarah Ripplinger + Amy Walker
In 2001 with a few thousand dollars donated by founding subscribers– Carmen Mills, Amy Walker and Joelle Paton launch a local non-profit publication: Momentum, the magazine for self-propelled people. Fifteen thousand copies of the free bimonthly magazine are printed in a tabloid format on newsprint and distributed throughout Vancouver, Victoria and the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
June 2002 – Colin Mackenzie joins Momentum as advertising sales representative.
Oct. + Nov. 2003, Issue 16 – the final issue of Momentum as a non profit.
2005, Issue “16.5”– Amy Walker re-launches the magazine as a sole proprietorship.
Oct. + Nov. 2005 Issue 18 – The sexy rain gear cover.
July 2006 –Terry Lowe joins Momentum as a writer, later to become editor and Vancouver editor.
Oct. + Nov. 2006, Issue 24 – Chris Bentzen becomes Momentum’s graphic designer, significantly boosting the magazine’s aesthetic appeal.
Dec. 2006 – Wendell Challenger starts building up Momentum’s barebones Drupal website .
Oct. 2007 – Tania Lo and Mia Kohout join Momentum as associate publisher and director of advertising, respectively.
Nov. + Dec. 2007, Issue 30 – The first appearance of the regularly-occurring columns Gleanings, by Ron Richings; Mitey Miss, by Ulrike Rodrigues; and the Shawn Granton comic.
Jan. + Feb. 2008, Issue 31 – Momentum is distributed to 20 cities across North America. The magazine shifts to a North American focus and begins working with independent and group distributors to bring the magazine to a coffee shop and specialty retailer near you.
Sept. 2008 – Momentum styles the first Urban Legend Bike Fashion Show at Interbike.
Sept. + Oct. 2008, Issue 35 – Momentum’s frst style issue.
Nov. + Dec. 2008, Issue 36 – David Niddrie begins photo editing for the magazine.
March + April 2009, Issue 38 – The launch of Kristen Steele’s regularly occurring column, The Advocate.
May 2009 – Momentum nominated for an Utne Reader independent press award.
Aug. 2009 – Lindsey Wasserman joins Momentum as its first full-time employee and office manager extraordinaire!
Sept. 2009 – Mia Kohout and Tania Lo join Amy Walker as co-publishers.
Sept. + Oct. 2009 – Dan Goldwater’s D.I.Y. column makes its first appearance.
May + June 2009, Issue 39 – Sarah Ripplinger joins Momentum as the BC editor, later taking on the role of assistant editor as well.
March + April 2010, Issue 44 – Sarah Ripplinger takes on the position of editor.
May 2010 – momentumplanet.com is relaunched.
Sept. + Oct. 2010, Issue 47 – First issue designed by SW!TCH studio, Momentum’s new design team.
Originally published in the March/ April 2011 issue of Momentum Magazine and on momentummag.com.