First and foremost a father, he knows his ultimate mission on the planet is to be the best father he can be. Reading Alice Miller’s transforming works about childhood is passion that supports this mission.
When he isn’t having fun with his daughter, he bakes, bikes, and builds and generally tries to learn more life skills to share.
Another passion in Dave’s life is writing. Transportation and surviving civilization are favourite topics; spreading the word about insightful works of art helps both artist and planet survive.
One honour bestowed upon Dave for his writing is that of Best Squeaky Wheel by the editors of the Georgia Straight:
“Best squeaky wheel
Regular folk going about their days may not recognize Dave Olsen’s name, but the mere mention of cycling advocate D.O. around City Hall has engineers and planners running scared. East Van Dave carpet-bombs city bureaucrats with e-mails (and copies correspondence to media) about anything from dangerous crosswalks…to fences blocking off downtown cycle paths during Canada Line construction. He also coined the expression “10 Per Cent Mayor” in relation to the votes garnered by Mayor Sam Sullivan in the 2005 civic election. Olsen wants some accountability. It’s a dirty job and he’s out there doing it.”