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BOW RIVER PATHWAY CLOSURES - 14th Street NW to 29th Street NW

The closure of the north side Bow River Pathway between 14th Street and 29th Street NW has caught many people off-guard and, due to the suddenness of the closure and the lack of clear detour signage, has caused understandable frustration.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/closure-bow-river-pathway-users-shocked-1.4759022


Bike Calgary recognizes that the Bow River Pathway is arguably one of the most popular active travel and recreation corridors for Calgarians, particularly for Calgarians looking to travel efficiently and comfortably by bike between the northwest and downtown. People of all ages and all experience levels depend upon it to get them around safely. As such, we have been in communication with City staff, advocating for a detour that preserves and similar level of active mode connectivity as the pathway, that is easy to follow, safe and comfortable, and that provides equitable travel opportunities for all modes.


In relation to the closure, City staff provided Bike Calgary with the following map outlining the closures and suggested cycling and pedestrian detours for the mid-July to mid-October duration of the closure.

Above: Pathway closure and detour map provided by City of Calgary.

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10 days of bike fun starts today with Cyclepalooza

10 days of bike fun starts today with Cyclepalooza


Starting today Friday, July 13 through to Sunday, July 22, Calgary will host 10 days of bike fun during the 8th Annual Cyclepalooza. Events happening throughout the festival are run by passionate individuals, groups and businesses with the Cyclepalooza calendar serving to advertise these events. Depending on the ride topic/theme of interest, rides may be free or have small costs associated with them, and may be all ages or 18+ only.

Everyone’s invited to participate in these rides, most rides accommodate all skill levels and riding types unless specified.

If you don’t see something that tickles your fancy, or think that would be a good contribution, host a ride, and invite others to join you by going to the Festival Calendar at cyclepalooza.ca  with pointer for creating a ride: cyclepalooza.ca/the-ride-guide or https://twitter.com/Cyclepalooza/status/1017842379611443201


Three standout rides happening are the $35 Ice Cream Ride Bicycle Tour hosted by Reworks Upcycle Shop and Sagebrush Tours happening Friday, July 20th at 6pm that travels to three separate ice cream shops; the Warrior Ride hosted by Your Yoga Collective on Thursday, July 19 at 6:30pm that combines a bike ride with a free all-ages yoga class in Murdoch Park; and the En Blanc à Vélo happening on the last day of the festival (Sunday, July 22 at 12:00pm) where you go on a picnic via bike dressed all in white.

The festival calendar is dynamic year to year, so check back to see what rides are on, lots of great variety.


The 10 day festival culminates in Bike Prom on Saturday, July 21, the annual promenade through the streets of Calgary where anyone can join wearing their finest (or most fun) attire -- additional bike decoration encouraged. The route ends at McHugh House where cyclists can purchase food from La Piada food truck, and coffee from Kaffeeklatsch. Those who are interested in the Bike Prom after-party will need to sign up for a *FREE* membership to garner an invitation and more information about the event via cyclepalooza.ca/membership.


Not familiar with Cyclepalooza…..

Cyclepalooza is a volunteer-directed, community-based, bicycle-themed festival promoting arts, culture, events, and fun in and around Calgary. It was formed out of the desire among Calgary area cyclists to bring more publicity and interest to cycling and its positive impacts on communities, and to bring communities together through cycling.


How to be informed

Cyclepalooza.ca

cyclepalooza.ca/membership

Instagram: @cyclepalooza

Facebook: /cyclepaloozaYYC

Twitter: @cyclepalooza

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Alberta Bicycle Facilities Design Guide - Update

Bike Calgary had previously posted about a collaborative effort between Alberta Transportation and various municipalities, including the City of Calgary, on the development of an Alberta Bicycle Facilities Design Guide. The goals of the Guide include, but are not limited to:


  • Adding consistency to bicycle facility design across the Province, including tie-ins between jurisdictions;

  • Alleviating pressure on jurisdictions to justify final designs of bicycle facilities; and

  • Providing useful information for jurisdictions of all types and sizes on building world class bicycle facilities in Alberta that allow cyclists to feel fully accommodated.


Work on the Guide has been steadily progressing since project kick-off in 2017.


Above: Alberta Bicycle Facilities Design Guide progress to date (from Stakeholder Engagement Slides and Notes).

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Support for a National Cycling Strategy (Bill C-312)

Bike Calgary is asking our members to support the private Member’s bill C-312 in Parliament, which will establish a National Cycling Strategy for Canada.

We would like you to send a letter to Hon Gord Johns (who put the bill forward) in support of the bill and also call or write your local Member of Parliament and ask them to support the bill. We've even put together a template letter you can use! And in case you don't have a few extra dimes in your pocket (or can't even remember where to go to get a stamp anymore), remember that letter to MPs don't need postage! 

This link is for a draft letter with highlighted areas in which you will have to make changes: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1s3NZFtysf_b5ixosuzHBct29IbKG1rHi 

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