Bike Calgary and the City of Calgary have created an education campaign to reduce bike theft by improving bike lock-up behaviors. While leading a bike theft task force, Darren Mazzei, the Vice-President of Bike Calgary, had the idea to create a graphic sticker depicting bike locking techniques and decal city-owned bike racks. Mazzei approached the City of Calgary to bring the idea to reality and three months later 1000 stickers have been printed and are ready to be installed.
The simple graphic depicts three possible ways to lock your bicycle and a website link to get additional information. Local artist, Tyler Lemermeyer, produced the illustrations, Bike Calgary volunteers designed the sticker and City of Calgary Roads Maintenance provided permission to put the stickers on the bike racks. “The project came to together very smoothly. The City said yes to put the stickers on the racks and I think Tyler made some beautiful illustrations,” stated Mazzei.
We know it’s just getting around to summer, but we’ve recently looked at some cycling data from the last few years, and we’ve found that more cyclists ride in the winter than we thought. Here’s are some conclusions from our review of the data. Let us know your thoughts on this information.
Less cyclists ride in the winter (as you might expect) but the number never goes to zero, even on our coldest days.
Daily rider counts from 2016 were generally higher than from previous years.
The trend line for each year’s data shows an increase from 2014 through to 2016.
We have two great events coming up and we need your help!
The first is the U of C Cycling Exhibition on January 22, 2018. We'll need two people during lunch time to discuss and answer questions on winter commuting.
The second, Winter Bike to Work Day, takes place on February 9th and we'll need about 4 volunteers on the day of the event to help set up. If possible, we're also looking for 2 people to help with pre-planning. This will include the following tasks below:
Outreach to bike shops and bike groups to invite them to have a display table at the event / offer prizes
Draft a media release and an invite to the City of Calgary staff
Create an event poster that can be shared via social media / website / be sent with the media post
If you're interested in helping out, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] as soon as you can. We had some great volunteers in 2017 and we're excited to see more join our organization in 2018!