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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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Pathway and Bikeway Plan Engagment Online to June 8th, 2018

The City of Calgary is again asking Calgarians for you input on the Pathway and Bikeway Plan update with a (paraphrased) focus on:

  1. What to build and where?, and
  2. What are you most likely to use?

Images: City of Calgary Engage portal.

Some of the themes include preference for designated- vs shared-use pathways, preference for cycle tracks or shared streets, thoughts on riding on neighbourhood streets with or without traffic calming.

Please take a few moments (yes, it only takes a few moments) to fill out the survey between now and Friday, June 8th, 2018.

If you know anyone else that would be interested, please circulate the link.

Thanks!

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April/May 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Happy spring everyone! 

With the warm weather around the corner, everyone is excited to get back on those bike paths again (unless you've been winter biking lol). Along with the change in the season, we also have new events coming up where we'll need your help :) If you would like to volunteer to either of the events below, please email us as soon as you can and get involved in your biking community! 

 

Calgarians for Transportation Choice - Streetfight: A Handbook to the Urban Revolution with Janette Sadik Khan

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Snow, Ice and Gravel Control: Request for Photos



Winter is drawing to a close, but there are still significant amounts of snow, ice and gravel on Calgary streets, including on Calgary’s on-street bikeways. Through their Snow and Ice Control Policy, the City of Calgary has committed to clearing on-street bikeways to the following standards:


  • Centre City Cycle Track Network - Priority 1 - 90 per cent clear of snow and ice by the end of the first 24 hours after the snow has stopped.

  • All On-street Marked Bike Lanes - Priority 2 - cleared of snow and ice to a safe travel width within 48 hours after the snow has stopped.

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YYC Bike Awards- 2018 (click here for more details)

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their work and talent? Someone who exemplifies the spirit of bicycling in Calgary? Someone who helps people get on a bike and ride, or makes all our rides better?

Nominate them for an award!

Award Categories

Lawrence Hong Advocacy Award

Lawrence was a tireless advocate for all modes of transportation, and volunteered with Calgary Car Share, Arusha Open Streets, Bike Calgary, Cyclepalooza and countless others. Lawrence would have gone on to do great things for the City of Calgary, but his time was cut short. This award is presented in Lawrence's memory to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to promote cycling in Calgary.

Commuter of the Year

This award is presented to an individual whose determination and dedication to use the bicycle as a mode of transportation and serves as an inspiration and role model to others within the city. This is an award for a dedicated individual who continually puts one pedal forward.

Business of the Year

This award is presented to a local business that has made an exceptional effort to make their business or business practices more bicycle friendly. This can include making it easy for customers arriving by bike, using cycling messengers, offering pool bikes for staff, hosting bike skills classes, providing safe bike parking and shower facilities, participating in Bike to Work Day and Commuter Challenge, and promoting and supporting cycling events amongst other initiatives.

School of the Year

This award is presented to a school that promotes cycling among its staff and students. This can include bicycle education for its students and staff, the promotion of healthy transportation choices and designated bicycle facilities and storage.

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Bowness Road (Montgomery) Main Street Visioning

Montgomery Main Street Visioning Session - March 21, 2018


The City of Calgary will be hosting a drop-in format Montgomery Main Street Visioning Session on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 5-8pm at the Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Avenue NW). Additional details can be found HERE.


The area covered for the Main Street includes Home Road to 16th Avenue NW, while the area for the transportation improvements encompasses 52nd Street to 43rd Street NW and ties in with the underway improvements to Bowness Road from the Bow River West, as part of the Bowness Road Complete Streets project, as well as the South Shaganappi Study, to the east.


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