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Calgary to Host 2019 Winter Cycling Congress

Bike Calgary is pleased to announce that Calgary has been awarded the 2019 Winter Cycling Congress to be held in February, 2019. The conference, which is coming to Canada for the third time, will bring 400 to 500 delegates from around the world to Calgary and area. The main goal of the conference is to create opportunities to help cities around the world learn what it takes to develop, implement, and maintain bicycle-focused transportation systems year round.

Bike Calgary was pleased to support the bid, partnering with the Town of Banff, the Town of Canmore, the City of Calgary, and the University of Calgary.

Bike Calgary is a non-profit cycling advocacy group with over 2,900 members. For the past 5 years, Bike Calgary has hosted Winter Bike to Work Day with the support of local partners. We continue to provide feedback and work with the Transportation Planning Department, Parks and Roads to advocate for improved snow clearing and route maintenance in Calgary. Many of our members will participate and be involved in the organization of the conference.

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Feedback Opportunity - Parks and Pathways Bylaw - to Feb 28, 2018

The City of Calgary is conducting engagement on revisions to the Parks and Pathway Bylaw 20M2003 from now until February 28, 2018 at https://engage.calgary.ca/parksbylaw.

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The pathway network is an integral component of Calgary’s cycling network with much of the 850 km of pathways and 95 km of trails being essential bicycle travel corridors and/or offering valued recreational riding opportunities.

For cycling, the engagement asks about things like:

  • Ability to use e-bikes
  • Whether pathway speed limits are acceptable for commuting
  • Safety concerns due to cyclist and/or pedestrian behaviour
  • Types of pathways you would use for year-round use

Please take a few moments to fill out the City’s short survey!

Note, the survey states specifically that matters not regulated by the Parks and Pathway Bylaw are outside the scope of the review.

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Winter Bike to Work Day Photo Contest!

Bike Calgary is having a photo conest! Post a photo of winter biking to social media (Twitter, Facebook), tag Bike Calgary and use #WinterBikeToWorkDay.

Good Life Bike Shop

Everyone who posts will be entered into a draw to win one of two prizes from Bike Calgary's WBTWD sponsors: Lifesport and The Good Life Community Bike Shop.

Lifesport Goody Bag

Contests closes on Tuesday February 13. Winners will be announced on the Bike Calgary website.

Happy winter biking!

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Cycling Strategy Update (2018) - Plan Design & Build

On 18-Dec-2017 (minutes link), Council approved Administration’s recommendation (link) for the annual Cycling Strategy review be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit no later than Q1-2018, to coincide with the reports on the;


Bike Calgary expects both cycling-related reports will come up for discussion as soon as early February and plans to address Committee on each of the three Pillars of the Cycling Strategy.


Above: Cycling Strategy. Figure E.1.1: Pillars of a bicycle-friendly city.


This post aims to raise awareness among Bike Calgary members in terms of the City’s progress to achieving targets within the “Plan, design and build” Pillar, including;


  • Adding more bike lanes and separated bike lanes, and

  • Developing (updating) the city-wide pathway and bikeway implementation plan.


Though the Cycling Strategy focus is on-street bikeways, a discussion around pathways is also necessary, particularly roadway corridor ‘boulevard pathways’ as these are widespread, retained in Complete Streets and incorporated into future projects, including;

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