The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to provide an organizational framework for Bike Calgary's advocacy efforts to promote cycling and make Calgary and the surrounding area more bike friendly. The group will provide input to the various departments of the City of Calgary on cycling-related issues (in particular, Transportation, Parks, and the Calgary Police Service), will work with City Council to develop bicycle-friendly policies, will inform the general public about cycling issues and benefits, and will educate motorists and cyclists about sharing Calgary's roads safely.
The Bike Calgary Advocacy Committee works under the auspices of the Bike Calgary board of directors, and involves the Alberta Randonneurs, the Bike Root University of Calgary student cycling organization and bike shop, the Elbow Valley Cycling Club, the Good Life community bike shop, the Sustainable Alberta Association, and the Two Wheel View youth cycling charity. Working together, these organizations present a unified voice on behalf of Calgary's transportation and recreational cyclists.
The goal of the committee is to promote cycling in Calgary with the aim of Calgary becoming a world-class bicycle-friendly city by:
- Providing resources for Calgarians who want to cycle;
- Offering information on the state of cycling in Calgary for cyclists and non-cyclists alike;
- Promoting cycling through media and participation in events;
- Working with the City to improve cycling infrastructure and make streets safer for people to ride their bicycle around town;
- Engaging in special projects to complement the City's efforts to improve cycling in Calgary.
There are five simple ways you can help:
- Subscribe to the Bike Calgary advocacy newsletter. We'll keep you updated about what's happening. Also, follow the #yycbike hastag on Twitter, and Bike Calgary's Website, Facebook page and Twitter account pages.
- Check out the Task Forces. See what they're doing and what they need (contacts, talent, people, etc.). Anyone who has resources (time, skills, money) to contribute is welcome!
- Volunteer in your Community. Community volunteers are the go-to people for local issues in Calgary's communities (in the sense of neighborhoods, major employers, etc.). Calgary's big, and we need people who know the ins and outs of Calgary's communities, have or would like to build connections to Community Associations and councillors (aldermen), and generally be Bike Calgary's eyes and ears in the communities. You can make a change in your community!
- Contact the Advocacy Committee. Write to email@example.com for more information.
- Spread the Word. The more, the merrier! Share this page on Facebook, Tweet it, email it to your friends.