As we approach 2013, Bike Calgary would like to express our gratitude for all of the hard work and effort put in by our volunteers over the past year. As an entirely volunteer driven organization, we depend upon your energy and enthusiasm to move our projects forward. We hope you will continue your support in 2013. A big thank you goes out to everyone who helped Bike Calgary this year, through donations, volunteering or becoming a Friend of Bike Calgary. There were too many amazing volunteers to list, but special mention is due to Ken Hurd of Bikeridr blog for his outstanding graphic design job on our brochure and Urban Cycling Skills poster, and Angela Burger Photography for the photos we got to use in the brochure. Sponsors this year included Alberta Bike Swap, Bow Cycle, Mechanahands, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Power in Motion. And for your holiday shopping needs, please patronize our bike shop partners in the Friends of Bike Calgary program (and claim your Friend discount when shopping!).
Welcome New Directors
At our AGM in October, the Bike Calgary membership elected seven directors. We extendend another big thanks to past directors Cate Hydeman, Al Fedoruk, and Jeff Gruttz, who did not run again. Newly elected were Dan Godin, Kimberley Nelson, and Stephanie Shewchuk. Darren Bender, Brent Clark, Frans Hettinga, and Richard Zach were re-elected. They are all looking forward to working with the Bike Calgary community volunteers and task forces to grow Calgary's transportation cycling movement in 2013, promote the bicycle as a means of transportation, and work with the city and other community group to develop better facilities, and provide information on bicycling to more interested Calgarians.
What's Coming in 2013
Turning our attention to the future, there are a number of projects Bike Calgary is involved in, or will be involved in, that hold the promise of making Calgary a more bike-friendly City. Arguably one of the key developments for 2013 will be the kick-off of a network of physically separated bicycle lanes (a.k.a. cycle tracks) in the Centre City, with the first slated for implementation on 6 and/or 7 Streets SW in the spring of 2013. By providing dedicated space, cycle tracks mitigate a significant barrier to cycling identified by Calgarians, i.e., the concern of cycling amongst motor vehicles. Bike Calgary, through our participation in the Centre City Bicycle Projects committee, along with the City of Calgary and affected business, community, advocacy and advisory groups, is excited to be part of the process of determining the optimal network. (The Centre City Cycling Network plans were part of the update on the Cycling Strategy to City Council in November.)
From a broader perspective, 2013 brings two important opportunities to improve our city-wide cycling environment. The first opportunity is already underway, in the form of the Complete Streets Guide. With a mission of “increasing the attractiveness, convenience and safety of all modes of transport”, the guide will govern the development of the future road network and guide redevelopment of the existing road network. Specifically, the guide will incorporate the new Bikeway Design Guide (identified in the Cycling Strategy as action C4) to ensure cycling is a prominent part of the transportation mix. Bike Calgary has already provided input into a the second draft of the guide, focusing on the need for cycling facilities that accommodate safe and efficient bicycle travel as a priority mode. The second opportunity, currently on the horizon, is the development of a new Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan (Cycling Strategy action C1). Again, stakeholder involvement is called for and Bike Calgary is looking forward to providing feedback on the plan.
Again, Happy Holidays from the Bike Calgary Board!