For immediate release
May 30, 2012
Promoting Cycling a Major Part of Encouraging Active Transportation
Mayor Nenshi has officially proclaimed June 2012 as Bike Month. Formalizing a bike month in Calgary furthers the aims of the City of Calgary’s Cycling Strategy by raising awareness of cycling not just as as a fun and healthy activity but also as an efficient mode of travel. “Tens of thousands of Calgarians ride their bicycles regularly, be it for fun, for commuting, or for errands. Tens of thousands want to ride more often. Bike Month is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of cycling, show how efficient and fun it is, but also to educate Calgarians about how to ride bicycles safely and courteously,” says Bike Calgary Vice-President Richard Zach.
Many cycling-related events take place in Calgary this June. They range from community-based family events like Renfrew’s Bike Day and the Tour de nuit Society’s Ride the Road tour on June 3, through major benefit rides like the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer on June 23 and 24, to Calgary’s own grass-roots do-it-yourself bicycle festival Cyclepalooza June 23-July 2. Wheel to School week as well as the Calgary Commuter Challenge, aiming to encourage Calgarians to leave their car at home for a week, run June 3-9. Bike Calgary holds another one of its successful Urban Cycling Skills courses on June 23 and Safer Cycling Calgary will hold Calgary’s first CAN-BIKE Kids Festival on June 24.
Many other localities in North America have officially recognized a “bike month” in which promotion efforts are concentrated. In the US, it is typically May, whereas Canada’s northern climate makes June a better candidate. Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver hold bike month in June and officially support or sponsor events promoting cycling then. Bike Calgary hopes that with the planned hiring of a Cycling Education and Promotion coordinator in 2013, the City of Calgary will follow their lead and the lead of its citizens in promoting cycling with a City-organized event henceforth every June.