Update on Alberta Bike Swap 2020

Update on Alberta Bike Swap 2020

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We've just received an update from the organizers of the Alberta Bike Swap events. Here is their media release with the latest information. Alberta Bike Swap 2020 Hey Alberta! Bike Swap is NOT GOING AWAY, we’re just postponing our events until it’s safe to gather again for bikey goodness.  Calgary Bike Swap would have been May 2 at City Centre Parkade, Edmonton Bike Swap would have been May 9, and Lethbridge Bike Swap would have been April 25 at Exhibition Hall.  We have over 50 conversations a day about where to buy, sell, or donate a bike, and we know that everyone will miss the bike swaps this Spring.   Most of our conversations are when our events are happening and where to buy a good used bike.  First answer; we…
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Bike Calgary changing to “Scooter Calgary”

Bike Calgary changing to “Scooter Calgary”

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Effective today, Bike Calgary is adapting to changing preferences in active transportation, and rebranding itself as "Scooter Calgary". "We have always supported active transportation in every form, and with the data from last year around the overwhelming enthusiasm for scooters, we have recognized we need to change with the times," explains Scooter Calgary president Gary Millard. "Thankfully, all the great work we have done on the multi-use pathways and network of downtown scooter tracks is still relevant to this growing mode of transportation." Scooter Calgary will continue to advocate with the City of Calgary for safe and effective infrastructure for all active transportation users. And yes, we still support cyclists, even as they become the marginal users of our wonderful network of scootering infrastructure. Please consider volunteering for Scooter Calgary…
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Petition to extend 5 St SW Cycle Track

Petition to extend 5 St SW Cycle Track

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A group of local cycling advocates, namely Kevin Schlauch*, Lindsay Bliek*, Becca Cleaver Burke, Jessy Rajan, and Kourtney Brangan have started a petition to get the City to extend the 5 St SW cycle track south beyond 17 Ave SW. The petition is available to be signed at several businesses in the Beltline area. Please check out and sign the petition at any of these locations and support safer cycling and active transport options (this will benefit scooters, too as per the ByLaw change**, so share this with some of those Lime and Bird users that might not think about cycle track advocacy). Shelf Life BooksReWorksI Love You Coffee ShopInner City BrewingAnnex AlesBanded Peak BrewingBroken CityThe BeltlinerBike BikeThe EstablishmentCabinThe Bike ShopLa BoulangerieTwo HouseLast BestUncommon Cider Let’s make this petition take…
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Mad Max Ride & Beakerhead – Sept 21st !

Mad Max Ride & Beakerhead – Sept 21st !

Events
Mad Max Ride's post-apocalyptic themed parade is joining Beakerhead's Spectacle this time! Show up in your Mad Max themed costume, ride with us from the Riverwalk (East Village) to The Spectacle (Prince's Island Park) and be part of a spectacular night. All non-motorized transportation (bikes, skateboards, skates, scooters, etc.) is welcome to participate. The first 100 people to register get free entrance to Beakerhead`s Spectacle. NOTE: You must wear a costume and be on wheels to be eligible for the free entry.* https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mad-max-ride-yyc-at-the-spectacle-beakerhead-tickets-70867465497?aff=erelexpmlt SCHEDULE: 4 PM - 5 PM: Meet at the Simmons Building (East Village) and ride with use to The Spectacle at Prince's Island Park5 PM - 10 PM: Join us at The Spectacle where we will be stationed on site. You can take pictures of the various bikes, skates…
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Buy tickets for the YYC Bike Awards & Celebration – Sept 20th!

Buy tickets for the YYC Bike Awards & Celebration – Sept 20th!

Events, YYC Bike Award
Tickets are now on sale for the annual YYC Bike Awards & Celebration! Join us to celebrate Calgary's cycling community and help raise some funds for Bike Calgary. The annual YYC Bike Awards acknowledge contributions to cycling in Calgary by advocates, commuters, businesses, and schools. If you'd like to nominate someone, check out the webpage or fill out the nomination form. Purchase tickets to the celebration through Event Brite. The celebration will be on Friday, September 20th, at the Sunalta Community Centre (1627 10 Ave SW). Doors open at 6:30pm, YYC Bike Awards are presented at 7:30pm, and revelry follows. This year, we will be featuring some of the successes we've had both as Bike Calgary and as a cycling and active transportation community in Calgary. We'd love you have…
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Keeping Your Bike Safe – tips for locking and securing your bike

Keeping Your Bike Safe – tips for locking and securing your bike

Education
Lock it Right Bike security is made up of a simple equation:  (Apparent Ease of Taking) + (Value Possible) = (Incentive to Try) If a bike looks easy to take, it probably is. Slip the lock up and over a pole? Easy. Tiny cable lock? Just use cable cutters.  If a bike looks like it is a quick $100+ sale (regardless of the actual value of the bike), it’s a reason to grab it and sell it quick to anyone online.  Make it easy, and make it look valuable, and you’ll find thieves are highly incentivized to try to take the bike.  On the other hand, if you make it look hard, and if you make it look less desirable, you’ll see few, if any, attempts to steal your wheels.…
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Tell a friend about the Commuter Cycling Skills course!

Tell a friend about the Commuter Cycling Skills course!

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Bike Calgary has two dates scheduled in July for the Commuter Cycling Skills course - Saturday, July 20th and Saturday, July 27th. Since you're visiting the Bike Calgary website (or following us on social media), it's likely you are already a comfortable urban rider, but you probably know someone who could use a little more comfort and confidence traveling around Calgary by bike. Tell them about this course! It's a great way to learn the rules of the road and gain confidence. Maybe you'll introduce someone to this wonderful way to get around our city!
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New dates added for Commuter Cycling Skills course

New dates added for Commuter Cycling Skills course

Education
Bike Calgary has announced some new dates for the Commuter Cycling Skills course! Saturday, June 29 Saturday, July 20 Saturday, July 27 Note that some online pre-work is required, so please ensure you register a few days before the course date. Registration will close prior to the date of the course. All courses are being held at CommunityWise in the Beltline (223 - 12 Ave SW). Please contact training@bikecalgary.org for more information.
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Call for YYC Bike Award Nominations – School of the Year

Call for YYC Bike Award Nominations – School of the Year

YYC Bike Award
Do you know a school that promotes cycling for its students and its staff? Maybe they also promote bike education, healthy transportation choices and provide bike facilities and storage, too. If you do, take a moment to nominate them for recognition at the annual YYC Bike Calgary Awards event happening in September. Bike Calgary’s mission is make Calgary a great place for all bikers - present and future - through advocacy, education and community. As part of this mission, we celebrate our cycling community’s leaders and champions at a fun event each year. #yycbike
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Bike Calgary featured in Impact Magazine article on cycle commuting

Bike Calgary featured in Impact Magazine article on cycle commuting

Education
Our own President of Bike Calgary put together a brief article about trying cycle commuting. Feel free to share this information with someone who might be interested in giving it a try! We all know people who look at us regular cycle commuters and think it might be something to try, but it seems to be the realm of people who have been doing it for years. Let’s share how easy and normal it is to ride your bike to work - millions of people do it around the world. http://impactmagazine.ca/fitness/get-active/cycle-commuting/
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