City welcomes input on chronic ice problems on multi-use pathways

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Bike Calgary recently met with staff from the City’s Parks Pathways department to discuss Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) on the extensive multi-use pathway system. The conversation included the challenges associated with the Chinook weather patterns which typically lead to alternating snow & ice melt – freeze cycles like the ones we are currently experiencing. Winter cyclists must deal with slush and puddles in the afternoon, followed by glassy smooth or rutted ice in the morning. While impacting all pathway users, this morning ice is particularly dangerous to bike riders. For cyclists who regularly ride the same routes throughout the winter season, it is common to see pathway locations which consistently experience significant ice problems – usually due to low spots, poor drainage, or poor snow storage location leading to…
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Winter Bike Day 2024 – Feb. 10

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  Similar to last year’s Winter Bike Day, we are doing this again in 2024! We are hosting Winter Bike Day 2024 on Saturday, February 10 in conjunction with the global Ride Together Day. We are encouraging all Calgarians to get out and bike, or take multi-modal transport without the use of a private vehicle, to multiple designated destinations. Goodies will be given at various locations, and there are chances to be entered in two different prize draw categories. Hot Chocolate Fest and Winter Cycling Congress Draw New this year, Bike Calgary is partnering with the YYC Hot Chocolate Festival in support of Meals on Wheels. Starting on February 1 and ending on February 10, you can take a selfie with your bike and hot chocolate at any Hot Chocolate…
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Last Chance To Tell Council To Invest In Cycling In The Budget Adjustment!

Last Chance To Tell Council To Invest In Cycling In The Budget Adjustment!

Advocacy
Hello All, My name is Brenna and I’m a member and volunteer with Bike Calgary. I have just taken the rather scary step of signing up to speak to the city council in favor of 5A infrastructure for the upcoming budget adjustment meeting on Monday, Nov 20th. After attending the city hall advocacy training session on Thursday with the Calgary Climate Hub, I was inspired to tell my story and I want to share it here, with all of you.  I have been cycling to work almost every day since mid April, and every day I see dog walkers, joggers, bird watchers, fellow cyclists, and parents picking up their kids from school. I’ve started to recognize faces and it made me realize that I was developing a sense of community…
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Tell City Council You Want Funding for Active Transportation

Advocacy
This month the City of Calgary is going through their annual budget adjustments. While that might not sound like the most thrilling event, a big show of support from Bike Calgary members could mean big improvements to Calgary’s bike lane and bike path network! Budget adjustments are where the City chooses which projects should receive funding for the next year (and beyond). The public gets to provide their input on which projects we care about the most. This year, the city is considering a 46 million dollar investment in the bike path network, with more in the future.  We are asking you, Bike Calgary members, to come join us and tell City Council how important this is to you! For more on the budget adjustment process, check out this article…
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Calgary Budget – Call to Action

Advocacy, Community, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
Hi, My name is Hank and I’m a volunteer with Bike Calgary. I use Calgary’s 5A Network almost every day, and I’m so grateful for all of the existing cycling infrastructure in our city. But I know it could still be better.I care deeply about increasing access to active transportation in our city. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you do too. And I’m guessing that you probably also want to see Calgary’s bike infrastructure continue to grow and improve.On the week of November 20th, Calgary City Council will be meeting to review and adjust their budget, and will be voting on multiple points that directly impact the future of active transportation in our city. Will you join me in telling Council how vitally important investment in cycling infrastructure is to Calgary’s future? The…
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Help guide the future of cycling in Calgary by joining the Bike Calgary Board of Directors

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Bike Calgary is currently seeking nominations from those interested in joining our Board of Directors.  Our mission is to make Calgary a great place for all cyclists – present and future – through advocacy, education and community. So if you are interested in helping guide the direction of Bike Calgary, having your voice heard and making a difference for our cycling community, this is your chance! The Bike Calgary Board of Directors is a dedicated working board that meets regularly both in-person and virtually, in addition to participating in local events. Previous board experience is not required but is appreciated, and previous volunteer experience with Bike Calgary is considered an asset.  We are working to reduce barriers to participation in active transportation, in advocacy and within our organizational structure. We…
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May newsletter

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The Bike Calgary May newsletter is out featuring some of the latest cycling news from across the city, and some tips as you get out biking more this spring and summer. This month's newsletter includes an Advocacy update, Community events, Volunteer opportunities and Safety tips. Click here to read the full newsletter.
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We Need You! Calgary’s 2023-2026 Proposed Budget

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Calgary's 2023-2026 proposed budget has been released and it has very little funding for supporting active transportation. For more information, please check out our previous post. The good thing is the budget has not been approved and there is still time to change it. There are councillors that support active transportation and that want you to speak out. The date for public submissions is Nov 22. Below is an overview of how to register or write or speak. A Couple More Details: Select Council for meeting you wish to attend The agenda item is 9.2.1.You can copresent with another person or group. You will get 5 minutes for every person that is presenting. If you are speaking you can also share a presentation or any printed documents You will be…
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Bike Calgary’s Response to the 2023-2026 Budget

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The City of Calgary's proposed 2023-2026 budget allocates just $1.4 million to building active modes of infrastructure. This is less than 0.5% of the total Streets budget and is less than what it would cost to build the few blocks of the 7th Street Cycle tracks today. Read Project Calgary's excellent breakdown of the Streets budget here. Bike Calgary's letter to city council and administration addressing the lack of active transportation funding is below. We encourage everyone to speak or submit a written submission about why they support active transportation on Nov 22, when Council will be hearing public submissions. We also support Calgary Climate Hub in asking the City of Calgary to commit to funding at least 100km of the Always Available for All Ages and Abilities (5A) network…
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Ride for Veterans 2021

Ride for Veterans 2021

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Following last years pilot ride, Tegh Singh (SGT Jesse Jones) and Pete Spearing are cycling again to commemorate our veterans and to raise funds for the Veterans Transition Network. The 35km route will contain Calgary’s military monuments and buildings on the 11th November, making a video blog at each point. The ride is raising funds through donations of support, with all the proceeds going to the Veterans Transition Network. You can donate through the GoFundme page here (where you can also get a tax receipt). Tegh Singh (SGT. Jesse Jones) is originally from Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for over 6 years as a Fire Support Specialist. Serving in the 3rd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, he fought alongside infantry units, calling in long range weapons systems…
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