WCC2019 & WBTWD were big successes!

WCC2019 & WBTWD were big successes!

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On February 6-8, 2019 Calgary hosted the 7th annual Winter Cycling Congress (WCC2019), hosting attendees from around the world - including Finland, Sweden, USA, and Canada (probably more, but those were just some of the people I chatted with). It was a great success, bringing together winter cyclists, urban planners & engineers, advocacy specialists, and others together to discuss how to make riding in the winter easier and safer. The event culminated in Calgary's annual Winter Bike to Work Day (WBTWD) in the afternoon of Friday, February 8th. If you attended or heard about the Congress, we would love to hear your reactions in the comments section of this blog post. Here are just a few news articles written about the Congress and Winter Bike to Work Day. Feel free…
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Preventing and Reporting Bike Theft

Preventing and Reporting Bike Theft

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We've had a few inquiries lately about bike theft prevention and how to go about reporting a lost or stolen bike. The following information and more can be found in the FAQ's section of our website. While bicycle theft numbers are down in Calgary, there were still over 3600 reported bike thefts in 2017. Here’s a nice simple list to follow to help prevent bike theft, as well as how to report a theft. For more details on locking your bike, see below. Lock your bike properly by securing the wheels and the bike frame to something solid. Do this even if you are using secured bike parking.Use multiple locks.Take easily removable items with you (bells, seats, lights).Don’t leave your bike locked in an easily accessible place for long periods…
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Newsletter – December 2018

Newsletter – December 2018

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Check out Bike Calgary's December 2018 newsletter!This edition features brief articles on the pending City of Calgary budget, the Winter Cycling Congress 2019, Cyclepalooza's winter events in February, an update on the 2nd St SW cycle track project, the recent Santa Scramble event, upcoming cycling events in Calgary, and an introduction to our new Board of Directors.If you'd like to sign up for our periodic newsletter (about once every 2 or 3 months), fill out the Become a Member form (it's free!).
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Courteous Cycling & “Brand Reputation”

Courteous Cycling & “Brand Reputation”

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Like it or not, we cyclists tend to get painted with the same brush, so it behooves all of us to remain courteous on the pathways, cycle tracks, and roadways. As ridership numbers continue to increase in Calgary, year-round, more and more drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists are encountering bike riders. I like to think that Bike Calgary members are the most courteous riders out there, so there is decent chance that this post won’t reach the people it should, but I’m going to try to get this message out anyway. Feel free to share this message (politely) with other cyclist. Please remember your fellow road and pathway users when you are out and about, and take a few small steps to make their experience with you a little nicer.…
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Volunteer Opportunity – Bike Calgary Newsletter

Volunteer Opportunity – Bike Calgary Newsletter

Volunteering
UPDATE - These volunteer roles have been filled, but we are often looking for help. Please check the website periodically for new postings! Thanks for your interest in helping making Calgary a better city for active transport and cycling. Every 2 to 3 months, Bike Calgary issues a newsletter written and edited by our volunteers. We are looking for two new writers for the newsletter. Content comes from the Board, the Infrastructure Task Group, our Ward Leads, and Events Coordinator. The newsletter volunteers just have to put some nice words around the topics, format it, and send it to the Board for approval. Here is an example of our Spring 2018 newsletter. This is a great way to find out more about cycling in your city. What is your time…
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Bike Calgary’s letter to the City re: 2019-2022 Budget

Bike Calgary’s letter to the City re: 2019-2022 Budget

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Bike Calgary has just submitted its letter to the City of Calgary in regards to budget deliberations. The new budget includes amounts for Complete Streets and Main Streets, which both include considerations for cycling infrastructure. The budget is not specific as to the amount of those bigger buckets that will go specifically to cycling, so we wanted to make sure our Councillors and Mayor understood the value of improved cycling infrastructure in the city, and encourage them to specify amounts to support this. Click here to see the copy of our letter. And it's not too late for you to contact your Councillor to remind them of the importance of supporting cycling and providing adequate funding!
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Provide feedback on Calgary’s cycling infrastructure

Provide feedback on Calgary’s cycling infrastructure

Infrastructure
One of the challenges that cities face in planning and developing cycling infrastructure is knowing about current best practices, what other cities are spending on infrastructure, and what sort of increase in cycling can be expected for certain investments. To help provide this sort of information to city planners, Places For Bikes is gathering information about what is being done in various cities and how cyclists respond to those improvements and ranking participating cities. Places For Bikes gathers different types of information (e.g. amount of different types of infrastructure in each city, official mode share surveys in each city), and one type of information they want is feedback from cyclists across North America (“Community Survey”). Please take a few minutes to complete the Place For Bikes Community Survey. You will…
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Help Calgary Climate Hub, while they help Bike Calgary

Help Calgary Climate Hub, while they help Bike Calgary

Advocacy
Check out “Calgary Climate Hub” - a group that has formed to advocate that the City take action on climate change.  One of their positions it to support infrastructure for active transport, including cycling. They have some great suggestions for letting the City know that you want the current budget deliberations to consider climate change actions and cycling infrastructure. Take a look at their website (http://calgaryclimatehub.ca/) and consider getting engaged in their work - signing the petition and writing your Councillor. They have some excellent messaging around climate change action, both mitigation and adaptation, and they are supportive of other community-led efforts that will support and reinforce each other, such as Bike Calgary’s work around improving cycling infrastructure and active transportation options. Here is a list of actions they have…
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Infrastructure Volunteer Opportunity

Infrastructure Volunteer Opportunity

Infrastructure, Volunteering
Are you interested in contributing to the future of bike infrastructure in Calgary? Bike Calgary is looking for a volunteer to take on a dedicated advocacy role regarding the new City of Calgary's 2nd Street SW Complete Street project. The volunteer role will be an amazing way to constructively work with the City and with Bike Calgary to give feedback on the cycle tracks included within the project. What is Your Time Commitment? This role starts immediately. ~10hrs/month for the next month or two ~2-4hrs/month until the end of the project Project completion is expected within 1-2 years. What Would You Need to Do? Gather published and requested data from the City of Calgary regarding the proposed project Solicit feedback from Bike Calgary members regarding the proposed project, including gathering…
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Support the making of a cycling documentary – “Undeniably Young”

Support the making of a cycling documentary – “Undeniably Young”

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Check out this animated documentary being made called UNDENIABLY YOUNG, about NORA YOUNG (1917-2016), one of Canada’s most important early female cycling pioneers. The film makers are looking to crowd fund this film. Nora was a top competitive cyclist in Canada in the 1930s, at a time where women were just starting to cycle. She opened doors for every female cyclist to come after her, for which she was recently inducted to the Canadian Cycling Hall of Fame. She also was a women’s cycling advocate, cycled for recreation and transportation throughout her life, and kept riding right until her late 80s! You can learn more about her here: https://vimeo.com/292565359 And here: https://vimeo.com/292058305 Check out this information from the film makers: We currently have a crowdfunding campaign (www.igg.me/at/NoraYoungFilm) running for our film,…
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