Commuter Cycling Skills courses scheduled for June!!!

Commuter Cycling Skills courses scheduled for June!!!

Education
We now have two dates scheduled for our Commuter Cycling Skills course - Saturday, June 1st and Saturday, June 15th. Book online - https://bikecalgary.org/resources/skills-program/ Courses are $80 and include a valuable Friends of Bike Calgary membership (provides discounts at partner bike shops and businesses). Course fee reductions are available if required.
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Alberta Bike Swap – May 4th

Alberta Bike Swap – May 4th

Events
It's back! The annual Alberta Bike Swap is on Saturday, May 4th, at the City Centre Parkade, 340-10 Ave SW, Calgary. This is a great place to donate or sell your old bike and pick up an inexpensive first bike to ride around the city, or a second bike for just road riding, or a third bike for just cross country trails since your main mountain bike is really just a downhill bike, or a fourth bike you can keep set up for winter riding, or - well, you get the idea. Check out the Alberta Bike Swap website for more info. Alberta Bike Swap
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Volunteer Opportunities – Fund Raising & Event Planning

Volunteer Opportunities – Fund Raising & Event Planning

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Bike Calgary is working to set up consistent, ongoing funding so that we can afford to complete more advocacy work and education for cyclists in Calgary. Ultimately, we’d like sufficient ongoing, reliable funding so that we can hire a part-time Executive Director to really represent Calgary’s cycling community. We have two volunteer activities to help us reach this goal - one or two people to coordinate our annual fund raising event and YYC Bike Awards for September 2019, and a few volunteers to help with our corporate donations work including organizing advertising for our sponsors. Email volunteer@bikecalgary.org if you are interested in these volunteer activities. Event Planning - Starting Mid-March 2019 Two roles available, extensive support will be provided by several Board members Time Commitment: approx. 10 hours per month…
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Newsletter – February 2019

Newsletter – February 2019

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Check out Bike Calgary’s February 2019 newsletter!This edition features brief articles on the Winter Cycling Congress 2019 with links to some news articles about it, reporting snow clearing issues through 311, upcoming cycling events in Calgary, and some tips for dressing for cold weather (in case you are thinking of starting to ride in March, since just maybe it won't be -30 C again, you know, apart from today).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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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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