Ride Your Riding, A Bike-Friendly Canada – Federal Election 2019

Ride Your Riding, A Bike-Friendly Canada – Federal Election 2019

Advocacy
On Sunday, October 6th, a ride was hosted that brought Calgary-Confederation riding candidates together for a bike ride through the community to talk about campaign platforms, alternative modes, and investing in an active future. All candidates for the riding were invited to participate. Below are questions and information to consider as both voters, and potential federal candidates regarding what is needed to move the needle on a building out and creating a bike-friendly Canada. Happy voting! (This post has been updated/modified with the goal of retaining information from the original ride details, 2019/10/15) https://cyclepalooza.ca/event/calgary-confederation-ride-your-riding/ https://www.facebook.com/events/2365620930142036/
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Show Your Support For the 42 Avenue SE Complete Streets Project

Show Your Support For the 42 Avenue SE Complete Streets Project

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City has just finished gathering input to improve accessibility and connectivity along 42 Avenue S.E. for people who bike, walk and take transit. For cyclists, the project should greatly improve what currently is a classic "black-hole" in cycling infrastructure. Now we need to make sure this project goes ahead. For people that are not familiar with the area, the 42 Avenue SE corridor is probably the only logical east-west connection between the Inglewood area and Heritage drive.  The road is an old-fashioned car-truck oriented design that is not inviting to ride on.  Having said that, it has the potential to from excellent connections between areas like Stanley Park, Mission Road SW and the Mission area, Spiller Road SE/Stampede Park, the cycling infrastructure on 11 Street SE, the Bow River pathway system…
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12 Ave SW Improvements

12 Ave SW Improvements

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is planning to make some improvements of 12 Ave SW over this and next summer. By the end of summer 2019 we'll see the extension of the 12 Ave cycle track to 16 St SW. In 2020, the cycle track will be extended further West to 19 St SW and the Bow River pathway. More information can be found on the city's site: https://calgary.ca/12ave Summer 2019 cycle track extension to 16 St SW Summer 2020 cycle track extension to Bow River Pathway The rest of the project is a little less exciting for people who primarily bike in the area, but will see the elimination of the infamous "lane jog" for cars on 12 Ave SW. This means the route will provide two vehicle lanes that…
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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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Update: Calgary Budget 2019-2022

Update: Calgary Budget 2019-2022

Advocacy
Last month we told you about the City's upcoming budget decisions. Time has flown, and the decisions are almost upon us. We have a refresher, an update with new information, and a renewed call to action. Refresher Council is about to set the budget for the next four years, and now is everyone's chance to be heard. The main programs affecting biking in Calgary are Community Mobility and Missing Pathway Links. There have been a few opportunities to provide input on the budget, and now the remaining ones are to email councillors directly and to present to Council on November 26. New Information Since our last post, the City has published its proposed budget. Of course, the budget for a city the size of Calgary is a complicated beast, but here's…
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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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2nd St SW Complete Street Engagement Opportunities

2nd St SW Complete Street Engagement Opportunities

Advocacy, Infrastructure
The City of Calgary is seeking feedback on a proposed complete street (including cycle track!) along 2nd St SW through Mission and the Beltline. Now is the time to get involved and let the City know what you think! The Project Initially, the City had planned a painted bike lane along 2nd St, but thanks to feedback received, the City went back to the drawing board and created this updated plan for a physically separated cycle track on 2nd St all the way from the Elbow River to 10th Ave SW. This change in design means the project will create a critical All Ages & Abilities cycling link through this important area. The plan includes a poured concrete barrier, dashed green pavement at potential conflict zones, bicycle signals at signalized…
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Calgary Budget 2019-2022: Make Your Voice Heard

Calgary Budget 2019-2022: Make Your Voice Heard

Advocacy
Every four years the City of Calgary updates its budget. This fall, they are setting the budget for 2019-2022. We want this budget to reflect our needs. Here's what you need to know. Background The City's budget, called One Calgary, is split into service lines. Each service line contains several programs. Many programs will affect biking in Calgary, but the main one is Community Mobility. Community Mobility includes biking, walking, and local traffic safety. To complicate matters, Community Mobility is shared between two service lines: Sidewalks & Pathways and Streets. The budget recommendations will be presented to Council on November 14. On November 22, they will also receive a package of citizens' feedback. What is being proposed? City staff have been working for several months compiling their budgets, program by…
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Primer on Avenues to Effect Change in #YYCbike – Guest Blog Post

Primer on Avenues to Effect Change in #YYCbike – Guest Blog Post

Advocacy, Education
This post has been kindly shared by Lindsay, from https://thismombikes.net/avenues-to-effect-change-in-yycbike/ I spent the last couple of evenings getting my feet wet in our local bike activism community, first by attending my first Bike Calgary infrastructure group and then board meeting, followed by a talk on gender and cycling at the Women’s Centre the next night. If there is one thing that I gleaned from it all is that cyclists still only represent 1.8% of mode share in Calgary but that as we implement more infrastructure, that number grows. And, I was taught how to have my voice heard as best possible in order to help get the infrastructure we need. There are several reasons why I want my voice heard and two of the key reasons are: women and children. I want to see an…
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