Welcome to Winter Quadrant Bike Ride – December 11

Welcome to Winter Quadrant Bike Ride – December 11

Community, Education, Events
Are you hoping to expand your riding season into winter this year? Looking for some tips and tricks to up your winter gear game for those extra cold or snowy days? Or do you just want an opportunity to meet up with some fellow new and experienced winter riders? Bike Calgary is organizing a Welcome to Winter ride on Saturday, December 11 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This free event will be a group ride hosted in each of Calgary's four quadrants. We have planned a 6-8 KM loop in each quadrant. Participants can experience the different types of cycling infrastructure available and to learn how to ride safely and comfortably in winter. Routes are subject to change pending weather/snow/ice conditions, but the starting points have been chosen as follows: SE - Pearce Estate ParkSW - Glenmore Athletic ParkNE - Genesis CentreNW - Brentwood C-train Station To register…
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EP Scarlett High School pilot project ends with successful Bike to School day

EP Scarlett High School pilot project ends with successful Bike to School day

Community, Education
Bikes in loaned City of Calgary racks at EP Scarlett HIgh School in SW Calgary Is there a way to get teenagers to change their transportation choices? Bike Calgary has completed its Pilot Project at Dr. EP Scarlett High School in SW Calgary. Because of Covid, the work has been on-again and off-again as in-school classes started and stopped, but we got there, and were able to organize the Bike to School day on June 4th! About 50 students and teachers rode to school – a five-fold increase from a normal summer day where just 10 bikes are in the racks. One Grade 10 student rode from Sunnyside, another youth pedaled in from Silverado – in just 37 minutes! A group of nine teachers rode in a convoy from the…
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Earth Rangers launch Pedal for the Planet Calgary Club Mission

Earth Rangers launch Pedal for the Planet Calgary Club Mission

Education
Earth Rangers has launched a Club Mission to Calgary’s kids called Pedal for the Planet Calgary, with help from Bike Calgary. Adapted for a virtual classroom environment, the mission is designed to also be completed with the help of family and friends. The Calgary Pedal for the Planet mission will help students (and parents / teachers!) understand how cycling (and walking) can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary, through education material and when safe to do so, through a week-long bike-a-thon. Resources are available for education and research as well as bike safety tips, checklists for bikes and useful riding tips and tricks. After the mission, the teams will have a chance to provide feedback about what went well, what could be better and also what resources are missing from…
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Mission-Cliff Bungalow Community Climate Conversation

Mission-Cliff Bungalow Community Climate Conversation

Community
Over the past year and a half, Bike Calgary volunteers have been participating in the Calgary Climate Hub's "Community Climate Conversations". Check out the next virtual event this Thursday, April 29 from 7-9pm. Register Here: https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/cliff_bungalow_mission_community_climate_conversation Image Credit: Calgary Climate Hub - https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/ These events bring together experts in various fields related to climate adaptation and mitigation, including urban planning, renewable energy, permaculture, and of course active/alternative transportation! Each speaker gives a brief presentation on their topic area, followed by breakout rooms where attendees can join in-depth conversations about topic areas that interest them. Bike Calgary has also found these events to be a valuable form of community engagement, as we get the chance to learn about community level issues, missing links, and ideas related to Active Transportation. Are you…
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When community space becomes personal risk.

When community space becomes personal risk.

Community, Education
Written: January 21, 2021 Karly J Ross Always accessible for all ages and abilities, this is the beginning but not the whole story. How we exist and move through space is not the same from person to person. I am sure many like me can speak to uncomfortable encounters when they stopped on the bike path, not always sure if they are safe on that long lonely stretch, wondering if there is a risk to the activity that extends beyond interactions with cars and infrastructure.  How we exist in space is not always equal, and today we received a news report that once again highlights the differences of experience when existing in public space. Today is also personally hard for me because of a loss of a loved elder in…
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Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan Survey

Education
The City of Calgary is consolidating their environmental strategies to provide an updated vision for protecting and improving Calgary's environment into the future. To help build our guiding environmental plan, they want to learn about your desires for the environment and how Calgary’s plan can bring social, health and economic benefits to the city and our community. Their goal is to provide a unified strategy that will highlight and focus on Calgary’s key environmental issues, opportunities and priorities. This plan will help clearly define The City’s environmental direction and the path forward to tackle the most critical environmental challenges and improve Calgary's our environmental outcomes. The project has outlined focus areas that will help define and guide Calgary’s Environment Strategy and Action Plan: Climate Adaptation - Prepare for and adapt to…
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Panorama Hills – Engage

Community
The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets pilot policy with the goal of creating local streets where neighbours can connect and choose travel options, no matter their age or ability. As part of the Neighbourhood Streets Program, The City is working with the community to improve streets in Panorama Hills for everyone to travel around the community. You can complete the survey and stay connected through email updates by clicking on the link below. The survey closes on the 27th December. https://engage.calgary.ca/panoramahills Panorama Hills is a residential community established in 1996. It is located in northcentral Calgary bounded by Stoney Trail to the north, Harvest Hills Boulevard to the east and Council Hills Boulevard to the south. According to the 2018 Civic Census, Panorama Hills has the third…
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Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Playbook aims to help Calgary become a leading Active City

Advocacy, Education, Infrastructure
The front page of the Active City Playbook By Laura Shutiak This week, Calgarians got a first look at a 208-page document written to push Calgary to become an Active City by 2030. Written by a diverse group of volunteers from across many sectors, including sports, recreation, active transportation, tourism and economic development, the plan envisions a city where the “active” economy drives “economic, human, social and environmental prosperity.” The group, called the Active City Collective, was born from the ashes of the failed Olympic Bid plebiscite, and was led by a pair of professors at Mount Royal University – David Legg and David Finch. The document is loaded with data and puts a strong business case forward for the economic impact of the active economy. I’d encourage you to…
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Donors kick-start Bike to School Program

Donors kick-start Bike to School Program

Advocacy, Education
Boxes of bike gear arrived from HLC, with a nice note. Thanks! “Textbooks are heavy.” “I hate cold weather.” How do I carry a tuba on a bike?” This is just some of the feedback we’ve received from students at EP Scarlett High School. Bike Calgary is doing a pilot project at the school with the goal of getting more kids out of cars and onto bikes. We’ll do this by breaking down the barriers that the kids say are preventing active modes of transportation. To do that, we’ve been fortunate to receive some great donations – that we’ll be working to get into the hands of kids that will use them. HLC sent us a couple big boxes – including racks and panier bags. We know the kids will…
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Launching the Bike to School Project

Launching the Bike to School Project

Education
Bike Calgary is very excited to launch our Bike to School Pilot Project at Dr. EP Scarlett High School. Thanks to a number of Bike Calgary volunteers, we installed new bike racks at the school last week. (Just before the snow!). We're hoping that with some education, support and perhaps a few useful swag items, we can get a few more of students to think about bikes as a mode of transportation. Volunteers Bill and Doug secure loaner bike racks at Dr. EP Scarlett Scarlett is a natural place to start our program. With over 1,500 students, only 10 students ride bikes regularly. This despite that the fact that about half the student population lives within 6kms of the school. The location of the school, with a single main access…
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