Winter Bike Day

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International Winter Bike Day is back, and has a whole new look and feel for 2023! Covid19 has changed many things over the course of the last 3 years. Utility biking has exploded, work habits have changed, and the event is now geared towards families and friends getting out on their bikes. Therefore, the event is being held on Saturday, February 11th and will be a family / friend bike parade. Instead of our traditional breakfast, we are encouraging all Calgarians to get out and bike to multiple locations. Our partners from previous events are still involved, but in most cases, you will be going to visit them, with goodies along the way and lots of prizes up for grabs. Maps will be added as routes are identified and posted…
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New Infrastructure and Federal Funding: 34 Ave SE in Dover

New Infrastructure and Federal Funding: 34 Ave SE in Dover

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Following up from our 2022 Infrastructure Year In Review blog post, we wanted to highlight another 5A network project that is nearing completion in the Southeast Calgary community of Dover. 34 Avenue is an east-west connecting road between 36 Street and 26 Street SE. Further west from 26 Street, it crosses Deerfoot Trail as Gosling Way to access an off-leash dog park and the Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. The previous 4-lane roadway with a large centre median was found to be overbuilt for the amount of drivers that used it.  Previous northern (westbound lanes of 34 Street SE). Image from Google Street view: Through the City of Calgary’s Neighbourhood Streets program, this corridor was identified for reconstruction to add more space for walking and wheeling, as well as naturalization…
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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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New Board Directors

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Bike Calgary is pleased to announce the re-election of Molli Bennett (President) to the Board of Directors, and to welcome three new board members: Volker Mendritzki, Brad Randall, and Leithan Slade. Molli’s continued leadership, and the addition of three new members to an expanded board, creates an incredible opportunity for Bike Calgary to build on its past work and grow in new directions. The 2022 Annual General Meeting saw members vote to increase the number of directors from seven to nine. This grew out of the need for Bike Calgary to have more consistent operational support. You can read all about the new board members here. Here are a few highlights on our new and re-elected members: Molli Bennett (she/her) is a lifelong Calgarian, year-round bike rider, and bicycle-focused educator…
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Candidates for vacant Board roles – AGM 2022

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On Sunday, October 23rd, at 10am, Bike Calgary will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) online (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82393925468?pwd=aTB4dERMSXIyREZyUkI1MjRQVWpiQT09). Part of our AGM is an election for vacant roles on the Board of Directors. To help our members decide on whom they'd like guiding the Board over the next year, we are providing brief write-ups from each of the candidates. Please take a look at these submissions to help you decide whom you are going to vote for on October 23rd! Hugo Batteke Molli Bennett (incumbent Director, current President of Bike Calgary) I have been honored to serve on the board for the last 2 years. I am a firm believer in the power of bicycles, simple machines that can change our lives and our urban spaces. I am a year-round…
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2022 AGM & DIRECTOR NOMINATION

2022 AGM & DIRECTOR NOMINATION

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The Bike Calgary Annual General Meeting will take place at 10 am on Sunday, October 23, 2022, over Zoom. We are planning some interesting content, including a guest speaker, so check back to find out what the surprises we have in store. Click here to join the meeting at 10am on October 23rd: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82393925468?pwd=aTB4dERMSXIyREZyUkI1MjRQVWpiQT09 We have also posted our Director nomination form (self-nominations, please). At least 2 spots on the board will be open for election. If you are interested in helping guide the direction of Bike Calgary and make a difference for our cycling community, please submit your nomination via this form: https://forms.gle/rNN7aTQKJhmCq8MVA Board experience is not required, but it is appreciated. We are working to reduce barriers to participation in active transportation, in advocacy and within our organizational…
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Feedback Requested – Calgary Transit Bike on CTrains at All Times

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From May 16 to August 31, 2022, Calgary Transit is testing to see if bikes should be allowed on CTrains at all times, instead of being restricted to non-peak hours. As this test period is coming to a close, let Calgary Transit know what you think about this by visiting: CTrain Bike Pilot (calgarytransit.com) Scroll down the bottom of the site and click the Submit Feedback button to provide your feedback.
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Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

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The final phase of public engagement is now open for the Kensington Area Improvements project located in the northwest communities of West Hillhurst and Hillhurst/Sunnyside. Check out the design concepts and fill out your feedback here: https://engage.calgary.ca/kensingtonarea Active transportation users will be particularly interested in the first three projects on the website: 19 Street NW between 5 Avenue and Kensington Road NW: Separated on-street wheeling lanes on each side of the roadway, which also provides better separation for sidewalk users from the roadway lanes. The improvements include raised islands and curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians and to improve their visibility to drivers. This project would provide better access to the growing "main street" section of 19 Street. Source: City of Calgary Engage website: https://engage.calgary.ca/kensingtonarea 2 Avenue…
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Pedal Poll : CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

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Volunteer Between June 7-12, 2022, volunteers in communities across the country will participate inCanada’s national bike count. Vélo Canada Bikes, local advocacy organizations, and localgovernment will be able to use the data in their work to make cycling a part of theirtransportation and recreation networks. Bike Calgary is pleased to announce that Calgary has been selected as a focus city this year! We have finalized our count location details and the volunteer sign up is now open on Vélo Canada Bikes website. Please note that you will not have the ability to volunteer for a specific location or time slot, nor have we confirmed an official count date within the week. At this time, we are just collecting volunteer information to begin to coordinate teams. If you have flex days…
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