Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

Kensington Area Improvements Online Engagement

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
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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Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2021 Year in Review

Calgary Cycling Infrastructure – 2021 Year in Review

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
As 2021 comes to a close, we want to reflect on some of the progress that has been made in Calgary towards safer and more convenient cycling routes. This will be somewhat of a longer blog post, so here is a brief outline: Policy and/or administrative changes implemented in the past yearAdaptive Roadways programMulti-use pathway / Off-street pathway projectsProtected Wheeling LanesLooking ahead to 2022 POLICY CHANGES One of City Council's most impactful actions towards safer active transportation in 2021 was the adoption of 40 km/h residential speed limits, for all residential streets (streets with no painted centreline), and some collector streets (busier neighbourhood streets, often with bus routes). More information about this change can be found here. After a strong majority vote in favour by City Council in February, the…
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City of Calgary Accessibility Awards

City of Calgary Accessibility Awards

Community, Education, Events, Uncategorized
On December 20, the City of Calgary announced that the Alberta Ability Network and Bike Calgary were the recipients of the City’s Transportation Opportunities Award. The award recognized Alberta Ability Network and Bike Calgary’s “Safe and Accessible Pathways” initiative. Here is a video that the City put together interviewing the award recipients. Mayor Gondek presented the award to Mezaun Lakha-Evin, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy with the Alberta Ability Network. https://twitter.com/cityofcalgary/status/1473023150321405952 Bike Calgary began a partnership with the Alberta Ability Network (AAN) in Fall of 2020 and regularly sends a representative to AAN’s monthly Affordable and Accessible Transportation Table meetings. We quickly learned that there were some shared advocacy goals with AAN around issues like road safety, snow clearing for sidewalks and pathways, and concerns around user comfort and…
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Marda Loop 34 Ave SW – Cycling Improvements

Marda Loop 34 Ave SW – Cycling Improvements

Advocacy, Infrastructure, Uncategorized
The City of Calgary is looking for feedback on three possible options for cycling and pedestrian improvements on 34 Ave SW, between Crowchild Trail and 14 St SW. This is being completed as part of the City's Main Streets work in Marda Loop on 33 Ave and 34 Ave SW. 34 Ave SW - South Calgary / Altadore 34 Avenue SW is noted on the City's 5A Network Map as a Recommended On-Street bikeway. The avenue connects many local businesses in the Marda Loop Business Improvement Area (BIA) including attractions such as the Garrison Woods Safeway and Village Ice Cream. As part of the Main Streets work, both 33 and 34 Ave SW are scheduled to receive streetscape upgrades. No bicycling upgrades are planned for 33 Avenue, so 34 Avenue…
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Ride for Veterans 2021

Ride for Veterans 2021

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Following last years pilot ride, Tegh Singh (SGT Jesse Jones) and Pete Spearing are cycling again to commemorate our veterans and to raise funds for the Veterans Transition Network. The 35km route will contain Calgary’s military monuments and buildings on the 11th November, making a video blog at each point. The ride is raising funds through donations of support, with all the proceeds going to the Veterans Transition Network. You can donate through the GoFundme page here (where you can also get a tax receipt). Tegh Singh (SGT. Jesse Jones) is originally from Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for over 6 years as a Fire Support Specialist. Serving in the 3rd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, he fought alongside infantry units, calling in long range weapons systems…
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Director Applications – 2021

Director Applications – 2021

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Bike Calgary is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 23rd, 10:00am to noon.  This AGM, we will be hearing about the previous year, enjoying a couple of guest speakers talking about the City’s infrastructure work over the previous year and about bike theft, and finally electing several new board members. Please join us to find out what’s going on around cycling in Calgary and to contribute to selecting the board members who will guide Bike Calgary over the next year. Bike Calgary has 6 open director positions. Interested folks submitted a Director Nomination Form and successful applicants make up the candidate list for the Annual General Meeting. Members in good standing who attend the AGM will get to vote in the new Directors using ElectionBuddy  To learn more…
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Calgary Votes 2021 – Candidate Questionnaire

Calgary Votes 2021 – Candidate Questionnaire

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Bike Calgary, in partnership with Youth En Route, has distributed a survey regarding active transportation to all Mayoral and Ward candidates for the 2021 election. For information about the election and where to vote please visit: https://www.calgary.ca/election.html Link to candidate responses (Google Doc - opens in a new tab) Seven goals are stated in the City of Calgary’s Transportation Plan including environmental sustainability, safety, affordability, and universal access. Wheeling (Cycling, etc.), walking, and public transit are specified in Goal #4 with the aim to enable those modes as accessible and preferred mobility choices for a greater reach of Calgarians. In early 2020, City Council formally adopted the 5A (Always Available for All Ages & Abilities) Network Guiding Principles in order to support the development infrastructure according to the goals of…
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AGM 2021 – Oct. 23rd, 10am-noon, online (Zoom)

AGM 2021 – Oct. 23rd, 10am-noon, online (Zoom)

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Bike Calgary is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 23rd, 10:00am to noon. While we were hoping to host an in-person event soon, this fall doesn't appear to be the time, so we will be on Zoom again. This AGM, we will be hearing about the previous year, enjoying a couple of guest speakers talking about the City's infrastructure work over the previous year and about bike theft, and finally electing several new board members. Please join us to find out what's going on around cycling in Calgary and to contribute to selecting the board members who will guide Bike Calgary over the next year. Here is the Zoom link to join on October 23rd: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82412112586?pwd=RnBkK0FkVmhHdXM2cWxZbFRaakpVQT09
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Bike Calgary AGM & Director Nomination

Bike Calgary AGM & Director Nomination

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Save the Date! We are planning on having our Bike Calgary Annual General Meeting at 10am to noon on Saturday, October 23, 2021, over Zoom. We are planning some interesting content, so check back to find out what the surprises we have in store. We will confirm this date shortly, but with our members being so active and likeable, we know your calendars are booking up! We have also posted our Director nomination form (self-nominations, please). 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://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzVBimG6aUBbH4PZg7C40jUzX31Uu_Hk478RwrcuwUwseeWg/viewform?usp=sf_link Board experience is not required, but it is appreciated. We are looking to build representation from all the parts of our our community - geographically and…
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