Infrastructure Ride with Councillor Dr. Jyoti Gondek

Infrastructure Ride with Councillor Dr. Jyoti Gondek

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by Dr. Pratim Sengupta, Infrastructure Lead, Bike Calgary and Professor, University of Calgary - Werklund School of Education When you think of Bike Calgary, bikes might come to mind.  Well, that is not entirely off the mark. After all, as Bike Calgary volunteers, we ride a lot on our bikes. And we advocate for things like Bike Lanes and Bike Pathways.  BUT we stand for a lot more: multi-use pathways, for all ages and abilities, which can be accessed anytime during the day or night and the year. Councillor Dr. Gondek (Ward 3), a doctorate in urban sociology from the University of Calgary, refers to MUPs as Mobility Corridors. Last week, Dr. Gondek invited Bike Calgary to join her on a ride in her Ward so that she could show…
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Residential Speed Limits  Public Hearing Nov. 2nd

Residential Speed Limits Public Hearing Nov. 2nd

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Calgary City Council will again be hearing from citizens at a public hearing meeting of council as to whether speed limits should be reduced on residential streets. This will be done by changing the "default" speed limit in the city from the current 50 km/h. Higher-speed roads would have speed limit signs clarifying any differences from the default speed limit. This is what Council's current thinking is Want to support or encourage council in this proposed change? If so, this is what can you do; 1. Sign up to speak at the public hearing by emailing publicsubmissions@calgary.ca and indicating that you would like to speak to the speed limits item. We recommend speaking to your own personal experience, and what matters to you. There is now an option to call in to…
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Want your say about Stephen Ave?

Want your say about Stephen Ave?

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In case you missed the open house earlier in the week, the city is soliciting feedback online between Oct. 20 and Nov. 10 at engage.calgary.ca/stephenavenue. What do you think would be a benefit for cyclists here? The pedestrian walkway is arguably Calgary’s most iconic street, featuring stores, restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs. https://engage.calgary.ca/stephenavenue
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Bike Calgary AGM – Oct. 21, 2020, 7pm

Bike Calgary AGM – Oct. 21, 2020, 7pm

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Bike Calgary is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. This will be our first online AGM and we are hoping you can join us. The agenda will include a review of what we've been up to over the last year, plans and ideas for the upcoming year (with an interactive session so we can hear from our members), and some society business, including our financial statement and election of new directors to the board (don't worry, we will try to keep this part short). The event can be accessed on Zoom via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86276035560 or via phone at (587) 328-1099, Meeting ID: 862 7603 5560 Bike Calgary is looking for a few new members for the Board of Directors.…
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Presentation to the Standing Policy Committee for Planning and Urban Development

Presentation to the Standing Policy Committee for Planning and Urban Development

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On the 7th October, Bike Calgary presented a written submission along with an in-person presentation to the committee at City Hall as part of the Committee for Planning and Urban Development. Our speech, supported by the Calgary Climate Hub who also presented, was to highlight to the committee that the 5A Map (Always Available for All Ages and Abilities) should be split into phases and the city should use this to access federal funding to enable the plan to be initiated in 2021. How can you help? Well you can help by writing to your councilor and ask them to not only support the plan to initiate phase 1 but ask them what phase 1 would look like in your Ward. Some councilors voted "no" to the city's overall plan…
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Winter Riding? In Calgary………..really? Well yes, you totally can!

Winter Riding? In Calgary………..really? Well yes, you totally can!

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Article by Nigel Swytink-Binnema Some think that riding in the winter is something that requires a huge expenditure, or only for those who have cold blood running through their veins and another bike fitted specifically for the conditions. Commuting or riding a bicycle is an alien concept when our weather shifts into minus territory. Well no, this doesn't have to be the case at all and the perception that your bike has to be hung up on first snow or you need a specific bike, are false. It’s probably a lot easier than you think. Year-round riding in Calgary is actually not only fun at the weekends but very practical to commute to work or even split a journey using the LRT, if you follow some golden rules. Dress for…
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#sharedstreets alignment with City’s 5A Network plan

#sharedstreets alignment with City’s 5A Network plan

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"What's the 5A Network?" we hear you asking and, "How does this relate to the #sharedstreets campaign and the adaptive roadways (Covid lanes)?" Well, let us explain about the 5A Network and tell you about what we are doing to make cycling safer and more accessible for all Calgarians. Rest assured that we've not deviated in our efforts to retain the adaptive roadways. We realize that some of them replace missing infrastructure or address existing pathways that are insufficient for the volume of users. They need to be retained to bridge this gap. They will be used in winter as Calgarians don't hibernate until the thaw (see our upcoming blog about winter riding, counter to the views of the NY Times) and we need these spaces more than ever! But…
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City’s proposed residential speed limits reduction

City’s proposed residential speed limits reduction

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City officials are set to meet this coming week on a review of the city's residential speed limits, with three scenario's being proposed; Scenario 1 - Residential Streets and Collector Roads reduced to 30km/h Scenario 2 - Residential Streets to 30km/h, Collector Roads to 50km/h Scenario 3 - Residential and Collector Roads to 40km/h The city advises that about 25 per cent of motor vehicle collisions happen within neighborhoods each year, with about 5.5 per cent resulting in serious injury or death. The societal cost for traffic accidents in the city is estimated at more than $1.2 billion dollars a year. The city has provided a calculation tool for you to understand the impacts of these changes. We put in a journey from the North West to the South East…
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Our mobility by the numbers…Pathway Stats!

Our mobility by the numbers…Pathway Stats!

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Did you know that you can view the City's embedded pathway counters online? Ever wondered what these things are? Well there are 29 counters embedded within the multi-use pathways around our city and you can view them online here. So what does it tell us? Well filtering out cars (not sure how they would measure on the devices, but lets humor ourselves there), and take the last 30 days as an average. Remember that side by side riding and walking is probably picked up only once and there is probably a factor missed by nature of the device, but they are stated to be 97% accurate. The City's detectors, with one additional locations not shown, on Wetlands Trail in Copperfield Peace Bridge has a peak of nearly 12,000 counts on…
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Bike Calgary welcomes TCR Sport Lab to its membership scheme!

Bike Calgary welcomes TCR Sport Lab to its membership scheme!

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Bike Calgary welcomes TCR Sport Lab as a new members to our Friends of Bike Calgary scheme. Based on 10th Ave SW, the team at TCR are able to help you on training, provide assessments, coaching and classes as well as being a bike supplier and service center. TCR is a locally owned and operated business for the last 15 years starting in 2006.  They have steadily grown as company expanding their fitness and bike services with each new location.  In 2015, they moved to Sunalta from Kensington with a new space offering more fitness services and bikes.  Today, TCR is a fully equipped bike shop servicing Road, Gravel, Triathlon and Mountain bikes.  They also have Canada's only Altitude chamber for people to improve their fitness as well as metabolism. …
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