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    • -29C on Monday
      Ok - Im a little nervous about -29C. Thats pretty cold. Anyone going to ride anyways? How do you keep your gear working? Mine were a little sticky this morning and it was only -13C.
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    • ! Kids CAN-BIKE Festival !

      Safer Cycling Calgary presents Kids CAN-BIKE Festival!

       

      Sunday June 24, 2012

      9:15 am - 5:00 pm

      Absolute Baseball Academy (2221 Crowchild Trail NW)

       

      The Kids CAN-BIKE Festival introduces key bike handling skills so children can ride safely on their own.

      For children ages 8-13, choose ONE of the following sessions ($15):

      1. 9:15am - 11:00am

      2. 11:15am - 1:00pm

      3. 1:15pm - 3:00pm

      4. 3:15pm - 5:00pm

      Children ages 5-7 (require adult involvement) can arrive at any time ($5).

       

      Space is limited! Register in advance to avoid disappointment!!!

      For more information or to register, visit http://SaferCyclingCalgary.ca

       

      Participants must wear an approved, current bike helmet and closed toe shoes and have a bicycle in good working order, without training wheels. Parent/caregiver must remain on site.

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    • ’60s bike refurbishment project

      I can get my hands on an old Jacques Anquetil steel frame from the late 60s which has been sitting in a garage for the last 30 years, and am thinking about restoring it to riding condition. Does anyone have experience with this sort of project? I'm interested in overall cost (obviously dependent on a lot of different factors) and whether any of the local shops are good resources for part or assistance for this sort of thing.

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    • ‘Bike Mike’ Sisson banned from site
      As webmaster of this site I have received numerous repeated demands from 'Bike Mike' Sisson that I delete all of his posts, followed by a personal threat. I'm happy to make his disturbingly vitriolic posts go away. As of this moment his account is blocked, and he is banned from the site. Sorry for the inconvenience to the readership. Please contact me or any member of the BikeCalgary board should you require his email or physical address, or phone number, as we have those on file.
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    • ‘Bikes vs. Cars’ video, Friday, 18 March ’16 @ 6:30 PM, Unitarian Church of Calgary, Green Sanctuary Committee event.

      Preliminary: OK ... the title isn't the greatest. We're way past the confrontational approach of 'cars vs. bikes'. Just consider the video's title as a means of attracting attention to the uninitiated and nothing more. CU there. 

       

      Clipped from a Green Sanctuary announcement:

       

      The Green Sanctuary committee of the Unitarian Church of Calgary invites you to our environmental film series for 2015-16.  Our next screening features the film,  "Bikes vs. Cars". Climate change and never-ending gridlock frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people around the world take on the bicycle as a do it yourself solution. From bike activists in Sao Paolo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the City of Copenhagen, where forty per cent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars will look at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary change that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.  Admission is by donation, and please bring something for the shared dessert potluck. Doors open 6:30 PM, dessert and coffee/tea at 6:45, film at 7:00.


       Our format has changed for this season. Please note, we will no longer be serving pizza before the showings, but will continue with coffee service and dessert potluck before the film and discussion after. We look forward to your participation in this season’s offerings.

       

      Come out on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM with a dessert to share, followed by the film screening, and discussion.  Cash donations are accepted at the door to cover costs.  (No one turned away for lack of funds.)

       

      ·      What: Green Sanctuary and Social Justice Environmental Issue Series Movie Night, Conversation and Dessert!

      ·      When: Friday March 18, 2016 6:30-9:00 PM

      ·      Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1st Street Northwest, Calgary

      ·      Cost: Donations accepted at door to cover costs

      ·      Please bring dessert to share.

       

       

      For more information, contact the Green Sanctuary Committee at greensanctuary@unitarianscalgary.org and visit our website:http://unitarianscalgary.org/

       

      Like us on Facebook!

       

       FAQs

       

       Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

       

      All ages are welcome to this event.

        

      What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

       

      Public transit is readily accessible via bus routes along 16th Ave North as well as Center Street.  Bicycle lock-ups are also available at the church.  Free street parking is available on 1st Street and surrounding streets in the evenings.

        

      What can/can't I bring to the event?

       

      Please bring a dessert to share.

       

       Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

       

      Email the Green Sanctuary committee at greensanctuary@unitarianscalgary.org.

       

       Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

       

      Registration is optional, but encouraged, to allow the organizers to plan ahead.  If you or a friend want to come, but didn't get a chance to register, that is okay.  Come join us anyways. Register here if you desire: http://greensanctuary-bikesvs.cars.eventbrite.ca   .

        

      Can I update my registration information?

       

      Yes.  If you are unable to do so using Eventbrite, just email greensanctuary@unitarianscalgary.org with the changes.

       

       Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

       

      No.  As an environmentally-focused group, we would prefer that you don't print a ticket.  We will have a list of registered participants at the door. (Unregistered guests will be welcome as space allows.)

      Have questions about "Bikes vs Cars" Green Sanctuary Movie Night?Contact Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Church of Calgary

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    • ‘Clean Bin Project’ Movie: Thurs 24th 7.00pm Globe Cinema
      OK, this has nothing specific to do with cycling, but Jen and Grant are currently 'cyclo-touring' their movie and will be in Calgary on Thursday (if the rain or hills on '22' don't get to them first). I got a chance to see the movie at the weekend and was wonderfully inspired, I'm sure that others here will enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers, Simon -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Could you go a year without buying anything or producing any garbage? This is exactly what Jen and Grant did, on top of that they made a movie about their year and are cycle-touring it right now... they will be in Calgary for a screening at the Globe Cinema, Thurs 24th at 7.00pm. Ticket price $10 Synopsis: The Clean Bin Project is a feature documentary film about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question "is it possible to live completely waste free?". Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the sobering problem waste in North American society. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their seemingly minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Featuring interviews with renowned artist, Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert, Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action. For more information on the project or the movie, visit: http://cleanbinproject.com/
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    • ‘Geared Up’ in Walrus
      I'm a subscriber to Canada's Walrus magazine, which in June published a great article about cycling, and particularly commuter cycling, entitled Geared Up: on the road to two-wheeled transcendence. I was going to scan it and post the images here, but now I see that Walrus has helpfully posted it on their website. Read the story and tell us what you think. Is it too negative, or realistic?
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    • ‘Her bike was priceless to us’: Family overjoyed after late daughter’s stolen bike returned

      Great article.  Very interesting the Edmonton Transit Service didn't run these bikes by the police and check to see if they were stolen before donating them/putting them on consignment at Sport Central.  Congratulations and warms the heart that the community was looking out for its members. 

       

      http://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/her-bike-was-priceless-to-us-family-overjoyed-after-late-daughters-stolen-bike-returned/wcm/8700ff9b-15b6-42e9-a467-415b064f0d32

       

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      When the bike was stolen during the 30 minutes the garage door was open, the neighbourhood was immediately searched, but without success.

      A police report was filed. Barbara Partridge printed posters to distribute and visited local businesses seeking to place a poster advertising a $500 reward for the bike’s return.

      “Friends and family also helped through social media, posting information about the theft and the reward,” she said.

      But it was 30 days later that hawk-eyed Jim Harvey, general manager at Sports Central, spotted a three-speed, sage-green Linus Dutchi among about 20 bikes the Edmonton Transit Service had dropped off after they had been found abandoned at stations.

      “The bike was in mint condition and stood out a mile,” said Harvey. “I was sure the owner would like it back. And then I noticed a Redbike store sticker on it.”

      He called the store asking if they could link the serial number to an owner.

      “We did,” said Redbike’s Jay Smith. “I had also heard through social media such a bike had been stolen and we linked the number to Paul Lumsden.”

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    • ‘Sprouting Grass’ Full Moon Ride this Saturday

      It's a always a lot of fun!

      Meet at BikeBike at 8pm.

      Just copied this from the Facebook Event page:

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      Full Moon Rides are fun focused, casual paced affairs that primarily meander around Calgary's pathway networks and almost always involve friends, firepits, food, and a full moon of course! We encourage you to bring bbq-ables (we usually bring hotdogs) and other bonfire accoutrements like s'mores/marshmallows. (Sometimes we use the C-Train to get further afield, so bringing transit fare is not a bad idea).

      ***Lights Mandatory***
      ***18+***

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    • ‘Urban Cycling’ in Avenue Magazine
      "Easy Riders: Euro-style city cycling takes the fast and the furious out of the two-wheeled commute" is an article by Dave Robertson in Avenue Magazine's website. (Dave Robertson works with Civic Camp and was involved with the organization of the Mia Birk presentation).
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    • “7005 Medallist” Canadian Tire Bike – worth it?
      I've been trying to get into using biking as a form of transport recently, for many various reasons that I'm sure you don't need me to list. I started riding an old 'mountain' bike that had no suspension, and enjoyed it. I then began eyeing up my father's old road bike, since everyone knows that road bikes go faster than chunky mountain bikes. The only problem was that the bike had seen a lot of neglect and needed a lot of work done to it in order to get it working again. I went to all the effort to get it as functional as I could, but it still doesn't work very well, and it is a little unsafe in various ways. However, I greatly enjoy how much faster it is than my mountain bike. Essentially, when I bike I want to go as fast as I can. Since the road bike isn't really wholly functional or safe, I want to do something about that. Replacing all of its parts would be an option, but if I'm doing that I might as well just buy a new bike. I then run into the problem of not being able to afford a $600 bike, however, and I didn't seem to be able to find any bikes for anything lower than that. Even searching for used bikes, I couldn't find any bike worth buying that was less than $500. Eventually I stumbled across a "7005 Medallist" bike being advertised. It's hardly been ridden, but the price is $100 less than it is at Canadian Tire, making the bike $200. I'm a little worried about buying a bike sold from Canadian Tire, though, since it may well turn out to just be a hunk of junk and not worth the money, and buying used means no returns policy. So, for the purposes of city riding, with getting places quickly being the aim, and a very restrictive budget, is it worth getting this bike? Or is there some other bike I might be able to get for less than $300 that is more worth the money? Thanks for any input and advice, -Faenon
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    • “Cycling helps immigrants get fit and fit in”
      Globe and Mail article about teaching cycling to immigrants in Quebec. Excellent idea! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec/cycling-helps-immigrants-get-fit-and-fit-in/article2030754/
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    • “Devil” ‘Cross This Saturday!

      Hey Folks

      In conjuction with Keith Bayly from Midweek Mayhem and Bikes4Humanity we are hosting a super spectator fun cyclocross race this Saturday at the Glenmore Velodrome.

      http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/uploads/files/Devil%20Take%20the%20Hindmost.pdf

      Come check out this event if you have never seen cyclocross racing (albeit a very modified form for this event), been to the Glenmore Velodrome, or if you have bike donations for Bicycles4Humanity.

      Happy Trails!

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    • “E-bikes allowed” sign on pathway
      This discussion topic was originally started by user Cody Torgerson, and was posted here, but unfortunately not in the forums. That's a problem because Google doesn't seem to be able to find discussions which are not in the forums. So if we haven't already beaten this topic to death with a stick, carry on here. I've disabled comments in the original post. BTW, I just came across an interesting picture on Flickr from a member of the E. Van bikepolo team. It seems that on Vancouver Island bikepaths, e-bikes are explicitly allowed. My guess is that they're popular with older riders, of which there are likely many in that area.
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    • “Family Friendly” Route from Edworthy to the Weaselhead

      Hey All

      Just wanted to share a route I have been riding a lot lately.  It is a very quiet and enjoyable way to connect the Bow River to the Elbow River and is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

      If you do try it let me know what you think.

      http://g.co/maps/495hj

       

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    • “It’s not too cold to bike” Critical Mass – next Friday!
      Join us for the November ride and show that it's not too cold for taking the bicycle to school, work, and play! The idea for this month's Critical Mass ride is to wear summer garment and demonstrate that it's (almost) never too cool to take the bike to town. Think sunglasses, bermuda shorts, hawaii shirts, summer skirts, etc (if necessary on top of warmer things). As always, Critical Mass is a peaceful and positive event for all Calgarians. We are not against cars or drivers, but for diversity in mobility. Friday, Nov 26 · 5:30pm - 7:00pm Eau Claire Plaza between the mall and the Y Spread the word! Hope to see you on the last Friday of the month! On Facebook - event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158623467508985 - group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=14674164619
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    • “Mark All Topics Read”
      I've tried searching for this, but haven't really found any results. Maybe i'm not using the correct search terms. Most forums that I've been on allow you to either "mark this thread as read" or "mark all topics read", so that the next time you login, you only see new topics that have been posted since your last visit. I don't see this option on these forums. Am I missing something, or is that feature not available?
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    • “Missing Link” under construction in Vista Heights
      As the sign says, there's a new pathway section about to be constructed in the NE. It starts just east of the 25th Ave NE ped/bike bridge over Deerfoot Trail, and runs firstly south along the edge of some ball fields, paralleling Deerfoot Trail, then east along the N side of 16 Ave NE to the pedestrian overpass near 19 St. You can see the route on the map further below; note the dashed purple line. The new pathway section will be pleasant for recreational walkers, skaters and bikers, as there should be a bit of a view at the top of the hill overlooking the 16 Ave NE / Deerfoot Trail intersection, but the pathway doesn't add anything for bike commuters, who have been reaching the 16 Ave / 19 St intersection by just riding down 19 St from the NE pathway system. As such, it just duplicates existing infrastructure. Since the new section doesn't join any existing pathway section to any other existing pathway section, why is it called a missing link? Have any ideas? The picture below is at the start of the new section, looking south.
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    • “Modifying” My Frame
      Gooda, I'm trying to find out whom in Calgary is a bike specialist that can suitably weld additional joints or tubes onto an aluminium framed Raleigh Bike. I've got a few "little enhancements" I'd like to make to make my bike into a truly UTILITY bike but haven't got a clue whom to talk to. I've carried this theme as far as I can without some professional advice. I understand aluminium welding is difficult and depends on the quality of the bike in the first place ..... but I'd prefer to get some professional fittings done instead of just "drilling holes and home-cooking it " .... anyone out there got any idea of an expert I can talk to please ?
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    • “She Rode a Red Raleigh” this Tue-Thur.
      Two plays this week for your consideration, including one about a bike! If you go, please give us your critique afterward. She Rode a Red Raleigh Bike by Denise Clarke (Calgary), and Number Theory by Sarah Chase (Hornby Island) and Engineered Air Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts Tues Oct 7, Wed Oct 8, Thurs Oct 9 at 8:30 pm $25.00 She Rode a Red Raleigh Bike A bent and broken bicycle wheel, still locked to the parking meter, lies abandoned. The world premiere of a new work by Calgary's own dance-theatre legend, Denise Clarke, lays bare the soul-wrenching reality of a true modern tragedy: the stolen bicycle. Number Theory In her latest brain-bending performance, acclaimed storyteller Sarah Chase gives a dance lecture on movement loops, mathematics, the tides, Michel Le Grand, and the effect of walking on logs. Becoming a living Chinese astrology calendar, her arms weave twelve animals and five elements into an intricate cross-pattern of zodiac movement, telling powerful story-loops all through the 60-count cycle. Math has never looked this good.
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    • “single speed chain guide”
      craigslist, huh? what is this thing? i don't understand. like... instead of having a single speed cog? but that doesn't make sense? like having a derailleur? but you don't need one. i just don't get it.
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    • “Still We Ride” Critical Mass documentary: Aug. 31, 7PM
      "Still We Ride" Critical Mass documentary: Aug. 31, 7PM "Still We Ride", a documentary on the Critical Mass movement in New York, will be shown at the Arusha Centre at 7PM on Friday, Aug. 31. This film will be shown right after Calgary's monthly Critical Mass ride, which will start at the Eau Claire Plaza in front of the YMCA at 5:30PM and will end at the Arusha Centre at 7PM. excerpt from stillweride.com: "On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal. For many New Yorkers, August was the first time they heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York City's bike community; a free-forming ride called Critical Mass. Still We Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and the chaos that followed. It recounts how this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last twelve months. The movie takes on issues of civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of transportation.
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    • “Tell Joe” Survey
      hey all ward 6 alderman joe connelly has a survey out and is looking for input. here is the link to it - http://telljoe.ca/tell-joe/ i have filled it out and would like to suggest that people in here do the same. the more of us (cyclists) that respond, the better.
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    • “The War on the Car”
      I have always thought that if there is a war on the car going on, the car is definitely winning. A story in the Economist shows that drivers have never had it so good. http://www.economist.com/node/21014388
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    • “To the Tar Sands” Book Launch and Film Screening, Jan. 14th
      "To the Tar Sands" Book Launch and Film Screening In 2007, nineteen young environmentalists travelled Alberta by bike, attempting to wrap their head around one of biggest industrial mega-projects in the world: the Alberta tar sands. They went from one small town to the next, meeting with the locals and asking one question: How has the tar sands boom impacted your life? The 3-week long bike trip was a fact finding mission, a story- telling adventure and a life-changing experience for all involved. The culmination of that trip is the recent release of a book entitled "Journey To The Tar Sands" (www.tothetarsands.ca) co-authored by 12 of the cyclists, as well as a feature-length documentary (www.tothetarsandsfilm.ca) which was recently featured at the Calgary International Film Festival. We are pleased to bring To The Tar Sands to a location near you. Here is the schedule for our tour: Montreal - January 4th, 7-9pm, Le Cagibi (5490 St-Laurent) Ottawa - January 6th, 7-9pm, SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.) Toronto - January 7th, 7-9pm, U of T?s George Ignatieff Theatre Saskatoon - January 11th, U of S Calgary - January 14th, 7-9pm, ST 148, U of C Edmonton - January 15th, HC L3 Theatre, U of A West Vancouver - January 19th, 7-9pm, Kay Meek Centre Vancouver - January 20th, 5-8pm, UBC
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    • “To The Tar Sands” cross-Alberta bike journey has 654 km to go
      [NOTE: Please distribute widely as the riders need your support!] To The Tar Sands! BREAKING NEWS: 10 days ago, a group of young people set out to bike across Alberta from the American border to the Tar Sands. They will ride more than 1200 kilometres from south to north on a journey of discovery and fact-finding. To The Tar Sands is more than a bike trip. It is a story telling adventure like no other. It is our attempt at creating dialogue around what is quite possibly one of the largest and most pivotal energy projects of our time. The tar sands are huge, and in a time of climate crisis they affect just about everyone. Tar Sands development is the single largest contributor and fastest growing source of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. By 2011, it is expected to produce more than 80 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is more than all of Canada's passenger cars put together (see tarsandstimeout.ca). Further tar sands development will also leave a massive footprint on freshwater sources and the boreal forest in Northern Alberta. The development of this natural resource has sweeping social implications, including over-ridden social infrastructure, infringement of indigenous lands, and jeopardizing community health by emitting toxins known to cause rare types of cancers. We want to know how the tar sands impact the lives of Albertans, be it for good or bad. We want to see it for ourselves. History is being made as we speak in Alberta, and Sierra Youth Coalition is there to witness it. The cyclists are now midway through their trip, with 654 kilometres to go till they reach the tar sands. Read their stories, listen to their voices, and see their faces live at the blog: tothetarsands.ca. To register for regular updates straight from the bikers, send us a message at director 'at' syc-cjs.org.
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    • (fs) Jet Lites dual beam system
      In very good like new condition, bought online, was used just a few times then stored away. mtbr.com reviews: http://www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/Lights/jet-lites/dual-beam/PRD_352276_130crx.aspx Make a fair offer if interested.
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    • (Preseason) To stud or not to stud?

      So here's the question. We're nearing the winter commuting season and in the 'preseason' before things get thick with packed in snow and ice but there is still the potential for things to get slick (especially with a little cold rain) what kind of tires do you ride?

      Last year, my first winter I missed the preseason and went straight to a pair of schwalbe marathons with studds from my 23 slicks. 

      I was looking into getting a studdless winter tire like this but looking at the price I said.. why not just wreck my studs on the pavement and just buy new ones when they wear out? The Conti's from MEC are 74 and new schwalbes are 69. Is there a difference performance wise? 

      http://www.mec.ca/product/5028-161/continental-top-contact-winter-ii-700-x-37-tire/?q=winter%2Btire

      (Ps, once it gets slick out there it's studs all the way and if it matters I ride a cyclocross-commuter)

      Thanks!

      E

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    • (Still) Paving Northmount Dr from Cambrian Dr to 4th St NW
      They started this project over a few weeks ago, and are not yet half way complete. I imagine that is due to the lack of cooperation from Mother Nature. I ride the Cambrian Dr. to Egerts Park just before 4th St NW and back the other way on my commute. So far, traffic has been incredibly light, and there is no on-street parking available to residents at this time (would make a nice Bike Lane), but probably due to summer time and people on vacation. When coming down the hill southbound on Northmount to turn left onto the Cambrinan/10th St. bike lane, the pavement has become very bumpy due to the heavy truck traffic for the re-paving. I know this area will be re-paved, but right now it is very difficult to maintain the speed I gain from the hill and make the left turn while signaling with my left hand. Just an FYI for anyone using that intersection in the near future, I had a real wobbly experience this morning, so you may need to reduce your speed substantially until that area is re-paved, or find an alternate route for a while.
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    • [CLOSED] Your Input is Needed on 10 Avenue S : Deadline September 29

      The City of Calgary often requests feedback from Bike Calgary on planned and completed cycling facilities.  We have created a survey to collect information from people like you to help prepare our recommendations.  These survey questions are based on the Bicycle Policy and Needs Report (City of Calgary, 2008) and the Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads (Transportation Association of Canada, 1999).

      The Area Under Review will change regularly and a map will always be provided to highlight the area in which we are interested.  It is not necessary for you to have ridden the entire Area Under Review.  The feedback that you can provide on the parts of the route that you're famililar with is still valuable.  

      For instance, if you only ride 10 Avenue S bike lane in the westbound direction between 2 Street and 11 Street SW, add this detail in your comments.  We can use this information for subsequent research projects or surveys.  

      10 Ave SW looking west from 5 StreetCurrent Area Under Review:
      10 Avenue S

      To provide the best feedback: 

      Step 1: Look at the AREA UNDER REVIEW map then go for a ride, perhaps to the local shops, to visit a friend, or even to work. 

      Step 2: While riding, think about whether you can get where you want to go by bicycle, even if you are just riding around the neighbourhood.

      Step 3: Answer each question and rate how well each need was met.  You can also note any problems you encountered by checking the appropriate box(es).  

      Each section has lots of space for comments and specific suggestions for improvement - we want your ideas, too. With detailed feedback about your cycling experience, we can help the City of Calgary provide better cycling infrastructure.

      References

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    • [UK] Insurance firm to offer cyclists cheaper car insurance – because they’re better drivers

      http://road.cc/content/news/172326-insurance-firm-offer-cyclists-cheaper-car-insurance-%E2%80%93-because-theyre-better

      The firm says that cyclists are more likely to boast superior spatial awareness and are also more alert to the dangers of the road. They also argue that a healthy lifestyle suggests greater mental agility.


      Presumably as pointed out in the comments you're also less likely to have a claim since bicycle commuters drive less.

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    • ***RECOVERED*** Stolen: 2004 SANTA CRUZ BLUR

      SEE STORY BELOW THIS POST.

       

      It is a Citrus (Anodized Green) Santa Cruz Blur. It is a very rare colour and is easy to spot.

      I have attached a picture of the bike below.

      $500 CASH REWARD For the return of my bicycle. No questions asked!

      It was taken from my garage in SE Calgary.

      Please CALL 403-807-9837 or email sonikphyr[at}gmail(dot)com if you have any information about this bike.

      Thank you!

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    • **UPDATED** New Bikeways Project Open House

      **UPDATED**

      Online Feedback Deadline Extended to Sept. 27
      20 Street S.W. Bikeway

       

       

      View the 20 Street S.W. Bikeway open house display boards and complete an online feedback form by September 27, 2015. The webpage has also been updated with information about the parking use for the area.

       

       

       

       

       

      September 10, 2015 The City will host a drop-in public open house at theMarda Loop Community Association (3130 16 Street S.W.) from 5 - 8 p.m. about the proposed bike lanes on 20 Street S.W.

      20th St Study Area

       

      Project overview

      The City of Calgary is working to make our city more liveable by creating vibrant, healthy communities through walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. Currently, 20 Street S.W., between Langriville Drive and 20 Avenue S.W., is a signed bicycle route and has been identified to have bicycle lanes installed. Bicycle lanes can improve conditions for those who walk, bicycle or drive, while developing an important link in our transportation network.

      Specifically, the project goals are to improve:

      • the road design to make walking, cycling, taking transit and driving safer, more predictable and accessible for all road users
      • bicycle connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhoods, businesses and key destinations like North Glenmore Park and 17 Avenue S.W.
      • the liveability of 20 Street S.W. through traffic calming

       

      View the project page here! 

       

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    • *Map* of current pathway and road conditions

      Hi all, are you aware of this project, built by a commuter in Edmonton? http://winterbiking.ca/ Click the little place marker in the upper right to center on your location. You can then use the tools on the left (mostly draw a polygon) to draw a line on your commute route, choose what type of conditions you experienced, and include any relevant notes. I don't get to commute by bike often, but I'll be filling this in when I do, for sure!

      Stay safe! 

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    • #CoffeeOutside Thread

      Bring a friend, a cup and your favourite camp coffee device! 730 am at the fountains at the McDougall Centre (off the 7th St. Cycle Track)

       

      *** For those unaware - the premise is simple. Bring your fave coffee making device and brew up your coffee in the outdoors with other like-minded people. ***

      *** Anyone can host - just pick a spot, pick a time (usually on Fridays but can be anytime) and invite others ***

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    • #YYCBIKE First Thursday Meetups at the Palomino

      Inspired by a similar meetup in Edmonton and a corresponding project to humanize people on bikes ([at]BikeYEG cyclist profiles on Twitter) the monthly meetup is a no-specific-agenda meeting of bicycle friendly folks to discuss Calgary-centric bike issues and bring togther like minds - with the aim of creating a tighter-knit bike community and encouraging networking.

      Details here - http://cyclepalooza.ca/event/yycbike-monthly-meetup/

      Hope to see you there!

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    • #YYCBikeLove: Help those who lost bikes during #yycflood

      Hi everyone,

      In the wake of the Calgary flooding, some of us may be less one bike. If you lost your bike and need one to work and/or get around, or if you've been the victim of a bike theft during the flood, my hope is the people on this forum can help. The need for bikes has yet to be determined but better to get the conversation started in case the need is high. 

       

      • Did you lose your bike in the #yycflood? Post it here.
      • Did you have your bike stolen? Post a pic and a description and we'll help you find it. 
      • Can't find it or need on in the interim? We'll help you find a replacement.
      • Have a bike to lend? Offer up!
      • Better yet, have a bike to GIVE that is sitting around not being used? Let us know and we'll help you find it a new sets of legs.
      Simply start your response to the post with the words TO LEND, TO GIVE, NEEDED, STOLEN, LOST and I'll do my best to help you connect with another BikeCalgary'er who can help.
      Please help get the word out and share via social media using the hashtag #yycbikelove.  
      Thanks everyone. Questions? Ask away.
      Kim
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    • $180 Pants
      I've seen this come up on a few other sites/blogs I frequent, and I'm wondering what the feeling is here. How much would you pay for a pair of pants that you could ride in? A recent NY Times article about cycle commuting pants has me thinking about what I'm willing to spend on gear. ITTET, is $180 USD + S/H for a pair of Outlier OG pants too much to pay? For me, it depends on the value [perceived or otherwise] that I get out of it. For example, I used to buy MEC Gore-Tex jackets and pants for snowsports. They offered great fabrics, but bad fit and weird colour combos [red + purple?]. Then I stumbled upon the Patagonia outlet store in Nelson. ["What? This fits, is made from quality fabrics and isn't red + purple? Incroyable!"] The realization that you get what you pay for spread to other areas, but I still have a hard time thinking that $180 for a set of pants I ride in is a good idea. I have biked around in jeans a couple of times, and they are simply not comfortable. I usually wear a pair of shorts for riding around town, but they aren't really that attractive anymore [400+ wears will do that]. Also, I'd like to not have to worry about changing into something a bit more refined if I decide to ride my bike to a lunch meeting or something. Then again, I already spend a sizable portion of my income on bike stuff, so why would fancy-pants bother me? What's your limit for stuff like this? Would you hem in your pant expenditure at $50? $100? $300?
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    • 1 broken several bruised
      Ribs that is. Me and a curb that didn't agree on the way home Monday. Rode 12km more home after the crash. Xray's, Tylenol 3's and a few weeks off the bike. What a bummer. Smacked the old helmet pretty good too. Oh well time for a new one anyway. I would rather crash my bike than drive my car! [EDIT: moved from chat forum]
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    • 1 Million Bike Trips Party
      https://www.facebook.com/events/495876097290359/ "WHEN: Wednesday, August 17 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. WHERE: 5 Street & 9 Avenue S.W. by the bike counter beside the CPR underpass. AFTERPARTY at 6PM at the Unicorn Super Pub on Stephen Ave." Come cheer on all the people on bikes crossing the bike counter as we hit the ONE MILLION mark on the Cycle Track Network. Bring your cowbells and noise makers and be part of this historic moment! Get your bike portrait with People on Bikes YYC resident photographer, Masa Higuchi, who will be on hand snapping photos. Meet the City of Calgary bike team and chat with them about the cycle track network. FREE cookies for all!" Put on by Calgarians for Cycle Tracks
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    • 10 AV SW crossing 14th St
      I saw that the city is putting in traffic lights at 14th street and 10th av SW. I have always hoped that this crossing becomes bike friendly, and then one could continue on all the way to Crowchild Trail and connect to the bike path at Crowchild Trail/Pumphouse Theatre. This would avoid using the pathway stretch from downtown to crowchild, probably one of the more used stretches with lots of conflicts. I was even as optimistic as hoping that crossing of 14th street was a bike only route, but that may not be the case. have heard that they are turning 10th ave into two lanes each way. Does anyone know if this is the case? If it is, it seems to be getting rid of what now is a bike route.
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    • 10 Avenue S Audit Released

      Bike Calgary is pleased to finally present the results of the pilot run of our Bicycle Infrastructure Audit, conducted for the 10th Avenue S floating bicycle lane in October, 2012.  We thank all of you who took time to provide your valuable input, as well as for your patience with the time it took us to publicize the results.  Synthesizing the feedback was a big undertaking and two of the key drivers of the project moved on to other pursuits shortly after the data was gathered.  

      We envision the audit as a valuable advocacy tool in improving Calgary’s cycling environment.  Our objective is to be able to deploy the audit on a much tighter time frame so that we can provide timely feedback, to identify and correct specific and endemic shortfalls in Calgary’s cycling infrastructure.  

      We have recently shared the audit report with City staff and have received favorable feedback, both with respect to the structure and content of the report as well as with acknowledgment that the floating lane concept is problematic.  Key to this feedback is an understanding that 10th Avenue S falls within the area of study for the Centre City cycle track network and the roadway has already been identified as one possible option for future cycle track development.  

      Please see below for the executive summary and read the complete report here.  We invite you to contribute your feedback on the audit report, or the 10th Avenue S floating bicycle lanes, via this forum.

      [This is an edited version of the original introduction with the intent of providing extra detail on how the results of the audit were used]


      EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      In October 2011, the City of Calgary opened the intersection at 10 Ave SW and 14 St SW to E-W traffic crossing 14 St SW.  At this time 10 Ave SW, between 4 St SE and 14 St SW, was reconfigured to include a westbound bicycle lane, in effect from 3:30 to 6:00pm Monday to Friday (aka “floating bicycle lane”), between 4th St SE to 13th St SW.  

      In October 2012, Bike Calgary piloted our Bicycle Infrastructure Audit Survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the bicycle facility at meeting the mobility needs of cyclists, as defined by the Bikeability Checklist (US Department of Transport) and Bicycle Policy and Needs Report (City of Calgary).  A total of 124 responses were collected during the approximate 2 week time frame.  The following table summarizes how respondents ranked the 10th Avenue S bike facility at meeting their needs.  The higher the score, the more effectively the need is met.

      The results of the survey show respondent satisfaction with the condition of the bicycle lane itself, specifically that the riding surface is smooth and free of obstacles and that there are amenities and parking generally available along the route.  Respondents are also satisfied, though slightly less so, with pedestrian behavior, ability to maintain speed and cyclist behavior.

      Respondents report significant dissatisfaction with motorist behavior, which also negatively impacts their space to ride, as well as their perception of safety and security when using the bicycle facility.   This is identified as particularly problematic at intersections, where motorists prematurely enter, and clog, the bike lane to turn, and where next to no guidance is given to cyclists navigating the intersection.  Beyond this the lack of eastbound accommodation and the limited time of operation of the westbound lane were seen as negatively impacting respondent satisfaction.

      The responses also suggest that available connections to other parts of the network are either hard to identify or are poor quality for bicycle travel.  Specifically, the lack of connection to the Bow River pathway system at 14 St SW, the abrupt end of the bike lane at 13 St SW, and the lack of convenient access to the 4 St SE underpass were identified as challenges (Bike Calgary noted the lack of a safe and legal connection of the 10 Ave S bike lane to the 14 St bridge at the time it opened, as well as the lack of pavement markings facilitating westbound travel across 14 St SW.).

      Overall, respondents consider the 10th Avenue S bicycle accommodations be problematic.  A year of enforcement and monitoring have improved conditions, but the lane is still far from secure.  Motorists continue to disobey driving and parking restrictions on a regular basis, there is no accommodation for westbound cyclists outside operational hours and there is no accommodation for eastbound cyclists at any time.  Sidewalk and wrong-way riding is a common occurrence.

      10 Avenue S holds great potential for an efficient east-west connection for cyclists south of the CP rail tracks, and was identified as a preferred route in a previous Bike Calgary survey (https://oldsite.bikecalgary.org/node/3050).  In order to improve 10th Avenue S, cyclist comfort must be significantly increased by mitigating the conflicts with motorists along the facility and at intersections, as well as by ensuring reliable and easy to use connections to adjoining bicycle facilities are available.

      Complete Report (PDF)

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    • 10 km/h limit
      Since when we have this 10 km/h limit on some pathways? Who the heck came with this particular number? Has he/she ever biked (other than when 5 or 6 of age with his/her uncle)? I can hardly bike at that speed (just joking). It would take me almost 3 (THREE !!!) hours one way to commute. What and if and where cancells this limit? Any comments welcome.
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    • 10 reasons to ride to work
      hey all there has been alot of comments on the calgary herald story about the "suit pursuit" last week, with many motorists and anti-bike people commenting on the story. many of these comments are about why bike commuting in calgary is NOT viable or comments that are just plain vitriolic towards bike commuters in general. there seems to be alot of misinformation out there and lots of "reasons" NOT to bike commute. well, i respectfully disagree that calgary is NOT a good city for commuting and wanted to pass this along to see what you have to say. here is a link to the reasons to commute - http://www.bikecommuters.com/2009/04/26/10-bike-commuting-myths-dispelled/#comments what other things should a "newbie" consider when thinking about starting to commute by bike in calgary?
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    • 10 St Bike Lane Extension and 3 Av Intersection Improvements

      As many of you will have read in the recent Metro article on the topic, and as others will have experienced, improvements are on the way to the intersection of 10 St and 3 Av NW. This work is part of a larger plan to extend and improve the 10 St bicycle lanes.

      When opened as a trial in 2011, the soutbound bicycle lane terminated at 5 Av, connecting to the 9a St contraflow bicycle lane by way of a bike box on 5 Av. This arrangement proved ineffective and confusing, for those both cycling and driving. As revealed in the report which announced the lanes were to be made permanent, fewer than five percent of southbound cyclists elected to use the multi-stage turn process. One in six motorists illegally turned right during the red light, diminishing the attractiveness and safety of the bike box. One in three motorists stopped in the turn box, again harming the utility of the box. The bike box was removed last year, with City staff working on how to make the connection to 9a St since.

      With the new alignment, the southbound lane now continues onto 3 Av, where it will meet up with a new turn bay and a new signalised intersection. Those cycling will now be able to ride into the green-painted bay, wait for the signal to change, and then ride onto 3 Av to connect to 9a St. Currently, the paint for the turn bay is in place, but the signalisation has been delayed. Work should be completed within a few weeks.

      The northbound bicycle lane also receives significant improvements. Originally, it confusingly started part way up the 10 St hill, leaving cyclists to ride down a potholed alleyway to access it, or dice it up with fast-accelerating automobiles at the 5 Av intersection. The lane now begins with a small stub at 4 Av, giving those cycling a safe space to wait as the light changes, and then continues on immediately from the 5 Av intersection.

      Bike Calgary was engaged as a stakeholder from early on in the planning stages, providing input on what was needed to improve the 10 St lanes' connectivity. We supported the vision of extending the bicycle lanes as a way to improve the functionality of the lanes themselves, better connect those cycling to the 9a St contraflow lane, and to improve cycling access to businesses within the Kensington BRZ. The turn bay at 3 Av also seemed a significantly improved way to transition between 10 St and 9a St. Additionally, the upgrading of the of the intersection at 3 Av to a fully-signalised intersection was recognised as benefiting all users, whether they cycle, walk or drive.

      Bike Calgary did express concerns about snow-clearing from the 3 Av turn bay from early on, and those concerns have turned out to be well-founded. In each snow fall this year, the turn bay has been packed full of snow, even if the 10 St lanes themselves have been properly cleared. It was suggested to Bike Calgary representatives that plows would be able to easily scoop snow out of the turn bay as part of their regular work on 10 St, but this has so far not been demonstrated. 311 calls have resulted in the snow being removed after the 48 hour clearing window and will hopefully result in more timely clearing in the future.

      When the turn bay construction was completed, concerns were also raised about its poor drainage. The bay slopes into the centre from both the curb and road sides, leading to pooling of water. This is a particular concern during colder months, when rain water and snow melt will pool and then freeze. Bike Calgary pointed this safety concern out to City staff, who informed us that they were aware of the error in construction and were working on a fix. Unfortunately, now that winter has set in, repairs are unlikely to happen until well into 2015.

      Aside from these concerns, the changes to the 10 St NW lanes represent a welcome improvement to an already very popular route. Bike Calgary will be watching closely to see how the 3 Av turn bay performs when the signalisation is complete.

      The City of calgary has also created another instalment in its Travel Tips series, providing information on how to use the new lanes. It can be viewed here.

       

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