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Alberta Bike Swap – May 4th

Alberta Bike Swap – May 4th

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It's back! The annual Alberta Bike Swap is on Saturday, May 4th, at the City Centre Parkade, 340-10 Ave SW, Calgary. This is a great place to donate or sell your old bike and pick up an inexpensive first bike to ride around the city, or a second bike for just road riding, or a third bike for just cross country trails since your main mountain bike is really just a downhill bike, or a fourth bike you can keep set up for winter riding, or - well, you get the idea. Check out the Alberta Bike Swap website for more info. Alberta Bike Swap
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Mad Max Ride YYC – June 22nd

Mad Max Ride YYC – June 22nd

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Looking for a fun, lively, family-friendly ride? Check out the upcoming Mad Max Ride YYC, and tap into your creative side. Here is the write up from the Reworks website. #madmaxrideyyc Saturday, June 22nd , 2019 The Mad Max Ride is a FREE critical mass, post-apocalyptic themed ride featuring music, art, costume and motion. The ride is inclusive so all ages who ride bikes, rollerblade, use a scooter or skateboard are invited. This ride is particularly timely in light of new safety rules approved by City Council allowing more types of users on the cycle tracks. The post apocalyptic theme is a fun way to encourage participants to make creative costumes and decorate their wheels from reclaimed materials. Leading up to the ride, we will be hosting a number of…
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MEC Club Night: Save The Date

MEC Club Night: Save The Date

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On Thursday, May 16th, from 7 pm - 9 pm, our awesome friends at the MEC downtown location (830 10th Ave SW) will be offering a 10% discount to all Bike Calgary members. This is a perfect time to stock up on bike gear and other amazing outdoor gear. Follow the Eventbrite link to get your 10% discount ticket and learn more about the sale. If you are not a member of Bike Calgary, it is not too late to sign-up. (Membership is free, but we always appreciate donations) Big thanks to MEC for continuing to support the Bike Calgary community!
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Memorial Drive Bike Pathway Closures : April 1st – 20th

Memorial Drive Bike Pathway Closures : April 1st – 20th

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Starting on April 1st, the City of Calgary will be working on the Sunnyside Flood Barrier project. From April 1st - April 20th, there will be various closures of portions of the bike/shared path on the north side of the Bow River between Centre Street and 10th Street NW as the city collects data with respect to groundwater, ground conditions, and the current condition of the existing barriers. Full details about the phases of the closures and suggested detours can be found using the links below. The Pathway Closure Summary pdf should provide all the info you need to plan your bike to work for the next month. Sunnyside Flood Barrier Project - Pathway Closure SummaryDownload Current status updates of pathway closures and detours are available on the City's new…
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The 1st Annual Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo – September 21, 2019

The 1st Annual Kootenay Lake Gran Fondo – September 21, 2019

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[Sponsored Article] CRESTON, BC – With Spring finally at hand, the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce is moving into full swing on producing its first annual Gran Fondo event for this September. Riders from around the world will experience the unparalleled beauty of the Kootenay Lake and environs, featuring challenging elevations and switch backs, along with lush valley and farming countryside ride routes. Offering a warm, oceanic climate – and only 5-hours from Calgary by car –Creston will be both familiar to veterans of the Kootenay Rockies ride near Cranbrook but also offer a wholly unique, lakeside experience that coincides with a community-wide street festival and other local activities and attraction events. Definitely bring the kids! Go to http://www.kootenaylakegranfondo.com for more information, video previews and maps of the routes and…
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Volunteer Opportunities – Fund Raising & Event Planning

Volunteer Opportunities – Fund Raising & Event Planning

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Bike Calgary is working to set up consistent, ongoing funding so that we can afford to complete more advocacy work and education for cyclists in Calgary. Ultimately, we’d like sufficient ongoing, reliable funding so that we can hire a part-time Executive Director to really represent Calgary’s cycling community. We have two volunteer activities to help us reach this goal - one or two people to coordinate our annual fund raising event and YYC Bike Awards for September 2019, and a few volunteers to help with our corporate donations work including organizing advertising for our sponsors. Email volunteer@bikecalgary.org if you are interested in these volunteer activities. Event Planning - Starting Mid-March 2019 Two roles available, extensive support will be provided by several Board members Time Commitment: approx. 10 hours per month…
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Newsletter – February 2019

Newsletter – February 2019

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Check out Bike Calgary’s February 2019 newsletter!This edition features brief articles on the Winter Cycling Congress 2019 with links to some news articles about it, reporting snow clearing issues through 311, upcoming cycling events in Calgary, and some tips for dressing for cold weather (in case you are thinking of starting to ride in March, since just maybe it won't be -30 C again, you know, apart from today).If you’d like to sign up for our periodic newsletter (about once every 2 or 3 months), fill out the Become a Member form (it’s free!).
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WCC2019 & WBTWD were big successes!

WCC2019 & WBTWD were big successes!

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On February 6-8, 2019 Calgary hosted the 7th annual Winter Cycling Congress (WCC2019), hosting attendees from around the world - including Finland, Sweden, USA, and Canada (probably more, but those were just some of the people I chatted with). It was a great success, bringing together winter cyclists, urban planners & engineers, advocacy specialists, and others together to discuss how to make riding in the winter easier and safer. The event culminated in Calgary's annual Winter Bike to Work Day (WBTWD) in the afternoon of Friday, February 8th. If you attended or heard about the Congress, we would love to hear your reactions in the comments section of this blog post. Here are just a few news articles written about the Congress and Winter Bike to Work Day. Feel free…
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Preventing and Reporting Bike Theft

Preventing and Reporting Bike Theft

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We've had a few inquiries lately about bike theft prevention and how to go about reporting a lost or stolen bike. The following information and more can be found in the FAQ's section of our website. While bicycle theft numbers are down in Calgary, there were still over 3600 reported bike thefts in 2017. Here’s a nice simple list to follow to help prevent bike theft, as well as how to report a theft. For more details on locking your bike, see below. Lock your bike properly by securing the wheels and the bike frame to something solid. Do this even if you are using secured bike parking.Use multiple locks.Take easily removable items with you (bells, seats, lights).Don’t leave your bike locked in an easily accessible place for long periods…
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