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Ramsay / Inglewood 11 St & 12 St Survey

Ramsay / Inglewood 11 St & 12 St Survey

#sharedstreets, Advocacy, Infrastructure
The redesigned streetscape for 11 Street SE / 12 Street SE through the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood has been released, and the City of Calgary is requesting feedback on the preferred design concept. Check out the plans and survey at the link below: https://engage.calgary.ca/ramsay-inglewoodTOD Adaptive roadway on the west side of 12 Street SE in Inglewood. Photo: Bike Calgary The design drawings call for a two-way wheeling path on the west side of 12 Street SE in Inglewood and under the CP rail tracks, similar to the current adaptive roadway on this street. Proposed design on 12 Street SE through Inglewood with west side multi-use pathway. Graphic: City of Calgary Engage South of the underpass, however, the pathway switches to the east side of the roadway. No rationale is…
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Tell us how you cycle: Survey of Older Cyclists Now Underway

Tell us how you cycle: Survey of Older Cyclists Now Underway

Advocacy, Education, Research
The Mineta Transportation Institute wants to learn more about older cyclists. Bike Calgary is sharing this survey to help them collect data that can be used to help change the built environment and to support continued cycling as people age. Increased cycling rates among all ages has sparked the need to learn more about how to make cycling possible and safe in the United States and Canada.  Learning about why and how older adults (50 and older) cycle is no exception, especially since remaining physical active and engaged supports overall wellness. Survey results provide transportation planners and engineers, public health professionals, and journalists with better information about the needs of older adults who cycle, similar to what we know about kids that walk or bike to school. Based on what…
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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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Neighbourhood Streets Policy

Neighbourhood Streets Policy

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Imagine safe, comfortable travel options - and more - in our communities Neighbourhood Streets Pilot - Separated Wheeling Lanes on Silver Springs Blvd in NW Calgary The City of Calgary is looking for public input on the new Neighbourhood Streets Policy that is currently being piloted in several communities. This should be of great interest to Bike Calgary members and anyone else looking to significantly improve the communities that we live, work, and play in. The last day to provide your online input is December 17th. After you’ve read this blog, please go to https://engage.calgary.ca/neighbourhood-streets-pilot-policy to learn more about the policy itself and submit your comments. In June 2022, City administration will recommend a final version Neighbourhood Streets Policy to Council for approval – please let your voices be heard.…
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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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2021 City of Calgary Budget – Public Hearing November 22

2021 City of Calgary Budget – Public Hearing November 22

Advocacy, Infrastructure
On Monday, November 22, citizens can provide feedback to City Council on the 2022 budget adjustments. If you'd like to call in and share comments over the phone, you can sign up here (no in-person speakers at this time). You can also submit written comments at the same link. Alternatively, we encourage you to send a message to your councillor letting them know what your priorities are for the upcoming budget. If you don't know how to contact your councillor, the City of Calgary has this helpful page:  https://www.calgary.ca/citycouncil/findyourcouncillor.html Here are their office email addresses: themayor@calgary.ca eaward1@calgary.ca  eaward2@calgary.ca eaward3@calgary.ca eaward4@calgary.ca eaward5@calgary.ca eaward6@calgary.ca eaward7@calgary.ca eaward8@calgary.ca eaward9@calgary.ca eaward10@calgary.ca eaward11@calgary.ca eaward12@calgary.ca eaward13@calgary.ca eaward14@calgary.ca Bike Calgary plans to speak to City Council on Monday in support of continued funding improvements to snow and ice…
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Ride for Veterans 2021

Ride for Veterans 2021

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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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