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An Introduction to Bike Calgary’s Infrastructure Taskforce

An Introduction to Bike Calgary’s Infrastructure Taskforce

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Getting the measure - Checking lane distances There are many components to Bike Calgary, one of which is our Infrastructure Taskforce, currently led by Pratim Sengupta. This multi-disciplinary, diverse team of volunteers actively review, research and engage in improving our infrastructure. Its Mission Statement is "to promote the development of safe, comfortable and efficient cycling infrastructure that caters to a wide range of age and ability, level, is accessible 24 hours/day and 365 days per year, with the goal of achieving city-wide cycling network that makes an easy and desirable travel option for Calgarians". Riding, research and advocacy are at the forefront of the group’s agenda. Working on infrastructure development involves multi-dimensional expertise, ranging from “live checks”, technical expertise on engineering design and construction, engagement with civic leadership, an ever…
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Double Celebration -Bike Calgary Strava Club breaks the 10,000 kms / City celebrates 1,000 kms of pathway!

Double Celebration -Bike Calgary Strava Club breaks the 10,000 kms / City celebrates 1,000 kms of pathway!

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Since its conception in February, the Bike Calgary Strava Club has completed over 10,000 kms and grown to 185 members in its 5 months. Its tracked multiple users from those commuting, exploring and just running errands. Remember, you don't have to be a paid member to use Strava, which is available for smartphone, navigation device or just online manual input. Along with this, the City has just announced the milestone of 1000 kms of cycling pathways within the City boundary, so now there is more and more to explore!https://newsroom.calgary.ca/city-of-calgary-celebrates-1000-km-of-paved-pathway/#:~:text=The%20City%20of%20Calgary%20has,springs%20and%20plenty%20of%20wildlife. Join the Bike Calgary Strava Club on https://www.strava.com/clubs/572563 to see the groups activities and of course receive update posts from our website
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Inspirational cyclists!

Inspirational cyclists!

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Cycling is an activity that has no limits and no boundaries, enjoyed by persons of all ages and abilities. Take some time to watch this video for how these truly inspirational people overcome all the barriers to ride and enjoy their cycling activities. https://rootedinrights.org/video/disabled-bikers/ Calgary's pathway infrastructure is available to all users and Bike Calgary is committed to advocating for improvements, expansion and access to all.
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Sorry! Peace Bridge Closed from tomorrow for maintenance

Sorry! Peace Bridge Closed from tomorrow for maintenance

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From 7am tomorrow morning until end of day Thursday, the Peace Bridge will be closed for routing maintenance. Diversions will be posted as advised by the City's communications team. Options to cross are; under Crowchild Trail; under the LRT adjacent to 10th Ave; Princes Island by Sunnyside Bank Park or under Centre Street Bridge (which is closed to cars at the moment!) See: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/peace-bridge-maintenance-1.5602417
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2020 YYC Bike Awards & Celebration

2020 YYC Bike Awards & Celebration

Join us for our annual YYC Bike Awards & Celebration! We will be announcing the winners for Rider of the Year, Advocate of the Year (Lawrence Hong Award), Business of the Year, and School of the Year. We will also be sharing some successes from 2020 and visiting with others in the cycling community – seeing old friends and making new ones. Tickets will be available in early summer.
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Lack of proper infrastructure is a key barrier to Canadians cycling more, CAA finds

Lack of proper infrastructure is a key barrier to Canadians cycling more, CAA finds

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According to a poll by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) released today, nearly one in three Canadians (31 percent) say they would cycle more if cycling infrastructure was better. See the full article here: https://www.caa.ca/infrastructure-barrier-to-cycling/ “Proper, permanent infrastructure – such as lanes separated by barriers and connected pathways – are essential to making Canadians feel safer when cycling,” says Ian Jack, vice president of public affairs, CAA National. What do you think about Calgary's bike infrastructure? Drop a comment in our forums section at https://bikecalgary.org/forums
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Is your bike registered on Bike Index?

Is your bike registered on Bike Index?

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The Calgary Police Service (CPS) has partnered with Bike Index, a free, online bike registration service, to aide in returning stolen bikes recovered by the CPS back to their rightful owners. https://www.calgary.ca/cps/public-services/bike-index.html At the moment around 12% of bikes get recovered and a key step to reuniting them with their owners is to identify them. By registering you will also add a deterrent to bike thieves in knowing that resale will be more difficult. So what do you need to do? Find your bikes serial number, usually located on the underside of your bike. Flip it upside down and look under the bottom bracket which houses the crank for your pedals https://bikeindex.org/serialsGo online and follow the directions to register your bike https://bikeindex.org/ While you are on, register all of them, the kids…
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Calgary, the first Canadian City to reach 1 million e-scooter rides!

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Yes, Calgary is the first Canadian City to rack up 1 million rides on rental e-scooters! Using the city's shared cycling and pathway infrastructure, the popular electric scooters have ridden more per-vehicle, per-day than another other city in the world for one of the providers, Lime. This year has seen Lime, Bird and now Roll join the popular e-scooter rental market here in Calgary, demonstrating that mobility rental is a popular choice for Calgarians. Lime has estimated that these rental rides have eliminated over 250,000 car rides since the program started last year. Such popularity underlines the need for a significant review of the infrastructure provided to the City's pathway users, shared by cyclists, skaters, e-scooters, runners, walkers and of course our ever present geese! In some instances all of…
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Pathway Detour: June 29th to July 3rd

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The City of Calgary has informed us of a Pathway Detour from June 29th to July 3rd, resulting form the ongoing construction work at the Sunnyside Lift Station #1 at 200 Memorial Dr. N.W., near the Calgary Curling Club, in order to improve localized flooding in Sunnyside and on Memorial Drive. The west pathway around the Calgary Curling Club will be closed starting June 29th to July 3rd, in order to install tie-ins to the building. A detour will be in place around the perimeter of the construction fencing in the CPA parking lot (see figure above).  The city has also requested that "For the safety of all pathway users, cyclists are asked to dismount from their bikes while following the detour, especially around the corners. " Further, following the reinstatement of…
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Memorial Drive N.W. Lane Closures and Paving on 5th ST N.W. (June 15 – June 19)

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As you may be aware, the City of Calgary has been constructing a lift station at 200 Memorial Dr. N.W., near the Calgary Curling Club, in order to improve localized flooding in Sunnyside and on Memorial Drive. However, due to unprecedented rainfall during the week of May 18 (the city received the highest amount of rainfall since 1942), construction work had to be postponed. The paving works will commence on Monday June 15th (until June 19), with the closure of the adaptive pedestrian roadway between 5 ST NW and the CPA Lot 59 for this duration. The city also notified us that "a portion of the site at 1724 Westmount BV N.W. is being used for equipment and material storage for the road and building tie-in works until early July.…
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