News

December Board of Directors meeting

The monthly meeting for the Bike Calgary Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. All Bike Calgary members are welcome to attend. This meeting will be held in Room 3-17B of the new Central Library.
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Courteous Cycling & “Brand Reputation”

Courteous Cycling & “Brand Reputation”

Uncategorized
Like it or not, we cyclists tend to get painted with the same brush, so it behooves all of us to remain courteous on the pathways, cycle tracks, and roadways. As ridership numbers continue to increase in Calgary, year-round, more and more drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists are encountering bike riders. I like to think that Bike Calgary members are the most courteous riders out there, so there is decent chance that this post won’t reach the people it should, but I’m going to try to get this message out anyway. Feel free to share this message (politely) with other cyclist. Please remember your fellow road and pathway users when you are out and about, and take a few small steps to make their experience with you a little nicer.…
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Volunteer Opportunity – Bike Calgary Newsletter

Volunteer Opportunity – Bike Calgary Newsletter

Volunteering
UPDATE - These volunteer roles have been filled, but we are often looking for help. Please check the website periodically for new postings! Thanks for your interest in helping making Calgary a better city for active transport and cycling. Every 2 to 3 months, Bike Calgary issues a newsletter written and edited by our volunteers. We are looking for two new writers for the newsletter. Content comes from the Board, the Infrastructure Task Group, our Ward Leads, and Events Coordinator. The newsletter volunteers just have to put some nice words around the topics, format it, and send it to the Board for approval. Here is an example of our Spring 2018 newsletter. This is a great way to find out more about cycling in your city. What is your time…
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Bike Calgary’s letter to the City re: 2019-2022 Budget

Bike Calgary’s letter to the City re: 2019-2022 Budget

Advocacy, Infrastructure
Bike Calgary has just submitted its letter to the City of Calgary in regards to budget deliberations. The new budget includes amounts for Complete Streets and Main Streets, which both include considerations for cycling infrastructure. The budget is not specific as to the amount of those bigger buckets that will go specifically to cycling, so we wanted to make sure our Councillors and Mayor understood the value of improved cycling infrastructure in the city, and encourage them to specify amounts to support this. Click here to see the copy of our letter. And it's not too late for you to contact your Councillor to remind them of the importance of supporting cycling and providing adequate funding!
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Update: Calgary Budget 2019-2022

Update: Calgary Budget 2019-2022

Advocacy
Last month we told you about the City's upcoming budget decisions. Time has flown, and the decisions are almost upon us. We have a refresher, an update with new information, and a renewed call to action. Refresher Council is about to set the budget for the next four years, and now is everyone's chance to be heard. The main programs affecting biking in Calgary are Community Mobility and Missing Pathway Links. There have been a few opportunities to provide input on the budget, and now the remaining ones are to email councillors directly and to present to Council on November 26. New Information Since our last post, the City has published its proposed budget. Of course, the budget for a city the size of Calgary is a complicated beast, but here's…
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Provide feedback on Calgary’s cycling infrastructure

Provide feedback on Calgary’s cycling infrastructure

Infrastructure
One of the challenges that cities face in planning and developing cycling infrastructure is knowing about current best practices, what other cities are spending on infrastructure, and what sort of increase in cycling can be expected for certain investments. To help provide this sort of information to city planners, Places For Bikes is gathering information about what is being done in various cities and how cyclists respond to those improvements and ranking participating cities. Places For Bikes gathers different types of information (e.g. amount of different types of infrastructure in each city, official mode share surveys in each city), and one type of information they want is feedback from cyclists across North America (“Community Survey”). Please take a few minutes to complete the Place For Bikes Community Survey. You will…
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Winter Cycling Congress – Volunteers Needed!

Winter Cycling Congress – Volunteers Needed!

Events, Volunteering
We are already starting to count down the days to the Winter Cycling Congress, hosted this year in Calgary! We have the rare opportunity to host this event just 2 years after winning the Winter Cycling Excellence Award (Winnie), and are excited to show our city off to the world! Held in the beautiful new Central Library, we are ready to welcome the winter bike community from around the globe. The week is jam packed with events both during and outside of the congress, and Bike Calgary is excited to help organize the volunteers for the event. Whether you have time to help plan, are free during the days, or have availability in the evenings outside of the congress, we have an opportunity that will fit you. Interested in signing…
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Help Calgary Climate Hub, while they help Bike Calgary

Help Calgary Climate Hub, while they help Bike Calgary

Advocacy
Check out “Calgary Climate Hub” - a group that has formed to advocate that the City take action on climate change.  One of their positions it to support infrastructure for active transport, including cycling. They have some great suggestions for letting the City know that you want the current budget deliberations to consider climate change actions and cycling infrastructure. Take a look at their website (http://calgaryclimatehub.ca/) and consider getting engaged in their work - signing the petition and writing your Councillor. They have some excellent messaging around climate change action, both mitigation and adaptation, and they are supportive of other community-led efforts that will support and reinforce each other, such as Bike Calgary’s work around improving cycling infrastructure and active transportation options. Here is a list of actions they have…
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