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Green Line Expansion – Lets increase our cadence!

Green Line Expansion – Lets increase our cadence!

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UPDATE - Check out Bike Calgary's letter to the City of Calgary in support of the Green Line! The City's Green Line Committee will be meeting again on June 1 and will have a public feedback component. More information of this expansion project can be seen here: https://engage.calgary.ca/greenline or through this website https://www.projectcalgary.org/ On June 15th and pending approval at the Green Line Committee meeting on June 1, the updated Stage 1 alignment will proceed to City Council for final approval. This infrastructure expansion provides a number of possible benefits for Calgary's cyclists and to enable us to maximise this, we need to make ourselves heard! So why would Bike Calgary be interested in this? Statistically on average, people are willing to walk 750 m, and to cycle or scoot…
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Head’s up Calgary Glenmore Trail Causeway users!

Head’s up Calgary Glenmore Trail Causeway users!

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The City of Calgary has notified us that the Glenmore Trail SW Causeway will be closed on June 1st for 5 days due to essential works to the storm water. Unfortunately they are unable to provide a signed pathway detour but crossing Glenmore Trail and using the Elbow Dam route may be an option. A link to the City website is here https://www.calgary.ca/UEP/Water/Pages/construction-projects/Construction-Upgrades-and-Repairs-overview.aspx?redirect=/waterprojects and a copy of the notice is here: If anyone knows if the cycle pathway on the Dam is closed, please comment back on this post for the benefit of others.
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Citizen-led Petition – Calgary needs more open streets to keep safe and healthy during the covid-19 pandemic

Citizen-led Petition – Calgary needs more open streets to keep safe and healthy during the covid-19 pandemic

Advocacy
Please check out this blog post and petition from a Bike Calgary member (and former President of Bike Calgary). https://www.projectcalgary.org/open_streets This petition is part of a wonderful, broader project. Here is a quote from their website: Calgary is at a crossroads. Our economy faces major challenges. Unemployment and office vacancies are among the highest in the country. Decades of costly sprawl and poor urban planning have stretched municipal budgets and spread city services thin. Meanwhile, the world is changing rapidly and we risk being left behind if we don’t adapt quickly.  But we are a city of builders shaped by two rivers at a confluence of cultures. We share the belief that Calgary’s best stories are yet to be told.  https://www.facebook.com/prjctcalgary/ https://twitter.com/project_calgary
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Update on Alberta Bike Swap 2020

Update on Alberta Bike Swap 2020

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We've just received an update from the organizers of the Alberta Bike Swap events. Here is their media release with the latest information. Alberta Bike Swap 2020 Hey Alberta! Bike Swap is NOT GOING AWAY, we’re just postponing our events until it’s safe to gather again for bikey goodness.  Calgary Bike Swap would have been May 2 at City Centre Parkade, Edmonton Bike Swap would have been May 9, and Lethbridge Bike Swap would have been April 25 at Exhibition Hall.  We have over 50 conversations a day about where to buy, sell, or donate a bike, and we know that everyone will miss the bike swaps this Spring.   Most of our conversations are when our events are happening and where to buy a good used bike.  First answer; we…
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Purchasing a used bike? Here are some safety tips

Purchasing a used bike? Here are some safety tips

Education
Buying a used bike? You are part of the solution in reducing bike theft. Tips on how to purchase a used bike 1- If the price seems too good, its probably is.2- Use your local community non-for-profits like Two Wheel View (https://www.twowheelview.org/buy-a-bike) in Calgary, or Facebook Market place, a FB bike verified cycle buy and sell group, and Kijiji to search for bikes. Facebook allows you to view the seller's profile and get an idea about how legit the deal could be.3- Do not go to meet the seller alone, always take a friend and be aware of your surroundings when you show up.4- If your taking cash, leave your money in the car until you decide you want to purchase the bike. This can reduce the risk of being robbed…
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Selling a Bike? Here’s some safety tips

Selling a Bike? Here’s some safety tips

Education
With the weather warming up, here are some tips on how to list and sell your bike safely Listing your bike for sale1- Use sites like Facebook Marketplace as you can get an idea of who's looking at your bike through viewing their profile and friends. Kijiji is OK but you can set up a fake account in minutes. Avoid sites like LETGO buy and sell as it is full of undesirable buyers and sellers.2- Use a FB Verified Cycle Buy and Sell group as they screen their members and can and will verify the serial number is not reported stolen at the time of sale with numerous databases.3- Set your location to approximate on your ads, or use a random postal code so potential buyers can not find your…
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April Board of Directors meeting

Monthly meeting for the Board of Directors of Bike Calgary; all Bike Calgary members are welcome to attend. April meeting location is #250, 1220 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary
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Cyclists support for Social Distancing

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As part of our public and civil duty we are all to adhere to the current requirements and recommendations of the Governments and their agents. Not following these actually put you, your loved ones and those in the communities risk. Social distancing is a required to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. But for the cyclists of Calgary what does that mean? Firstly well done to the City of Calgary for widening certain recognized popular routes by shutting down vehicle lanes and deliberately not publishing them as this will just attract more people. This really helps but remember that its not the intent to allow more cyclist to use these routes, just to help those whom need to use them maintain social distancing. Some Provinces have issued…
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Bike Calgary changing to “Scooter Calgary”

Bike Calgary changing to “Scooter Calgary”

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Effective today, Bike Calgary is adapting to changing preferences in active transportation, and rebranding itself as "Scooter Calgary". "We have always supported active transportation in every form, and with the data from last year around the overwhelming enthusiasm for scooters, we have recognized we need to change with the times," explains Scooter Calgary president Gary Millard. "Thankfully, all the great work we have done on the multi-use pathways and network of downtown scooter tracks is still relevant to this growing mode of transportation." Scooter Calgary will continue to advocate with the City of Calgary for safe and effective infrastructure for all active transportation users. And yes, we still support cyclists, even as they become the marginal users of our wonderful network of scootering infrastructure. Please consider volunteering for Scooter Calgary…
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Ward and Community Representative Orientation / Planning Session

Ward reps are Bike Calgary’s vital links to Calgary’s communities.  They serve as points of contact for cyclists in Calgary’s neighborhoods, and alert the Bike Calgary’s Board of Directors  or Infrastructure Task Group to cycling-related issues in their areas. Ward reps can also be Bike Calgary’s representatives at organization such as large employers or one of Calgary’s colleges or universities.  They work with the Board, the city, community associations, and councillors to resolve issues and to improve cycling in Calgary’s communities. Is your community a gold mine of bike infrastructure but you aren't sure how to let your neighbours know? Are you struggling to bike because there is a lack of bike options? Does your community have a Bike Calgary representative? If this sounds like the volunteer opportunity you have…
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