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#sharedstreets update

#sharedstreets update

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Thank you all for the responses to date. The Twitter activity has been great and CBC carried the story in the link below. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-adaptive-lanes-expanded-patios-snow-pandemic-covid-19-1.5707197 Unfortunately, the City decided to re-open Memorial and the lower deck of Center Street this morning, without any prior public communication. Ironically, the rather large "social distancing" notice remains planted in the middle of the pathway, which in itself isn't wide enough to pass within these requirement. Traffic on Memorial at 7.15am this morning was comparable to that of the pathway. Our current list of #sharedstreets are: – Riverfront Ave (1 St to 2nd St)– Memorial Drive (9 St to just east of Centre Street)– Centre Street Lower Deck– 8th St SW (10th Ave to 17th Ave)– 11th St SW (12th Ave to 17th Ave)– Elbow…
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Bike Calgary Campaign Launch – #Sharedstreets

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Removal of social distancing could be the end of lane closures? While 2020 will go down in history as the year of the pandemic, it should also be remembered as the year Calgarians became acutely aware of the importance of our local surroundings and our public spaces. Cycling has exploded as a recreational activity and been reinvented, with the City closing roads and lanes to allow people to benefit from socially distanced outdoor activities. Calgary now has the chance to move forwards, not backwards, and to realize that no matter the time of year, We can bank some of the benefits provided to date and enable Calgarian’s to enjoy our pathways safely and to continue the boom in local outdoor activities, which brings huge gains in overall well-being and allowing…
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YYC Bike Awards 2020 – Update

YYC Bike Awards 2020 – Update

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Due to the continuing restrictions on social gatherings, Bike Calgary has decided to postpone the presentation of the 2020 YYC Bike Awards until we can hold the event in person and celebrate as a group. The September 25th event has therefore been cancelled. We will announce a new date once social gathering restrictions have been lifted. In the meantime, we are still welcoming nominations for the YYC Bike Awards. After all, the pandemic messed up much of our usual cycle commuting to school and work. Please consider schools, workplaces, businesses, and individuals who have stepped up during this time and made cycling better in our city so they can be recognized for their achievements. There are four categories for the YYC Bike Awards - School of the Year, Rider of…
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Is it time to save the temporary bike lanes?

Is it time to save the temporary bike lanes?

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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought changes to most of our lives. Although many have been challenging, some have actually been beneficial. For cyclists, one of these positive changes is the many temporary bike lanes that the city has created to help enhance active transportation in Calgary. Next month, City Council will be looking at what to do with these lanes. As you can imagine, there will be advocates for the removal of all lanes, for making all the lanes permanent and for many flavours in between. If you have lanes that you would like the City to make permanent, then make your thoughts known. If you feel strongly about keeping any of these lanes, send a 311 to the city, telling them which lanes you used and how you want…
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Pathway wayfinding? Where’s it going?

Pathway wayfinding? Where’s it going?

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With the network now exceeding the 1000kms landmark, there is a noticable lack of wayfinding for those whom are not regular users or seeking to navigate some of the complicated cross City routes from pathway to pathway. The City's website carries mapping of the current pathways, including where regular snow clearing is carried out. But is this enough and would additional signage benefit the casual user trying to navigate to a specific place using the quickest and most direct routes? Smart devices can provide safe navigational routes, but are not always up to date nor might the consider the practicalities of the route condition. Maps are also quickly out of date and not very practical. There is no doubt that some routes are in need of some directional signage and…
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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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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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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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