Santa Scramble Raises Money for Food Bank

About 15 hardy winter cycling enthusiasts, and even a few kids, braved the cold and wind on Saturday, December 17 for a festive ride. The “Santa Scramble” is an annual community-organized group bike ride celebrating winter cycling and bringing holiday cheer to Calgary’s downtown bike paths.

Group of 15 cyclists, many wearing Santa-related costumes, snow on the ground.
Santa Scramble attendees get ready for the group ride.

This year, attendees were encouraged to donate to the Calgary Food Bank, and organizer Matthew Hicks said on Twitter that contributions totalled about $300: “I’d give an exact number but I’ve yet to count the huge jar of nickels.”

The group rode both sides of the Bow River Pathway between East Village and Inglewood. Several passing motorists honked their appreciation for the group’s efforts. Hot chocolate, generously donated by Villages Calgary on Crowchild Trail, was shared after this short loop. Those who were so inclined then took off on two wheels to some local breweries.

This event highlights the joy of cycling in Calgary, even on the coldest days. To keep up with future events, follow the Cyclepalooza Calendar, where anyone can post bike-related events happening in Calgary.

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