Winter Bike Day 2023
The weather was gorgeous and the pathways were busy on Saturday, February 11. Dozens of Calgarians participated in our Winter Bike Day events, visiting Hot Spots around the city for snacks, prizes, and a look at what the local cycling community has to offer year-round.
At BikeBike in Inglewood, participants got water bottles and homemade cookies. Two Wheel View had a lineup out the door. Bike And Brew in Bridgeland handed out coffee and cookies at their in-store cafe. Ridley’s Cycle had locations to visit in both Kensington and Westhills. Bike Root at the University of Calgary showed off their workspace that members can access for a low annual fee. Finally, volunteers from Bike Calgary, Youth en Route, and Alberta Bike Swap stood outside Central Library to chat with event participants and the wider community.
Several Hot Spots reported 30-40 visitors. Two Wheel View received at least 70 visits, while at Central Library, we talked to an estimated 350 Calgarians passing by on a busy day. Bike Calgary board member Jon van Heyst called the event “a great way to partner with businesses and introduce them to the community.” The media also took notice, with Global News adding a few paragraphs on Winter Bike Day to this story on new bike lane funding.
Elsewhere in Calgary, the Bowness Bike Amble introduced a group of “Bownesians” to the pathways, local businesses, and history of the northwest neighbourhood.
Bow Cycle, The Cycling Co., and Shaganappi Nordic Operations also hosted a Fat Biking workshop at Shaganappi Point Golf Course as part of the Chinook Blast winter festival.
You can read more about the event format and destinations on our original event post.
First annual Bowness Bike Amble done & dusted, as part of @bikecalgary 's Winter Bike Day celebration. We took in the community history, green spaces, cycling infrastructure including the upgraded Hextall bridge, small biz & community services. @activecityyyc @SonyaSharpYYC pic.twitter.com/PmWIVL6PSf— Rob Crooks (He/Him/His) (@robcrooks14) February 11, 2023
Stay in the loop! Check our events page regularly for fun opportunities with Bike Calgary and community partners all year.
Bike Calgary also thanks partner brands Castelli, Trek, Smith, Maloja, and OneUp for sponsoring our Winter Bike Day prize giveaways.