You can access the Spring 2016 Bikeshorts newsletter here
Bikebridge will hold its AGM on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the Lethbridge Red Cross meeting room at 335 Columbia Boulevard West, Lethbridge. All members of the public are invited to attend and memberships will be available. There are several board positions which are open and will be filled at this meeting. If you have an interest in filling one of these positions, please contact us at ContactBikebridge@gmail.com
Sellers, let Alberta Bike Swap do the work for you in exchange for a portion of the proceeds! Just drop of your bike in the morning, pay a small rack fee, and receive a cheque in the mail shortly thereafter. More info at: http://albertabikeswap.ca/location/lethbridge
Buyers, take advantage of a wide selection of bicycles at attractive prices. New bikes (from the Lethbridge shops), healthy used bikes (all checked on site for road-worthiness), and probably some fixer-uppers for the extreme bargain hunter or spare parts enthusiast.
Volunteers are needed to help with set up, intake, sales, tear down, and various work throughout the day. Alberta Bike Swap is two people (two!) who are most generous with their time and the proceeds from the swaps in order to promote safe and happy cycling for Albertans. They need our assistance to keep the swap running. Don’t be intimidated by the volunteer application: http://albertabikeswap.ca/volunteer-form The skill offerings include “Other, and I don’t mind being assigned”. Also, pay no heed to any mention of an oversupply of volunteers. That happens in Calgary, not Lethbridge.
Hope to see you there!
On September 26-27, 2015, several members of Bikebridge had the great pleasure to attend the 3rd annual Alberta Bicycle Commuters’ Conference (ABBCC) in Canmore.
The two-day conference, dedicated to promoting bicycling as a means of transportation, explored a wide range of topics. Among these were promoting safe bicycling, celebrating successful implementations of bicycle infrastructure (Calgary), reviewing bicycling initiatives already underway in Ontario and Quebec, and exploring possibilities for setting up an umbrella organization to promote bicycling as transportation in Alberta. It was all enormously interesting and very inspiring!
We were also very pleased that one Lethbridge council member, Jeff Coffman, and two officials from the City of Lethbridge Transportation Department attended. They were able to hear first hand about what was happening to promote cycling in other jurisdictions, and participate in the general discussion sessions.
To explore further, click on the links for the slides from the ABBCC presentations: ABBCC presentations.
Also, we were introduced to a number of other web sites where a wealth of information on bicycling can be found. Check it out for yourself!
Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Ontario Cycling Advocacy Network (OntarioCAN)
The League of American Bicyclists
Alberta Bicycle Network
ALBERTA TRAFFIC SAFETY FUND (ATSF) – grants are available to Alberta communities for traffic safety initiatives.
[Reproduced from the Lethbridge Herald, June 20, 2015]
By Villeneuve, Melissa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents had the chance to review design concepts and provide feedback for 6 Avenue South, from Scenic Drive to Mayor Magrath Drive, at a public forum on Wednesday, as the City of Lethbridge completes its planning study.
About 150 people attended the third and final public feedback session in the city hall foyer. Information on the progress of the London Road Neighbourhood Area Redevelopment Plan was also available, as both projects are inter-related.
The goal of the study is to develop a long-term plan for one of the city’s main arteries to accommodate future growth, while respecting the community’s vision for the corridor.
Traffic volume, pedestrian safety and population growth are all factors taken into consideration.
The feedback from residents for the proposed design was mostly positive, according to Ahmed Ali, Transportation manager, City of Lethbridge.
“We do planning exercises for all arterial roads once in seven to 10 years to see what the current situation is and what it needs, if any implements, in the next 20 to 30 years. Currently our planning horizon is 130,000 population.”
As the westside is developing, there are more opportunities for citizens to work, play and shop. Traffic volume on 6 Avenue South is projected to decrease by 10 per cent, he explained, as people won’t need to travel east for services as often.
“Therefore there’s no need for adding lanes or drastic improvements on 6 Avenue South, but we also need to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists more safely.”
Proposed long-term solutions include providing a one-way protected bike lane and a separate sidewalk, with a plan to rehabilitate trees along the avenue.
Short-term improvements for pedestrian and cyclist safety include building curb extensions, to increase corner vision for motorists. The city also intends to relocate or improve several pedestrian crossings, and create a bike boulevard on 7 Avenue South with a reduced speed limit and mini roundabouts.
“With all those physical and visual measures, we’ll try to slow down the traffic and make cyclists and pedestrians a priority on that street,” said Ali.
The results of the sessions will be analyzed and presented to council in the fall.
Improvements are expected to be made gradually over the next five years.
For more information, or to provide feedback online, visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/getinvolved.
This year saw a considerable increase in the number of people using Bikebridge’s bike valet service at the Lethbridge Dragon Boat Festival on June 27 -28 (2015) in Lethbridge. Our usage numbers made it well into the triple digits — unofficially the count was ‘about 120’ — whereas other years we had only about 50 clients. At one point, our allotted space was so jammed with bicycles, we were concerned that we were running out of capacity! Unfortunately, we can’t show you any pictures of this because, the designated photographer who was so busy signing bicycles in, ahem . . . forgot to take a picture!!
Nonetheless, Dragon Boat Festival organizers who witnessed our over-loaded bike racks are already talking about how to increase our space and the number of racks for next year! We’ll be ready to take on even more patrons next year.
We noticed that a large number of the patrons were from out-of-town. It seems that members of out-of-town teams are bringing their bicycles with them, and using them as transportation to and from their venues over the weekend. Obviously, they have figured out that it is much easier to do that than hike down to Exhibition Park, all the way at the east end of Henderson Lake where there was free parking. Especially if you have to do it several times a day!
We also had an increase in families making an outing of the Dragon Boat Festival. Their brightly coloured trailers and tiny bikes certainly added a festive air to our bike racks. It makes it easy for those with short legs, and parents loaded down with sun hats, suntan lotion and snacks, to get close to the action without a long, hot walk into the park.
For all, a lot of fun and an indication that bicycling, and the expectation that bicycling will be supported, is growing in Lethbridge!
The third Alberta Bicycle Commuters Conference will happen September 26-27 in Canmore. This will be a bigger and more ambitious event than the last two, aiming to build momentum toward creating a provincial cycling strategy, as some other provinces have done.
The keynote speaker will be Eleanor McMahon, founder of Share The Road Ontario, which prompted the provincial government to formulate their CycleON plan. Other presentations are expected to be offered by a key individual from Velo Quebec and City of Calgary staff who have been involved in promoting cycling and creating the infrastructure there. Taking it in and participating in discussion should be elected officials, municipal planning and transportation staff from across the province, advocates for cycling and active transportation, and you, the everyday bike rider. More details will be posted as they are confirmed.
Extra-conference activities in Canmore that weekend include the BikeBike Harvest Full Moon Ride on Saturday night and the Bike Shorts Film Festival on Sunday evening.
Canmore is a popular destination in September, so book early and look forward to an inspiring weekend with great people collaborating on an important aspect of our life in Alberta.
City of Lethbridge officials have unveiled short and long term plans for the development of 6th and 7th Avenues South at the third and final public forum held in the city hall foyer on June 18. These plans, designed to address the need for all modes of transportation in this part of Lethbridge over the next 25 years, include significant enhancements to Infrastructure for pedestrian and bicycle modes of transportation.
Of special significance for cyclists is the recommendation for the entire length 7th Avenue South, from 4th Street South to Mayor McGrath Boulevard. It will be turned into a bike boulevard where bicyclists and vehicles will use the street concurrently, with bicyclists having the priority! This will finally give cyclists, especially cycling commuters, the crucial east-west safe-bicycling corridor across the central part of the city.
For more information and a link to the full presentation, click here.