The ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival runs this year 24–26 June 2016. BikeBridge is providing bike valet services again this year on Saturday and Sunday. We’re still looking for volunteers so please contact us if you are interested in helping out or add your name directly to our signup sheet!
18 June 2016 is Lethbridge’s second Neighbour Day, and you can find BikeBridge on 7 Avenue South as part of the Victoria Park neighbourhood events. We will be promoting safe cycling during the block party as well as providing free bicycle safety checks!
BikeBridge will be on 7 Avenue between 10:00 and 14:00. Come by our table.
Don’t forget to RSVP on the Facebook event.
Celebrate Environment Week at the 2nd Annual Keen for Green Fest, on June 11 from nonn–16:00 in Galt Gardens.
We will be helping to promote and celebrate sustainability at this great festival! There will be prizes, music, a free BBQ and locally grown food as well.
Featured performers include the Shaela Miller Threesome and Mwansa Mwansa. This year, Keen for Green will be held in conjunction with Nature Play Day.
Hope to see you there!
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.
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.
In 2015, Bike Swap was held on Saturday, April 25, at the Southminister United Church, the same great location we’ve used before. As hoped, more people brought in used bikes to sell at the swap than ever before. Nonetheless, demand still exceeded supply, so we hope you will consider putting your old bike (“old” as soon as you can arrange