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!
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!
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.
Did You Know?
- Good bicycle security begins with good bicycle racks!
- Secure bicycle parking is quickly becoming a competitive amenity for many property owners, and businesses.
- Many cyclists will patronize a business that offers bicycle parking over one that does not.
Suggestions for Installing or Upgrading Bicycle Parking Facilities
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On October 23, 2014, Bikebridge met with the City of Lethbridge for a very productive meeting to discuss the Lethbridge Commuter Cycling Plan 2015. City representatives explained past, current and future plans. A range of Continue reading
Several hundred bicycles all being used in one place in Lethbridge! (The picture at the top on this web site is from that day, just before things got rolling!)
FLVT stands for Father Leonard Van Tighem School (primary and junior high) in West Lethbridge. Conceived and organized by teacher Steve Leger, the first BikeFest, held on June 6, included a skills area, an obstacle race course, newspaper tossing for carriers, a safety course, bike and helmet checks, and maintenance demonstrations.
Dozens of bicycles found their way to appreciative new homes during Lethbridge’s second annual bike swap on Saturday, April 26, thanks to the good people at Alberta Bike Swap.
The venue this year was the hall at Southminister United Church, a bright and easily accessible space (no flight of stairs this time!), conveniently located downtown and not far from the bike shops.
Alpenland and Bert and Mac’s brought in a selection of new bicycles, and dozens of used models arrived throughout the morning intake period. By sale time, the crowd of potential buyers was eager to get indoors — possibly due to the howling snow storm outside! But the storm can’t take credit for how quickly the bikes then headed out the door with satisfied new owners.
Stay tuned for details for Bike Swap 2015!
On April 27, 2013, Bikebridge successfully hosted our first annual Bike Swap in North Lethbridge. Attendance was good and a good number of those found excellent bikes they wanted to buy. We were also able to support local bicycle shops by referring prospective customers who didn’t quite find what they were looking for in the swap. Please keep in touch for the Bike Swap next year which promises to be bigger and better!
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