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Annual General Meeting on April 9, 2016

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

 

Fourth Annual Lethbridge Bike Swap on April 30, 2016 in the Southminster United Church gymnasium!

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!

Feedback positive for 6 Ave. [City of Lethbridge transportation] plan

[Reproduced from the Lethbridge Herald, June 20, 2015]

By Villeneuve, Melissa, mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com

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.

Alberta Bicycle Commuters Conference – be there!

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 unveils plan for a REAL bike boulevard for 7th Ave South at City Hall public forum held on June 18 !

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.

The first annual Bike Swap . . . a great success!

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!

You can comment on this event for up to 30 days from the day it was posted. Did you enjoy the event? Did you find the bike you needed? Most important of all, how could we improve it? We would love to hear from you.

PRATS | Downtown Lethbridge – Bicycle Users’ Considerations

The City Community Planning Department is undertaking PRATS**, a Public Realm and Transportation Study for Downtown Lethbridge to assist in the fulfillment of the Heart of Our City Master Plan vision.

As part of the study, BikeBridge is being included as a stakeholder to provide the perspective of the bicycle transportation user in Downtown Lethbridge.

Charrettes Design Sessions From June 13 through the 16, the City is holding a charrette design session where stakeholders will come together to explorer ideas for the study area and downtown.  BikeBridge will have a representative in attendance.

June 7, BikeBridge submitted a “PRATS Downtown Bicycle User Considerations” paper as a guide for consideration of bicycle transportation use downtown generally and the for charrette design process.  The Paper can be viewed as a PDF on Google Docs.

Please refer back to this website posting periodically for updates and information on the PRATS process: developments as well as noted concerns.

The BikeBridge Board encourages your ideas and comments, please feel free to add those as comments to this post.

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** PRATS will outline short to medium term (10-20 years) strategies encompassing improvements to the public realm components including: the transportation network, streetscapes, open spaces, gateways & public art, pedestrian and cycling connections, public transit, and public parking.  Recommendation will be expected to effectively address both current and future developments in downtown Lethbirdge.

Currently the Study Areas:

The current study area is along 5th ST S from 5th AVE to 1 AVE, and includes 2 AVE S from Scenic Drive to 5 ST, 3 AVE S from 4 ST to 5 ST and a section of 3 AVE from 7 ST to 8 ST