Showing posts from February, 2014

Winterpalooza Is Done, Where Did The Week Go?

What a week! So much winter bike fun was had, I think I am still hung over from all the good vibes!

Huge thanks to Cyclepalooza for organizing the week, the City of Calgary for the great support, and especially to all the individual event organizers for their incredible enthusiasm and dedication.

Looking forward to 2015!

Calgary's Downtown Cycletrack Network

A few years back, July 2011 to be exact, Calgary city council made the decision to finally fund a cycle strategy plan.  It was a huge victory for the cycling advocates who've worked so hard, for so many years, to realize not only a comprehensive plan - but millions of dollars of funding to go along with it.

One of the key action items in the strategy was to address the severe lack of safe cycling routes in the downtown core. Currently, if you look at a map of the bike paths and on street routes in the area, they all stop at the periphery of the core, making access to the biggest business district in the city very difficult for all cyclists except the "strong and fearless" types.  If you are like the majority of cyclists in Calgary, you probably don't feel very safe riding your bike into the downtown core.  If you're like many people I know, you simply won't cycle down there very often.  Hint: unrealized sales for businesses in the core and a loss of potentia…