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Do you want to ride your bike safely and more often?

If you want a better long term plan to support cycling in Calgary, watch for the release of the City of Calgary’s new Comprehensive Cycling Strategy. Developed with the support of a citizens’ committee and public surveys, it will be available for public review starting on Friday, June 10th and will go to the City’s Standing Committee on Land Use, Planning and Transportation for public comment on Wednesday, June 15th. Next stop? City Council.

How can you get involved?

A group of cycling enthusiasts and CivicCampers are organizing events to help you:

  • Learn how other cities support cycling as transportation
  • Get information about the Comprehensive Cycling Strategy
  • Provide feedback about whether the strategy works for you
  • Show your support to the City for a properly funded, long term cycling strategy

7:00 pm, Thursday, May 12th
Joyride: An Evening with Portland author and cycling advocate, Mia Birk
John Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Library

Co-presented by CivicCamp and the Calgary Public Library, in partnership with First Calgary Financial and with the support of Clifton Associates, Mistri, Sustainable Calgary and Thrive.

Mia Birk’s new book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a 20-year roller coaster journey of global and local discovery and education, while bringing into sharp focus some of the planet’s most pressing and hotly debated energy and transportation issues, policies, shortcomings, and solutions. Mia Birk is President at Alta Planning + Design, with 20 years experience in sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation.

This is a free event. Please register for tickets at http://civiccampjoyride.eventbrite.com/

CivicCamp Public Information Sessions and Workshops
Date and locations to be announced

CivicCamp will be holding public meetings for those interested in the City’s new comprehensive cycling strategy. Learn more about the strategy and offer your feedback about what does or doesn’t work for you.

CivicCampers and cycling enthusiasts will be on hand to walk you through the strategy, answer your questions (where we can) and guide a discussion to solicit your input. Information will be collected from the meetings and brought forward to the Standing Committee on Land Use, Planning and Transportation.

Watch out for more information at http://www.civiccamp.org/paving-the-way/

9:30 am, Wednesday, June 15th
Standing Policy Committee on Land Use, Planning and Transportation

Specific timing and location to be Announced

If you want to comment directly and publicly to Council members about the strategy, the LPT committee is the place to do it. Check this link on the City web site for the agenda and the location. Appearing in person before the LPT committee makes a powerful statement but if you can’t attend, be sure to write/email/tweet your Alderman beforehand to give your feedback.

What are other Calgary cycling organizations doing?

With activities like Bike to Work day and all the great bike-related activities at the Library this month, May and June are Calgary’s de facto bike months. Many other great Calgary organizations have activities in May and June to promote cycling for transportation and recreation.

Here’s a sampling of other upcoming activities:

Calgary Tour de Nuit Society presents the “Ride the Roads” Tour

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