Interested in helping with the Bikeology Festival? Wanna leap on “board” and get things going? Sunday, September 22, from 2-4 p.m. VELOfest Edmonton League and Organization is meeting to discuss the future of Bikeology as well as other bikey matters. Email info[at]bikeology[dot]ca for location details.
Cyclists Ride Together to Create a Safer Trans-Canada Trail
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, August 2013 – Cyclists, supporters, family and friends will ride in solidarity to show support for Ride the Trail for Elizabeth, a cross country campaign to raise awareness and promote the completion of a Trans-Canada Trail that will be accessible and safe for cyclists.
Elizabeth Ann Sovis got on her first bike at the age of 50 and immediately fell in love. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Elizabeth, alongside her husband Edmund A. Aunger, would spend their summers cycling the Trail. Though the Trans-Canada Trail was not always smooth, Elizabeth passionately believed in the Trail and wanted to devote her retirement to getting the Trail properly developed and completed – ensuring accessibility and safety for cyclists. On July 14th, 2012 while Edmund and Elizabeth were biking along the Trail in Prince Edward Island, Elizabeth was struck and killed by a drunk driver. She was 63.
Survived by her husband and her three sons, Edmund S. Aunger, Richard Aunger and Gregory Aunger, Elizabeth’s dream of a safer Trans-Canada Trail lives on. Edmund Aunger has carried on his beloved wife’s vision and started the Ride the Trail for Elizabeth campaign. A campaign that will see Edmund cycle across the country in five stages each summer, beginning the first leg of his journey on July 1st, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia and finishing in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on July 2017.
Edmund will be arriving in Edmonton on Sunday August 25, 2013 marking the completion of the first leg of his journey. We invite you to join Edmund on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm as we rally in support for a safer Trans-Canada Trail. More importantly, we invite you to celebrate the completion of Edmund’s first leg, the power of a united cycling community and the realization of Elizabeth’s dream. We hope to see you there. Ride on.
Bikeology has come a long way, baby! From a one-day festival to nearly 50 events in 30 days… Wanna help keep the bike vibe going in Edmonton? Contact VELOfest Edmonton at info [at] bikeology [dot] com to find out how you can get involved.
VELO can use help in a variety of ways – connecting with bike shops, restaurants, picking bikey movies, writing grants, setting up the calendar of events, running a series of events… It’s all available and any help you can provide would be invaluable!
In partnership with Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, Sustainable Food Edmonton is proud to bring you this year’s CG Bike Tours! Come see the bounty that is growing at some of the over 70 community garden sites operating in the City of Edmonton. Each garden will have a tour host to share the stories of their garden – how the garden operates, how it came to be, and its impact on the local community.
Each tour covers a different set of gardens with approx. 20 kms of riding within 5 hours. You must be comfortable with on-road cycling (light traffic only). Experienced cyclists will lead and tail. Please bring your own:
- helmet (mandatory for children and highly recommended for adults!)
- bike lock
- appropriate clothing (tour runs rain or shine!)
- sunscreen & bug spray
- water, lunch & a snack
Sat. July 13th @ 9 am, start location at Riverdale Community Garden, 9231-100 Ave
Tour includes: Macauley, The Queen, Peace Garden Park, Urban Eden, ending at the Downtown Farmer’s Market at around 2 pm. Registration is free but mandatory and you will be asked to sign a waiver and photo permission form before participating.
Sun. July 21st @ 11 am, start location at Sustain SU Community Garden, 89th Ave btw 110/111th St
Tour includes: Parkallen, Allendale, Strathcona Rail, Campus St. Jean, ending at the Bonnie Doon/St. Jean Farmer’s Market at around 4 pm. Registration is free but mandatory and you will be asked to sign a waiver and photo permission form before participating.
Please register here. If you have any questions, please contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at the Bikeology: Festival Headquarters we are just kicking back and putting our feet up to relax from the hectic pace of Bike Month (49 events in 30 days… Edmonton cyclists are AMAZZING… ). A cup of tea in hand, we are contemplating the gorgeous (hot!) weather that we have had the past week and what looks like is here for a while… it’s contemplations tinged with regret and thankfulness, equally… regret that June was SOOOOOO freaking rainy, but thankfulness that it wasn’t so hot that hauling was a miserable exercise in dehydration and exhaustion… A double edged sword to be sure!
It’s also a time of contemplating how grateful we are for the folks that help us make the Bikeology: Festival amazing – folks like the cheery and helpful Events folks at the City; the fine folks from Transportation, also at the City; the cycle-y gang from Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ (for all the events they put on, as well as the support they provide throughout the month), Alberta Bicycle Association, and a host of other bikey groups; our restauranteurs, Earth’s General Store and The Works Art and Design Festival who delighted us with breakfast; the Metro staff for the grand bikey movies; to Adrian, Keith, Jason, Megan, Kent and Doug, Jackie, Deborah and Erin, and Betty-Jo who all stumped up activities and events; the bike stores who take a chance on Local Bike Store Day, AND provide prizes; Jelly Parrot Trash Crafts for the bicycle blender that makes all our events cool; our volunteers who ARE SO FREAKING AMAZING; St John’s Ambulance volunteers who keep us safe and sound; the musicians with their grand tunes and lovely musical stylings; the Edmonton Cricket Club for the use of their space; the Velofest Board who believes in the power of the bicycle to transform the world; the Freewill Shakespeare Festival; the fine folks at Stylus; Mr Wilkie who tweeted his fingers off during June keeping up with the events and attendant changes to events; the folks in the blogosphere who help us get the word out about events and updates; Mr. X’e who was our principal hauler this year; and finally, our beloveds, who quell our fears, pat our backs, inflate our tires, fix our bikes, make sure we eat, who say “it’s only rain, never mind, we won’t melt”, remind us of non-Bikeology events and things… You know who you are and we are so grateful to everyone of you!
oh, and if, whilst at the Outdoor Ride in Movie, you lost a yellow jacket you can stuff inside itself … you might want to contact info [at] bikeology [dot] com to get it back…