STEVE RUSSELL – Cyclists cut across Queens Park after being turned around from going south on Queens Park Circle. From the Toronto Star Photo Blog of the G20
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Saturday night is the big ride-in movie at the Victoria Park Cricket Pitch. Wondering where that is, here’s a handy map and a Google Maps Link.
In honour of the 24 hour Bicycle Repair-a-Thon we bring you: Bicycle Repairman!
High school kids in Orlando, Florida, on their own initiative, set a bike bus to get to school!
For the bike bus in the video, there were about 15 kids. It is a regular thing and new people are joining the club and bike bus every day. They have set it up that they plan on riding unless otherwise noted. The kids treat it like an actual bus. Several kids have seen the bus pass by day after day and then decide to join it. There is a set start point and other kids join in along the ride.
As you know there’s a Tweed Ride coming up on October 24th (Meet at the U of A ‘Quad’ 114st 87Ave. It’s the green space to the North of the Administration building). Here’s little something to get into the spirit:
I’m really looking forward to my sadly short visit to Portland in couple of weeks and this is one of the reason’s why. As a regular bike commuter in Edmonton the bike boxes intrigue me. The difficulty with bike lanes is always at the intersections and this seems to solve the confusion problem between bikes and cars.
(Photo by BikePortland.org)
The bike box is an intersection safety design to prevent bicycle/car collisions, especially those between drivers turning right and bicyclists going straight. It is a green box on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. It includes green bicycle lanes approaching and leading from the box.
June 26th, 5:30, in front of City Hall
In the summer of 2006 Owen Hunt Richel was a five year old little boy recovering from aggressive chemotherapy, but that didn’t stop him from riding his bicycle across the High Level Bridge during the June Critical Mass. It would one of the last bike rides Owen would go on; Owen died from cancer in early 2007. Join the Owen Hunt Richel Memorial Critical Mass this Friday starting at 5:30 in front of City Hall…bring a water gun, Owen loved a good water fight!
Want to know what it takes to ride in the winter? Check out the Winter Cycling Salon tonight 7-9pm at the Parkallen Hall Skating Shack 11104-65th Ave.
Route finding, clothing, special care and feeding for your bicycle. Learn what you need to know to start winter riding, or come share your experiences as a seasoned rider. What better time to reminisce about winter riding than one of the longest days of the year.
(One of the presenters: Molly Turnbull and kids. Credit: Edmonton Journal)
Tonight at the bike salon one our trailers and the bike of our volunteer co-ordinator were stolen. We don’t have a photo of the bike but it is a black Norco Katmandu mountain bike with a grey seat,a front fender and slicker tires.
The trailer looks like this:
EBC has more than one of these but if you think you spot the stolen one please email us with a location and description. We’ll pass it on to the police handling the case. email@example.com Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Saturday, June 13, noon until Sunday, June 14th noon. At Bikeworks 10047-80th Ave ***Back alley entrance only****
Mechanics will be on hand for 24 hours to teach you how to fix and maintain your bicycle. Bikeworks is a non-profit bike shop that specializes in teaching people to be self-reliant cyclists. You can learn about bike mechanics even if you know nothing about tools. Usually there’s a shop fee, but for the Repair-a-thon the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters are waving that fee! There may be some wee charge if you need some of our salvaged bike parts.
Help an Edmontonian find their stolen bike!
“Hey yeg! Please keep an eye out for a blue CCM with SEA BREEZE written in white script on the side. I’m a poor student, and would love to find her. Stolen around 102 and 11th ave. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org”
The first Bike Breakfast has happened an it was great if a little chilly. Coffee, donuts, bike conversation and mechanics! I know my bike got some loving care including a new derailleur cable and I’m going to be back next week for some new brakes too.
Ready! Set! Go mark your Calendars!
Wednesday, June 3rd is Clean Air Day and you are invited to participate in the Amazing Annual Commuter Race. Participants will compete against each other using eco-friendly modes of transportation.
The race starts at 7:30 a.m. at Parkallen Community Hall (65 Avenue & 111 Street) and the celebration ends at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall (#1 Sir Winston Churchill Square).
Any eco-friendly method of travel will work — from cycling, carpooling, and public transit to rollerblading, jogging and skateboarding.
The event is FREE, and there will be food, refreshments and prizes!
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please send an e-mail to Mary.Modrovcic@edmonton.ca or call 780-496-4013.
More detailed information will follow including a waiver that will be filled out prior to race day.
See you at the starting line!
The jewelry making class is coming – you have to register! Email email@example.com to register. Look at the events page for more details
Treehugger takes the time counter George Will of Newsweek’s disbelief that Americans are willing to switch to bikes for commuting:
In fact, stats from the Transportation Alternatives say that there are two million bike commuters nationally. There are currently around 130 million total commuters, so that means we’re still doing better at bike commuting than Will’s 0.01 percent (IAC Transportation, in a 2008 report, suggested .38% of us, or 468,000 are bike commuters. Time for George F. Will to go out for a bike ride.
Saturday, May 23rd - Parkallen Rink Shack – 6510 – 111 Street
9:00 am to 4:00 pm (with a break for lunch) – For adults
FREE – (estimated cost $75)
Would you like to ride your bike more places but are not confident sharing the road with other traffic? CanBike 1 is a one-day, six hour course taught by a Canadian Cycling Association certified instructor covering the basics of on-road cycling. Theory, drills and on-road practice will increase your knowledge and confidence. Space is limited so sign up today and broaden your cycling horizons. Please bring your bicycle, helmet, outside clothing, a water bottle and your lunch.
Instructor: John Collier
Contact Karina at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Instructor: John Collier
How have we missed this for so long? Three of our favourites; local communities, libraries and bicycles; all merged into the one enterprise, known as the Arcata Community Library Bike Project.
That’s the problem with cycle commuting in this city: some trips are feasible, while others just plain aren’t. For example, from my home near Southgate, I find riding to Whyte Avenue is pleasant if I cut through the community of Allendale; the roads aren’t used much by cars, the lanes are wide, and there are few lights that interrupt the trek. It’s also easy to carry on north by using the High Level Bridge and zigzagging through the more quiet streets of downtown. My bike trip times are almost on par with driving for these destinations (especially if parking is factored in).
The article also features quotes from Robert Park, Claire Ellick (a city engineer with the Office of Sustainable Transportation) and Bikeology’s own Molly Turnbull.
There will a free transportation presentation on Tuesday at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel:
Nationally acclaimed urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula, founding principals of Crandall Arambula, will discuss the lessons learned from Portland’s regional transportation system. They will speak on the history of planning in Portland, Metro, and Oregon; transit corridor alignment and station safety; and how to create station area amenities that are sustainable and economically vital.
Bike Month in Edmonton is only a month away so we’re going to be ramping things up here.
The latest: We have an awesome new header.
You can also follow Bikeology on Twitter. Here we’ll be posting events before they happen, events as they happen, and any bikey news we happen to stumble across.
Stay tuned. Bike Month is coming.
Apparently the Danish police are very friendly and helpful.
(via Boing Boing )
Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009
From the San Francisco Bay Guardian
Hollis Hawthorne, a major force in the San Francisco art and bicycle scene, is in critical condition in India. The 31-year-old dancer, artist, and activist was in a tragic motorcycle accident near Pondicherry last Tuesday, February 24, which left her with severe head injuries and in a coma.
If you would like more information and/or to help out then check out Friends of Hollis Hawthorne.
The Edmonton Journal featured cyclist Chris Chan in today’s edition. Read it here.
The Bike Month Coalition would like to extend a huge amount of velo love to our amazingly supportive bike stores. These stores have provided promotion and a ton of free stuff for us to give away at many of our events.
Barb’s Bike Shorts for Monday, June 2, 2008.
“Edmonton’s Bike Month 2008 Proclamation”, Made-in-Alberta’s “Bikeways” Episode, Bikeology festival Music Video feat. The Elevators.
Job Posting: Volunteer Coordinator Position
Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society
Contact: Molly Turnbull
Promotion and support of utilitarian cycling in Edmonton
The summer volunteer coordinator will be responsible for organizing volunteers and materials for a number of Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ summer events, including Bike Month and Bikeology Festival (bikeology.ca)
$15/hr, 30 hours a week, 16 weeks, starting June 1st, 2008
closing date, Monday, May 26th 2008
- coordination and supervision of volunteers
- supervision of supplies for volunteer events
- coordination of EBC summer events and festivals, including Bike Month and Bikeology Festival
- liaising with City of Edmonton, non-profit organizations, and businesses
- guided promotional work, including connecting with the media
- enthusiasm – these are fun events
- comfort in cycling to and from appointments and to event – these are car-free events. Several volunteers will assist with pulling the trailers.
- interacting with volunteers to set up event schedules
- training volunteers to do uncomplicated tasks
- supervising volunteers
- communication with events coordinators – you’ll be under the supervision of one person, but there are many people who make these events happen and provide input
- minimal computer skills – email, creating schedules
- managing the set-up of information tables and promotional materials
Bike Month Volunteer Meeting 2008
Volunteer to help Edmonton come alive with a velo-love vibe. Come to the Bike Month and Bikeology Festival volunteer meeting.
- a discussion of Bike Month and Bikeology past and present plans
- descriptions of volunteer positions
- sign up sheets for volunteer positions
April 30th, 7 pm to 9 pm
Stanley A. Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square (102 A Ave + 100 Street)
6th floor meeting room
Well we’re back from Bikeology which from all appearances was the biggest one ever. Molly’s off at the the volunteer dinner while I hauled the kids home, fed them and put them to bed.
I have around 300 pictures for the day but I doubt I’ll try to upload them until Monday when I get to work. My DSL connection keeps dropping regularly for 10 to 30 seconds and I’m afraid the upload will get mangled.
A lot of the pictures burst mode shots of the guys stunting off ramps, rocks, benches and any other raised surface they could find. Camilla apparently thought this was very cool as she drew it extensively when she got home:
We’d like to thank all those who’ve donated give-aways through the month of June and for Bikeology.
- Hardcore Mountain Bikes: 1 free tune-up ($60 value) and sticker
- United Cycle: 10 water bottles, as well as use of the fabulous tent that we all camped out under at the ride-in movie (thanks, Daisy!!)
- Revolution Cycle: 3 helmets, several pairs of cycle gloves and socks, U-lock
- Pehalhead Road Works: 2 roadie caps, 1 toque, 1 T-shirt
- 3 Bananas: 8 half-pounds of coffee and a T-shirt, as well as use of their space for the bike salons
- Edmonton International Hostel: Travel Shop coupons and 3 free-night coupons for Hostelling International Hostels
- Pedalhead Bicycle Works: 2 pairs of socks, 1 free tune-up ($55 value), 1 pair men’s racing shorts
CTAPP: 3 Calgary To Austin Peloton Project cowboy hats
- MEC: countless bells, bottles, patches, snacks and many other things that Karina will let us know later so we can say thanks!
We’ll have prizes for Bikeology tomorrow, the movies on Monday, and will give away the racing shorts at the racing salon on Tuesday.
Thanks very much everyone!
Hey folks, we nabbed a famous singer on a cycle mission through town.
Read on, ride on, come on out to meet him!
Bike Salon- Saturday, June 9, 2pm to 4pm
Subject: Rich Aucoin/The Grinch Who Cycled Across Canada (www.myspace.com/richaucoin): Cycling With Purpose.
Cost: FREE! Though donations to Rich Aucoin’s mission to raise money for cancer research greatly appreciated!!!!!
Rich is a commuter cyclist who is doing his first touring ride across Canada to, simultaneously, raise money for cancer research (for The Childhood Cancer Foundation) and promote his new album, Personal Publication EP (Available on iTunes or CD).
Come to this bike salon and chat with Rich Aucoin and other cyclists who have used the bicycle as a tool to make the world a better place.
For more details on the fundraiser and tour, check out:
Coming up tomorrow:
The EBC crew are on a mission! 24 hours of straight bicycle repairs. Stop by, hang out, bring your bike down, get dirty, have fun.
12 PM Saturday to 12 PM Sunday.
Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Bike Works
10047 80th Avenue, rear alley entrance.
Fortunately there are people out there who take better pictures than I. Chris Chan has put up a great set from the first Bike Breakfast. Doesn’t he make my girls look good.
And John hard at work fixing bikes up:
We’re spoofing up the look of the site. Some of the graphics and things may be in flux for a day or so. Thanks for your patience.
Hi everybody and welcome to Bike Month in Edmonton! Stay tuned for pictures and posts about upcoming events and events that have just happened.
If you’ve attended a Bike Month event and have a Flickr account, tag the pictures bikeology to add them the photostream on our sidebar.
We’re off to the first Bike to Work Breakfast at the Bicycle Bottleneck (South end of High Level Bridge; NW corner of 88 Ave and 109 St), pictures to come.