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June is Bike Month

 

What is Bike Month?

Every June, Calgary will celebrate Bike Month. As part of making Calgary a bicycle-friendly city, Action C35 in the Council approved Cycling Strategy states, “formalize June as Bike Month in Calgary”. During the month, there will be a number of events that promote and celebrate cycling and encouraging people to choose cycling as their way of getting around. Mayor Nenshi proclaimed June as Bike Month in Calgary in 2013.

2014 Checklist:

  1. Bike to the Zoo on June 29 and get $10 off your admission.
  2. Drop by a Calgary Public Library between June 1-7 for cycling resources and sessions about bike commuting, sharing the road with cyclists and family cycling trips.
  3. Take a class and increase your confidence and know the rules of the road by taking a course this June.
  4. Get a map or download the iPhone City of Calgary Pathways and Bikeways Map App, download the map online or grab one at City of Calgary recreation centres.
  5. Tune up your bike at a local bike shop or check out Bike Fest. Learn to fix your bicycle at a maintenance clinic.
  6. Get the whole family out. Attend Family Bike Day at Crowfoot Public Library or ride to the school through June.
  7. Add transit to your trip. Combine your trip with the CTrain for longer distances. Use bike parking at the stations or take your bike on-board during off-peak hours.
  8. Track your kilometres and win prizes. Sign up and be part of the Commuter Challenge that runs from June 1 to 7.
  9. Have fun riding a bike. Riding your bicycle is about enjoying your community in a new way. Cyclepalooza has 10 days of free group rides, or ride to one of the many June festivals in Calgary.
  10. Share your Bike Month fun by tweeting with #yycbikemonth or joining our online Facebook community.

Download the Bike Month poster to post at school, work or in your community.

Bike to the Zoo

June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event poster

Pedal with your pack, flock or herd to the Calgary Zoo for Bike to the Zoo day and receive:

  • $10 off per admission for first 500 cyclists.
  • A 2-for-1 Calgary Zoo pass for your next visit.
  • Complimentary ice cream coupon for Calgary Zoo members who bike to the zoo.
  • Coupons are available at the bike valet parking located near the North entrance. Please note that the West Gate will be closed on June 29.

How to get to the Calgary Zoo

Find your route using The City of Calgary Pathways and Bikeways Map. Make sure to check for detours and closures along your route. Families looking for a shorter ride can use Park n’ Bike locations a 20, 30 or 60 minute bicycle ride from the Calgary Zoo.

Park n’ Bike Locations (all times are approximate)

10-30 minute bike ride

40 to 60 minute bike ride

  • Queen’s Park Cemetery (40 minute bike ride) - 3219 4 Street N.W.
  • Pumphouse Park (40 minute bike ride) - 2240 Pumphouse Avenue S.W.
  • Edworthy Park North (60 minute bike ride) - Access from Shaganappi Trail N.W.

Bike Month Calgary Public Library Sessions

Sharing the Road
Main Floor Open Area, The Central Library, Calgary Public Library
Tuesday, June 3, noon to 1 p.m.

This session offers tips to help motorists and cyclists understand how to share the road and use shared lanes, bike lanes and cycle tracks. No registration required.

Commuting by Bike
Main Floor Open Area, The Central Library, Calgary Public Library
Thursday, June 5, noon to 1 p.m.

Cycling to work is easy when you know how. Join us and learn tips on choosing a route, dressing for the weather, basic rules of the road and where to find more information. No registration required.

Family bike day at Crowfoot Public Library

Saturday June 7

Family cycling tips
Main Floor Program Room, Crowfoot Library
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
A  classroom session for children and parents. We will cover basic rules of the road, proper helmet fitting and options for riding with children. Registration required.

Family bike safety
To be held in NE corner of Robert Thirsk High School, next door to Crowfoot Library.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A one hour outdoor introduction to cycling skills and good cycling habits for children and families. Children must wear a helmet and bring a bicycle in good working order. Suitable for children ages 5 to 11 or those who can comfortably ride a bicycle. This is not a learn-to-bike session. Students must bring a helmet and bicycle. An adult responsible for the child must participate in the session. Session will run light-rain or shine and in the event of a weather cancellation a second indoor ‘family cycling tips’ session will be hosted. Registration required.

Thank you to Crave Cupcakes and Cookies for generously providing cupcakes for participants.

Courses

Download the Ride Safe quick guide to courses, camps and events for the entire family in Calgary here

May and June Course Offerings

For Adult Learn to Ride and other CAN-BIKE courses contact Safer Cycling Calgary.

Maintenance clinics/information sessions on cycling topics - free or by donation

Family-focused bike themed festivals

  • June 7 - Family Bike Day at Crowfoot Public Library 
  • June 29 - Bike to the Zoo

Other events

Open Streets Calgary is bringing their pedal powered fun to a number of events in June. Check them out at: