Thursday, May 21, 2015
It's National Bike Week, a great excuse to hop on a two-wheeled vehicle asap. Especially because bike commuters report lower stress levels and greater feelings of freedom and relaxation than those who drive cars to work. And it benefits your little ones, too; kids who cycle to school are associated with lower odds of being overweight. Read more.
Cycle tourists spend more, take frequent trips and travel for longer periods of time than the typical leisure tourist. And because they schedule their trips as early as June and as late as September, cycle tourists are helping to extend Quebec’s tourist season. These are some of the highlights of a study released by UQAM’s Transat Chair in Tourism. Read more.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is asking Calgarians to be patient as the city continues to “experiment” with increased cycling infrastructure around the city. He spoke to the Canadian Club of Calgary on Wednesday for about an hour during a lunchtime event at the Rachmen’s Club. With more cycling tracks opening next month, Nenshi said he believes this will help ease road and LRT congestion. Read more.
While there are clear dividends in health for active transportation users, current transit infrastructure does not equally benefit all communities in Metro Vancouver. Access to transportation widens opportunity and is a significant equity issue in Metro Vancouver. Read more.
Calgary's cycle track system is expanding and is set to open at the end of June. To help cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles navigate the new routes, the city has hired five summer students to be "bicycle ambassadors." Read more.
As part of the approval he received in 2013, Seeley had to upgrade nearby Jessie and Patricia streets, improving drainage and building sidewalks. When he appeared at planning committee May 11, he said it made no sense to force him to build sidewalks that wouldn't connect to anything. Read more.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The new bike path under the train tracks on St-Laurent Boulevard has cyclists heading off helter-skelter in all directions, at some points forcing them to turn into oncoming traffic or awkwardly merge. Aref Salem, the executive committee member responsible for transportation, acknowledged there's still work to be done. Read more.
Join Senators, MPs and cyclists of all ages in this unique event to encourage cycling as a national policy agenda item. What should be the federal role in advancing cycling in Canada?
Bike Day On The Hill
4:30 - 4:50pm Speeches & Group photo
4:50 - 5:30pm Interprovincial ride
Town Hall meeting: The federal role in advancing cycling
7:00 - 8:30pm in Senate Room 256
Format: Panelists representing Canada’s three major parties each have a 5 minute introduction on the topic based on their own strategic perspective and the topic outline below presented by Canada Bikes. Questions are then received from the audience and through phone and email sources.
John Weston, MP, Conservative Party
Hoang Mai, MP, NDP
Kirsty Duncan, MP or tbd, Liberal Party
Moderator: Arne Elias, Chair Canada Bikes
On Monday, May 25, 2015, the second annual Bike Day in Canada will bring together people on bikes, cycling organizations, members of all three levels of government and the business community to highlight the importance of cycling development in Canada as a healthy, wealthy and environmentally friendly form of physical activity, transportation and tourism. Read more; get involved.