May 25, 2020
With the increase of cycling during the pandemic as one of the only ways to exercise, there are significantly more cyclists, runners, and walkers out and about.
Here is a refresher on cycling ettiquette:
Don’t use the wrong side of the path or walk in the middle of the path.
This is an unspoken rule but a lot of people do not stick to the right side of the path. If you don’t stick to an edge, another cyclist might clip you as they pass you because they didn’t leave you enough room.
Don’t stop in the middle of the path.
This is especially important if you are in a group. Move as close to the edge or off the path if it is safe to do so. Not only is this important for social distancing, it is also saves people from having to go around you. The other week when I was out running, I saw a group of young cyclists stop and lay their bikes right on the path and then run into the trees to take a picture. This is incredibly unsafe and disrespectful.
Be aware of those who are around you.
It is important to be conscious of who is in front of you and who is behind you. When you need to pass someone, should check to make sure no one is behind you trying to pass and be aware of who is coming towards you as there might be someone coming the other direction.
Alert someone before you pass them.
Using you bell or calling out as you are passing someone will prevent them being startled by you.
Don’t pass everyone like you’re trying to win the Tour de France.
Slow your roll. I understand the love to go fast but it is also alarming to be passed by someone zooming by you.
Travel single file.
Share the space.
Be safe. Share the space. Happy (distant) cycling!
Apr 15, 2020
With the uncertainty of COVID-19, life is looking different at the moment. Cycling is a great form of exercise and a viable form of transportation. As long as you are following the social and physical distancing protocals in place, it is safe for you to get outside and ride your bicycle.
The temperature is getting up to 18 degrees on Monday and Tuesday (FINALLY). It is an excellent time to take your bicycle in to get a spring tune up. Many people don’t cycle in the winter (but they should, like our founder, Lonny) so your bike sits all winter. Because of this, some parts might not work as well as they should be. Many bike shops are open by appointment only and are doing contactless drop off and pick up.
Some of the bike shops that are open are:
The Bike Shop
Bike & Brew
B & P Cycle and Sports
Power in Motion
Each shop has different policies in place. Please contact them directly for more information!
We are living in a strange time but one positive of the quarantine is that there are less cars on the road. This makes it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the city. Calgary has over 600km of paths and bike paths around the city!
With the beautiful weather coming this weekend, now is a great time to dust off your bicycle and get outside.
Happy (distant) cycling!
For information on Calgary’s pathways: https://maps.calgary.ca/PathwaysandBikeways/