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  • Overcoming Bike Commuting Challenges

    Overcoming Bike Commuting Challenges

    When you’re not used to the idea of riding to work you can have some concerns. We’ve created guide to help address many common concerns that people face when they are going from being a pleasure cyclist to a commuting cyclist. If you need further assistance or have more points to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us at biketoworkdayyyc@gmail.com. We would love to help you get those wheels rolling to and from work-or anywhere else you’d like to explore!


    Bike Maintenance

     

    1. Locate Nearby Bike Shops or Seek Help:

    • If you’re not a DIY mechanic, find nearby bike shops where professionals can assist you with maintenance.
    • Alternatively, consider asking a friend who is knowledgeable about bikes for help.

     

    2. Tune-Up at a Good Bike Shop:

    • Visit a reputable bike shop nearby and get a thorough tune-up.
    • Mobile bike mechanics are also an option—they’ll bring their shop to you!

     

    3. Ensure Bike Reliability:

    • Before hitting the road, don’t assume your bike is ready. If it hasn’t been ridden in a while, give it a once-over.
    • Learn from my mistake: Always check your bike’s condition, especially after a period of disuse. Fortunately, I have more than one bike!

     

    Getting in Shape

    1. Gradual Fitness Improvement:

    • Ride at a comfortable pace. Your fitness will naturally improve over time.
    • Consistency is key—make bike commuting a regular part of your routine.

     

    2. Test Your Route:

    • Ride your route on a weekend to familiarize yourself with it.
    • Identify any potential challenges or adjustments needed to streamline your daily commute.

     

    3. Fitness Benefits of Regular Commuting:

    • Encourage yourself—biking your route will get easier with time!

     

    Consider Making Your Trip Shorter

    1. Combine Modes of Transportation:

    • If you have a secure place to store your bike, consider commuting one way by bike and using public transportation for the return trip.
    • In Calgary, you can take your car or the bus part of the way to your destination and then ride your bike the rest of the distance. Many buses in Calgary allow bikes to be transported on the front of the bus.

     

    2. Utilize C-Train Stations:

    • Calgary has 14 C-train stations with bike lockers.
    • Ride your bike to a C-train station and take transit the rest of the way.
    • Consider renting a locker for you bike at the C-train. For bike locker access there’s an annual fee of $132 for the entire year or $72 for half a year. There is an additional $30 fee to register.

     

    3. Carpool with a Co-Worker:

    • Ride your bike to a co-worker’s house and carpool together to work.Time Constraints

     

    1. Speed and Practice:

    • The average commuter travels at approximately 16 kilometers per hour.
    • Regular practice will lead to improved speed and efficiency.

     

    2. Short Trips Are Quicker on a Bike:

    • For trips under five kilometers, biking is often faster than other modes of transportation.

     

    3. Urban Trips: Beat Car Travel Times:

    • Urban trips of eight to eleven kilometers may match or even beat car travel times due to traffic congestion.

     

    Parking Predicament

    1. Scout for Storage Space:

    • Explore storage options within your building or office.
    • Secure bike storage areas can be a great asset for peace of mind.

     

    2. Indoor Bike Security:

    • Explore whether it’s an option to keep your bike indoors—whether it’s in a closet, your workspace, or a designated bike room.

     

    3. Advocate for Bike Parking Facilities:

    • Encourage your employer to provide bike parking facilities.
    • A bike-friendly workplace benefits everyone.

     

    Showering Concerns

    1. Ride at a Leisurely Pace:

    • To stay fresh upon arrival, avoid intense rides to work. Save those for your leisure rides at home.

     

    2. Access Gym Showers or Consider Memberships:

    • If your workplace lacks shower facilities, explore nearby gyms.
    • Some gyms offer discounted memberships specifically for shower use.

     

    Dressing Dilemma

    1. Keep Spare Work Attire at Your Workplace:

    • Maintain a stash of work clothes at the office. Rotate them during your driving or commuting days.

     

    2. Space-Saving Rolling Techniques:

    • When packing a change of clothes, try rolling them tightly. This saves space and minimizes wrinkles.

     

    Rainy Weather

    1. Plan Ahead:

    • Check the weather forecast before your commute. Be prepared for rain.
    • Pack rain gear or consider alternative transportation options on wet days.

     

    2. Equip Your Bike:

    • Install fenders on your bike to keep water from splashing onto you.
    • Wear appropriate rain gear, including waterproof jackets and pants.

     

    3. Alternatives on Rainy Days:

    • If biking in the rain isn’t comfortable, opt for transit, carpooling, or driving.

     

    Safety Measures

    1. Adhere to Traffic Rules:

    • Signal turns, obey traffic lights, and follow road signs.
    • Bright clothing enhances visibility.

     

    2. Helmet Consistency:

    • Treat biking like driving—always wear a helmet.
    • It reduces the risk of head injuries significantly.

     

    3. Illuminate Your Bike:

    • Ensure your bike has front and rear lights if you ride in the dark.

     

    4. Choose a Bike Friendly Route:

    • Google Maps offers a cycling setting to help plan and manage your route effectively. Consider adding a cell phone mount to your handlebars so that it’s easier to see your route.

     

    Running Errands

    1. Install a Rack:

    • Add a rack to your bike for carrying items. It’s practical for grocery runs or other errands.

     

    2. Use a Sturdy Lock:

    • When parking your bike during errands, invest in a reliable lock.
    • Protect your bike from theft.

     

    3. Allocate Extra Time:

    • Factor in additional time for appointments or parking when commuting by bike.
    • Arrive stress-free and prepared.

     

    Bike to Work Day is Now Accessible to More People

    • This year we are partnering with Neuron, a personal mobility company that provides e-bikes to the public. Watch this space for a special announcement that will make it easier than ever for more people to try biking to work or anywhere!

     

    Inviting friends and coworkers to join Bike to Work Day Calgary is a fantastic idea. Here are the details for the event:

    • Event: Bike to Work Day Calgary

    • Date: May 3rd, 2024

    • Location: Delta Gardens (just south of the Peace Bridge)

    • Highlights:  

      • Complimentary breakfast to kickstart your day.

      • Free mini bike tune-ups to keep your wheels rolling smoothly.

      • Exciting prizes, including free bikes!

     

    Let's pedal together for a greener future!


  • Charitable Choices: Lonny Balbi of Bike to Work Day

    Our featured blog article is written by Stephanie Prentice of the Calgary Guardian. Thanks to the Calgary Guardian for the excellent coverage! If you visit their website you will find many interesting articles on topics such as: arts, lifestyle, food & drink, music, travel and city life:

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    Bike to Work Day (BTWD) is a community-driven initiative in Calgary, uniting individuals with a shared passion for promoting cycling as a practical mode of transportation. The aim is to alleviate inner-city traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, and integrate cycling into a healthy and cost-effective lifestyle. Beyond the benefits of personal health and time savings, BTWD fosters a sense of community. In the face of climate change challenges, biking to work emerges as a simple yet impactful way to cut carbon emissions and contribute to environmental sustainability. We spoke to Lonny Balbi, the founder of this initiative.

    Describe your charity/non-profit/volunteer work in a few sentences:

    Bike to Work Day, established in 2006, is a cycling-themed event that promotes healthy lifestyles, environmental sustainability, and, of course, cycling in Calgary. We partner with The City of Calgary and Parks Foundation Calgary, operating entirely on sponsorships, donations, and volunteer contributions. Our goal is to encourage cycling, and the event serves as a platform for community engagement and a greener world.

    What problem does it aim to solve?

    Bike to Work Day aims to tackle sedentary lifestyles, reduce environmental impact, and foster a sense of community by promoting cycling as a sustainable mode of transportation.

    When did you start/join it?

    I founded Bike to Work Day in 2006, driven by a passion for cycling, environmental advocacy, and creating a positive impact in our community.

    What made you want to get involved?

    As an avid cyclist and a firm believer in environmental sustainability, I saw an opportunity to combine my love for cycling with a meaningful initiative that promotes healthier living and contributes to a greener, more sustainable Calgary.

    What was the situation like when you started?

    In 2006, the cycling culture in Calgary was evolving, and there was a need for a flagship event to unite cyclists, promote the benefits of biking to work, and create a sense of community around sustainable transportation.

    How has it changed since?

    Over the years, Bike to Work Day has grown into Calgary’s most recognizable cycling-themed event. While the impact of COVID-19 led to a temporary dip in participation, we are dedicated to rebuilding and expanding, aiming for continued growth and community engagement in the years ahead.

    What more needs to be done?

    We aim to continue to increase participation, promote cycling awareness, and create more bicycle commuters in Calgary each year. Bike to Work Day is an annual event that aims to inspire lasting changes in commuting habits, fostering a city where cycling is not just an event but a way of life.

    How can our readers help?

    Readers can support Bike to Work Day by participating in the event, volunteering, spreading awareness, and considering sponsorship opportunities. Every cyclist joining in, and every contribution counts in making our city greener and healthier.

    Do you have any events coming up?

    Yes, Bike to Work Day 2024 is scheduled for Friday, May 3, from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM. We invite everyone to join us, either as participants or sponsors for a morning of cycling, community building, and fun. We will be giving away great prizes at the event including some new bikes as well as hosting a free breakfast for everyone who joins us.

    Where can we follow you?

    Website | Facebook | Instagram

    PAY IT FORWARD: What is an awesome local charity that you love?

    An awesome local charity that deserves support is Two Wheel View. They work tirelessly to connect youth with the tools they need to reach their potential. The youth can learn to fix bikes, and they can even earn a bike, helmet, lock, and a set of tools. Every year I donate a dollar to Two Wheel View for every participant in our Bike to Work Day event.

    *This article is written by Stephanie Prentice for the Calgary Guardian and is being shared with their permission.

     

     


  • Biking Love: Valentine's Day Adventures on Two Wheels

    Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and instead of sticking to the usual routine of chocolates and flowers, why not enliven the experience with a biking adventure? Whether you're celebrating on the day itself or opting for a weekend getaway when time allows, a cycling outing promises to be a fun and memorable experience. At Bike to Work Day, we're all about promoting active lifestyles and unique ways to celebrate special occasions, and cycling with your significant other fits the bill perfectly.

    One fun option is to pedal to your favorite local café and enjoy in a signature hot chocolate together. With YYC Hot Chocolate Fest running until February 29, there's no shortage of cozy spots offering warm, rich delights that are sure to make your Valentine's Day outing extra special.

    If you prefer an outdoor date, why not chase the sunset together? Pack a charcuterie-style snack, and some warm drinks and find a spot with a stunning view of the prairie sky as it paints itself in beautiful colours during dusk. The sun will set at 5:50 PM on February 14. For an extra touch of romance, consider heading to a city park where you can use a firepit to create a fire-roasted dinner or some sweet treats. Evening booking slots for firepit use in our city parks are available from 7 PM – 9 PM.

    No matter what you decide, we're sending love your way and hoping you'll seize the opportunity to enjoy some happy cycling moments together. Whether it's a leisurely ride to a café or a romantic sunset adventure, Valentine's Day on two wheels is bound to be a memory you'll cherish.


  • Join Bike to Work Day Calgary at Winter Bike Day on February 10, 2024

    Get ready for an exciting blend of winter cycling fun as we join International Winter Bike Day in collaboration with Ride Together Day! On Saturday, February 10th, from 11 am to 3 pm, swing by Two Wheel View, located above Fair’s Fair Books in Inglewood at 907-9th Ave SE.

    Why Two Wheel View Matters: At this Winter Bike Day “Hot Spot,” you'll find Bike to Work Day Calgary, alongside several other not-for-profit organizations. Two Wheel View, a longtime beneficiary of our Bike to Work Day Charity Donation, is our host for the day. For every rider joining Bike to Work Day, we donate a dollar to Two Wheel View—an organization that empowers youth by providing them with the tools they need to reach their potential. They learn bike repair skills, and through their efforts, they can earn a bike, helmet, lock, and a set of tools. Stay tuned for the Suit Pursuit event—a thrilling race before Bike to Work Day, featuring a rider from Two Wheel View.

    Bike to Work Day: A 17-Year Tradition! As Bike to Work Day marks its 17th year in 2024, it stands tall as Calgary's largest cycling-themed event. This event goes beyond a one-day celebration, challenging Calgarians to embrace biking as a daily commute and contribute to a greener future for our city. We're here at Winter Bike Day to connect with fellow cyclists and spread the word about Bike to Work Day 2024.

    Winter Bike Day: A Saturday Affair for All Ages: While Winter Bike Day has traditionally focused on bicycle commuting, in the past couple of years, it has transformed into a family affair bringing joy to the winter cycling experience to the city on a Saturday. With sixteen hotspots across the city, plan a fun route, and be sure to drop by Two Wheel View for tasty treats and insights on how you can be a part of Bike to Work Day 2024.

    Be Part of the Fun on Friday, May 3rd, 2024: Whether you're a cyclist, a potential volunteer, or interested in sponsoring our event, Bike to Work Day 2024 welcomes you! Join us on Friday, May 3rd for a day filled with cycling, community, and fun.

    See You at Two Wheel View: Come chat with us, grab some yummy treats, and gear up for an exciting winter cycling season! We can't wait to connect with you at Two Wheel View.


  • Gear Up for Giving: Top Gifts for Year-Round Cyclists

    As the holiday season approaches, the search for the perfect gift is on! For the avid cyclist in your life, whether they brave the winter chill or enjoy sunny rides year-round, thoughtful gear can make all the difference.

    1. Insulated Gloves:

    A great pair of insulated gloves is more than just an accessory – it's a winter cycling essential. Cold hands can quickly turn a ride from enjoyable to uncomfortable. Look for gloves that offer both warmth and dexterity, allowing your cyclist to handle gear shifts and brakes with ease, even in the chilliest temperatures.

    2. Enhanced Visibility Gear:

    Safety on the road is paramount, especially during darker winter months. Consider gifting a high-visibility cycling jacket or a separate visibility vest that can be added to their existing winter jacket. These additions ensure they stay visible to motorists, promoting a safer commute. Choosing gear with reflective elements adds an extra layer of safety during low-light conditions.

    3. Compact Multi-Tool for On-the-Go Repairs:

    Every cyclist knows the importance of being prepared for unexpected repairs. A compact multi-tool is a practical and thoughtful gift, allowing your cycling enthusiast to make quick adjustments or repairs on the go. Look for a tool that includes essential functions like screwdrivers, wrenches, and tire levers – a handy companion for any cyclist's journey.

    4. Winter-Specific Bike Tires:

    For the cyclist who doesn't let winter weather dictate their rides, consider winter-specific bike tires. These tires are designed to provide better traction on icy or wet surfaces, ensuring a more stable and secure ride. It's a gift that speaks to both practicality and a passion for year-round cycling.

    5. Fenders and Mudguards:

    Help your cyclist stay clean and dry during winter rides by equipping their bike with reliable fenders and mudguards. Designed to shield against slush, mud, and water splashes, these accessories not only enhance the bike's longevity but also ensure a more enjoyable ride. Look for easy-to-install options compatible with various bike types, providing comprehensive coverage and protection from the winter elements. With fenders and mudguards, your cyclist can pedal through winter landscapes without having a black line running all the way up their back!

    6. Cycling Headlights and Taillights:

    Enhance your cyclist's visibility during the darker winter evenings with powerful headlights and taillights. Opt for rechargeable or long-lasting battery-powered lights to keep their path well-lit and ensure they're noticed by others on the road.

    7. Merino Wool Base Layers:

    A cozy and moisture-wicking base layer can make a significant difference in maintaining comfort during winter rides. Merino wool offers excellent insulation while effectively managing sweat, keeping your cyclist warm without feeling overheated.

    8. Balaclava or Neck Gaiter:

    Protecting the face and neck from biting winds is crucial in winter cycling. A versatile balaclava or neck gaiter provides warmth and can be adjusted to cover various parts of the face, ensuring a comfortable and snug fit.

    9. Handlebar Mittens:

    For added warmth and protection against the cold wind, consider handlebar mittens. These attach to the handlebars and provide a cozy space for the hands, allowing your cyclist to ride comfortably in colder temperatures.

    10. Smartphone Mount:

    Help your cyclist stay connected and navigate with ease by gifting a durable smartphone mount. Whether they use GPS for navigation or want to capture moments on their ride, a secure mount is a practical and appreciated accessory.

    11. Progress Tracking App:

    For a budget-friendly gift, make a personalized gift certificate for a progress-tracking app. These apps monitor distances, ride times, and more; they are easily downloadable onto their mobile phone or another smart device. Ideal for cyclists aiming for personal records, the app adds a tech-savvy touch to their rides. It's a thoughtful way to support their fitness goals, provide motivation, and foster a sense of community by sharing milestones with fellow enthusiasts.

    As the holiday lights twinkle and the spirit of giving fills the air, there's something magical about finding the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. Whether they're navigating snow-covered trails or enjoying the brisk winter breeze on city streets, these thoughtful gear suggestions are sure to elevate their cycling experience.

    Remember, it's not just about the item itself but the joy and thoughtfulness behind the gift. The right gear can turn a routine ride into an adventure and a chilly commute into an enjoyable memory. As you select the perfect gift, consider the unique needs and preferences of your favorite cyclist.

    Wishing you and your cycling enthusiast a season filled with warmth, safety, and the thrill of new adventures on two wheels. Happy holidays and happy cycling!