Cathy Watts in her yard

Saskatoon Cycles April 2021 Newsletter

Cathy Watts Scholarship

Here’s a message from Trent Watts…

Hello family and friends.

Since Cathy’s death in September a group of people from many walks of life have been working diligently to set up a scholarship in Cathy’s name to provide funds for a student at the U of S. Here is the wording from the donation page.

This scholarship is in memory of Cathy Watts. Cathy was a tireless advocate for cycling, walking, and other forms of active transportation in Saskatoon and beyond and she was a generous mentor and leader in the community. The scholarship will provide financial support for continuing graduate or undergraduate students studying at the University of Saskatchewan who can demonstrate their commitment to the promotion of forms of active transportation such as cycling and walking.

We have a target of $40,000 which will provide the funds necessary to give a $1500 annual award in perpetuity. (Editor’s note: So far 70 donors have contributed a total of $31,885!)

A number of people at the U of S and in the community have contributed $1000 each to start the fund. Our family is giving a matching grant up to $10,000 so every dollar you give is matched. 

If you feel moved to contribute to this fund please follow this link.

Thank you for your support.

Bike to Work/Anywhere Week is May 17-21

We’re working with the City of Saskatoon to try out a new, physically-distanced approach to Bike to Work Day. Rather than visiting commuter stations during one morning, we encourage you to get out and explore Saskatoon by bike anywhere, anytime, and all week! Commit to riding your bike any time during Bike to Work Week May 17-21 and register for a chance to win prizes. Earn extra prize draw entries by posting a photo of your ride on social media with the hashtag #BikeToWorkYXE and #BYXE

Working from home? No problem, you’ll still be eligible to win. Just get out and ride your bike during bike to work week, and follow the same guidelines above.

If you live too far from work to bike the entire way, consider taking Saskatoon Transit part of the way. Plan your trip using the Transit app and Google Transit. All buses are equipped with front bike racks that are free and easy to use. The bike racks also accommodate fat tires.

“The more you commute, the better you’ll feel: Meet new cycle commuter Laurier Langlois

Meet Laurier Langlois. He’s 52 and works as manager of corporate services for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Laurier started riding to his office in downtown Saskatoon in late spring 2020…just after the pandemic began and the weather started to improve. Read all about his decision to start commuting by bike, and what he likes best about riding to and from work.

Pedal Count coming in June

Saskatoon will soon be taking part in Canada’s first ever national bicycle count, which is scheduled to run from June 1st to 6th. Watch our social feeds for information about how you can sign up to do a shift as a counter. Oh…and did we mention there will be prizes?

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