Upcoming Events in Saskatoon

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for! BIKE WEEK SASKATOON! There are so many fabulous events and activities planned in Saskatoon between August 13th and 19th:

 

  • There are SO many fun Bike to Work Day challenges on August 17th from 7a.m. to 9a.m.:

Workplace Challenge:

Already bike to work regularly? Why not get your co-workers on board this year; create a team for an opportunity to transform your commute and win fantastic prizes! How to participate:

  1. Create a team name!
  2. Nominate a team leader.
  3. Team leader emails team name and total number of people in workplace to biketoworksaskatoon@gmail.com by Aug 15th.
  4. Get your co-workers motivated to bike to work on August 17!
  5. Stop at any Commuter Station for free refreshments, and pick up a Commuter Challenge card. Write your name and contact info on it, and have your card stamped.
  6. Hand your stamped Commuter Challenge card into the team leader and you will be entered into a draw to win a gift basket from The Bike Doctor.
  7. Workplace (of over 15 people) with the highest proportion of cycle commutes will win a gift basket from Breathe Cycle Studio, including a 6-pack of class cards, a Breathe tank top, and a Breathe t-shirt!

Ultimate Commuter Challenge:

Thought you had to pick just one awesome station to stop at on your morning BTWD commute? Fear not, you’re welcome to stop by as many stations as you’d like, between 7 and 9 AM! In fact, we have a prize pack ($100 value) for the Ultimate Commuter who stops by the most stations on their bike. To participate, simply ask for an Ultimate Commuter Challenge card at your first Commuter Station stop, and get it stamped at each location you visit. Leave it at a Commuter Station before 9 AM with your name and contact info written on it to be eligible to win!

Photo Tag Challenge:

Take a photo of yourself commuting by bike on Bike to Work Day, upload it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag #yxeBTWD. Time: anytime before 7:00 PM on August 17.

For info on all Commuter Stations and to map your ride, visit The Bike to Work Day site and for updates, check out the Facebook event page: Bike to Work Day Saskatoon (#yxeBTWD).

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Saskatoon Cycles is hosting a fundraiser! We are leading a bike ride for some participants of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation national convention hosted in Saskatoon on September 30th from 9am to 4pm – but we need to borrow some bicycles! There are 25 participants in this event which will raise $1500 for Saskatoon Cycles! If you have a bicycle in good condition you could lend us, or can help us match people to bicycles on the evening of September 29th, please contact Saskatoon Cycles Co-Chair Cathy Watts at 306-664-3908 or ctwatts@sasktel.net
  • The Bike Valet is still going strong this summer! We have a few events coming up that you can volunteer at: Potash Fireworks Festival from September 2nd to 3rd and the Race Against Racism on September 18th – please contact us if you’d like to donate your time and have a fun at the Bike Valet – it’s your last chance for 2016!
  • The Saskatoon Cycles 2016 AGM has been schedule for November 16! If you are interested in helping us plan the AGM or can assist us in making sure it runs smooth – please contact us!
  • Saskatoon Cycles is also looking for volunteers to be on our advocacy committee – if you have a passion Active Transportation Plan and spreading the word – we’d love to have you aboard!
  • Do you think Saskatoon Cycles should organize an Open Streets event in 2017? What is it? Can you help? Have ideas? Contact us!

Local Cycling News

  • City Council approved Active Transportation Plan on June 27  but there is still a lot of work to be done in short term and Saskatoon Cycles has a plan! Contact us if you’d like to learn more!
  • Have you checked out the Livable YXE website? They are going to canvass all candidates prior to the October 26th municipal election to compile a report card for each under several categories: health, environment, public transportation, active transportation, access and equality, economics and arts and culture – so you can make the most informed decision prior to the election! Stay tuned to the website for updated information.
  • Horrific news for the Meewasin Valley Authority who lost their funding and had to close their interpretive centre – if you are concerned about the loss of this invaluable resource, there are many people you can contact:
    • Premier Brad Wall bradwallmla@sasktel.net
    • Minister of Finance Hon Kevin Doherty kevindohertymla@sasktel.net
    • Minister of Parks and Culture Hon. Mark Doherty markdochertymla@sasktel.net
    • Minister of Justice Hon Gordon Wyant g.wyant.mla@sasktel.net
    • Eric Olauson ca@saskatoonuniversity.ca
    • Hon. Don Morgan mla@donmorgan.ca
    • Minister of Health Hon Dustin Duncan he.minister@gov.sk.ca
    • Hon Greg Ottenbreit minister.rrhe@gov.sk.ca
    • Jennifer Campeau casaskatoonfairview@shaw.ca
    • Danielle Chartier saskatoonriversdale@ndpcaucus.sk.ca
    • Hon Ken Cheveldayoff ken.cheveldayoff.mla@sasktel.net
    • David Forbes saskatoocentre@ndpcaucus.sk.ca
    • Lisa Lambert lisalambert.mla@sasktel.net
    • Paul Merriman office@paulmerriman.ca
    • Roger Parent rogerparentmla@gmail.com
    • Cathy Sproule saskatoonnutana@ndpcaucus.sk.ca
    • Hon Corey Tochor ctochormlasaskatooneastview@gmail.com

National Cycling News

  • The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina is hosting a wonderful event as part of Culture Days“Native Kids Ride Bikes” is a panel presentation with four artists who worked with youth from community groups to build and decorate bikes in the spirit of sacred Anishinaabeg teachings

International Cycling News

  • Positive outcomes of removing parking and installing bike lanes – “replacing on-street parking with a bike lane has little to no impact on local business, and in some cases might even increase business. While cyclists tend to spend less per shopping trip than drivers, they also tend to make more trips, pumping more total money into the local economy over time.”
  • This will either make you laugh or cry . . .