Saskatoon Cycles August 2021 Newsletter

Finding new friends through Saskatoon Cycles

If you are new to Saskatoon, volunteering for Saskatoon Cycles events is one of the best ways to find like-minded, self-empowered, self-reliant, and open-minded friends. Way back in 2007 when Robert and I were new to Saskatoon, we found our best friend Blaine through a cycling event. He is a veteran volunteer with the Saskatoon Cycles Bike Valet program. At the Bike Valet for this year’s SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Taste of Saskatchewan, I tested my hypothesis again: I volunteered for three shifts and made more new friends (Lana and her son MateoShelly, and Temple) and caught up with many old ones too. Read Kira’s full blog post here.

Hot Drinks Outside is now called Bikes and Banter

Hey, did ya hear our weekly meetups have a new name? We decided that Bikes and Banter is a great description for what these informal, come-and-go gatherings are all about. They’re open to anyone who likes cycling…and they’re a great chance to meet and chat with others who share your two-wheel passion. Watch our social feeds for times and locations.

Cathy Watts Memorial Slow Roll

Mark your calendars now: On September 8th, we will be hosting a slow roll in remembrance of long-time cycling crusader and Saskatoon Cycles chair Cathy Watts. This socially distanced ride will include a number of Cathy’s favourite spots around the city, including the Drinkle Building in the downtown, and the Remai Gallery at River Landing. Watch our social feeds for more details coming soon. With her family’s permission, we ran Cathy’s obituary on our blog. If you haven’t already, you can read it here.

Nuit Blanche Slow Roll

Start planning now to light up your bike (and yourself) for a slow roll we’ll be hosting in conjunction with this fall’s Nuit Blanche on September 25th. We will be selling LED lights for spokes and high viz vests with LED lighting. Stay tuned for more details.

Fireworks Festival

Our Bike Valet service will be offering secure bike parking September 3rd and 4th at the Nutrien Fireworks Festival. We will once again need volunteers to help out. Watch our social feeds for the link to sign up.

Winner, winner…

Congratulations to Steven, who won two tickets to the Sparkler Social, the VIP gala at this year’s fireworks festival. We drew his name from all of the volunteers who helped with Bike Valet at this year’s SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Taste of Saskatchewan. Thank you to Steven and everyone else who gave their time to take a shift or two. We appreciate it!

For sale: Bike locker

Jim Arnold, one of our SC board members, is selling his lightly used bike locker and donating the proceeds to Saskatoon Cycles. It is the same locker that’s available for rent on the USask campus. These lockers are constructed of durable, recycled black plastic (except for doors and hardware) and come with both locking mechanism and padlock. He is asking $1700 OBO; the money is going toward our operations, so please no low-ball offers.

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