Saskatoon Cycles June 2017 Newsletter

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day! 

Upcoming Events in Saskatoon

  • Let your voice be heard! The City is officially gathering public feedback about the downtown protected bike lanes. If you appreciate the benefit of being protected from traffic and see the potential of what proper cycle tracks can do for our city, please share your feedback here
  • Bike Doctor Detours has planned The Howling Coyote Pack Ride, which is a pack ride to Champetre County,  50km outside of Saskatoon. Stay overnight in tents or bunkhouses, catered meals, bike back the next day. Two evenings of orientation, shopping, and bike-packing practice will be held on June 19th and June 26th to prepare, with the ride on July 2 and 3!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • With the Saskatchewan Marathon and Children’s Festival wrapped up, the Bike Valet is now gearing up for a summer full of activities. Our biggest event, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, kicks off this week and we are in need of volunteers. Please contact bikevalet@saskatooncycles.org to get your name on the list for this, or any other of our summer events. Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far!

Local Cycling News

  • The City of Saskatoon now has a full-time Active Transportation Program Manager on staff! Danae Balogun (MCIP) is responsible for the implementation of the Active Transportation Plan and everything else related to walking, cycling, and all other forms of active transport in the city. Saskatoon Cycles is building a relationship with Danae in order to share issues, concerns, and perspectives from local cyclists. Send us your comments or areas of the city you wish would be improved for cycling and we will relay them to the City’s official cycling contact Danae!
  • Riversdale residents and business owners were invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 20th to view the proposed redesign of 19th Street between 1st Avenue to Avenue H. Information can be found on the Shaping Saskatoon page and any comments and feedback can be shared with:

Marina Melchiorre, Transportation Engineer

City of Saskatoon, Transportation & Utilities

222-3rd Avenue North Saskatoon, S7K 0J5

marina.melchiorre@saskatoon.ca

Phone: 306-657-8719 or Fax: 306-975-2971

  • Bike to Work YXE (Bike to Work Week) took place from May 15-19 which featured daily commuter stations alongside events geared toward cyclists hosted by organizations within the community, as well as a primary Bike to Work Day celebration with 19 commuter stations. There were also bike home from work wrap-up event at 9 Mile Legacy and Doug’s Spoke’N’Sport. The preliminary data shows just over 1900 cyclists stopped at one of the many commuter stations throughout the week, which is around 150 over last year’s numbers! Special thanks to Meaghan for all her amazing work in coordinating this fantastic event!

  • Bike the Moveable Feast on May 27 was enjoyed by 40 cyclists who explored the Nature City Festival theme of “We are Water” along the Meewasin Valley. The food prepared by Chef Jenni, was fantastic as always!

  • Many thanks to Ward 6 Councillor Cynthia Block, who requested a bike ride with Saskatoon Cycles who is thoughtful, enthusiastic, supportive and curious in good active transportation for all in the city. Saskatoon Cycles members Cathy Watts, Dave Palibroda, Jerome Nicol and Lee Smith were joined on the ride by the new Active Transportation Program Manager Danae Balogun!

  • Cycling North Update! Since late April, all of the parts and tools have arrived and each community will receive the following:
    • 1 complete bicycle tool set,
    • 3 x 32 oz & 2 small bottles chain lube,
    • 15 extra bicycle tubes,
    • 5 tube patch kits (each good for 6 patches),
    • 12 tire levers,
    • 15 pairs of brake pads,
    • brake cable (28),
    • housing (12m),
    • caps (32), & tips (80),
    • 10 pairs of pedals,
    • 2 extra chains, and
    • 15 bicycle lights for prizes

Brendan and his cousin, Tate, who has recently committed his bike mechanic skills to the project, have completed working with the first community, Île-à-la-Crosse, connecting bikes to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health! Community Outreach Coordinator, Sharon Favel, and Youth Centre workers Donna and Becky, along with 1st-year Making the Links CoM students, partnered in this community! They are currently in Dillon, and excited to complete the project with the 4 remaining communities!

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