Saskatoon Cycles March 2021 Newsletter

Got a cycling project or event you’d like to lead?

We want to increase our ability to spread the cycling love, so we’re putting out a call for volunteer “advisors.” Got an idea for a biking-flavoured event that you’d be willing to take the lead on, if you had some support from the Saskatoon Cycles board? Send us an email note (contactus@saskatooncycles.org) outlining your idea with as much detail as you can. If your event or project feels like a good fit with the SC mandate, we’ll invite you to chat with us over Zoom to figure out how we can make it happen.

Hot Drinks Outside celebrates family cycling

We are shifting our weekly #HotDrinksOutside meetups to Saturday afternoons from 2 pm to 4 pm — starting this week (Saturday, March 20th). Our new host for the next while will be Life Outside Gear Exchange, one of our new Friends of Cycling sponsors. You will be able to enjoy their store offerings, a fire pit, and some fun for your kids. Revolve Café (also located in the old farmers market location) will be offering hot chocolate for sale, if you forget (or decide not) to bring your own hot drink. Our decision to move to Saturdays was based on some things we’ve learned from collaborating with other cycling advocates around the world — people like Melissa Wenzel from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Kira Judge, one of co-chairs, recently interviewed Melissa. Read about the highlights from their conversation — and watch the video — in this new blog post.

New convert talks about his first winter of commuting by bike

Local cyclist Tyson Conkin credits a work colleague with getting him out on his bike this winter: “It was actually one of my co-workers who started to embrace winter cycling and commuting just over a year ago. They lived a similar distance away from work as I did, and so I started to ask questions about how they were doing this. They were also kind enough to lend me a suitable winter fat tire bike and take me out on my first winter ride in November 2020 – and it only took a few kilometres before I was hooked!” Read our full conversation with Tyson.

Bike to Work Week coming in May

While the pandemic has forced us to hit the pause button on hosting an official Bike to Work Day this spring, we are planning a week’s worth of fun alternate activities to celebrate riding to work and school. Watch our social media channels for more details as the date gets closer.

Are you a new cycle commuter?

If so, we’d love to hear from you. Your story could help inspire others to try it this spring. If you’ve starting riding to work (spring/summer/fall) in the past few years, and would be willing to let us share your story, send us an email note (media@saskatooncycles.org)

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