Saskatoon Cycles May 2021 Newsletter

Saskatoon a pilot site for first-ever national bike count!

The first ever national bike count happens next week. We’ve been selected as one of the pilot sites by Vélo Canada Bikes — so we need lots of volunteers to ensure we get an accurate picture of cycling numbers here in #yxe. Shifts are only two hours long. If you haven’t yet, sign up here to volunteer. Saskatoon Cycles board member James Arnold is our local ambassador for the pedal poll.

#BYXE photo contest winners

This year’s socially distanced, week-long version of Bike to Work Day was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who got out on their bikes last week during the pandemic edition of this event, which we co-hosted with the City of Saskatoon. And kudos to those of you who took cycling selfies to get entered into our draws for a host of great prizes. Our winners were:

  • Victoria Hyde
  • Lorrie Dobni
  • Andrea Lauder
  • Jason Hanson
  • Hemant J Naidu
  • Tagtag8889
  • Maggie Yeomans
  • Peter Mielke
  • Suelen Meira Goes
  • Dave Scott
  • Kelsey Stromberg
  • Shawn Tillman
  • Aubree Laliberte
  • Jonathan Storey
  • Kiandra
  • Sagnik Dey

Be sure to show your love to our awesome sponsors:

FCL Community Builder program awards $1000 to Saskatoon Cycles

We want to give a huge shout-out to Federated Co-operatives Ltd for investing $1000 in the work of Saskatoon Cycles as part of their Community Builders program. The award recognizes the volunteer efforts of our co-chair, Kira Judge, who is an FCL employee. The organization generously donates $500 for 20 hours of community volunteering and $1000 for 40 hours. Thank you to Federated Co-operatives Ltd for their support…and to Kira for all of her passion and dedication to making Saskatoon a more cycling-friendly city!

#HotDrinksOutside returns for Arbor Week 2021

As part of Arbor Week 2021, we will be restarting Hot Drinks Outside this Saturday June 5th from 2-4 pm. Meet us in Meewasin Park, directly in from the intersection at Pinehouse Drive and Whiteswan Drive. Enjoy some socially distanced (masks required) camaraderie with other cyclists and learn a little about trees through the Wildernook interpretive tour.

Have you been involved in a cycling incident or collision?

If you’ve had a run-in with a motorist — either an actual collision or an incident like the one Leticia Stephenson recently experienced — we want to hear from you. We see it as part of our mandate to ensure that these examples are brought to the attention of the City of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Government Insurance and that they help inform the education campaigns run by both agencies. If you are willing to share your experience with us, send an email message to: info@saskatooncycles.org

Book review: Cycling for Sustainable Cities

This book is a timely read in a soon-to-be post-pandemic world that is ready for substantive changes to urban living. The editors of this book, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher, see cyclists as leaders of the change movement to more livable cities. They have assembled a broad overview of the cycling research that demonstrate how cities that have invested in cycling infra structure are documenting the impacts. Active transport, and in particular cycling, can create positive changes to personal health and longevity, urban vitality, and environmental health. Read more…

Have an idea for a cycling project or event?

We want to increase our ability to spread the cycling love, so have a standing call out for volunteer “advisors.” Do you have 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 (info@saskatooncycles.org ) outlining your idea with as much detail as you can.

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