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Saskatoon Cycles May 2024 Newsletter

Saskatoon City Council Decisions – May 29, 2024

More connection, more safety measures, much more to go!

Two new items were approved at City Council on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 (click links to access all City of Saskatoon materials):

The cycling community again answered the call for support, sending dozens of letters to committee and council to see these developments through the approval process.

“Connecting 2nd Avenue/3rd Avenue (Option 2A)” will create more (and safer) pedestrian routes through the currently troublesome stretches of road along 2nd Avenue, a new shared-use pathway along the east side, and wider traffic lanes where the present narrowing exists.

“Opportunities for Rapid Deployment of Safety Improvements on Active Transportation Routes (Option 2)” will focus on “Route 6”, and see implementation along Munroe Avenue from College Drive to 14th St. E in 2025.

“Rapid Deployment” is defined as:

Rapid deployment is a tool used by cities to accelerate the expansion of their active
transportation network. Rapid deployment uses semi-permanent materials, existing
street space and focused engagement techniques to create a process where active
transportation facilities can be planned and installed within months.

City of Saskatoon

What this means is that Administration and Council have agreed to move toward expanding a safer cycling network on a scale of months instead of years, with more adaptability than we’ve seen in the past. With rapid deployment, modifications can be made easily and with less expense so that input from stakeholders can help projects evolve without major investments.

These are important wins for the entire community, and we want to extend thanks to everyone involved for advancing these building blocks that will support future connectivity and access.

Bike Valet – Children’s Festival

The Bike Valet season is upon us, and with a successful Saskatchewan Marathon under our collective belt, we’re now looking forward to our next venue:

Children’s Festival – Thursday June 6, 2024 – Sunday June 9, 2024

There are a lot of shifts available for this multi-day event, so if you’ve been waiting for a chance to help us secure some bikes, look no further! Click on the link above and pick up a shift or three!

Remember, all new volunteers this year will receive their own Bike Valet t-shirt, so you can be stylin’ with the gang.

This year we’re also strongly encouraging all of our volunteers to get a criminal record check. This has been mandatory at the Children’s Festival venue for years, but as the Bike Valet grows to serve more and more diverse events, we want to be able to ensure that everyone is protected as much as possible.

The process is straightforward and the cost of checks are waived when accompanied by a volunteer letter. (There may be a small processing fee for online applications.)

If you live in Saskatoon, you can apply in person at Saskatoon Police Service or online here. Use our volunteer letter to have the fees waived: Saskatoon Cycles letter for Saskatoon City Police

If you live outside Saskatoon, you can apply in person at your local RCMP detachment or police service: Saskatoon Cycles letter for the RCMP

Please note: If you already have a valid criminal record check letter (processed within the last two (2) years), you will not need to apply for one this year. Please bring your letter with you for Bike Valet staff verification.

If you have any questions about this year’s Bike Valet, please contact us at bikevalet@saskatooncycles.org

We’re looking forward to seeing you out for another great year of bike parking at Saskatoon’s most enjoyable festivals and events!

Pedal Poll – June 4 – 8, 2024

Saskatoon Cycles has been involved with the Velo Canada Bikes Pedal Poll since it began in 2021. The program gives us a “snapshot” of what cycling looks like in communities across Canada, at the same time, year over year. 

The data collected helps build the case for more, and better, cycling infrastructure. This growing data set is there for everyone to use to advocate for access to safe cycling choices for everyone, everywhere.

Sign up for Pedal Poll shifts in Saskatoon HERE.

Help us keep the data stream from Saskatoon flowing smoothly. The two hour shifts go by quickly, and you’ll be surprised at how the counting of all traffic modes will keep you engaged and on your toes!

The Movement for a Bike Friendly Canada – June 12

Join us on June 12th for a presentation and conversation with Velo Canada Bikes Executive Director Samuel Benoit.

Samuel Benoit is the Executive Director for Vélo Canada Bikes where he is working to advance our national discourse around cycling. He’s passionate about active transportation, sustainability and education and has contributed to work in these areas in Canada, India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia, Ghana and the United States.

Much of his experience in Canada has had to do with bikes. As a Programs Director for the youth-led environmental organization The Otesha Project, Samuel developed new systems and increased earned revenues for their signature cycling and performing tours. As Operational Manager for the Right Bike social enterprise under Causeway Work Centre, Samuel launched new services and partnerships to promote cycling in Ottawa while providing supportive work for people facing barriers to employment. With EnviroCentre Samuel worked with elementary schools and the City of Ottawa to promote walking and cycling to school.

In 2013, Samuel graduated with distinction from Hult International Business School’s Master of Social Entrepreneurship program in San Francisco, California. Earlier he completed a Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Geography from Carleton University. Prior to working with Vélo Canada Bikes, Samuel spent the past few years as a stay-at-home dad, riding around his neighbourhood with his two sons in their family cargo bike.Velo Canada Bikes website

This hour long event is free of charge, available to the first 50 registrants.

REGISTER HERE

  • What: “The Movement for a Bicycle Friendly Canada”
  • Who: Samuel Benoit from Velo Canada Bikes
  • When: Wednesday, June 12th, 2024 from 7-8pm
  • Where: Glass and Lumber, 432 20th Street W

Sign up today!

Upcoming Rides

June 15, 2024 is just around the corner, and with it the 2024 Ride for Your Life Saskatoon event. It’s being organized by Tod Fox in memory of his wife Natasha and the many other cyclists and pedestrians who have needlessly lost their lives on Saskatoon streets and around the country. Described as “a rally for change and remembrance”, the event hopes to raise awareness around the need for pedestrian and cyclist safety and infrastructure.

The event will feature speeches, a high visibility ride, a minor bike repair tent put on by Saskatoon Cycles, some bike safety and outreach from the BYXE Street Team, and a large vehicle visibility demonstration. And a LOT of fellowship and community.

You can register for the event right now. It is free and open to everyone. Shirts are available for purchase online (order before June 1 to secure your size), or on-site on June 15 (quantities and sizes limited).

Inspired by his brother Terry, Darrell Fox and a few friends organized the first Terry Fox Ride of Hope in 2015 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. The one-day 350 km ride culminated at the base of Mount Terry Fox in British Columbia. Today the Ride of Hope is a collection of diverse rides that offer recreational and challenging distances and terrain. All rides include camaraderie, scenic vistas, and wonderful experiences for the rider!

The Horizon 100 Cycling Club is hosting the first Ride of Hope in Saskatoon on July 6, 2024.

They will be offering two rides (100 km & 50 km) on paved roads in the beautiful countryside around Saskatoon. This will be a group ride and all riders need to be a member of the Saskatchewan Cycling Association or another approved provincial association to participate this year. 

You can register online and start your fundraising today.

(NB: The Terry Fox Foundation is looking for people who might be interested in organizing a recreational Ride of Hope in Saskatoon. Contact Saskatoon Cycles here if you would like more information.)

BYXE Week

May 11 – 19, 2024 saw another successful BYXE Week, with a flurry of cycling activity across the city of Saskatoon. Participation was enthusiastic and sustained for all aspects of the week:

  • Dozens of people in the BYXE Week Kick-off Slow Roll (despite heavy wildfire smoke!)
  • Over 900 visits to 16 stations for Bike to Work Day (despite a serious administration gaffe!)
  • Over 150 photos submitted
  • 1,000 plus visits to local businesses for The 2nd Annual Great Saskatoon Bike Passport Adventure
  • 9 separate selfies with Siobhan “The Ladybug Lady”
  • A lot of great prizes and big smiles
Neumar Ramos, winner of this year’s “Passport” draw for $550 at Doug’s Spoke ‘N Sport

Thanks to every Saskatoon citizen who jumped on their bikes and participated in any of this season’s activities; your involvement is always the lifeblood of these events.

Thanks to the City of Saskatoon for supporting their BYXE Week initiative and working with us to deliver it.

A great many BIG thank you’s to all of the businesses who donated prizes, time, refreshments, and enthusiasm to BYXE Week, and one very big sincere apology to d’Lish Cafe for being left off the Bike to Work Day location list (ugh).

Please support your local businesses and thank them for making the community so rich and vibrant all year round.

Keep your tires filled and your brakes working for BYXE Week 2025!!!

New Pedal Express Business: Glitch Gifts and Novelties!

Glitch Gifts and Novelties is the latest business to offer Pedal Express services!

This quirky shop is filled with the weird and wonderful and has to be seen to be believed, but now with bicycle courier service offered you can order items right off the website and have them delivered for free without stepping foot in the store (some conditions apply).

Is it, as they claim, the Worst. Store. Ever?

We say definitely not, especially now that they offer a low emission option for delivery, but you’ll only know if you look for yourself.

Shop Saskatoon Cycles

If you haven’t checked out our “shop” in a while, do a quick browse!

We’ve added merchandise emblazoned with the Saskatoon Cycles logo on hoodies and t-shirts (various colours), and these items ship directly to you!

In the market for some new threads? Now you can say something in style!

Donations

Our work relies heavily on financial donations from enthusiastic bike riders who want to see the cycling infrastructure and culture in Saskatoon continue to bloom and grow. Our programs make an important impact on the quality of life in Saskatoon.

Please support our efforts with your donations or with your time as a volunteer. 

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