Saskatoon Cycles October 2020 Newsletter

Saskatoon Cycles 2020 Annual General Meeting

Your Board of Directors invites you to participate in the Saskatoon Cycles 2020 Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, November 10th at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The event will feature reports, presentations, elections and more!

Please pre-register by midnight Monday November 9, so we can confirm your membership. Only SC members will be admitted to the meeting. Registration form and background materials are available at

You can join Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m.; the General Meeting will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

As we can’t feed you this year, we’ve made arrangements with bike-friendly D’lish by Tish Cafe (one of Cathy Watt’s favourite spots) for you to order a take-out or delivered meal. Check out their menu on their website, Facebook page or give them a call at 306-652-5483. D’lish by Tish is located at the corner of Temperance and 14th Street East.

Our meeting will feature a guest presentation: Responses to the Pandemic: Innovations and Set-backs in the World of Biking, by Brian Pincott, Executive Director, Velo Canada Bikes

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Call to order
  2. Review minutes of last Annual General Meeting
  3. Business arising from the minutes
  4. Cathy Watts remembered
  5. Board of Directors Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Guest Presentation
  8. Board of Directors election
  9. Motions from members and new business
  10. Adjournment

For more information or if you are interested in running for the Board, please send a message to info@saskatooncycles.org.

Background documents including a detailed agenda, year-end financial statement, and candidates statements will be posted at www.saskatooncycles.org in advance of the meeting.

We’re looking forward to your participation!

Liveable YXE

The November 9th municipal election is fast approaching and, as in the 2016 campaign, Saskatoon Cycles has partnered with several other progressive community-based organizations to form Liveable YXE. The goal of Liveable YXE is to engage all of the prospective city council and mayoral candidates with a questionnaire containing questions specific to issues which we feel make up what a livable city can look like. Issues we feel passionately about, because we all feel passionate that Saskatoon can be one of the best places to live in Canada. 

We’ve defined a livable city as one that is “active, attractive, vibrant, accessible, walkable, green, healthy, diverse, and above all, people-friendly.”  These all seem like no-brainer starting points for a healthy community. Unfortunately we at Saskatoon Cycles have been dismayed that issues like dedicated cycling infrastructure spending have become such controversial political issues over the past few years. 

The question submitted by Saskatoon Cycles for the Liveable YXE questionnaire is: 

Active Transportation: The City’s Active Transportation Plan (ATP) released in 2016 set out the following vision: In 2045, Saskatoon is a leading city for active transportation, where walking and cycling are convenient, comfortable, attractive, fun and normal ways of moving around the city year round for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. The ATP target is to double walking and cycling trips to 24% of all daily trips and 15% of all commute trips by 2045. Ensuring cyclists and pedestrians feel safe will be one of the keys to achieving these goals. 

Do you support the City of Saskatoon investing in the necessary physical infrastructure to safely separate cycling traffic from both vehicular traffic and pedestrians?

Also in the works is a Livable YXE Mayoral Forum scheduled to be broadcast virtually October 29th over Zoom. 

Check out the Liveable YXE website to read the various prospective city councillor and mayoral candidates’ written responses to our questionnaire, as well as for information on how to log in and participate in our October 29th mayoral forum. 

And most importantly, don’t forget to get out the vote on November 9th and incorporate what you think will make a Liveable YXE (and a cycling friendly city obviously) into your decision making!

Spadina Crescent closure

As part of the City of Saskatoon’s project to increase security around the water treatment plant they have closed a section of Spadina avenue south. On September 14th the section of Spadina from 11th Street to south of the Holiday Park neighbourhood was closed to motor vehicle traffic.

This closure helps fill in a large gap in the Meewasin trail leading to the Gordie Howe bridge and creates a safe space for active transportation. The Meewasin Valley Authority is planning to release more details of the future of this space on November 9th. Please stay tuned!

Used bikes for sale

The pandemic forced us to shelve what would have been our 2nd annual Used Bike Sale and Expo. We have decided to sell the bikes that were generously donated to this Saskatoon Cycles fundraiser through our Instagram account. If you see a bike posted that you would like to view in-person, please contact SC board member Erin Edwards at (306) 241-1937 to arrange a time. All bikes were inspected when we received them and deemed to be in good working order. Hand sanitizer will be supplied and masks are appreciated.

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