Alberta Bike Advocacy

Edmonton Velodrome

 

(This is the final meeting. If the council approves the motion, then the Velodrome is more or less a reality, be sure to show up and lend your support)

 

Presentation of New Multi Use Sports Facility & Velodrome 

 

Three years of planning for a new indoor 250-metre velodrome and multi-use center at the current Argyll Sports Park; 68 Ave. & 88 St. will come a head in a full City Council meeting Wednesday, April 16th. 

 

Please show your support for this wonderful project by sending the following letter to all the councilors before, Wednesday, April 16th.

 

We also need you to show your support by attending the presentation to the full City Council on Wednesday, April 16th, wearing your T-Shirt.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008, THE CITY OF EDMONTON COUNCIL MEETING, City of Edmonton, Council Chambers: 9:30  AM

 

Please meet Steering Committee Team (Wayne, Tom, Pauline etc.) to get your T-Shirt supporting the project if you don’t have one; 2nd FLOOR, CITY HALL, beside Council Chambers entrance, Wednesday, April  16,   9:00 AM

 

BRING EVERYONE YOU CAN.  WE WANT TO FILL THE ROOM WITH SUPPORTERS

 

Success will change the image of cycling in Edmonton forever

 

PLEASE  E-MAIL AND ATTEND THE MEETINGS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

 

Bike Shorts Film Festival

(for more information contact Jeff.Gruttz@calgary.ca


        Bike Shorts Film Festival – Calgary (Theatre Space is Confirmed)
        Tuesday, 9 September 2008
        7 – 9:00 PM, 2 X 50 min. + break
        John Dutton Theatre, at WR Castell Central (downtown) Public Library, +15 level accessible from stairway off      Macleod Tr N bound, wheelchair
access through Library
        $10.00.  at the door. Advance ticket sale locations – TBA.
        Seating capacity – 400
        Bicycle parking – TBA
        Bus routes – many choices within 2 blocks, LRT stations within 1/2 block
        Car parking (if you must) – cheap – evenings downtown 
        Program – TBA
        Hosts – TBA

 

Bike Racks in Edmonton

( From the VUE weekly Newspaper)

City cyclists will soon rack ‘em once again

SCOTT HARRIS / scott@vueweekly.com 

Edmonton cyclists looking for a place to lock up their bikes will no longer need to search out parking meters, trees and fences, as the city begins to install new bike racks in the coming weeks to replace those removed from city streets almost 10 months ago.
 

“We have a big pile of new bike racks, which I’m pretty excited about,” enthuses Claire Ellick, a transportation engineer with the City of Edmonton’s sustainable transportation group. “Right now they’re in one of our yards and maintenance is going to start installing them. It should be anytime now—within the next couple of weeks—that they’ll start being installed.”
 

Most of the bike racks in Edmonton disappeared in late June of 2007 after a decade-old contract between the city and a private company called Street Talk Inc, which provided racks in exchange for the right to advertise on them, expired and the company removed most of its 300 racks.
 

Ellick says that 150 of the new post-and-ring style racks will be installed first in priority areas, including Whyte Ave, Jasper Ave and 124 St. The city also purchased 65 of the old racks from Street Talk last summer, and those remain spread throughout the city. A second batch of racks, arriving in May, will be installed based on where the city receives requests for them.

 

Scott McAnsh, the vice-president of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, says he’ll be relieved to finally see secure bicycle parking return to the city.

“It’s great that we’re finally getting bike racks again,” he says, but adds that he’s frustrated that it’s taken so long to replace such important cycling infrastructure. “It clearly shows that bikes are a pretty low priority. The expenditure is negligible in the scale of the city’s billion-dollar budget, so it seems incredible that it took that long to get the funding approved, to get them purchased and to get them in. I understand part of that was picking the right rack, but it obviously wasn’t a high enough priority on the city’s radar.”
 

Ellick explains that the racks were initially slated to arrive in November but there were delays in materials purchasing. The total cost for the new racks is just over $100 000. 
 

She says that the new racks, which will accommodate one or two bikes each, were chosen in part because they take up less space on the sidewalk and in part because they will allow for a more even distribution.
 

“We looked at a couple of different styles and we went with a smaller footprint rather than a bulk rack that is going to be down the block or around the corner from where you’re going and quite a distance away,” she explains. “They’ll be placed more destination-oriented, so a couple scattered down the block closer to where you might be going with good natural surveillance so you don’t have to be too far away from your bike. It’s a convenience we provide to motorists, so its the same idea for cyclists.”

It’s a change that McAnsh applauds. “One thing that is nice about getting the new racks is that the old racks were kind of crappy in that it was thought that they could carry a lot of bikes so they were put pretty far apart. And they were awkward to lock your bike up to and unsightly.” V 

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