Archive for November, 2010

Cycling Trends East of Winnipeg

Posted in Bicycle Commuting on November 23, 2010 by bikealberta

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By Ottawa-based, Michael Haynes, Director of TransActive Solutions and publisher of the AT-Canada blog http://activetransportation-canada.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 25, 2010
6:30 pm 4th Floor Meeting Room W. R. Castell Central Library 616 Macleod Trail SE, T2G 2M2

Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Calgary tour de nuit Society and the Calgary Public Library.  Made possible by funding from the Government of Ontario
Hear and discuss with one of Canada’s foremost authorities on active and sustainable transportation trends affecting the growth of mode share of bicycle, running and walking transportation in Eastern Canada.
In the last five years, Haynes has conducted workshops and presentations on Active Transportation in more than 60 communities. From 2003-2008, he was the National Active Transportation and TrailsCanada Coordinator of Go for Green, the national coordinating body responsible for cycling promotion programs such as Commuter Challenge and Carfree Day.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Active Transportation (Public Health Agency of Canada), the Steering Committee for the Ottawa Pathway Patrol and the Public Advisory Committee on Segregated Bike Lanes.

This is the second in a series of public forums on active and sustainable transportation sponsored by the Calgary tour de nuit Society and the Calgary Public Library. The series was inaugurated by Hans Moor, Economic Affairs Officer of the Royal Netherlands Embassy and President of Ottawa’s Citizens for Safe Cycling.

Calgary tour de nuit Society is a member-based, non-profit active and sustainable transportation organization promoting more people cycling more often. In January, CtdnS working with City Aldermen proposed segregated bike lanes for 5th and 6th Ave. SW, the ‘Road Diet’. The City of Calgary Transportation Department substituted a multi- year study.

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Brian Kullman Memorial CX and Beans n’ Barley Halloween CX – UPDATED w/ PHOTOS

Posted in 'Cross, Racing on November 1, 2010 by bikealberta

Provided by Joseph Litke, Fiera Race Team

There were two Alberta Cup Cyclocross races in Calgary this weekend, and they were totally awesome; well organized, swarming with volunteers and spectators, and most importantly brilliant and very punishing course design. To top it all off, the weather was absolutely fantastic, dry, warm and sunny.

A personal highlight for many on Saturday at the Brian Kullman Memorial CX ( put on by Speed Theory) was participation of international women’s road cyclist, Julie Beveridge, who rode a strong race, showing spectacular superiority on the straight flats, but revealed some weakness in the technical sections. Local rider Bridget Linder, of Hardcore Bikes in Edmonton, came from behind after a crash on the first lap. Bridget is well respected in mountain biking and cyclocross for her technical abilities, and she employed these methodically to wear Beveridge down and eventually build a gap to take the win. It was an excellent spectacle.

On Sunday at the Beans n’ Barley Halloween CX (put on by Terrascape Racing) there were many highlights. First, there was beer. Second, in the spirit of Halloween, many racers came in costume. In the women’s race, nearly every racer was in masquerade, with appearances from Wonder Woman, Super Woman, a run-away-bride, a pirate, Little Bo Peep and a bumble bee, to name a few. As if she needed to earn even more respect from the Expert field, Katy Curtis (Bow Cycle) made a bid for the win in full Tim Horton’s uniform. By far the most crowd-pleasing was a cardboard and tin-foil robot who contested the Elite field.

To summarize; if you race ‘Cross in Alberta, and you missed the races this weekend, you really missed something special, they may have been the best yet. If you don’t race ‘Cross in Alberta, then you have my sincere sympathy; you don’t know what you’re missing!

The fine-tuned staff at the ABA has already posted results for you to check out [here]

And check out more of Bill Quinney’s photos [here]