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Bike Edmonton Launch Party and Fundraiser

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On Saturday, we will be changing our name, and we want to thank you for supporting us as we continue our work. Join us to celebrate nearly 40 years of our work promoting cycling & supporting all the people who want to be able to bike safely and comfortably in Edmonton. Our name is changing to reflect the broader mandate that we've been pursuing for many years already, but our programs, services, and focus remain the same: removing barriers to cycling and pushing for a better, healthier, safer, happier city for everyone.

We'll also be raising funds to pay for some important upgrades to BikeWorks North, which has been operating for nearly 8 years now. We've identified some major improvements to better the experience for patrons and help us get more people riding.

The party begins with a leisurely group ride, departing from BikeWorks South (8001 102 St) at 5pm. You can also just meet us at Dirtbag Cafe (10505 107 St) downtown from 6-11pm, directly on the 105 Ave bike lane.

Rock Jungle Boulders is generously donating the space, as well as providing discounted $7 bouldering (includes shoe rental, if needed) until 8pm.

We have two casks coming in from Town Square and Situation Brewing, representing the best bike-able brewery locations YEG has to offer!

• DIY screen printing: we're not selling shirts, but bring your own fabric and we'll help you screen print our new logo on it! • DIY button making • Bike-part jewelry making • Silly games on bicycles • Live music by Robert Clinton and Paul Bellows • Yoga stretches for cyclists led by Peter Macfarlane of The SATTVA School of Yoga

This event isn't ticketed, but donations to fund important upgrades and improvements to BikeWorks North are encouraged. We'll be changing the layout to be friendlier and easier to navigate, as well as addressing some safety, comfort, and security concerns. We'll also be constructing a bike hanger, similar to one which already exists at BikeWorks South, which will quadruple the storage space we have for bicycles. This is critical to improving revenues at the shop, and will help us better serve people who are looking for bikes to start riding.

Some bike routes to the Bike Edmonton Launch party and fundraiser this Saturday, Sept 8, 2018.

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Here are seven bike routes you can follow to come to Dirtbag Cafe this Saturday for Bike Edmonton's Launch and fundraiser. We thought that this is the best way for us to say, "you're invited!" If you want a guided ride to Bike Edmonton Launch party and fundraiser, meet at 5pm at BikeWorks South. Our ride marshals will take you on an easy paced journey to the party if you don't regularly ride or haven't been part of a group ride before, or enjoy a slow ride with company, this is a great opportunity. All you need is a working bike. Our ride marshals will lead you, making sure we stick together as we enjoy the journey. During the ride we'll use some of Edmonton's most exciting cycling infrastructure. The route might include parts of the following maps. We hope you find a pleasant and beautiful path to the party! Click on each ride title to open map.

Ride Like A Commuter from BikeWorks South to Dirtbag Cafe and Rock Jungle Boulders, 10505 107 St NW.

Ride from the South side through Mill Creek Ravine, starting at the velodrome and taking the funicular. Note that you take a hard right coming off of the Low Level Bridge as the path that directly goes to the lower elevator is not on Google maps, yet.

Riding from the North side along the river valley trails, with funicular! Ride is from Gold Bar Park to Dirtbag Cafe and Rock Jungle Boulders, 10505 107 St NW.

From the East, staring at the Commonwealth Stadium, enjoy commuter trials and avoid downtown construction all the way to Dirtbag Cafe and Rock Jungle Boulders, 10505 107 St NW. Make sure you turn RIGHT after crossing the living bridge, go down the hill, then turn LEFT towards Boyle Street. Signs will guide you how to get through the area once you’re approaching MacEwan Station. (It's straightforward, but not straight.)

From the West, starting in Westmount, bike lanes all the way, wherever possible, right up to Dirtbag Cafe and Rock Jungle Boulders, 10505 107 St NW.

Oliverbahn: From West of 149 st, you’ll take bike lanes and quiet streets all the way to Dirtbag Cafe and Rock Jungle Boulders, 10505 107 St NW. Please note that the map has an unneeded loop. You don’t have to ride the little loop shown at the 142st bridge. Just cross that bridge.

Bike Repair 201 Derailleurs and Shifting this Friday, September 7, 2018

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Bike Repair 201 Derailleurs and Shifting course is this Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:30pm. This intermediate course will get you started on how to diagnose shifting problems, find the right replacement parts, and tune your derailleurs for easy shifting. You don't need to be an expert with tools to get the most from this class, but you should have enough experience to know how to use common bike tools. We recommend you take Bike Repair 101 beforehand, though it's not necessary to get the most out of this workshop. Bike Repair 201 costs $35 plus tax and receive new shifter cables and housing. Register at edmontonbikes.ca > services > courses. For more information, email us at info@edmontonbikes.ca

Bike Repair courses coming up soon

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You can register for one or both of our upcoming bike repair courses, Bike Repair 101: Hands on intro to Bike Maintenance or Bike Repair 201: Derailleurs and Shifting at edmontonbikes.ca/services/calendar/. The Bike Repair 101 course is this Friday, August 31, 2018 at 6:30pm. You don't need any mechanical knowledge to attend. You'll learn to fix a flat, maintain your chain, tune your brakes and shifters, and spot problems before they can ruin your day. Bike Repair 101 course cost is $30 plus tax. The Bike Repair 201 course is on the following Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:30pm. This intermediate course will get you started on how to diagnose shifting problems, find the right replacement parts, and tune your derailleurs for easy shifting. You don't need to be an expert with tools to get the most from this class, but you should have enough experience to know how to use common bike tools. We recommend you take Bike Repair 101 beforehand, though it's not necessary to get the most out of this workshop. Bike Repair 201 costs $35 plus tax and receive new shifter cables and housing. For more information, email us at info@edmontonbikes.ca

Isaak Kornelsen Memorial Ride and Parklet

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On Friday, August 24, 2018, join us at 5:30pm on the South side of Edmonton City Hall (Sir Winston Churchill Square) for a memorial ride in honour of Isaak Kornelsen. The ride will proceed slowly and in legal order to the Memorial Parklet for Isaak Kornelsen at 10151 82 Ave. This ride is both a celebration and remembrance of Isaak’s life, as well as a demonstration in support of dedicated, safe cycling infrastructure. The destination memorial will take the form of a parklet, a small urban park set up temporarily in two metered parking spaces. The parklet will be a one day public space on Whyte Ave in honour of Isaak Kornelsen.

Isaak’s life was tragically cut short on August 27, 2012, at the age of 21 while cycling on Whyte Avenue. Isaak was a Strathcona High School valedictorian, University of Alberta Philosophy student, and runner for both the Golden Bears and Edmonton Thunder. But most importantly, he was a sincere and loving individual who brightened the lives of everyone he met.

The parklet is designed to symbolize various aspects of Isaak's life, and the ideals he upheld. By portraying these ideals we aim to inspire people to think more deeply about the world they live in, and to leave with a renewed yearning to discover and experience what the world has to offer.

Creating a one-day parklet installation on Whyte Avenue will not solve unsafe cycling conditions on Edmonton's busy streets; however, it can raise awareness for the need to better balance all modes of transportation in Edmonton.

Adjustment to shop rates

BikeWorks shop fees haven't changed for many years (at least 15 that we can remember): $2/hr for members, and $5/hr for non-members. That fee provides you access to our repair stands, our tools, and help from our volunteer mechanics, as well as basic maintenance consumables like chain lube and cleaners. As of August 1, 2018, we will be increasing our shop fees. The new fees will be $3/hr for members, or $8/hr for non-members.

Membership fees remain the same: $15 for low-income/student, $20 for regular memberships, and $40 for household memberships, with discounts for multi-year memberships. If you purchase a membership at the shop, your shop fees that day are included (i.e. you don't pay the hourly fee on the same day you purchase a membership).

Our focus remains on maintaining accessibility and ensuring that people of any means can equitably access our services, while ensuring the sustainability and future of the organization.

Heritage Days volunteers needed next weekend

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Please help EBC! We are still short volunteers next weekend for monitoring bike parking at Heritage Festival in Hawrelak Park. Sign up here to volunteer.

Help thousands of cyclists! No experience necessary!

Your job will be to monitor locked bikes at one of the EBC bike compounds.

This festival has been one of our most effective outreach and fundraising events in the past, with tens of thousands of people arriving on bicycles over the course of the weekend. We receive a large amount of donations at the festival, which helps run our programs.

Volunteers get to relax, enjoy the festival, and sample some of the amazing food offerings (patrons often donate food tickets to our volunteers!).

Bike Repair Courses

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If you'd like to start working on bikes or if you're interested in increasing your bike mechanic skills, you can sign up for one or more EBC bike repair courses. This Friday, July 13, 2018 we're running a Bike Repair 101 course. You don't need any mechanical experience to take the Bike Repair 101 course. The following Friday, July 20, 2018, we're running a Wheels 201 - Hubs course. You don't need to be an expert with tools to get the most from this class, but you should have enough experience to know how to remove the wheel from the bike. Learning how to do a hub overhaul is a perfect launching point to more advanced bicycle mechanics. Our courses are taught by knowledgeable instructors and offer hands-on opportunities for learning. For more details about the courses, cost, and to register, please visit our EBC courses calendar.

BikeWorks South Tidying and Bike Stripping

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Volunteers interested in helping strip bikes and tidy at BikeWorks South Tuesday July 17, 2018 from 1pm to 6pm can click here to sign up. We'll be taking apart bikes for recycling and parts, hauling away what we can't use, and tidying up the bikes and shop. Our goals are to get rid of what we won't use and to make space so that it's easier for volunteers to help people. You'll get some snacks and a great deal of our community's gratitude as thanks. A clean tidy shop is safer and more enjoyable for those who visit us as well as for the volunteers.  A big shout out and thank you to all of you who have tidied and cleaned the shop throughout this busy season!

BikeWorks South break-in

These two people broke in to BikeWorks South (8001 102 St) on the morning of June 25, 2018.

If you can identify them, please message us here on Facebook, e-mail us, text 780-433-2453 (or call that number and dial extension 901), or call the Edmonton Police Service directly at 780-423-4567.

In addition to damaging our door and several things inside, they also stole a chain lock, accessories, and cash, and stole a yellow/lime Norco Storm 7.1 hardtail (front suspension) mountain bike with 27.5" wheels. Serial number AJ30181151. Full bike details at https://bikeindex.org/bikes/398719

If you see this bike for sale, please contact us immediately. Do not approach them, as they may be armed.

Note that the backpacks and clothing they were wearing was dark (except the main thief had light-coloured pants, with his right sock pulled up over his pant leg). The main thief had a black hoodie, black baseball cap, and a black backpack with red bands.

The clothing and backpacks appear to be light-coloured in some of the infrared photos due to reflections.

Edmonton Native Plant River Valley Bike Tour

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Explore the river valley and discover native plant species with guides from the Edmonton Native Plant Group (ENPG) and the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society (EBC). Learn from members of the ENPG about plant species that grow in Edmonton's river valley at four different sites. We'll stop at each location, chat with ENPG volunteers about the native species, and then bike on to the next location! We will visit Dawson Park, the Muttart Conservatory, Buena Vista Park, and a demonstration native bed at John Janzen. The tour happens Saturday, June 9, 2018. Start times are 2pm, 2:25pm, or 2:45pm.

Please see the Facebook event or Eventbrite registration page for full details and tickets.

Bike to the Symphony: Beethoven's Fifth (and drinks with Alex Prior)

Join EBC and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for our ninth annual Bike to the Symphony on May 27 at 1pm. We'll bike as a group to the Winspear (starting from BikeWorks South) to enjoy the performance.

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the most famous symphony ever written!

After the show, there will be a casual post-concert chat with the afternoon’s conductor and featured soloists in the lobby. Following this chat, we’ll be joined by maestro Alex Prior for drinks at Brass Tracks, which is a family-friendly restaurant/pub/cafe and serves a full menu. Get to know the ESO’s chief conductor in a casual atmosphere with great food and drinks!

The ride is open to all, but EBC members get a special discount for $24 tickets and 15% off at Brass Tracks.

For full details and tickets, please see the event page.

20 seconds to life

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A car travelling at 60 km/h has four times the energy of one travelling at 30 km/h. Put another way: being hit by a car at 60 km/h has the same energy as being hit by four cars at the same time, each travelling at 30 km/h.

Put another way: an average sedan travelling at 60 km/h has the equivalent energy to 405 bullets (9mm fired at 1300 km/h). A Ford F-150 at 60 km/h has the equivalent energy of 679 bullets.

At 30 km/h, the energy drops to just a quarter.

According to the report going to Council's Community & Public Services Committee tomorrow (April 18), 80% of Edmontonians are concerned about speeding on local streets, and 72% of Edmontonians would prefer lower residential speed limits.

Please write to your councillor today to let them know you support 30 km/h residential speed limits. You can also contact the committee members: Councillors McKeen, Henderson, Cartmell and Caterina.

Keep it brief (just a few sentences is fine), and let them know your name and neighbourhood.

There are numerous reasons why bullets can be more lethal than cars, primarily that the total energy of a moving car isn't entirely transferred to a human body when they collide. The human body gives way while the car keeps moving. So the comparison is a bit silly on the one hand; on the other hand, there are 12 times as many automobile fatalities in Canada as there are gun-related homicides.

As a society, we've largely decided to accept the risk of death and injury associated with driving, in return for the convenience and mobility that personal automobiles provide. When we drive, we impose that risk not just on ourselves, but also on those around us: people who have not agreed to that risk, and who may not benefit from it (people who aren't currently in cars).

Without giving up the convenience of driving, we can still easily reduce the risks. Driving at 30 km/h on local residential streets is an extremely effective measure to reduce the risk we impose on others.

A 30 km/h residential speed limit would make speed limits consistent and simple (rather than having to watch out for changing playground zones).

Lower speeds makes neighbourhoods quieter and more pleasant: the kinds of streets that kids (and adults!) play street hockey on, where you can take your dog for a walk comfortably, and where, if a child momentary steps off a sidewalk without looking, everyone, including a nearby driver, has time to safely react.

A 30 km/h residential speed limit is also expected to lower annual fatalities on local residential streets to 0.

Toronto and East York already has 30 km/h residential speed limits (reduced from 40 km/h several years ago), and many other cities around the world have 30 km/h speed limits on their residential streets.

How much time will it take?

In short: you've probably spent more time reading this than the impact a speed limit change will have on your daily commute.

Edmonton arterials are generally spaced about 800m between north-south roads, and up to about 1100m between east-west roads.

For most neighbourhoods, that means the maximum distance from a home to the nearest arterial roadway is about 475m.

Even in non-grid neighbourhoods like Mill Woods, for houses buried in the deepest cul-de-sacs, the maximum distance to the nearest collector roadway is still about 400m, and a maximum of about 800m to the nearest arterial along the collector.

Note that these are maximum distances. The average home isn't as far away as possible from collector and arterial roads. Making a simplified assumption that homes are about evenly spaced throughout neighbourhoods, the average distance from a home to a collector or arterial roadway is about half the maximum: 200-250m.

Travel time:

250m @ 50 km/h: 18 seconds (averaging 50 km/hr assumes that a driver is driving at full speed through multiple intersections within a neighbourhood) 250m @ 40 km/h: 22.5 seconds 250m @ 30 km/h: 30 seconds

The average change in travel time at 30 km/h, assuming the driver normally drives at a constant 50 km/h through the entire neighbourhood, is 12 seconds. (No reasonable driver maintains a constant 50 km/h through the turns and intersections of a residential neighbourhood, though, so the real time difference is likely smaller.)

The difference between 40 km/h and 30 km/h is 7.5 seconds, and just 4.5 seconds between 50 km/h and 40 km/h.

The survival rate for people hit by a car at 30 km/h is 90%. At 40 km/h, that drops to 60 per cent: four in ten people die. At 50 km/h, the survival rate is only 2 in 10. Children fare even worse: they're even more likely to die.

Tim Querengesser took to the road recently and tested the difference of driving at different speeds along 98 Ave through Cloverdale. 98 Ave is classified by the City as an arterial roadway, with a speed limit of 60 km/h. It cuts the neighbourhood of Cloverdale in half, with Accidental Beach on one side, and the Muttart Conservatory and Gallagher Park (home of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Edmonton Ski Club) on the other.

His result? At 40 km/h instead of 60 km/h, traversing the entire neighbourhood from one end to the other took an extra 20 seconds.

Please write to your councillor today to let them know you support 30 km/h residential speed limits.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival volunteering opportunities

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Do you love the Edmonton Folk Music Festival? Would you like to help EBC, help the festival, and get in for free? This year's festival takes place August 9-12, 2018, and we need volunteers! You don't need any experience, and just a few hours of volunteering gets you the equivalent of 2 tickets!

Find the full details, including role descriptions and times, and sign-up here: https://goo.gl/forms/eEgGNXpcGbB9w2dV2

EBC Club Night at MEC: April 30, 2018

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Get ready for summer with EBC Club Night at MEC! For EBC members, all regular priced merchandise is 10% off — even bikes and boats. If the south location of MEC is more convenient for you, you can also go there. Simply check-in with the MEC staff at the front of the store and give their name and identify that you belong to EBC.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 Time: 5pm-9pm Location: MEC Downtown (11904 104 Ave) or MEC South Edmonton Common (1624 99 St)

Please note that you must be a member of MEC ($5 lifetime membership) and EBC ($15-$20 annual membership) to take advantage of this discount. MEC memberships will be available for purchase the night of this event. EBC memberships are available for purchase online, and will be available in-person at the downtown MEC location during the event.

Have you renewed EBC your membership yet? You can also purchase or renew your EBC membership online: http://edmontonbikes.ca/membership

Products on clearance or marked down or products that get a discount from packages are not eligible for the 10% discount. Discount applies only to items that are in stock in the store at the time of the club night. No store transfers or web purchases. Blundstone footwear is exempt from this discount.

Spring Big Bike Sale! April 28, 2018

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On Saturday April 28, 2018 between 11am and 1pm we'll have up to 100 inexpensive used bicycles for sale at our Spring Big Bike Sale at BikeWorks South (8001 102 St). Do you need a bike? Do you have a friend who needs a bike? Find a ready-to-go bicycle at our spring bike sale! Buying a used bicycle means you won't spend much money so you can budget for a good lock and other accessories. An added benefit to buying a used bike from us instead of online is that you're less likely to be buying a stolen bike. We check our donated bikes through available bicycle registries and stolen bike databases. We have cruiser bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and more. To find out if we have a perfect bike for you, you'll have to come to the Spring Big Bike Sale. If you need help choosing, volunteers will help direct you to a bike that fits you and suits your riding goals.

Entrance to the sale will be on the Southside (on 80 Ave) through the parking lot. At the sale you'll be able to look over the bikes, talk to knowledgeable friendly volunteers, test ride, shop for accessories, and sign up for a membership (free with bike purchase). During the sale you won't be able to bring your bike in to have volunteers teach you to fix it. You can do that during our scheduled public BikeWorks hours which will start at 1pm after the sale.

Judging from our previous bike sales, we expect there will be a line up before the 11am opening. This will be a fun and exciting event to kick start your spring and summer bike adventures!

Don't forget that if you can't find a bike at our sale, the (much larger) Edmonton Bike Swap is also coming up on May 12.

Help children with disabilities ride bikes Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sign up on-line with You Can Ride 2 program to help children with disabilities ride bikes at the Borrow a Bike bike fitting event, this Saturday April 7, 2018. Mechanic and non-mechanic volunteers are needed. If you have any questions, contact info@youcanride2.ca No experience is necessary for most of the volunteer roles except mechanics. No experience with children or knowledge of disabilities is needed. Training is provided on the day of the event.

Over 150 children with disabilities were able to ride last year with the help of volunteers. Children who previously had to stay home, could feel the freedom that comes with riding a bike. Here's what one parent says about their child with disabilities being able to ride a bike:

"Often times for most of these kids they have their wings clipped, but this program provides the opportunity to give them their wings back. The bike gave our son independence, pride and confidence."

We partner with You Can Ride 2 to make cycling possible for children with disabilities. Come and help kids get out and meet their neighbours, have outdoor fun with their families, and enjoy life to its fullest!

Local cyclist apologizes, accepts full responsibility

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Apologizing for the recent stretch of unseasonably cold and snowy weather, local cyclist Anna Prentice has claimed full responsibility for Edmonton's cold snap. "I'm sorry. I got excited for spring and switched to my summer bike last Friday," said an abashed Prentice. "I know now it was too soon. I'm really, really sorry, everyone."

Not to be outdone, other cyclists also tried to claim responsibility and apologize:

Some simply teased fate:

One in particular, while running a weather-focused blog and being better aware of local weather than almost anyone else, seemingly laughed at the stats:

Not everyone, however, was disappointed by the turn in weather. Reached at Goldbar Park, local skier Jesper Katzenberg was especially pleased with the extended ski season. "On behalf of all skiers, I thank cyclists for their noble sacrifice. It was a hard winter, with barely any snow, but I know that some hopeful cyclist out there brought out their summer bike at the end of January and saved the Birkie from being cancelled again."

Bart Nguyen, also skiing at Goldbar, agreed. "Yeah, that was me."

When asked if he identified as a cyclist, Nguyen explained, "I bike to work about half the time, and drive when I have big errands to run. When I go skiing I usually drive to the trails. My car's in the shop right now, though, so I took the bus today."

Unfortunately for this writer, such an explanation makes it difficult to create artificial conflict and division or apply broad labels for easy stereotyping. At press time, it is assumed that driver/cyclist Nguyen is self-loathing.