The information on this page is no longer up-to-date, and is retained for historical reference only. Please visit http://edmontonbikes.ca/ for our current website and information.
The information on this page is no longer up-to-date, and is retained for historical reference only. Please visit http://edmontonbikes.ca/ for our current website and information.

What we do

The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society (EBC), a non-profit society formed in 1980, is a leader in the Edmonton cycling community. We support people using bicycles as everyday urban travel.

We sell used bikes, accept donated bikes, and run bike repair and riding courses. We also operate a volunteer-run community bike workshop where you can drop in and learn how to fix your bike. For more info, including workshop hours, read our FAQ.

Read: FAQ | about EBC | history | current board | map, media & contact info

Sep

26

2011

Quesnell Bridge multi-use trail re-opens

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The Quesnell Bridge is now open to all pedestrian and cycling traffic. Construction began in 2008: it’s been a long wait, but west-end commuters and people enjoying the river valley can once again access this important connection.

Non-motorized users won’t really have much to enjoy about the renovated bridge, unfortunately, save for higher volumes of automobile traffic.

You can read the City of Edmonton’s press release here.

Sep

26

2011

Annual Report 2011

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The 2011 EBC Annual Report, including financial statements and 2012 budget, is now available for download. Please go to our wiki to download the report.

Yesterday at the Annual General Meeting, EBC members voted in 6 new board members for the 2012-2014 term.  We welcome the following individuals to the board of directors:
Adam Burgess
Duncan Kinney
Elicia Elliott
Micah Cooper
Neil Carey (re-elected)
Paul Govenlock

Thank you to everyone who participated in the AGM!

Sep

25

2011

BikeWorks to be Closed Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Please note that BikeWorks will be closed this coming Saturday, October 1, 2011 to allow setup of our fabulous 2nd Bike Art Auction that night! 

Sep

25

2011

2011 Annual General Meeting

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Please join us today at 1pm at Ritchie Hall (note location) for our annual general meeting (AGM).

If you’d like to be involved in setting the future direction of EBC whether as a volunteer, non-board committee member, or board member, or just want to hear what’s going on with the organization and meet some of its volunteers, please attend this AGM.

Full details can be found here.

Sep

24

2011

Sunday Schedule for Success

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A few great things you could do today:

Note that BikeWorks will be closed on Sunday to encourage people to attend our Annual General Meeting!  Join us at Ritchie Community Hall at 1pm-3pm.

 

Sep

13

2011

Bike lanes in the news

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Here’s a short clip of Karly discussing her concerns with the new bike lanes and infrastructure with the Edmonton Journal.

The Edmonton Journal article raised some potent issues too.

Bike lanes leave cyclists, drivers unsure, critic says
City urged to explain rules of the road

By Elise Stolte
September 13, 2011

Crews painted the first of hundreds of kilometres of new bike lanes on city streets this summer, but critics say that adds a layer of confusion to a road system people should simply learn to use properly.

“So what do you do when the bike lane ends?” asked Can-Bike instructor Karly Coleman, standing in the middle of what she called an especially confusing patch of new white lines on 76th Avenue.

A bike icon with a solid white arrow indicates only bikes are allowed in the westbound lane. The solid line fades to a dotted line about 20 metres before the four-way stop.

Motorists seem unsure if that means they can drive in the lane during that portion or if they have to turn right from the centre of the road, and how they can park when the designated bike lane runs between the street and curb.

Most cyclists probably don’t realize the dotted line means they need to exit their lane and merge into the vehicle lane to turn left, Coleman said.

“You have a huge population base that only leisure rides or doesn’t ride at all,” said Coleman. “You’re taking a knowledge base we don’t have, putting lines on city streets and hoping people figure it out.

“I’m not saying lanes are bad. I’m saying truncated infrastructure is bad. A model based on [...] cities in Europe imported here without education is bad.”

City staff launched an education campaign to promote the new bike lanes Monday. They will be running advertisements on buses and putting out street signs, directing people to visit oneroad.ca to learn more about how the lanes work.

The goal is to make cyclists feel safer on the streets, said Coun. Ben Henderson, who biked from City Hall to McKernan to bring media attention to the new lanes.

Edmonton doesn’t have the numbers yet, but he sees more people biking, he said, especially in the last year or two. “I think there’s a big shift. This is about making sure there is a safe place for this to continue and flourish. It’s a sustainable transportation option,” he said. “This will be better for all of us.”

The city committed to building more bike lanes after talking with user groups to write the transportation master plan.

Over the next decade, the city plans to create a network of nearly 500 kilometres of on-road bikeways.

This year, 21 kilometres were built, mostly on Saddleback Road, 106th Street and 91st Street. Those cost $1.6 million and brought Edmonton’s total kilometres so far to 151. Creating bikeways sometimes means simply painting lines on existing roads. Other times the city will realign curbs or restrict parking to allow room for bike traffic.

The city hopes to keep the bike lanes open for the winter, too. Roads with bike lanes will have a higher priority when it comes to snow removal.

On The Journal website, some people objected to the cost of the lanes and to losing space for cars. Others supported the lanes, and said they hoped the initiative would encourage cyclists to use the roads rather than the sidewalks and to abide by the rules of the road.

Still others called for bike lanes to be separated from cars by concrete barriers. That would be too expensive to build, maintain and keep clear during the winter, said Henderson.

On 76th Avenue, Sheryl Gray drove past the new bike lines, then pulled over to offer her opinion. “They’re a pain because (the city) didn’t give us any education about them,” she said. Gray said she wouldn’t know what to do if she had to turn right at the four-way stop - merge into the dotted-line bike lane to turn right or avoid the bike lane and turn from the centre of the road.

“I don’t know. That’s the thing. But wait for the first bike accident. Then (the lanes) will be changed,” she said.

The correct way is for the driver to check to make sure the lane is clear first, then merge into the bike lane before turning right, said Coleman, the same way a cyclist should merge safely into the left lane before turning left.

Coleman wants the city to push for more education for adult cyclists, more detailed rules about biking in the provincial Traffic Safety Act and more information on cycling in drivertraining courses.

She trained with Can-Bike to become an instructor five years ago, now works for Mountain Equipment Co-op and sits on the city’s pathway advisory committee.

She’s also starting her masters at the University of Alberta looking at why women are less likely to cycle.

People often learn to bike when they are young. When they come back to biking as adults, they think they know how to ride but don’t take time to learn the rules.

“No one is really sure what to do when they get to an intersection, and that’s where most accidents happen,” she said. The worst thing is if cyclists feel too safe and stop being aware of what’s around them, she said. It’s an attitude: “I’m in a bike lane. How dangerous can it be?”

Sep

12

2011

EBC wins 2nd prize at Kaleido Festival

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On September 9, 10 & 11, the Arts On The Ave presented the 6th annual Kaleido Family Arts Festival.  EBC’s Artists In Residence, Kim & Leila, and a longtime EBC friend Jan (of Jelly Parrot Trash Crafts) were busy building a bike sculpture for the Decorate A Lampost Contest. 

Ten lampposts were transformed with 3-D art installations.  Artists had 24 hours to complete their design and the panel of judges chose the winners on Sunday.  The judges loved the bike sculpture so much that it won 2nd place!

Congratulations Kim, Jan and Leila!  The EBC lamppost was so great!

Sep

07

2011

Wanted: great board members

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Do you have a passion for moving cycling transportation forward in Edmonton?

EBC is accepting nominations and applications for its Board of Directors.  As a small but mighty not-for-profit organization, the Board of Directors develops the overarching goals, processes and policies of EBC.  Each Board member takes on a specific portfolio for his or her term and is the facilitator for actions taken on by the organization for that issue.

This is a pivotal time for EBC, with many opportunities to change cycling in Edmonton as the city continues to implement the 10 year Bicycle Transportation Plan.

EBC is looking for individuals with experience and interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • community development
  • popular education
  • grassroots organizing
  • not-for-profit development
  • marketing and design
  • municipal advocacy
  • accessibility and equity-raising programs
  • computer programming
  • urban planning or transportation planning
  • web and social media

To nominate someone, simply send us the name, contact info and short description of why you feel the nominee would be an excellent addition to our Board.

Individuals interested in a position on the Board must submit a brief email application with the following:
1. Interest and/or experience with EBC and our mission, services, and programs (max 250 words)
2. Interest and/or experience in bicycle commuting, sustainable transportation, municipal advocacy, community development, group work, urban planning, and/or not-for-profit organizing (max 250 words)
3. Current curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
4. Photo (headshot) as a separate jpeg file

Nominations are due by Friday September 23, 2011. Please send the required info to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Nominations will be collected and formally presented to members at the EBC Annual General Meeting on September 25. Nominators and nominees are encouraged to attend the AGM. As per the EBC Bylaws, the members will vote on the nominees to elect the new board members.

Sep

07

2011

Nominate a great volunteer for an award!

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Did you get some great help from one of our volunteers this year? Nominate him or her for an EBC Volunteer Award!

Every year the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society awards two people with awards recognizing their contribution to the cycling community. The Dale Allsopp Award is awarded for bringing something special to the organization (innovation, volunteering, energy). The Jack Grainge Award is given to celebrate a life-time commitment to cycling in the broader community.  See the list of past recipients.  Awards also come with some great cycling prizes!

Nominate a volunteer by emailing their name and a description of their dedication to improving commuter cycling (max 250 words) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Nomination deadline is Friday September 23, 2011.

Nominations will be collected and formally presented to members at the EBC Annual General Meeting on September 25.  Nominators and nominees are encouraged to attend so that it’s a pleasant day all around.

Sep

06

2011

Upcoming Bike Repair Classes!

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We’re offering a number of bike repair and maintenance classes through September including a basics class, one on wheels and another on gearing and drivetrains.  See below for all the details!

Get to Know Your Bicycle - An Introduction to Bike Maintenance
Wheels, Wonderful Wheels
Gearing and Drivetrains

Sep

03

2011

“Summer Don’t Go” Dance Party

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What happens when you mount a sound system on a bicycle? Impromptu dance parties! Come hang out with us at the Legislature reflecting pool on Sunday, September 4. Show up any time after 9:30pm. For more details, check our Facebook event listing.

Sep

01

2011

BikeWorks closed on Monday September 5, 2011

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Happy September!
BikeWorks will be closed on Monday September 5, 2011.  Enjoy your bike and the non-snow!

Aug

30

2011

EBC to team up with Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton for bike powered food processor

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On August 27, an event called MEAET 0.5 was held to bring people together with the goal of putting their money behind an idea they vote on – ‘putting our money where our mouth is.’  Attendees mingled and enjoyed great food, then listened to the project pitches from 4 groups, everyone ate together, then each participant decided which project to give their vote to. At the end of the evening, the winner was announced.

The project that won was from Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton.  OFRE harvests fruit from private residences in the city of Edmonton and surrounding areas and shares the bounty of the fruits collected with pickers, owners, and charities. Some of that fruit collected (approx 1/4 of fruits picked) stays with OFRE for events such as canning workshops, and cider production. OFRE acquired a small barrel press and apple crusher this year but making cider is still a lot of work!  So they piched the idea of building a pedal powered generator to make apple cider. Yes, locally-made, carbon-neutral cider! 

OFRE will get some mentoring from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society on how to build a pedal powered generator and we’ll help them get the parts needed for the construction. Having a pedal powered generator will enable OFRE to go process more apples in a shorter amount of time, have a ton of fun, and engages citizens of all ages in a old tradition (cider making) in a new way (on a bike).

OFRE plans to document the process of building a pedal powered generator with photos, blog posts, and a video. They also want to bring some pedal powered cider to the next MEAET 0.5 event, so stay tuned for the next event!

 

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