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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.

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Update from the City of Edmonton

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This summer, the City is installing dedicated bicycle lanes and shared-use lane markings. Two new cycling routes have been added onto the construction program for installation this year.

Design plans and parking plans, as well as construction status updates can be found at:




Updated bike map!

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The City of Edmonton’s Cycle Edmonton map has been updated!  The online version is available at

Hard copies of the new map will be available at:

  • BikeWorks
  • all public libraries
  • bicycle stores (listed under ‘Commercial bike shops’ on this webpage)
  • the Transportation Services department (3th Floor, Century Place, 9803 – 102A Avenue)

Two other City maps which are useful to cyclists:

First, the river valley trail maps.  They show detailed trail maps and indicate which trails are cleared in the winter!

Second, the Walkable Edmonton neighbourhood maps (which are available as a smart phone application) show more details on each community.  You will see the location of bike routes, bus stops, crosswalks, off-leash areas, playgrounds, libraries, schools, coffee shops, restaurants, spray parks, toboggan hills, recycling depots, and much more! 




Bicycle Spending Survey

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In order to help develop partnerships and further our advocacy voice in the city, we’re gathering some information from our members about their spending.

Please take 30 seconds to fill out this anonymous survey!




August Newsletter

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Decoding the new bike symbols and signs, bike art, memorial, bike generator workshops, and much more! 

Read the newsletter here.




Art Nights & Bike Zine!

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Our Artists in Residence have been creating a ton of great ideas and bits of bike art!  If you come down to BikeWorks, you’ll see their work adorning the walls.  They have been using the second floor veranda as a production space.  See what they are up to and join in the fun every Wednesday for Art Night, 6pm to 9pm. 

Do you want to see a bike zine in Edmonton?!  Kim and Leila are asking for submissions from you for this.  It can be anything bicycle themed, including but not limited to:

-winter survival tips
-bicycle encounters and stories
-favourite bike routes
-sneaky cycling secrets
-favourite bikeable places in and out of town
-drawings, photos, wood/lino-cut prints, silkscreens
-any other creative bits
-bike repair tips
-101 ways to fix your bike with zipties (abridged versions welcomed, as well)
-stories from when you learned to ride your bike
-anything else the heck you can think of

Submissions should be in by August 17, 2011. More info here.

Read more on what Leila and Kim are up to on their blog,




BikeWorks closed Monday August 1, 2011

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BikeWorks will be open for regular shop hours on Saturday July 30 (1pm-5pm) and Sunday July 31 for Women & Transgender only (1pm-5pm). 

We will be closed on Monday August 1. 

Enjoy the long weekend!  Think about some bike camping (with the whole family)!




At the intersection of bikes and local food

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On July 20, Edmonton City Council passed the new environmental strategic plan, The Way We Green.  It is now time to dig into the implementation plan of this policy.  It is inspiring and exciting to find connections between issues.  For example, how do we encourage cycling, reduce traffic problems, and increase local food production?  Wayne Roberts, the former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Network, describes a solution for this cluster of issues.  I think he’s on to something big…

Right now, debates over roads, highways and traffic jams are going nowhere fast. On one side of the debate are transport policy experts who believe tolls and other charges for the use of roads and highways will convince drivers that it’s less costly for them, as well as less polluting for the environment, if they take public transit or a bicycle. On the other side of the debate are drivers who will put up with stalled traffic to enjoy the speed, convenience, privacy, freedom of movement and comfort of a personal automobile, and cannot see themselves either bicycling or waiting aimlessly in the sweltering heat of summer or freezing cold of winter at several transfer points before being jostled in a crowded public transit vehicle.

Food invites us to get around this unproductive framing of issues by focusing on a third option of actually reducing the volume of traffic – not just shifting its mode, from private cars to public transit or private bikes.

[...] From the standpoint of city livability and environmental quality, the car’s space-paving compulsion is at least as damaging as its fuel emissions. But the prospect of liberating that dead space is one of the reasons why civic food movements can pose new ways around traffic challenges that also help solve food, environmental, job creation and livability problems.

Food can become part of tomorrow’s solutions because a street smart food system can reengineer the very nature of trips through what’s called “proximity planning.”

It’s a delicious irony that the mass enthusiasm for locavore and hundred mile diets has touched a chord in people that allows us to explore a whole series of layers to the ways we’ve been distanced from food – not just the physical distance from farm to plate, but the much greater psychological distance between us and our food; not just the logistics of bringing in food from afar, but the length of the full life cycle stretching from fertilizer, pesticide, tractor to garbage truck and landfill; not just the outsourcing of farmwork to faraway rural areas, but the loss of good processing and service careers providing the rich personal and interpersonal integrity of honest work of direct use to neighbours by butchers and bakers and candle stick makers.

Read the full article here.





Matthew Ian Helgesen - Memorial Service and Bike Ride

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With heavy hearts we mourn the untimely passing of Matthew Ian Helgesen, a friend and devoted BikeWorks volunteer.  Over the past years Ian spent countless hours sharing his considerable knowledge and passion for cycling with the community and helping others fully experience the pleasures of cycling.  Ian passed away last Monday, July 18th, at the age of 27.  A memorial will be held at Alumni House, located at the corner of 116 St and Saskatchewan Drive, on Monday, July 25th.  A light lunch will be served at 11:30 and the service will begin at 12:00.  Ian’s brothers Xavier and Erik will be on hand to receive condolences.

A bike ride in Ian’s memory will also be held on Monday, July 25th.  We will meet at BikeWorks (10047-80 Avenue, alley entrance) at 6:00 PM and depart for a gentle ride at 6:30 PM.  Please join us. Bikes can be arranged if you do not have access to one.




What is the Idaho Stop Law?

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Here’s a great video and great policy for cities. The Idaho Stop Law is a traffic provision that allows bicycles to proceed at a slow speed through stop signs if the coast is clear. Many cycling advocates across North America are hoping for similar changes to the traffic code in their state or province.




Fill out our BikeWorks User Survey!

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You can help us determine BikeWorks’ strengths and weaknesses by filling out the BIkeWorks User Survey!  This five to ten minute survey will help us better understand who our patrons are and how we can better meet their needs. So if you’ve ever been to BikeWorks, even just once, please give us your thoughts by completing the survey




Bike routes (old & new) need maintenance

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The excitement about the new bike routes being installed in Edmonton this summer has been dampened by the poor condition of the roads and the lack of education about how to use the new infrastructure.  Cyclists must send a strong message to City Council that these first additions have been done poorly and will not be effective at encouraging and enabling more cycling.

Please voice your support for well-designed, well-maintained cycling infrastructure to the Mayor and City Council. Cyclists need to speak up or risk losing to the vocal motorist majority.  It is important to make a clear distinction between spending money to paint lines on roads with potholes and debris—an obviously poor decision—versus fulfilling the commitment to build the Bicycle Transportation Plan infrastructure to make cycling easier and safer—an obviously wise decision.

Copy .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on any emails or letters so we can follow up on comments and commitments Council make.

If you spot some problems:
Call 311 if you notice poor bike road conditions so that road maintenance crews get out to clean, repair, repaint, or repave them.
Call 311 or the Edmonton Police complaint line 780-423-4567 to report blocked bike routes such as a vehicle parked in a bike lane.





Introducing our Artists In Residence

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EBC’s newest, Leila Sidi and Kim Smith, are co-artists in residence at EBC this summer and fall.

Kim Smith is a Edmonton repeat offender in collaborative art making and late night bike riding on her minimally maintained two-wheeled chariot. She takes DIY bike maintenance to a whole new level where she expects her bike to fix itself. In the time she “saves” on bicycle maintenance, Kim has honed mad skills in everything artful from film and animation to fun houses turned into multi-sense nonsense. She looks forward a summer of art nights, workshops and a final bike art shebang with you!

Leila Sidi is one slick and greasy bike mechanic. But after having mended a few too many flats on her many two-wheelers, Leila has given up the pursuit of higher bicycle know-how to devote her blood, sweat, and tears (mainly tears) to making Edmonton a more cycling-cultured place. Having a background in photography, making stuff, and doing things, Leila is excited to make and share art (and jokes) with each and every one of you.

The two are giddy to be kicking around EBC for a summer of making use out of disuse, culminating in an explosive final night of bicycle and art wonder in the fall.

“One of our goals is to engage with people who already use BikeWorks, as well as with those who don’t yet find themselves as part of EBC in creative endeavours,” says Kim. “We are holding Art Nights open to everyone, in which people can come and make bicycle-themed art, art made of reused bicycles parts, or just spend time in the shop around people making stuff.”  At the end of September, the Artist In Residence will hold a bicycle art auction event which will be made up of the creations made throughout the summer.

You are invited to participate in EBC’s Art Nights happening every second Sunday at BikeWorks from 6pm to 9pm.  The dates are:
July 10, July 24
Aug 7, Aug 21
Sept 4

Some supplies will be available. Bring your own too!  Kim and Leila will be sharing different art-making techniques each night.




On-road cycling courses

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This summer, EBC is offering urban cycling courses for a range of skills and experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

The courses are scheduled throughout the summer but we are looking to run additional courses through partnerships with community groups, workplaces, clubs, schools, etc. If you are interested in offering a cycling course in your community or at your workplace, please contact Michael at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your booking request.

  • Learn to Ride - A two hour course for new or beginner cyclists. Topics include balancing, steering, and bicycle safety.
  • Bicycle Family -  A two-hour course designed for families to learn together. Topics include cycling etiquette, bicycle safety, and on-road cycling.
  • Urban Commuting - A four hour program covering traffic interaction, commuter-oriented cycling skills, and route planning. Ideal for organizations wanting to encourage employees to cycle to work and for cyclists looking to improve their skills and their commute.
  • CAN-BIKE 2 - The only nationally-certified commuter cycling program in Canada. CAN-BIKE 2 is a 16 hour course for experienced cyclists to improve their skills and for professional cyclists to become certified. Topics include cycling theory and a progression of on-road riding, from side streets to main arterials and advanced traffic situations.

Course dates and registration info can be found on our Cycling Education page.

Please visit our new site at for current hours of operation.

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