bike all winter
BIKE ALL WINTER
When winter arrives, many people think it’s time to put their bike away, but riding year round is fun, easy and convenient!
The Bike All Winter program aims to increase the number and visibility of people using bikes for transportation during the winter months by targeting residents of Canmore and Banff that are currently not using bikes for transportation year round but would like to start.
Bike All Winter is run entirely by volunteers and has been in operation since September of 2020. In 2022, the program won an Alberta Emerald Award in the Air category.
Participants receive assistance to winterize their bike, including free or subsidized winter bicycle tires, lights and fenders, training on winter bike riding, as well as a Bike All Winter Mentor in exchange for a commitment to ride their bike in winter.
Key community benefits of the program include: reduction in GHG emissions and local air pollution due to reducing motor vehicle use; more people on bicycles make the roads safer for everyone; bicycling is an efficient and economical way to get around, and people on bicycles feel connected to their community and support local business.
Bike All Winter program applications are accepted annually from September 15 to October 15, and the program runs from November to March.
happy WINTER cruisers
Applications are now closed for the season.
GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY:
This is the application for Community Cruisers’ 2022 Bike All Winter Program. The program will give up to 100 people free or subsidized winter bicycle tires, lights and fenders (and other supports) in exchange for a commitment to ride their bike in winter. Bike All Winter will run from November 2022 until March 2023 and aims to increase the number and visibility of people on bikes year round by helping them to get a grip on winter riding. All people are encouraged to apply. By applying you agree to participate in:
- Riding your bike this winter!
- A one-on-one meeting to prepare your bike for winter.
- Surveys at the beginning and end of the program.
- Photos to be shared by Community Cruisers on social media and on Community Cruisers’ website.
Aspects of the program we encourage everyone to participate in include:
- Workshops on winter riding, clothing, and winter bike maintenance
- Personal posts on social media.
Being visible just makes sense
which is why the Traffic Safety Act in Alberta requires cyclists to have a white front light and a red rear light on their bike when they are traveling in the dark. And did you know that steady bike lights are more effective than flashing bike lights in the dark?
Did You Know?
Steady bike lights are more effective than flashing bike lights in the dark.
Using your light during the day can help too!
A Danish study found that cyclists with daytime lights have 32 percent less accidents