Commuter Challenge

City of Regina challenges commuters to leave car at home; transportation plan still in the works

Encouraging people to use sustainable ways of getting around is the focus of the annual Commuter Challenge Week, which began Sunday. It asks residents and workplaces to register online (Commuterchallenge.ca) and log how they’re commuting.

(Bike Regina President) Daubisse called the challenge a “great opportunity for people to get out of their cars, see different ways they can get to work or school.”

The organization is hosting a bike ride leaving from the Victoria Park cenotaph at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Commuting by bike and the city’s cycling infrastructure will be the topics of the day.

On Wednesday, the city is hosting a bike safety workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre.

Thursday, Bike Regina is back with a ride with city administration and councillors leaving from City Hall at 5:30 p.m. The focus is quick fixes and pilot projects that can make Regina more bike friendly.

“With the Transportation Master Plan not coming out, we’re falling behind Saskatoon already and that’s not something that’s ideal,” said Daubisse.

In CBC news today:

As part of the (commmuter) challenge, Bike Regina will be leading a public group ride on Tuesday, June 7. The ride, which leaves from the Cenotaph in Victoria Park at 7 p.m., is encouraging participants to dress in business attire.

On Thursday, June 9, Bike Regina will be hosting a “Ride with Administration and Council”.

The ride will leave City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and will end in Candy Cane park at approxiamately 6:15 p.m. City councillors and members of city administration have been invited

The event wraps up with a barbeque.

Bike Valet Coordinator

Bike Regina Valet coordinator 

Bike Regina is looking for an energetic, responsible contractor (who loves bikes) for the position of Bike Valet coordinator.

The duties include :

  • Marketing of Valet to potential events
  • Coordination and Cooperation with event organizers
  • Scheduling and supervising of volunteers as necessary, with support from Bike Regina
  • Coordination of set-up and take-down of valet, transport of equipment

Remuneration is calculated as a percentage of the fees charged to events for Bike Valet services.

To apply, please send an application letter and two references to info@bikeregina.org

Applications close on the 14th May, 2015

Bike Regina’s stance on compulsary helmet laws

Following the recent SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) vote to push the province for a law regarding compulsory all ages helmet usage. Our President and Board members wrote this letter. We hope that it will appear in the Leader Post on either Saturday the 7 or Monday the 10th of February 2015.

Here is a link to the original editorial. 

Bike Regina’s response.

I appreciate that municipal leaders at SUMA conference and the writer of the editorial recognize the importance of making changes to increase the health and safety of people who cycle in Saskatchewan’s communities. I regret that they support the flawed belief that helmet legislation would achieve that goal.

Allow me to preface my remarks with my support of helmet use.  Bike helmets provide the benefit of protecting the head from non-life-threatening impacts to the crown of the head in solo accidents at speeds under 20 km/hr.  For that reason, I choose to wear a helmet and encourage others to make that personal choice.

Helmet legislation does not improve the health of people who cycle.  It decreases the number of people who choose to ride, thus increasing obesity, heart disease, diabetes AND the cost to our health system.

Helmet legislation does not improve the overall safety of people who cycle. A helmet does nothing to prevent collisions nor does it protect against the majority of possible injuries.  In fact, studies have shown that drivers are more likely to drive closer to a cyclist wearing a helmet, thus increasing danger of collisions and injury.

To improve the safety of cyclists, legislators should move for improved infrastructure: protected bike lanes, bike boulevards and increased development of pathways.  They should advocate for improved education so that drivers and cyclists appropriately share the road when lacking bike infrastructure.  They should encourage ridership via tax credits or other benefits, as the more cyclists there are on the road, the safer the road is for all.

Again, I applaud legislators for considering the health and safety of people who cycle.  I’m sure riders and their families take it to heart. However, please don’t make the mistake of believing helmet legislation will protect them.

Sara Maria Daubisse

President, Bike Regina

Director Position Open

Bike Regina currently has a position open on our Board of Directors and we want you! The position will be co-managing our education and outreach objectives. This includes farmer markets, workshops and bike valet.
We welcome cyclists of all levels, students, working professionals or retired. If you care about improving and growing the cycling community in Regina and want to make a difference, this position is for you.
If you are interested, please email us at info at bikeregina.org with your information and the reason(s) why you want to join us by Thursday, July 31, 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Bike Valet Season is here – Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Bike Regina’s first bike valet of the season is happening this Saturday, May 24 at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival (CVAF) from 10 am – 5 pm. This means you can ride your bike to the 13th Avenue Street Fair to the festival knowing that your ride will be in good hands and happily waiting for you when you are ready to leave.

The CVAF is a fun Regina arts festival with lots of booths to visit, an awesome live music stage and your Bike Regina friends waiting for you at the Mysteria parking lot (13th and Angus).

Find out more HERE

Bike Regina at City Council 2014

In the month of February 2014,  Bike Regina made a presentation to Regina City Council.  Sara Maria Daubisse, Luke Nichols and Anna Torgunrud from the executive presented. We want to encourage discussion on the topic of bike safety and mobility.

Winter Bike-to-Work Day

Get your face masks ready…

…Bike Regina is pleased to announce that Regina will be participating in Winter Bike-to-Work Day, which falls on February 14 (Valentine’s Day) this year.  We will be handing out high fives and kisses (Hershey’s kisses, that is) to cyclists at the corner of Lorne St. and Victoria Ave. between 7:30 – 8am and all participants are automatically entered to WIN FABULOUS BIKING GEAR, generously provided by our friends at Western Cycle!

How it worksVisit the event’s official webpage at winterbiketoworkday.org.  Select ‘Regina’ as your city.   You can also write a message on our Facebook page  to let us know that you are participating.  By either signing up on the official webpage or posting on our Facebook page, you will automatically  be entered to WIN A PACKAGE OF COMMUTING GEAR, courtesy of Western Cycle.

For more information about this event, please visit winterbiketoworkday.org or send us an email at info@bikeregina.org.

Happy cycling!

Winter Bike To Work 2014 Poster

Website updates

As you can see, our website is undergoing a revamp.

We are interested in knowing what you want to see on our website, this is a place that we hope that discussion can take place and be informative at the same time.

Do you feel like we have content that will interest new and nervous new bikers? What would you like to see?  Please feel free to contact us below in the comments or by using the contact links.