When you step out of your car, do you immediately don your safety vest? When you step out of the office after work, do you flick on the flashlight that you always carry with you?

Are you properly equipped to cross the road?

According to the City of Edmonton’s latest “traffic safety” campaign:

“wearing a strip of reflective material or a reflector can save your life.”
“pedestrians always come out the losers”
“If you are lucky, it will only bump you.”

Zero Vision

Under the banner of Vision Zero, Edmonton’s “Heads Up” campaign firmly offloads responsibility for pedestrian injuries and fatalities from the City’s poor road designs and dangerous speeds and onto pedestrians themselves. (read more…) »

Notice is hereby given to all EBC members that there is intention to propose the following resolution to be passed as a special resolution during the EBC Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2016.

WHEREAS the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society recommends amendments to the Society’s Bylaws;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Bylaws be amended as follows:

  1. Delete from Section 4(a) [Duties of the Board of Directors] in its entirety and replace it with:
    • 4(a) “The Board is required to hold a meeting, which shall be chaired by an Interim Chair who shall be an outgoing Board member or a member at large, within one calendar month of the AGM.
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A safety audit of the operation of the High Level Bridge for walking and cycling has just been released. You can view the full report online. There are many good recommendations in this safety report, including:

  • enhancing the barriers between the roadway and the paths (ideally in a way that minimizes splashing from cars, ice build-up, and wind), both on the bridge itself and some of the approaches,
  • better marking hazards,
  • removing barriers such as signs and posts and some redundant fencing,
  • fixing uneven surfaces,
  • installing rub rails,
  • improving lighting,
  • widening the approaches and improving sightlines at intersections

One-way operation is not supported

One recommendation that we do not support at this time, however, is the safety audit’s recommendation to make any of the paths one-way. (read more…) »

Please consider volunteering for EBC’s YCR2 on October 1st and 2nd – bike intake days! Both mechanics and non mechanics can help out. Here’s a handy sign up sheet: Volunteersignup

You Can Ride 2 is an EBC program. Our main goal for this program is to loan out modified bicycles to children who would otherwise not be able to participate in cycling. We try to find the best bike for every kid! Sort of magic, really :)

Please attend our Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2016 from 1pm-3pm at the Downtown Edmonton Community League (10042 103 St NW). Everyone is welcome to attend!

Our President (Jonathan) and Treasurer (Geoff) will present their exciting reports of the board’s activities this past year and the direction we’re heading. (read more…) »

On Friday, August 26, 2016, join us at 5:30pm in front 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. (read more…) »

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Join EBC and Harcourt House as we ride to different galleries in downtown Edmonton for an afternoon. Take in art, speak with curators and enjoy a few gallery tours.

Our schedule for Saturday, August 20:

  • 2:00 – Nina Haggerty
  • 2:55 – Borden Park
  • 3:50 – CARFAC
  • 4:25 – Harcourt House

This event is free. You are responsible for bringing your own safety gear, lock, equipment, and water. We will meet at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9225 118 Ave).

Don’t forget: the 2016 Community Garden Bicycle Tour is happening the morning of August 20 as well! You can participate in both!

The 5th year of Sustainable Food Edmonton & Edmonton Bicycle Commuters community garden bicycle tours is happening Saturday August 20, 2016!

Discover the people power and plants production in some community gardens in north-central Edmonton. Each garden will have a host to share the stories of their garden – how the garden operates, how it came to be, and its impact on the local community. (read more…) »

Are you comfortable biking home at night through the river valley? Have you been the target of catcalls or other verbal harassment while riding to work? Do you worry about being run off the road or injured while running mundane errands?

Tell us your stories of being the target of harassment, threats, or aggressive driving, while riding your bicycle. (read more…) »

In the last two weeks, we have received nearly 60 reports of collisions or near-misses on the High Level Bridge.

In Monday’s Mayor’s Q & A on CBC Edmonton AM, Mayor Don Iveson was asked about safety issues on the High Level Bridge. He said, “If it becomes necessary…that we have to turn the east side into a proper sidewalk and keep the west side as the shared-use pathway that you can continue to ride, that’s something that will be evaluated and decision will be made in due course.”

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