Links & Resources

 

 

Sponsors & Partners

 

Membership Supporters

Thule Pack n Pedal Tour Pannier Rack

Racks for Cars offers 10% off all products in the Thule Pack ‘n Pedal line.

You can purchase Thule Pack ‘n Pedal products in-store at both locations by presenting your EBC member card.

For online orders, check your member status for the web coupon code, which you can use on the checkout page of the Racks For Cars website to apply the discount. Orders can either be picked up in-store at either Edmonton location, or can be delivered (freight charges may apply).

EBC members receive a 10% discount at Lucid Lifestyle.

The eco-minded store carries environmentally sustainable clothing made from hemp, bamboo and organic cotton. You might recognize owner Andrew Gonzalez from BikeWorks! And you’ll love the soft, refined feel of the natural materials; from dresses to bamboo towels, you can feel as good about where they came from as how they feel next to your skin.

Carbon Environmental Boutique, where EBC members also receive 10% off, also carries Lucid Lifestyle’s products.

Acquired Taste Tea is pleased to offer the EBC a 10% discount on tea purchases* through our Connoisseurs’ Club Cards.

Located directly across the street from Mountain Equipment Co-op, Acquired Taste Tea is a retail store serving the Edmonton area for over 17 years. We are happy to share our knowledge and provide suggestions to enhance your tea experience. Discover a wide selection of loose and pre-packaged teas, tea pots and accessories.

To sign up for your 10% off club card, with Acquired Taste Tea, please be sure to have your EBC member card with you when you stop in! We look forward to serving you soon!

*discount applies to loose and pre-packaged teas exclusively

Show your membership card for a 10% discount at The Paint Spot. Just 1.5 blocks north of BikeWorks South! At the end of each year, The Paint Spot makes a donation to EBC based on a percentage of EBC member purchases.

The Paint Spot has supplies, workshops and courses, and gallery showings. Since 1985, this proudly Canadian, artist-run visual art centre has been dedicated to enabling artists, from beginners to professionals, to realize their artistic vision.

Noorish Conscious Eatery offers a 10% discount to all EBC members. The discount applies to all food and drink (excluding alcohol and retail items).

The Noorish Conscious Eatery features a menu that includes a variety of organic, local, raw, vegan and gluten-free options bursting with flavor and nutrition! The Elixir bar is designed to inspire a new way of getting high on life through our carefully crafted tonics, elixirs, fresh juices and organic teas, loaded with vitality! Live local musical talent will also be featured regularly to enhance the experience!

Noorish Yoga offers a 10% discount on yoga passes to all EBC members. The discount applies to all yoga passes (excluding workshops and drop-ins).

Hatha, vinyasa, akhanda, and more… what do you prefer? You have your choice at Noorish!

The Noorish Yoga Studio or “the kiva” is founded upon the idea that our bodies are the temple of the soul. (read more…) »

Bikram Yoga West Edmonton offers 25% off any yoga class package to EBC members.

At Bikram Yoga West Edmonton, we share a passion for Bikram Yoga and believe in its ability to affect positive change in people’s lives. It is our goal to provide our students with an atmosphere that promotes growth. Our certified Bikram Yoga teachers will encourage and inspire you to do your best. In practicing Bikram Yoga you will develop tools that transcend the yoga room and can be used in your everyday life.

We strive to provide a safe, healing, supportive and fun environment where all individuals feel welcome; a space where students will create a true version of themselves through their own commitment of perseverance, patience and determination.

Carbon Environmental Boutique is happy to offer a 10% discount to all EBC members who show their card. Carbon offers a huge range of non-toxic, sustainable, ethical and local products. Our departments include non-toxic cookware, home décor, personal care, healthy baby items, cleaners, candles, water and air purification, organic mattresses and bedding, paint, flooring, carpets and more.

Carbon has moved to the High Street area, and is now at 12543 102 Ave NW.

Note: Discount applies to all regularly priced merchandise.

Golden Lady Wholistics is pleased to offer EBC members 15% off all sessions* as well as 10% off all products*!

Golden Lady Wholistics is owned and operated by none other than The Golden Lady, also known as Jackie Pearce. The Golden Lady offers a wide variety of sessions including Chakra Balancing, Colour Sound Therapy, Reiki and Hot Stone Massage. Courses and workshops are also offered throughout the year. Products range from vegan soy and vegetable wax candles with lead-free wicks, to crystals, smudge and a wide range of Colour Therapy products.

Contact Jackie at 780-690-4156 to book an appointment.

*cannot be combined with any other offer or discount

Every year EBC and the ESO host Bike to the Symphony, offering EBC members tickets for only $20. This year we’ll be riding on June 4, 2013! Full details are available on the event page.

The Winspear Centre has bike parking directly in front of the entrance, and checking your bag or panniers is always free at the coat check.

We have also partnered for many years to offer supervised bike parking during the ESO’s Symphony Under the Sky.

MEC has provided numerous grants and donations to EBC throughout the years. From our rental program to projects for youth, MEC has always been a strong supporter of EBC.

Most recently, the staff at Mountain Equipment Co-op Edmonton selected EBC to be awarded $750 through their Staff Choice Grant. The money will go towards You Can Bike Too, our free adapted bike loan pool program for special needs children. (read more…) »

 

Funding & Sponsoring Partners

EBC has partnered with SPARK, a 100% member-owned retail electrical power co-operative focused on green energy and renewable energy reinvestment. For each EBC member that makes the switch to SPARK as their electrical services provider, SPARK will direct $1.50 per month to The Spoke.

This partnership will support The Spoke, our free earn-a-bike program for youth. (read more…) »

President’s Choice Children’s Charity provided a grant of almost $18,000 to support our You Can Bike Too adapted bicycle program. PCCC supports children with disabilities by providing financial grants for essential specialized equipment and essential therapists. Through this grant, we are able to supply much needed resources and help provide a renewed sense of independence, dignity, and freedom.

The Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters (Northern Chapter) held its annual charity ball in November 2013. The event raised over $25,000 for You Can Bike Too.

You Can Bike Too is a program of EBC dedicated to helping children with special needs learn to ride bikes. EBC has been teaching special needs children to ride two-wheel bikes for nearly a decade, and this year we launched a program to loan adapted bikes to children who cannot ride a conventional bike. The loan program is free to families; we fund the program through volunteers, grants, donations, and our own budget.

The charity ball was well attended and had all the who’s who of the insurance claims industry in Edmonton. Thank you to the AAIA and the generous members of the insurance industry who supported us through this event!

 

Friends of EBC

The Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre, and a registered charity. Since its inception in 1982, SNAP has grown to become one of Canada’s premier centres for research and innovation in printmaking as well as providing a unique forum for discussion and examination of critical and theoretical issues related to printmaking and image culture.

In 2011, OFRE won a micro-grant from NextGen’s MEAET event and used that grant money to partner with EBC to create a pedal-powered apple crusher.

Do you have a fruit tree that you don’t have the time or the energy to harvest? Are there more berries than you can handle? Do you want to share your fruit tree with members of your community? If the answer is yes, OFRE can help! OFRE will send volunteer pickers to private residences to pick fruit upon request of the home owner. In addition to collecting fruit, we also organize canning & preserving events during the harvest season.

Established in 2009, OFRE is a non-profit organization. Our project grew out of an interest in locally grown food, raising awareness about food security, and establishing urban, local connections with our food.

The Alberta Public Interest Research Group (AP!RG) is a University of Alberta student-run, student-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to community-led research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest. APIRG provides administrative, informational and technological resources to help student and community working groups to transform social concern into effective action.

APIRG provides meeting facilities and other support to EBC.

We’re new(ish) to the world of bicycles, and we’re learning as we blog. The blog is named for the vintage loop-frame step-through (aka ladies’) bicycles that are our first love, and was started as a record of our restoration, craft, and research projects associated with old bicycles. However, as we’ve gained experience we’ve also developed strong interests in cycling infrastructure and advocacy. We prefer to ride in our everyday clothes, and sometimes we organize group rides.

The LFL Coblogging Collective are Deborah, Angel, and Emma (in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and Jennifer (formerly of Edmonton, now in Seattle, Washington). From time to time we also have guest-posts from other friends who have interesting bicycles to share.

The North Edge is a vibrant, urban business community rooted in the rich history and diversity of Edmonton’s Queen Mary Park and Central MacDougall neighbourhoods. We proudly support a broad range of authentic cuisines, homegrown arts, and whole-body health & fitness faciities, centred on a core of innovative design and artisanry.

With excellent access to local transit and free parking, The North Edge offers a bold alternative to suburban living, attracting visitors from across the city as well as residents of Edmonton’s growing urban core.

The North Edge BRZ includes businesses from Queen Mary Park and Central McDougall that are located between 102 Street and 117 Street, and 107 Avenue to 105 Avenue.

Over the last few years, 124 Street has evolved into one of Edmonton’s most vibrant shopping districts and home to some of Edmonton’s finest restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Nestled along the north bank of the River Valley at the west end of Jasper Avenue, the 124 Street district extends north along the 124 Street corridor to 111 Avenue. We pride ourselves on being a unique business community, delicately tucked away in our large city, offering an array of services to meet our consumer’s needs.

The Downtown Business Association of Edmonton was formed through the establishment of a Business Revitalization Zone for Downtown Edmonton in 1985. This zone includes the area from 111 Street to 95 Street and from 105 Avenue to 97 Avenue. Businesses within this Revitalization Zone are members of the Association through an annual business tax levy, as provided for by the Alberta Municipal Act.

The Downtown Business Association’s primary role is to maintain and increase the vitality – both real and perceived – of the downtown core of Edmonton.

Live music and theatre, shopping, festivals, restaurants and services, Old Strathcona has it all. With over 600 of Edmonton’s coolest businesses, Old Strathcona has everything you need for a modern lifestyle in a historical district. The area offers a variety of choices including fashion, music shops, lodging, food, salons & spas, gifts, books, decor, health, sporting goods, professional services and even vehicles.

At the Old Strathcona Business Association, we strive to enhance, to promote and to protect the businesses of the Old Strathcona community. We achieve this by supporting projects and campaigns that maximize Old Strathcona’s aesthetic appeal and by working with everyone concerned to ensure the well-being of our members, their staff, their customers and their clients.

 

 

Maps & Routes

 

City of Edmonton Routes

 

Online Maps

Publicly editable map showing trail conditions. Anyone can add & update trail conditions! No registration or log-in is required. Just click and edit.

You can also follow tweets about “#yegtrail”.


 

 

Laws & Bylaws

 

Edmonton Laws

The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the use of highways under the direction, control and management of the City and to regulate the parking of vehicles on such highways as well as on privately owned property.

Notes

Bicycles are allowed on all highways in Edmonton. This includes roads on private property that normally permit the public to use for passage or parking. (read more…) »

The purpose of this bylaw is to regulate the conduct and activities of people using the Edmonton Transit System in order to promote
the safety and welfare of other users of the Edmonton Transit System.

Notes

For more information about bikes on transit, including the hours for bikes on LRT and bus routes with bike racks, please see our Bikes on Transit page.


BICYCLES
27

  1. A person shall not carry a Bicycle aboard a Transit Vehicle except:
    1. during the hours specified by the City Manager;
    2. in the areas specified by the City Manager; and
    3. while under control.
  2. A person shall not leave a Bicycle unattended in a Transit Station or aboard a Transit Vehicle except in a location designed and intended for the storage of Bicycles.
  3. A person shall not allow a Bicycle under their control to bring dirt, mud or grease into a Transit Station or onto a Transit Vehicle

 

Laws of Alberta & Canada

The TSA and its associated regulations govern cyclists’ use of highways in Alberta.

It applies, in general, to highways, which are defined as:


(p) “highway” means any thoroughfare, street, road, trail, avenue, parkway, driveway, viaduct, lane, alley, square, bridge, causeway, trestleway or other place or any part of any of them, whether publicly or privately owned, that the public is ordinarily entitled or permitted to use for the passage or parking of vehicles and includes

  1. a sidewalk, including a boulevard adjacent to the sidewalk,
  2. if a ditch lies adjacent to and parallel with the roadway, the ditch, and
  3. if a highway right of way is contained between fences or between a fence and one side of the roadway, all the land between the fences, or all the land between the fence and the edge of the roadway, as the case may be,

but does not include a place declared by regulation not to be a highway;

Vehicle Equipment Regulation

Notes


Cycle headlamps
10

  1. A cycle must have at least one headlamp.

Horn, bell
60 A motor vehicle, power bicycle and bicycle must have a horn or bell.

Bicycle safety helmet
111

  1. No person who is less than 18 years old shall operate or ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless that person is properly wearing a safety helmet.
  2. A parent or guardian of a person who is less than 18 years old shall not authorize or knowingly permit the person to operate or ride as a passenger on a bicycle unless that person is properly wearing a safety helmet.
  3. No person shall operate a bicycle on which a passenger who is less than 18 years old is riding unless the passenger is properly wearing a safety helmet.

Bicycle equipment
113

  1. A person shall not ride a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle has the following:
    1. at least one headlamp but not more than 2 headlamps;
    2. at least one red tail lamp;
    3. at least one red reflector mounted on the rear.
  2. A person shall not ride a bicycle unless the bicycle has a brake.

 

 

Education

 

Bike Mechanics

 

On-road cycling

The Canadian Cycling Association’s CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road. It is oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling. The CAN-BIKE cycling safety program provides a nationally standardized set of courses that can be taught through a variety of organizations who are interested in education, safety and health.

EBC runs CAN-BIKE courses each year to help Edmonton cyclists feel safe and confident on the road.

 

Bike Lanes

The Trails, Paths and Routes Advisory Committee (TPRAC) is a public review group for communication between:

  • Multi-use trail users
  • Walkway users
  • Bikeway users
  • City of Edmonton civic administration

They provide advice and input to the City administration on:

  • Planning
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Emerging issues
  • Special projects pertaining to multi-use facilities.

The purpose of the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (part of the Cities for Cycling initiative) is to provide cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists.

The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide is based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world. (read more…) »

 

Research

The Bikes Belong Coalition was formed in 1999 as the national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to put more people on bikes more often. U.S. bicycle companies recognized that they could accomplish more for bicycling by working together than by working independently. From helping create safe places to ride to promoting bicycling, we carefully select projects and partnerships that have the capacity to make a difference.

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. We provide a variety of resources available free at this website to help improve transportation planning and policy analysis. We are funded primarily through consulting and project grants. Our research is among the most current available and has been widely applied.

Cycling in Cities is a research program investigating factors that encourage or discourage bicycling, transportation infrastructure associated with increased or decreased risks of cycling injuries, and air pollution and cycling. Our studies are outlined in the table below and described in more detail throughout the website.

The research program is based at the University of British Columbia School of Population & Public Health. It has many partners including researchers from Simon Fraser University, the Universities of Montreal, Toronto and Victoria, cycling planners, and cycling advocates.

 

 

Local Bike Shops

 

Edmonton Bike Shops

 
 

 

Related Organizations

 
 

Organizations in British Columbia

HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) is a charitable organization, originally established in 1998 as a non-profit to address cycling issues in Metro Vancouver. Since then, we’ve grown a lot! We’ve educated thousands of children and adults and motivated thousands more.

We make cycling better through education, action and events. More cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. We’re leading the way in making cycling an attractive choice for everyone.

The Bike Kitchen is UBC’s non-profit, full-service community bike shop.

FIX YOUR BIKE WITH OUR TOOLS

LEARN HOW TO FIX YOUR BIKE

HAVE US FIX YOUR BIKE IF YOU’RE TOO BUSY

BUILD A BIKE FROM SCRATCH WITH NEW & USED PARTS

PURCHASE A FULLY REFURBISHED USED BICYCLE

DONATE YOUR OLD BIKE & WE’LL FIND IT A GOOD HOME

RENT A BIKE FROM OUR RENTAL FLEET

The Bike Kitchen is a project of the UBC Bike Co-op with the support of the Alma Mater Society and the Transportation Planning office. All profits raised by the Bike Kitchen are used to fund the Bike Co-op’s programing and cycling advocacy outreach on campus and in the community.

PEDAL stands for Pedal Energy Development ALternatives. It is an umbrella organization for several bicycle related projects in the Vancouver area. Currently the main projects of PEDAL are Our Community Bikes, the PEDAL Bike Depot and After School Bike Program.

PEDAL grew out of Our Community Bikes (OCB) which was started in 1993 as a project of BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation). The original idea was to provide a do-it-yourself bike shop and recycling service to commuter cyclist in Vancouver. In the spring of 1999, BEST transferred OCB to Pedal Engery Development ALternatives and a new non-profit society was born.

By recycling and refurbishing bicycles, PEDAL takes bikes out of the waste stream, offers affordable bikes for sale, and encourages cycling as a sustainable, healthy transportation choice.

 

Organizations in Alberta

As a vehicle to building community, the shop is a one-stop-shop biking support hub in Calgary’s downtown core offering reconditioned/recycled bikes, repair space, tools and instruction, and workshops. The shop provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for novice and experienced riders alike. Further, The Good Life is community meeting space open for use to environment and community minded groups. The Good Life collaborates and builds relationships with other community groups as well as offering work experience while focusing on the ideal of mutual aid.

The Alberta Bicycle Association (ABA) is the affiliated Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) of the Canadian Cycling Association (CCA). It operates under the authority of the world governing body of all cycling’s many sports, the Union Cycliste International (International Cycling Union) in Geneva.

The mission of the ABA is to facilitate an introduction to organized cycling and to develop a strong competitive cycling program, while protecting and advocating the rights of cyclists.

The Edmonton Road and Track Club offers its members superb training, learning and racing opportunities in an enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere. The ERTC supports competitive and recreational cyclists. The purpose of the ERTC is to provide people of all ability levels the experience of competitive cycling.

 

Organizations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

The Bike dump is a volunteer-run community bicycle education space. We offer:

  • Tools and space to fix your bike
  • A stock of recycled bike frames and parts from which to build yourself a bike
  • Volunteers to help guide you through repairs, or with a (your) bike-building project
  • Re-furbished, recycled bicycles for sale on a sliding scale
  • Monthly bicycle repair workshops

We envision a city where everyone is empowered to enjoy bicycles.

The WRENCH’s mission is to create stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles – with a focus on educating youth.

The WRENCH is a registered charity. We make bicycles and cycling accessible to the public by:

  • Providing programming, education and resources for community members, groups and organizations
  • Supporting and promoting cycling within the city
  • Supporting new and existing community bike shops

In partnership with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA), The University of Winnipeg has opened an innovative and progressive cycling hub on campus, as part of a commitment to promote active and sustainable transit options for students, staff and the surrounding community. This UWSA Bike Lab is a space where students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community can come to use the tools and knowledge of the dedicated volunteer staff to learn how to not only fix their own bikes, but learn more about cycling as a form of active transportation in general.

We are a voluntary, inclusive group of concerned citizens working to make cycling in Winnipeg a safe, enjoyable, accessible and convenient transportation choice year-round.

We envision a city where cycling is embraced as the preferred mode of transportation, where cycling is integrated into urban design and planning, and where Winnipeg is recognized as a leader in cycling infrastructure and programs.

Bike Winnipeg was incorporated as a non-profit organization in February 2007 under the name Bike to the Future. In April 2013, we voted to change our name to Bike Winnipeg.

Saskatoon Cycles advocates for a city in which cycling is a viable, year-round, mode of transportation that is safe and convenient for all ages.

We envision a Saskatoon in which:

1. A safe cycling network is present throughout the city connecting every
neighbourhood to key destinations

2. Residents of all ages feel safe and welcome to cycle year-round

3. (read more…) »

Bike Regina is a small group with big ideas about supporting and increasing the cycling culture in Regina. We want you to be part of the trend.

Mission
To make cycling to work and school safe, convenient and fun for people of all ages and abilities in Regina. Through partnerships, outreach and events such as Bike to Work Week, we will advocate for a better cycling environment that promotes safety, physical activity, health, equity, and environmental sustainability. (read more…) »

The Bridge City Bicycle Co-op’s mission is to share bicycle repair facilities, mechanical knowledge and a love of cycling. Our mission extends not only to those individuals who access the Bridge City Bicycle Co-op, our hope is that the skills and passion about cycling of our members will be passed on to family and friends and contribute to creating a community of cyclists. In achieving our mission we are aware of a need to encourage youth, women, older adults and other underserved groups to learn bicycle repair.

 

Organizations in Central Canada

Inspiré de différentes initiatives, BQAM est le premier atelier de réparation et d’ajustement de vélo communautaire de l’UQAM.

Non seulement un atelier, nous visons à consolider le déplacement à vélo vers le centre-ville de Montréal en sensibilisant, en éduquant et en offrant un espace de réparation accessible à la communauté uqamienne et à son milieu.

Cette initiative s’insère dans une vague continentale de l’« accessibilisation » à la mécanique des bicyclettes, auxquelles participent déjà plusieurs projets montréalais.

re-Cycles is a not-for-profit bicycle recycling shop based in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). We:

  • repair donated bikes that we sell to the community.
  • provide an equipped shop (and bike repair know-how in the evenings) so that you can maintain and repair your own bike.

Unlike conventional bike shops we do not fix your bike for you! But if you want to do it yourself there’s always staff on hand during our evening hours to guide you if needed. Please note that there is no assisted DIY repair at any time during the day.

CBN is Toronto’s award-winning community bike space.

Community Bicycle Network (CBN) is a registered non-profit organization founded in 1993 on the belief that bicycles are a powerful tool for positive change. CBN incorporated in 1997 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

We have a rich history of serving Toronto’s cycling community through award-winning programs that enable affordable, clean transportation and of improving all communities through recycling and waste-diversion.

We work to make cycling the most accessible form of transportation in Toronto, breaking down economic barriers while reducing smog and congestion.

 

US Organizations

I am for bikes. I’m for long rides and short rides. I’m for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling—one that is safe and fun for everyone. By uniting my voice with a million others, I believe that we can make our world a better place to ride.

The Bikes Belong Coalition was formed in 1999 as the national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to put more people on bikes more often. U.S. bicycle companies recognized that they could accomplish more for bicycling by working together than by working independently. From helping create safe places to ride to promoting bicycling, we carefully select projects and partnerships that have the capacity to make a difference.

 

Worldwide Organizations

 

Blogs & Periodicals

Momentum Mag is an independent media company that promotes, encourages & inspires Smart Living by Bike.

Our goal is to influence a shift in the transportation culture in North America from car-centricity to a balance of public transportation, appropriate car use, walking and bicycling, by showcasing riding a bike as a fun, smart, stylish way to get around.

Published five times a year, Momentum Magazine focuses on transportation cycling and bike culture in North America. Momentum’s positive and solutions-based editorial coverage includes arts & culture, city and people profiles, style, food, current events and gear.

 

Edmonton Publications

We’re new(ish) to the world of bicycles, and we’re learning as we blog. The blog is named for the vintage loop-frame step-through (aka ladies’) bicycles that are our first love, and was started as a record of our restoration, craft, and research projects associated with old bicycles. However, as we’ve gained experience we’ve also developed strong interests in cycling infrastructure and advocacy. We prefer to ride in our everyday clothes, and sometimes we organize group rides.

The LFL Coblogging Collective are Deborah, Angel, and Emma (in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and Jennifer (formerly of Edmonton, now in Seattle, Washington). From time to time we also have guest-posts from other friends who have interesting bicycles to share.

In 2007 I started riding a bike again for transportation, and was surprised to discover how fun and easy it was. Since then, my love affair with cycling has prompted a lifestyle overhaul of the best kind. Now even the simplest outings are healthy, social and fun. Come as you are, and ride with me.

The King’s Green Pad is a collaborative blog written by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the King’s University College in Edmonton, AB Canada. Through the blog we seek to foster dialog that is interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and interdenominational because Edmonton is Greening, the Blogosphere is Greening and because God is Green. Our effort seeks to advance Christian Scholarship in creation care, environmental stewardship and social, economic and environmental sustainability and is rooted in theological imperatives such as Kenosis and Shalom with the ultimate goal of providing a healthy and sustainable world for future generations.

My name is Jim, I’m 55 years old, and I’m an avid cyclist and bike commuter in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I started commuting to work full-time in May of 2008. I wish I’d been doing this all of my life.

There are significant societal benefits to getting more people out of their cars and onto their bikes (even for people who will never give up driving 100% of the time), but I want to focus on my own selfish reasons for riding a bike. I’ve bummed too many rides from friends and family over the years to ever demonize the automobile. I like cars. And I’m not going to claim any kind of moral superiority over drivers – a stance I’ve seen some cyclists take that bothers me immensely.

I want to encourage co-operation, not confrontation. Let’s share the roads, and cut each other some slack.