The Bicicles Trailer – A Promise of More Things to Come

Here it is. The official Bicicles movie trailer. It premiered at the annual Calgary Bike Awards ceremony tonight where several of our friends were honoured with nominations. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at tonight’s Awards. A special shoutout to Fa-Linn and Mike on being nominated as Bike Commuter of the Year. Also to Kim and Kayley of Commit to Commute, who we interviewed for the movie, for winning as Commuter(s) of the Year, and especially for all the work they do to normalize cycling, especially winter cycling, in Calgary. Winning the Lawrence Hong Bike Advocate of the Year award was Kyle Stewart for his work for YYC Bike to School Day and for getting kids on bikes. Sean Carter of BikeBike fame, another of our excellent interviews, was also nominated for the Bike Advocate of the Year.

Kudos to Kimberley Nelson from Bike Calgary for pulling this all together at the last minute after the unexpected and sudden change of venue and the unexpected loss of some of the volunteer help. In the end, with everyone pitching in, it all came together fabulously. Not to mention the excellent MC work by Mike Morrison of Mike’s BloggityBlog.

Kids on Bikes – YYC Bike to School

Counted amongst our winter commuters are students of all ages that make their way to and from school by bike. We never did get around to talking with the Elboya Bike Gang (and Lori Beattie’s Kids Winter Bike to School Gang), some of Calgary’s most famous student winter commuters, but we did have a conversation with Kyle Stewart and a couple of this students about Calgary Bike to School Day. Calgary Bike to School day is an annual event that happens every June. Kyle started the program three years ago, overcoming a few hurdles that stymied previous attempts at getting schools behind kids on bikes. It’s grown from a local event at Simon Fraser School in the NW to a program with thousands of students participating at schools across the city. The goal is to encourage students to get on their bikes and ride to school, and to demonstrate that isn’t that big a deal. Hopefully the feeling rubs off and they’ll continue to ride every day and not just on that one special day every year. Judging by what Kyle’s students are saying, it seems to be working.

Kyle has been nominated for the Lawrence Hong Advocate of the Year at the upcoming Calgary Bike Awards.

 

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