Crowdfunding Campaign is Live

We went live with our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo early this morning (really early, like maybe last night). At the end of day one of the campaign, we have 9 very generous backers. A big shout-out to:

  • Brandon Evans
  • Chris Ionescu
  • Gerald Peddle
  • Tona and Mia Ohama
  • Giovanni Bruno
  • Matei Dorobantu
  • Kevin Wong

We’ve still got a long way to go to get to our goal of $7,500, so support us by donating and by telling your friends about the campaign.

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Bicicles crowdfunding campaign kicking off tomorrow

Our crowdfunding campaign kicks off tomorrow, Monday November 14th, on Indiegogo. We’ve been filming for the last couple of years and now it’s time to put the whole thing together. Our team’s been busy in post-production shooting for the Bicicles World Premiere on Saturday, February 11th next year. We’re planning on raising at least $7,500 to help us get there. Stay tuned for breaking information on the crowdfunding campaign on @bicyclesyyc on Twitter and Facebook. And watch this space in the coming days for information on the Premiere and our campaign product and services sponsors.

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And speaking of helping us to get there, we’d like to give a shoutout to Power-in-Motion who have been most generous in their sponsorship of Bicicles.

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Power-in-Motion are located in the Eau Claire mall downtown. In addition to being specialty purveyors of electric and folding bikes (and electric folding bikes), they also manufacture and distribute the MotionHeat Rechargeable Heated Glove Liner. These liners are what protect Ellen’s hands on all her winter rides. They’ll keep your hands toasty for the long rides into work this winter. Not only for biking, they’re a big hit with snowmobilers and even a skydiver or two.

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So, show your appreciation of their support for winter cycling, and drop into their store in Eau Claire and check out the gloves and all of their bikes. Tell them Bicicles sent you.

Bicicles World Premiere

Announcing the World Premiere of Bicicles, the documentary about winter commuting by bicycle on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The premiere is a gala event jointly sponsored by Bull and Ship Films, Bike Calgary and Cyclepalooza. The screening will be held mid-afternoon at The Globe Cinema in downtown Calgary with the afterparty at The Craft Beer Market. Tickets will be available through the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that will be kicking off on Monday, November 14th. Watch this space, as well as our @biciclesyyc Twitter and Facebook channels for breaking information on the crowdfunding campaign and the premiere.

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2016 Calgary Bike Awards

Way back when at the beginning of July, the Calgary bike community celebrated the 2016 Calgary Bike Awards. The event was hosted by Bike Calgary at the downtown Legion. That was the night that we premiered the Bicicles official trailer. I also wrote about some of our “people” that were nominated and that won awards that night. We also did a bit of filming to capture as much of the ceremony as we could. It’s taken us a bit to pull it all together, but here, for your viewing pleasure, are all the highlights of the Awards ceremony.

 

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.

 

Calgary Chamber of Commerce: The Business Case for Cycling

When we were in the early days of Bicicles, we were asking around about who we should interview on either side of the issue of cycling – about winter commuting by bicycle in Calgary, in particular, but, anyone that would talk with us about cycling, in general. Amongst the usual suspects, like City councillors, City staff, and other cycling advocates, what stood out was the recommendation to talk with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. They were pointed out as one of the key business stakeholders in the conversation, one that had come out strongly in favour of the Cycle Track Network.

The cycling community is fully aware, of course, of the benefits that cycling can and does bring to business. When properly researched, the business case in favour of cycling infrastructure should be relatively easy to make. That was certainly the case with the Chamber. Although they didn’t take on an active role in the conversation, they did publish and promote their recommendation to the City and to their membership. Although it seems obvious, I have to admit that I was somewhat surprised about their favourable stance.

To get the behind-the-scenes story on the Chamber’s position on cycling and the Cycle Track Network, we sat down with Justin Smith, the Director of Policy at the Chamber. We talked mostly about cycling and cycling infrastructure. What struck me most was the way that Justin articulated the business case for cycling infrastructure in the City, and the Chamber’s approach to arriving at that policy decision. This is only part of a much longer interview, but I think you’ll find it most enlightening.

 

Except They’re Riding Their Bikes on the Sidewalk

Now that summer is upon us, for the most part, and gauged solely by the weather and not the calendar, I’m seeing a lot more bicycle commuters out there. One of the things that I’ve noticed now that there’s more cyclists on the streets is that there’s also way more people riding on the sidewalk Sure, I understand, as Sean Carter at BikeBike, and others have pointed out, that they have to do this because of the lack of safe and efficient cycling infrastructure. Never-the-less, whenever I see someone on the sidewalk I’m always reminded of the very first interview, and filming that we ever did for the movie.

Way back when, at Tom Babin’s FrostBike book launch at Shelf Life Books, René Potvin dropped in while we were setting up. At the time, René was a recent transplant from Montreal. He started talking to us about the differences in cycling between his home town and Calgary. This is some of the more interesting things that René had to say about bicycle commuting, Montreal, and Calgary, including riding on the sidewalk…

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Introducing the Four Riders of Bicicles

Welcome back, winter cyclists. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Last year was all about profiles of a few winter cyclists that I was privileged to interview. Four of those bicycle commuters will be featured in our Bicicles documentary – (clockwise, below) Ellen HadleyFa-Linn WoollingsMike Scullen, and Scott Walton.

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Ellen and Andy: Bicycle Love

For my last interview of last “season”, I rode my bike south to Elbow Park to meet up with Ellen Hadley and Andy Sharp. We met at their place after work to talk about riding bikes in the winter. It was the end of January and the weather was about what it’s like now – more like shoulder season weather than “real” winter. However, it was “real” winter when I went back a couple of weeks later to take pictures as they headed out to work in the morning – snow and the temperature was about 25 degrees colder. However, there’s nothing like a kiss to keep you warm on your way to work ….

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