A gust of lilac perfume, a rabbit kit crossing my path, and a spectacular morning view of the downtown core from Crescent hill were Calgary’s offerings on this morning’s ride to work. Not a bad way to start the day. However, to be honest, I would have to add that my gentle morning was punctuated by vocal reminders to fellow bikers to stop running red lights and stop signs, to ring bells for unsuspecting pedestrians, and to remember that the river pathway isn’t the Tour de Suisse. Yes, I am that person.
That’s why I’m so happy that we are partnering with the City of Calgary Transportation department to help raise awareness of library and community resources on cycling, as well as bike-month events across the city that includes awareness of traffic rules for bikers. Events such as Bike Month, along with the excellent work being done by local groups such as Bike Calgary, will help ensure that cyclists remember that we are in vehicles that need to follow the rules of the road, unless we want to aggravate drivers. And ideally, to try to encourage more Calgarians to ride, even if it’s once a week.
I have been a March to December bike commuter for over five years now, but only after my dedicated husband goaded me into to it. I was worried about flat hair, wrinkled clothes and forgotten clothes, and squished lunches. While all of those are occasional realities, it all worked out fine. Now, I don’t look cute on my bike. I sweat, puff and grimace trying to keep up to the young, fit riders on the road. But truly there are no downsides to transition, and with a busy job and family life, it allows me to fit in a good workout each day. Sooner or later, more are destined to catch on.
Visit your local library branch and check out our Bike Month displays with information about bike courses, bike routes, community events and more, Monday June 10 to Saturday June 15.