Volunteers needed for GCAT’s 1st bike valet parking Aug. 23-25

Your help is needed to encourage people to use their bikes!

Here’s some bike parking at Hillside. Could we do the same at Ribfest?

GCAT is running its first bike valet parking event at this year’s Rotary Club Ribfest in Riverside Park, Aug. 23-25 and we need your volunteer help!

We are hoping to have two people stationed at all hours of Ribfest, ready to park bikes of attendees in a closed, secured, fenced in area.

You are welcome to volunteer for 3 or 4 hours. Two people will be stationed together at all times. Students are welcome and will get credit for high school volunteer hours.

When:

Friday Aug. 23 11 am-11 pm

Saturday Aug. 24 12 pm-11 pm

Sunday Aug. 25 12 pm-8 pm

Where:

Riverside Park, Guelph. The secured bike parking will be located right beside the entrance to Ribfest.

Please let us know what dates and times you can help! Contact info@gcat.ca

 

Come out to “Getting around Guelph” Pub Night on July 4!

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation and Transit Action Alliance of Guelph invite you to a casual get together to talk about active transportation and public transit in Guelph and area.

Learn a bit more about each group, and let us know your experiences when getting around by walking, biking, and/or taking transit. Do you ever combine the modes of transportation? How can we work to make it all better?

Learn, discuss, and enjoy a glass of your favourite beverage all at the same time!

When: July 4, 6:30-9pm
Where: The Albion Hotel(upstairs) 49 Norfolk St.
RSVP (helpful, but not required) to activeguelph@gmail.com

   

Love Your Bike Festival

ABOUT LOVE YOUR BIKE

Come out for the sixth annual “Love Your Bike Festival” on Saturday June 15, hosted by St. Andrew’s Church, Two Rivers Church, GCAT,  GORBA and more! This festival includes the young and old in celebrating Guelph’s favourite mode of transportation – The Bike!

Give your bike some love! Three of Guelph’s cycling shops (BackpeddlingParamount Sports and Speed River Bicycle) will be on hand to offer free mechanical checks in preparation for your summer riding.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • A“Wrench-Off” at 9:45am featuring Guelph’s top bike mechanics in a friendly flat-fixing competition
  • An antique bike display, courtesy of Clayton Foxall from Backpeddling
  • A moment of silence at 10:15am for fallen cyclists followed by a “Blessing of the Bikes”
  • Free coffee and treats before 11am!
  • Two Group rides leave at 10:30am sharp (registration starts at 9:15am; helmets required)
    • An organized family ride, called The “Easy Rider Parade,” around Exhibition Park, led by Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT)
    • Story Time Stopover with Guelph Public Library in Exhibition Park
    • The “Two Rivers Ride,” along the recreation trails to Guelph Lake and back, led by Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA)

Rides finish at The Wooly at 12:00 noon with a BBQ, refreshments and prizes provided by Steam Whistle Brewery, and activities hosted by GCAT. Kids who participate get a free hotdog and a drink!

-Two wheels, One love-

The Future of Transportation in Guelph, June 5, Delta Hotel

Active Transportation advocates: Please come out to this event at the Delta Hotel, Wednesday June 5 at 6:30pm.

It looks like a very interesting and informative evening, with a heavy emphasis on making cities more livable and the transportation system more balanced. Very excited to hear these panelists!

Your attendance sends a message to the City of Guelph needs to balance transportation modes so that everyone has a choice in how they get around the city. Please register here to attend.

From the Eventbrite website (for the City of Guelph):

Join us for a panel discussion exploring how disruptive technologies, urban development and climate change are shaping how we’ll move tomorrow. Share your thoughts on the future of transportation in Guelph.

Moderated by: Jesse Hirsh, Futurist and Digital Strategist

Panelists:

  • Andrew Miller, Associate Director of Mobility, Sidewalk Labs
  • Jeff Casello, Professor, Transportation Planning, University of Waterloo
  • Nancy Smith-Lea, Director, The Centre for Active Transportation
  • Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director, Share the Road
  • Dewan Karim, Integrated Mobility Specialist, Dillon Consulting

Moving Guelph Forward: Help us develop a shared vision for the future of transportation in Guelph.

Parking is complimentary with an eventbrite ticket.

Date And Time

Wed, 5 June 2019

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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Location

Delta Hotels by Marriott Guelph Conference Centre

50 Stone Road West

Guelph, ON N1G 0A9

It’s almost Bike Month! So Many Great Events! May 27-June 30

It’s almost here!  A whole month of bike events hosted by various organizations!

Here is a full listing of events hosted by a variety of groups. (Speed River Bicycle, Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association, Guelph Police Services, City of Guelph, and many more!!)

Below is a listing and description of events hosted or co-hosted by GCAT:

( Pre-Bike Month)

May 22  Why We Cycle Movie and Discussion, 6:30pm, Bookshelf Cinema, 41 Quebec St.

Bike Month

May 27 Bike to Work Day.  GCAT  (Active Guelph) will be leading the bike ride from Franchetto Park going to City Hall for a Bike to Work Day celebration. Ride leaves at 7:30 am

June 1 Royal City Bike Rodeo, 12:30-4pm Exhibition Arena, 70 Division St, Guelph

June 8 2Rivers on Two Wheels and a Cold Brew Too, Fixed Gear Brewery, 20 Alma St S, Guelph

June 15 Love Your Bike Festival 9:30-12:30pm, St. Andrews Church, 161 Norfolk St,

June 23 Tour de Guelph all morning, University of Guelph Athletic Centre, 150 Reynolds Walk, Guelph. GCAT will have a booth and will participate in the ride.

Something for everybody! For more info on GCAT rides, contact info@gcat.ca

Back by popular demand: Why We Cycle Movie and Discussion, May 22

On Wednesday May 22, the City of Guelph is presenting the documentary “Why We Cycle” at the Bookshelf Cinema. This internationally popular documentary explores the hidden effects of bicycling on people, societies, and the organization of cities.

This film screening is free, courtesy of the City of Guelph.

Afterwards, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation will give the movie goers a chance to discuss the movie and socialize. We will be hosting table top discussions in the Greenroom (next to the E-Bar)  upstairs related to how some of the themes in the movie can inspire us in Guelph. For those who want to just have a pint and socialize, you can do that too!. GCAT will provide some nibbles.

Details:

Movie: Wednesday May 22 at 6:30pm at the Bookshelf Cinema,  41 Quebec St, Guelph

Discussion: after the movie, at approx 7:30pm at the Greenroom upstairs from the cinema

More info about the movie:

In this movie regular cyclists and regular scientists from all walks of life paint a picture of Dutch cycling culture. We learn that cycling leads to happiness, health, keeping up cognitive functions and creativity and a state of readiness. Cycling also leads to happy children who enjoy the autonomy of independent travel. Because cyclists are open to their surroundings and each other, city life tends to be more open. Trust among people grows as they interact through cycling.

Contact

benita.vanmiltenburg@guelph.ca  (movie)

info@gcat.ca (discussion afterwards)

 

Join us for Guelph’s Royal City Bike Rodeo!

Welcome to Guelph’s  Royal City Bike Rodeo!

Presented by the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT), Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association (GORBA), City of Guelph, and Guelph Police Service, the Royal City Bike Rodeo will take place rain or shine, at Exhibition Park Arena on Saturday, June 1, 2019 , between  11:30 to 4pm.

The Guelph Police Service will run a fun and challenging bicycle agility course that will give children in grades 4 and 5 the opportunity to become better and safer bicyclists, and practice the rules of the road. Children will receive immediate feedback in a positive manner to help improve their cycling skills. Each rodeo time-slot lasts one and and half hours (1.5 hours) and includes: the agility course, a pre-ride safety check, and helmet fitting. What’s more, the Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) will be offering a skills demo just outside of the arena!

Participants must:

  1. Bring a bicycle in good-working condition, a helmet and a lock.

  2. Arrive 30 minutes before their registered time to have their bicycle checked and sign-in. You must register your preferred time on Eventbrite.

  3. Be accompanied at the Bike Rodeo by parent/guardian. The parent or guardian must sign their child’s participation waiver at the event, and remain at Exhibition Park Arena while their child participates.

  4. Be in grade 4 or 5

  5. Be a resident in the city of Guelph.

  6. Cost is $5 (includes one loot bag!) and only 100 spots available. You must register for the event at Eventbrite.  Register early!

Please contact info@gcat.ca if you need more information.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join Us Sunday May 5 For A Magnificent Magnolia Ride!

Come join The Guelph Hiking Club on Sunday, May 5 for a free, casual bike ride to kick off Spring and enjoy the Magnificent Magnolia trees getting ready to bloom. We will ride about 12km on mainly quiet residential streets and trails around some of the quaint neighbourhoods of Guelph.  Make sure you pack your cell phone and get some beautiful shots of these beautiful trees getting ready to bloom!
 

For added fun, we’re having a costume contest to brighten the day. There will be prizes for: The Best Dressed Cyclist, The Most Outlandish Ensemble, and The Best Spring Bonnet, so get your best outfit ready!

In addition, we are honoured to be joined by mixed media artist Rosanne Morris, who will be busy painting under one of the magnificent magnolia trees. Rosanne’s current work blends photo-based digital images with acrylic paints and pastels.

The trip will begin at Speed River Bicycle at 135 Wyndham St. N. at 1pm  and end at Arthur Street N., for a free garden party where refreshments will be served.  Spaces are limited, so you must register at info@gcat.ca in order to participate.

Helmets are encouraged.

Prizes and refreshments courtesy of Speed River BicycleThe Wike Bicycle Company, and Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation.

For more information, please contact activeguelph@gmail.com, info@gcat.ca, or sgates14@hotmail.com

 

GCAT is leading bike rides for Doors Open Guelph, April 27, 2019

New Doors Open Guelph Event!!

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation is leading  bicycle tours in this year’s Doors Open Guelph Event.  We will be leading tours to Spring Mill Distillery, Greenbriar, The Victory School and Aberdeen House.  Join us!

Spaces are limited. Please register at info@gcat.ca.
Optional stop at end of ride at either Spring Mill Distillery or another nearby pub.

When: Saturday April 27, 2019
Time: There are 2 rides of 15 people each.
They both start at 11am and end around 4 pm.
Bring helmet, water and snacks!
Start and Ending location:  Spring Mill Distillery, 43 Arthur Street South
Distance:  10km
Signed waiver required to participate in event.
For more information, contact info@gcat.ca

Highlights of the GCAT Annual General Meeting Feb. 21, 2019

Over 70 people attended the AGM this year, with guest speaker Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road Cycling Coalition. Lots of great information was shared!

The evening began with the usual AGM stuff…call to order, financial statements, etc. It was followed by a brief presentation by Yvette Tendick, GCAT president, presenting some of the highlights of 2018, such as the Ride the Ward Rides with your Municipal candidate, and partnering with the Guelphpolice to encourage people to register their bikes with project 529.

Our big projects in 2019 will be encouraging the city to install a minimum grid of protected bike lanes (as was recently approved in the Kitchener capital budget), as well as beginning a pilot program for Bikes for Refugees, including a mentoring program.

Jamie Stuckless from Share the Road spoke next. The focus of her talk was the Share the Road’s new campaign, entitled #BikesCanDoThat.

On a local level, she let us know that Guelph will maintain it’s Silver Status with Bike Friendly Communities, which is a Share the Road program that monitors cycling progress in cities across Ontario.

According to Share the Road, our strong points are:

  • Achieved 3% target for cycling modal share
  • Growing network of cycling infrastructure, including focus onaddressing “pinch points” and trail crossings
  • Strong partnerships with stakeholders like GCAT and police services to support programs

What we need to work on:

  • Identify and work towards a higher modal share target
  • Conduct a gap analysis to build a minimum grid
  • Investigate bike share
  • Adopt a Vision Zero Policy
  • Encourage businesses to become Ontario by Bike certified

On the subject of #BikesCanDoThat, many graphics were offered to make the point that:

  1. 2 way protected bike lanes have a capacity of 2,000-3,000 persons per hour per direction, while cars only have 700-1,100
  2. 32 % of Ontarions want to cycle to work
  3. Separated bike lanes make roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

As well, the new board of directors for GCAT is now formed.  The members are:

Ted Bangay, Laura Brown, Mike Darmon, Suzanne Gates, Jordan Richard, Yvette Tendick and Luke Weiler. Congratulations to all!