Curious about Winter Cycling? Join us Dec. 12, 7pm, Fixed Gear Brewing

Have you been thinking of riding your bike this winter but want to know more about it?

You’re in luck! Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT) has just the workshop for you!

Join us at Fixed Gear Brewing (20 Alma St. Guelph) on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7pm. Bike mechanics from Speed River Bicycle and the CSA Bike Centre, as well as ordinary riders, will share their experiences, tips, and tricks to keep you comfortable and safe.

Learn how to dress, how to kit out your bike, and how to look after it. You might even get some ideas for Christmas presents for yourself or a loved one!

If you come by bike, you can even park it inside!

To top off the event, we plan on having our very first Frost Bike Ride in January, date TBD.

Come on out and enjoy a pint and be in the company of others who love to bike throughout the winter!

For more information, contact info@gcat.ca

Breezy Breakfast on Oct. 26 to Market Parkade & 1st secure biking facility

(source: Girls On Bicycles !)

Come enjoy a social breakfast with Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation to celebrate Guelph’s first secure bicycle parking facility!

Date and time: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8am
Place : Breezy Corners, 44 Macdonell St, Guelph
RSVP is appreciated at info@gcat.ca

After breakfast, for those interested, we will ride to the Market Parkade on Wilson St. at 9:30am  to take part in a photo op of cyclists using the bicycle parking facility. (If interested in the short ride and  photo op, please RSVP at info@gcat.ca by Sunday Oct. 20)

As an organization, GCAT is dedicated to getting more people to walk and ride bikes. Of course, we would prefer an entire bicycle parking facility as they have in Amsterdam, but this secure bicycle parking is the first step in a transition to a sustainable future where more people can use their bikes on a regular basis, without fear of them being stolen.

GCAT will also be part of the Parkade opening ceremony at 10:15am, where GCAT president Yvette Tendick will speak about the importance of cycling in the community, as well as secure locations to park our bikes.

The Parkade opening event continues in front of City Hall from 10-2pm, with many events taking place.

Hope to see you come out!

For more info or to RSVP contact info@gcat.ca

Join the GCAT team with Ride for Refuge, Oct. 5

Alex Ball is captain of the GCAT team for Ride for Refuge . Oct. 5, 2019

He is currently collaborating with us in the Bikes for Guelph Refugees programme.

Here is a message from Alex:

I know you like the challenge of a good bike ride, so I wondered: would you be interested in joining me? I’d love your support, and I think it would be a blast to cycle with you through whatever the weather throws our way. The RIDE offers 10, 25, and 50 km routes, as well as a 5 km walking route – so we could choose a relaxing ride or a real challenge.

The ride takes place in scenic Bloomingdale, which is a 25 minute (car ride) from Guelph. (Or 1hr 14 min by bike.)

Registration begins at 8am. There will be a bus leaving from Immigrant Services, 104 Dawson Rd, at 7:30 am, and returning at 12:30 pm. There are some bike spaces so contact Sandra Cocco at SCocco@is-gw.ca

We will be joining thousands of other riders, walkers and volunteers across Canada helping to raise $2,500,000 for some people who need hope and refuge. The RIDE supports hundreds of local charities, so it makes a big impact.

Click on the link below to visit our Team Page – register and help us fundraise. Or, email me back at aball416@gmail.com and we can chat more about the RIDE.

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=877802&langPref=en-CA

Thanks! It will be worth it!

Alex

Register now for Ride and Meet with Federal Candidates, Wed. Sept. 25

You’ve heard of federal ridings well this is one with a twist. Come out and ride with the federal candidates!

Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT) has invited the main federal candidates on a bike ride with the public on Sept. 25!!

During the ride, we will utilize current multi-use paths and painted bike lanes. GCAT guides will highlight upcoming and some potential cycling infrastructure projects that would increase the safety of riders and increase the amount of people choosing cycling for transportation. You will have the opportunity to learn more about cycling in Guelph, your local candidates and their commitment to accelerating funding for active transportation infrastructure. Post ride, we will gather at Red Brick Cafe to socialize with the local candidates.

Don’t forget your helmet, bike lights and your bike lock!

Spaces limited! Pre-registration required on Eventbrite. Click here to pre- register. . A waiver is required to participate in this event.

Starting location: facade in front of the River Run Centre, 5:45pm

Ride ends at 7pm at Red Brick Cafe. Conversation continues until 8pm!

 

Come Ride with GCAT on Temporary 2 Way Protected Bike Lane on Woolwich St on Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm!

From September 13-20, 2019, Woolwich Street between Macdonell and Wyndham streets will be transformed into a “complete street”: a safe, accessible and sustainable road design that accommodates all modes of transportation including walking, driving, cycling, and public transit.

Meet GCAT in front of the River Run Centre at 6:30, Sept. 18!  We’ll ride together on a temporary 2 way protected bike lane on Woolwich Street! 

Afterwards, for those interested, we’ll head to the Albion Hotel for “Green Drinks”, at 7pm. Jennifer Juste, Program Manager for Sustainable Transportation for the City of Guelph will be doing a short presentation on the Guelph Transportation Master Plan Update. She will take also your feedback about the complete street.

Come out for a fun evening!

Green Drinks Guelph offers a great social and networking event each month! You’re welcome to share, meet, greet, laugh and enjoy! Business owners, sustainability professionals, community leaders, government officials, employers, job-seekers, singles, couples, and anyone interested in a healthy planet is welcome to attend. 

10 Reasons to Ride your Bike to Ribfest Aug. 23-25

GCAT is running its first free bicycle valet parking right beside the entrance gate to Ribfest!

Aug. 23, 24, and 25, Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich St., Guelph

To see what Ribfest has to offer (and it’s more than just ribs) please visit their website here:

10 Reasons to Ride your Bike to Ribfest Aug. 23-25

1. FREE valet parking right next to the main entrance (no need to lock)
2. Work up an appetite and get thirsty!
3. No sitting in traffic
4. Reduce road congestion and parking issues on local neighbourhood streets
5. Enjoy a family bike ride along the city’s beautiful trails and roll right up to Ribfest directly from the trail!
6. Come-and-go without losing your parking spot
7. Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution
8. Meet members and volunteers from Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT) 
9. Riding bikes is fun!
10. Burn fat, not gas

RiBFEST Hours of Operation

Ribfest and Valet Parking Hours of Operation

Friday, August 23rd, 2019 – Noon to 11 p.m.

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m

Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact info@gcat.ca

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