YYC Bike Awards recognize UCalgary as Bicycle Friendly Employer of the Year, 8 July 2016
Anna Nowaczyk

“Organized by Bike Calgary and Cyclepalooza, the awards celebrate community leaders and champions who encourage cycling and contribute to making Calgary a more bicycle-friendly city. Awards are given annually to an individual, group, organization, school and employer.

As winner of the Bicycle Friendly Employer (50+ Employees) category, UCalgary is being recognized for its ongoing efforts to lead or support the improvement and development of cycling services on campus. This includes ongoing improvement and expansion of bike parking facilities on campus, participating in the annual Commuter Challenge, consulting with the community to inform long-term development planning that promotes sustainable transportation, and supporting student-led initiatives.”

(Read more at: https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2016-07-08/yyc-bike-awards-recognize-ucalgary-bicycle-friendly-employer-year)

Attend an open house and share your ideas on future of campus, 18 April 2016

“The long-range development plan will guide future decisions for physical planning on land the university owns or leases. It’s being created with input from students, faculty, staff, neighbouring communities, and other stakeholder groups. Thanks to ideas and suggestions from interested stakeholders who are contributing to the creation of the university’s long-range development plan, though our Campus Forward consultation process, the way we move around the main campus and where we develop  will look different over the next 30 years.”

(Read more at: https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2016-04-18/attend-open-house-and-share-your-ideas-future-campus)

Babin: New ideas are spurring the creation of bike-sharing systems (almost) everywhere, 5 April 2016
Tom Babin

“It’s a modest affair — eight bikes are available to be borrowed for two or seven days at a time — but organizers have bigger long-term plans (more on this later).

Perhaps more importantly, the scheme is a sign that after a half-decade of breakneck growth all over the world, the idea of what constitutes a bike-share system continues to evolve.

While the idea of an organized program to share bicycles for short-term use has been around for decades, it was Montreal’s famous Bixi program, which kicked off in 2009, that popularized the idea in North America. Today, there are more than 700 cities around the world that have some kind of bike-share program. Rare these days are the cities of note that don’t have some kind of formal city-wide bike-share program, such as the cities of the Canadian prairies.

Yet the idea is still so new that it continues to change. Here are a few things to update your thinking about bike shares.”

(Read more at: http://calgaryherald.com/news/traffic/babin-new-ideas-are-spurring-the-creation-of-bike-sharing-systems-almost-everywhere)

University of Calgary bike share officially launches rental service, 22 March 2016
Fabian Mayer 

After a year of planning, the University of Calgary’s bike share program is set to begin renting bikes this week or early next. Once signed up for a $10 membership, students can rent one of the eight bikes at a price of $5 for two days or $10 for a week.

The group held an official launch at the Sustainability Resource Centre last week. The bikes will be rented out from the same location, which is open daily from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

“We had about 15 people sign up, so that was good,” U of C bike share president Gavin Schneider said. “We were more just trying to get volunteers so when it is up and running we’re not understaffed.”

(Read more at: http://www.thegauntlet.ca/university-of-calgary-bike-share-officially-launches-rental-service/)

University of Calgary launches bike share for students and faculty, 14 March 2016
Tricia Lo

“Students, faculty and staff at the University of Calgary can now rent a brand new bike for as little as $10 a week, thanks to a new bike share program that launched Monday.

The pilot project has eight bikes featuring three speeds. After paying a $10 annual membership fee, two-day and seven-day rentals are available for $5 and $10, respectively, and come with a helmet, bell, front and rear light, and lock.

The idea was born out of a class assignment given to fourth-year geography student Gavin Schneider, president of the university’s bike share program.”

(Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/bike-share-university-of-calgary-1.3491183)

U of C bike share program gets rolling, 2 February 2016
Fabian Mayer

“The University of Calgary is about to get its own bike share program. The student initiative recently received funding and hopes to be running by the end of February, allowing students to rent bikes on campus for a small fee.

Fourth-year geography student Gavin Schneider is the president of the club behind the U of C’s bike share. Schneider said the idea started out as a class project last year and grew from there.

“Right now there’s a big push to make cities as livable as possible,” Schneider said. “This is something that a lot of students are getting interested in and it’s just another piece of that sustainability puzzle.”

The club received a $9,433 grant from the Students’ Union sustainability fund in December. The group purchased eight bikes that will be available to rent from the Sustainability Resource Centre for around $10 a week. Students will also need to purchase a yearly $10 club membership. Schneider anticipates a lot of interest in the program.”

(Read more at: http://www.thegauntlet.ca/u-of-c-bike-share-program-gets-rolling/)