June is the time to celebrate two wheels

June is Bike Month in Calgary. What does that mean? For starters be prepared to leave the car at home and take the bike to work or school from June 3 to 9 for the Commuter Challenge and Wheel to School Week.

Calgary will see a number of cycling-oriented events beginning with the Tour de nuit Society’s Ride the Road tour on June 3 and capped off by the Cyclepalooza festival June 23 to July 2.

The City of Calgary and local cycling advocacy groups such as Bike Calgary Civic Camp and the Tour de nuit Society have been working hard in recent years to foster a genuine bike-friendly culture in the city.

The city’s Cycling Strategy is expanding the network of on-road bike lanes and eventually increasing the width of Calgary’s nearly 700 kilometres of bike paths. The Cycling Strategy also aims to encourage Calgarians to take to their bikes with educational programs that will teach them how to enjoy riding safely even in an auto-centric city.

“Bike Month is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of cycling show how efficient and fun it is but also to educate Calgarians about how to ride bicycles safely and courteously” says Bike Calgary vice-president Richard Zach in a recent press release.

Bike Month will also see the CAN-BIKE Kids Festival on June 24 and Bike Calgary’s Urban Cycling Skills courses on June 23.