Re: Calgary 'Ride the Road' tour - Sunday, June 3, 2012
The Calgary tour de nuit Society‘s annual 'Ride the Road' tour takes place on Sunday, June 3.
This event is actually three distinct on-street bicycle tours spanning the city. It is designed to provide a safe and fun experience for both novice and experienced riders and encourage families to cycle as an inclusive, participatory activity. The tour travels on roads not typically accessible or deemed safe for bicycles.
Escorted by Calgary Police motorcycles, cyclists will be able to discover the sensation of feeling completely secure riding on Calgary roads, as participants will be surrounded by hundreds of cyclists rather than the hundreds of vehicles.
Two spoke rides commence simultaneously in the North and South.
From Tuxedo Source for Sports get the full VIP treatment as the CPS rolling closure whisks you through Calgary like a visiting head of state. You will feel like the whole world has stopped to let you by.
The South Spoke Ride starts at Shawnessy YMCA and should be ridden by individuals who had done some prior training. This more challenging route does involve some upward inclines.
Both rides end in Stanley Park, where the two spoke rides converge, and are joined by families with children. Entertainment is provided by Blueseros. The main ride departs on a sedate, slower tour of downtown Calgary on a route chosen to be a level as possible to accommodate children and parents with trailers.
Families, politicians, celebrities, (commuter, sport or BMX) cyclists, Olympic athletes, and Calgarians who may not have ridden a bike in ages or have embraced the sedentary lifestyle participate in the ‘Ride the Road’ tour. As Calgary's most influential cycling event, members of the cycling community find themselves in a relaxed atmosphere to share their love of cycling with our civic leaders and key decision-makers.
The only roads in Calgary where bicycles are not allowed are Deerfoot Trail and Stephen Avenue pedestrian mall downtown. Now, I am not suggesting that Crowchild Trail, for example, would be the *best* choice, but it is legal. Your wording gives the impression that many roadways are closed to bikes, and that's a common misperception.
I ride the roads every day, year round (very slowly when there is fresh snow, admittedly). I'm not a daredevil. I just like using my bike for everyday transportation, not waiting for special events to give me permission to ride in my own city.