Published on June 1, 2022
Celebrate Bike Month in St. Albert!
June is Bike Month in St. Albert, a time to encourage active living and sustainable transportation choices in our community! Biking is fun, environmentally friendly and can easily fit into your routine by riding to work, school, stores and parks. Whether you ride for leisure, fitness or as part of your commute, biking has many benefits.
Benefits of Biking
Save money by choosing to bike! Costs associated with motor vehicles such as parking, maintenance, insurance and car payments add up quickly. The Centre for Active Transportation estimates savings of nearly $2 per km by replacing a car trip with a bicycle. Cycling can also reduce healthcare costs as a result of staying active.
Riding your bike instead of driving protects the environment. Fewer cars on the road reduce maintenance requirements while also decreasing traffic congestion and noise pollution. Cycling improves air quality by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and reduces space needed for parking lots, saving green space from development.
Improved Physical and Mental Health
Riding a bike is a fun, low-impact form of exercise for all ages and skill-levels. Cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness while activating major muscle groups as you pedal. It causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise and can be done at a low intensity. Exercise influences mental health and can help decrease stress and anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Make Family Memories
There are many family-friendly trails around the city, perfect for a family ride. The Red Willow Trail System features over 99.5 km of trail! Plan your family outing around the city with the trail map and take a break to play at one of the many parks along the way. Plan for a BBQ picnic at Lions Park or pack your swimsuits and cool off at Woodlands Water Play Park. Biking as a family is a wonderful way to teach your children about bike safety and model proper trail etiquette.
Bike Safety Tips
Wear a Helmet
It is the law in St. Albert for cyclists of all ages to wear a helmet. Ensure your helmet sits level on your head, is fitted and secure and that the straps are fastened. Take care not to damage your helmet and replace it if you crash and hit your head while riding.
Tune it Up
Check bikes regularly to make sure the seat, handlebars and wheels fit tightly. Ensure brakes are working and tires have proper air pressure. Pay attention to squeaking, rattling or unfamiliar noises while riding your bike, and take it in for tune-ups.
Have you noticed the bike repair stations located near Woodlands Skate Park, behind St. Albert Place and at Lacombe Lake Park? Installed in collaboration with the St. Albert Bike Association, they include a set of common tools the public can use to make minor repairs or adjustments and a foot pump for inflating tires.
Know the Rules of the Road
When riding on a roadway, know and obey traffic rules and use proper hand signals when turning. Cyclists in St. Albert are permitted to ride on sidewalks and trails but must share the path with others. When using a pedestrian crossing, dismount your bike fully and walk it across.
Reflective clothing and stripes can help you stay safe and ensure other people on the road can see you. Do not wear headphones, as the music can distract you from noises such as a car horn. Always maintain a safe speed and ride defensively to avoid collisions with pedestrians and vehicles.
Ring your Bell
Using your bike’s bell is a simple and courteous way to notify others that you are approaching. It is law in Alberta to have a horn or bell on a bike and not having one can cost a cyclist $78 in fines.
Tune Up Events
During Bike Month, the City of St. Albert will by offering FREE bicycle tune ups on the trail behind City Hall (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street) on the following dates:
- June 8, 2022 (Wednesday)
From 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- June 10, 2022 (Friday)
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- June 21, 2022 (Tuesday)
From 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This June, celebrate by riding your bike! Bike Month is a perfect time to learn more about biking, try a new trail route or start commuting by bike. Encourage your friends and family to get outside and enjoy a greener way to travel that is fun, healthy and good for our community!
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Last edited: June 1, 2022