Gateway Gazette

Bike to the Zoo is Back

Pedal with your pack, flock or heard to the Calgary Zoo for the second annual Bike to the Zoo on August 16 and 17, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Over 175 people took advantage of the bicycle valet parking at last year’s event
Over 175 people took advantage of the bicycle valet parking at last year’s event

The first 250 people who arrive by bike each day will receive $10 off their admission, while Calgary Zoo members will receive an ice cream coupon. Coupons will be available at the bicycle valet parking, located at the north and west entrances.

This year’s event builds on an already exciting summer for Calgary’s growing bike community. Kimberly Fisher, active transportation education planner with The City of Calgary says that, “With increased connectivity across the city thanks to the pathways, bike lanes and the cycle track network, it’s easier than ever for families to access the Calgary Zoo by bicycle.”

Since opening the Cycle Track Network in June 2015, the 5 Street S.W. underpass has already become the busiest on-street bike-way in the city, averaging more than 1,500 trips each weekday.

“The Calgary Zoo recognizes the increasing number of people who are traveling around Calgary by bicycle and we are thrilled to be part of an event that encourages Calgarians to travel to destinations such as the zoo in a fun and safe way,” says Roz Freeman, special events and promotions advisor at the Calgary Zoo. “It will be the perfect opportunity to showcase our brand new bike racks that have been recently installed at both zoo entrances.”

To plan your route using the pathways and/or cycle track network and for more information, please visit calgary.ca/cyclingevents.

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