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Delivery Day

 

It was a good day to ride.

On November 15, we launched our first charity campaign under the moniker Two Wheels Good to collect donations of winter clothing for Youth Empowerment and Support Services of Edmonton. As we set up donation boxes, we had no idea what to expect – whether there would be a large response or none, whether the word would spread or not. We just hoped to do a little good.

As time passed, we got more and more excited. Word spread across social media, local press took the time to promote our efforts, and, as the boxes filled and overflowed, we grew more and more excited for the delivery ride.

The excitement crescendoed as a dozen of us met early yesterday afternoon outside Revolution Cycle. Trailers loaded, cargo bikes filled, and panniers stuffed, we took to the streets and trails to deliver the tangible proof of Edmonton’s generous heart.

Laughs were shared, hills climbed, and friends briefly lost and found again. Along the way, both our numbers and cargo swelled until we arrived – toes tingling, legs sore, and smiles wide – at YESS.

The donations collected far surpassed any of our expectations, and seemed to take the volunteers we met by surprise as we brought in enough boxes, bags, and bins to fill a good part of their upstairs office.

We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Earth’s General Store, Mud Sweat & Gears, Redbike, and Revolution Cycle for hosting donation boxes and helping us spread word of the campaign, Edmonton Bicycle Commuters for their help in promotion and loan of two bike trailers, CBC’s Mark Connelly for joining us on the ride, and CBC, Vue Weekly, and CTV for providing coverage.

Thanks most of all to all of the people of Edmonton who took the time to donate winter clothing to those in need.

It was a good day to ride.

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Winter Clothing Ride

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Since November 15, we’ve been collecting donations of winter clothing for Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS) of Edmonton, and our donation boxes at Redbike, Earth’s General Store, Revolution Cycle, and Mud, Sweat, and Gears have been filled to overflowing

Tomorrow we’ll be mounting a ride to deliver the collected goods.  We’ll be starting from Revolution Cycle (15103 Stony Plain Road NW) at 1:00 pm, stopping at Redbike (10918 88 ave) and Earth’s General Store (9605 82 Avenue), and arriving at YESS at 2:30 pm. Anyone who’d like to join us is welcome.

 

#CoffeeOutside

We’re happy to announce the beginning of a new local tradition. Inspired by a group in Portland, we’re launching an Edmonton version of #CoffeeOutside.  Once a week we’ll gather somewhere along the river valley – camp stoves, thermoses, and portable coffeemakers in hand – for a bit of early morning caffeine and fellowship.

This week we’ll be meeting at 7:15 am on Friday, November 28 at the wooden platform in Government Hill Park.

Gov't Hill Park

Come on down and bring a mug, some water, and whatever you need to brew a cup the way you like it. It’s guaranteed to be worth the grind.

#YEGbybike – A Hard-Earned View

Laura's Ride

 

A beautiful shot from profilee Laura Gibbs‘ Sunday ride:

“Sometimes you have to climb big mean hills. But then you get a view like this. So it’s worth it.”

#YEGBike Road Report

One of our first #irideYEG profiles was for media and communications man Glenn Kubish. A cyclist for over 40 years, Glenn is also a videographer, regularly posting video captured during his rides on Edmonton’s trails and streets.

Recently Glenn began a new series, the #YEGBike Road Report, featuring the highlights of his daily commute and scored according to his admirable taste in music. You can enjoy today’s edition below, and check out his YouTube channel or Twitter feed for more.

In The News

Well, it’s been just about one month since we kicked off the blog and our #irideYEG series, and we’re pleased to report that people are taking notice. This past Monday, Global News ran a short segment highlighting our efforts to put a personal face on cycling in Edmonton. You can watch it online here.

#YEGBike coordinator, David Shepherd

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#irideYEG – How About You?

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If you’re an Edmonton cyclist and would like to be profiled as part of the #irideYEG campaign, you can let us know a bit about yourself and your experiences cycling Edmonton through our online survey. Then simply e-mail us a photo, and before long, you could find yourself featured here!

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