One of the many perks of the Calgary Stampede’s downtown location is its ease of accessibility by many different modes of transportation.  The Calgary Stampede not only has two CTrain stations that stop right near entrances, but also a lesser known, scenic way to get to Stampede Park—bike paths, which run along the banks of the Elbow River.

Have you ever considered biking to work as an alternative to your usual commute?

One Calgary initiative has been challenging the status quo and encouraging Calgarians working in and around downtown to make the switch from driving to work to cycling. The 13th annual Bike to Work Day Calgary was this past Friday, May 3, and saw many Calgarians making the change from gas pedals to bike pedals. During the event, there were 7 “Energy Pit Stop Stations” set up throughout downtown, offering tune-ups for riders and their bikes, as well as free giveaways.

The Calgary Stampede Caravan committee also did their part in the event by hosting a free pancake breakfast in the central hub of the event, Eau Claire Market. The gathering space featured music, vendor booths, bike tune-ups and a chance to catch-up with other biking colleagues.

Bike to Work Day is a good introduction to bike-commuting and was a great opportunity for downtown commuters to try out something new (or if they’ve tried it before, a perfect reminder to bike to work more often). Biking not only reduces inner-city traffic and air pollution, but is a fantastic way to get active and is a cost-effective alternative to driving.

So next time you head down to Stampede Park, why not try biking? Stampede Park is situated at the intersection of several bikeways and pathways, making biking a convenient option. The nearest pathway to Stampede Park is the Elbow River pathway, which runs through ENMAX Park on the north side and the Erlton entrance on the south side of Stampede Park. The closest bikeways to the Stampede are on 12th Avenue and Olympic Way, which both lead from downtown towards the Olympic Way Entrance on the north side of Stampede Park.

Did you know that there are also a number of convenient places to lock up your bike at the Stampede? During our 10-day festival in July, there are bike racks located at the Erlton, Olympic Way, MacDonald Avenue and Victoria Park entrances. During the rest of the year, there are bike racks located in front of the main and Palomino entrances of BMO Centre, the Nutrien Western Event Centre, the Big Four Building, the Stampede Headquarters Building, Calgary Arts Academy and the TransAlta Performing Arts Studios.

In tandem with the spirit of Bike to Work Day, we invite you to saddle up onto your bike and go for a ride next time you visit Stampede Park! Just remember, safety first—always wear a helmet, stay hydrated and only bike at a level you are comfortable with.

Happy trails!