Greg Glatz : Host & Producer (Series 2)

Growing up in Winnipeg, a bike meant freedom. I rode to school, rode to the store, rode to the park, rode to the river ... even rode across the river to the other side of town. I spent whole days on a bike, exploring my neighbourhood and my city, and doing it on my own terms. Then, the day I turned 16, I got my driver's licence (actually, it was a week later–I failed the first test), bought a car, and my bike days were over. Ironically, so was a lot of my freedom ... replaced by car loan payments, car repairs, gas, insurance, and parking.

Almost 10 years later, I got on a bike again and that sense of freedom came rushing back. There's something about riding a bike–the sights, the sounds, the way it feels–that makes even the shortest ride feel like an adventure. But life was busy and it was hard to "find time" to ride regulary. Then, in July 2015, I moved to Calgary–the same month the City of Calgary installed the downtown cycle track network. I work downtown, one block from the 5th St. cycle track, and it occured to me that cycling might be more than a fun ride once a month. It became my main mode of getting to work, all year round. I tried it, loved it, and never looked back. I still ride because I love being on a bike, but I also ride because it's a fast way to get to work, it's regular exercise, and it's a great way to meet people with similar interests in a new city.

I'm barely an advocate and hardly an activist, but I ride my bike (almost) every day in the hope that other people will someday see what life is like with a two-wheel view.

I love connecting with people on Twitter, Instagram, and Strava. Follow me and I'll follow you back!

Greg hosted talk radio on 680 CJOB in Winnipeg and NewsTalk 770 / QR77 in Calgary for ten years, including GodTalk, The Greg & Marlo Show, The Greg Glatz Show, and The Weekend.

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Carla Hills : Host

I grew up in a small town outside of Calgary, and first remember riding my bike up and down the road we lived on and through the townhouse complex across the road. Nicknamed my “Harley Davidson” by a friends Dad, my gold spray painted coaster brake wonder was my first glimpse into mobility freedom. I stopped riding in my teenage years and early 20s, but once I lived downtown Calgary I picked it up again, along with an interest in what bikes can bring to the dynamic of a city. The bicycle is now my main form of transportation, and biggest source of fun through the rides themselves and the great people I’ve met in this little Bike Town on the prairie.
You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @bikeasana


Sean Carter : Host

My childhood cycling experience started in a suburban neighborhood in Etobicoke, Ontario. I rode my bike to get to school, my grandparents house, to parks that were too far to walk, and eventually expanded out to explore the parks and pathways in the west end and waterfront of downtown Toronto. I've cycled all over Vancouver, Toronto, Mississauga , Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, The Netherlands, France, Italy, and California. I'm passionate about having fun on a bike, whether that be through group rides or bike polo, and I love connecting with the community of urban cyclists in Calgary.
Connect with me @TheCritninja on Twitter and @bikebikeyyc on Instagram.


Ben Cowie : Producer

I grew up riding my bike around my suburban neighborhood in London, Ontario. My bike was my freedom to get to my friends' houses, to baseball practice, and to explore the parks and pathways in the western part of town. In my adult life my bike is still my favorite way to get around a city. I've lived, worked, and cycled in Hamilton, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Boston, and Berlin, and as a result have seen what works and what doesn't in each of these places. I'm optimistic at how fast our little city on the prairie is changing, and how we've become a Bike Town in the seven years I've called Calgary home.
Connect with me @LdnOntBikeCafe on Twitter and @snowandscience on Instagram.


Overheard at Bike Town

In 2015, a few crazy aquarians came together to create Bike Town. We wanted to tell the story of a prairie city that became an urban cycling center in 2013 with the installation of a cycle track network in the downtown core.
— Sean Carter
We are all passionate about using bicycles to transform the urban experience. We want to help you, and your town become Bike Town.
— Carla Hills
We saw the rapid transformation of Calgary into a cycling city as a chance to tell our story. We believe our story is representative of many North American cities. Our town is Bike Town. Your town is Bike Town.
— Ben Cowie
When I took the plunge I lost about fifty pounds, which was way beyond my goal. I felt literally a decade younger, and I was sold
— Darren Bender (Episode 1, The Suburbs)
As a teenager I became very dependent on my bicycle as a means for getting around town. It was my freedom ... when I lived in Japan for a few years, my bicycle became my means of getting to and from university, work, the grocery store. It became my normal day to day life, and I loved it. When I came back to Calgary it was one of the things that I missed and thought, ‘you can’t do that here.’ What pushed me back cycling again in Calgary was not wanting to carry my milk, and wanting to be outside in my community.
— Nicole Carberry (Episode 1, The Suburbs)
 
 

Bike Town Stats

Population – 1.2 million
Length of cycletracks – 5 km
Length of painted lanes – 35 km
Length of multi-use trails –  821 km
 

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Header photo by @SteveCoutts