The City of Calgary is introducing ice bikes to Bowness Park.
Calgary will also become the first city in Canada to offer ice bikes. These bikes offer an alternative to skating and are essentially a traditional bicycle mounted on a sled-like platform. Users can pedal and steer around the ice as they would on a road.
The bikes are single speed and users can simply pedal backwards to stop. According to the City, ice bikes accommodate a wide range of ages and users, including those with physical accessibility challenges because only a little balance is required.
Only one person can be on the ice bike at a time.
“Today, we’re celebrating a new sport – ice biking!” said Councillor Ward Sutherland. “It’s brand new to Canada and we are proud to offer 10 bikes specially-designed for use on the ice. Bowness Park is one of the most versatile parks in western Canada and, with the addition of the new ice trail and ice bikes, there is truly an activity for every member of the family.”
Adult and child-sized ice bikes are available for rent at a cost of $12/half-hour or $20/hour. The ice bikes are available to rent from the Bowness Park Skate Shop (operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre).
A new 1.6 kilometre ice trail is expected to open before the end of 2020 for Calgarians to enjoy recreational skating. The surface of the ice trail is approximately eight centimetres thick and was created by flooding the grass with water, in layers, until a thickness for skating was reached. Once the ice trail is open, park visitors will be able to enjoy a skate during regular park hours (5 a.m. to 11 p.m.). After dark, the ice will be lit for evening use with LED lights.
The city of Calgary is also planning to open a new outdoor ice skating trail at North Glenmore park as a pilot project in late December.
Ice Bikes and Ice Trail at Bowness Park
Available for rent from Skate Shop (operated by the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre).
Skate Shop Hours of Operation (Weather dependent)
December 18th – January 3rd
10am – 8pm
11am – 6pm
January 8th – Mid March
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30am – 6:30pm
How Much: 30 min $12 and 1hr $20
Opening date – Starting December 24th
Once open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
How Much: Free
Where: 8900, 48 Avenue Northwest, Calgary