GETI Fest 2012 was a lot of fun. According to estimates by the Haney Farmers Market, the number of visitors must have been close to 3000. Every year it gets bigger and better!
The purpose of GETI Fest is to raise awareness of the need to transition to a less fossil-fuel dependent economy, and cycling is one of the many ways for people to help themselves and their communities to do this. HUB is one of the many Action Groups of GETI, and as such we were involved in this 2nd annual GETI Fest.
At this year’s GETI Fest, as a cycling advocacy group our HUB Committee was quite excited to join the Lougheed Area Girl Guides in celebrating the Day of the Girl. Women only comprise 25% of the cycling population in North America, and HUB would like to see more cycling infrastructure that will entice more women to start cycling for transportation. Women generally are more risk-averse than men, and feel more comfortable on separated facilities, away from car traffic.
We did another Cycle Recycle (free used bike give-away). 10 Bikes – some donated and some rescued from a sad fate of ending up as scrap metal at the Recycle Depot – got new owners. Some of the bikes that are dropped off at the Depot still have quite a bit of useful life left in them, and it makes one more aware of how wasteful our society has become. Dave and Barry taught some basic bike repair skills before the winners took home their bikes.
We also had a bike decorating station, and did a bike rodeo. I was quite happy about the numbers of bikes we saw. I didn’t count them, but I think we probably had about 15 kids with their bicycles decorating their bikes and/or doing the rodeo. Next year we’ll have even more!
We had an absolute hoot with the (non-fossil-fuel powered) People-in-Motion parade. A large group of kids on their bikes were at the head of the parade, following the District’s electric truck. The kids were clearly in control, commandeering the driver of the truck, Director of Operations Russ Carmichael, to go “FASTER!! FASTER!!”. He kindly obliged and sped up a little bit, but afterwards I heard that the poor Raging Grannies at the tail end of the parade were rather out of breath trying to keep up. Sorry, Grannies!
Here are some of the photos that we took:
|practicing cycling skills, with the help of Girl Guide volunteers and some useful props|
|Lots of bikes in the People-in-Motion Parade!|
|HUB gave away 10 bicycles at our Cycle Recycle|
|HUB Bicycle Valet|
|MP Marc Dalton and Mayor Ernie Daykin performed the draw for the Cycle Recycle|