By ANGELA NEUFELD
BikeBike’s Sean Carter advises visitors to explore Calgary on two wheels (Photo: Laura Johnston)
Whether you’re a fair-weather rider or a serious cyclist, Calgary is easy to explore by bike with over 700 kilometres of paved pathways throughout the city.
“Checking out a city by bike is infinitely better than any other mode,” says Sean Carter, owner of BikeBike on 17 Ave SW. “You’re in the environment; you’re not stuck behind a windshield, so you can smell what’s going on in the neighborhood, and you can stop very quickly at a restaurant or a shop.”
By RACHAEL FREY
The Chinook City Kill Jills (in yellow) take on Fernie’s Avalanche City Roller Girls (Photo: Steve Recsky Photography)
Sparkle Motion. Negative Nancy. Crimson Shivers. These rough and tumble nom de zooms are a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 1970s heyday of roller derby, a full-contact, roller-skate sport now experiencing a North American renaissance. Artfully rugged, fast-paced and surprisingly strategic, matchups see each team’s “jammer” score points by lapping the opposing team’s “blockers” on an oval flat track. In Calgary, these matches are held at indoor community halls surrounded by floor-level spectator seating. Sparkle Motion, aka Claire Lacey, is a member of Calgary’s co-ed Chinook City Roller Derby league. She skates on its women’s team, the Kill Jills, and coaches new recruits.
What position do you play?
I play all positions. I love the speed and single-mindedness of jamming, as well as the physicality and strategy of blocking.