Big wheels come out for Beakerhead

On Sept. 17, science and art lovers alike gathered in Central Memorial Park to cycle together in Bike Your Beakerhead.

About 50 cyclists rode through Calgary’s downtown core and passed some of Beakerhead’s biggest installations.

Beakerhead is a mix of art, science, and engineering exhibits that set up around the city. This year, activities went from Sept. 14-18, all leading up to the final event, Beakernight.

Cyclepalooza hosted Bike Your Beakerhead, and cyclists were encouraged to dress up and deck out their bikes with lights and other creative decorations.

“We thought [Bike Your Beakerhead] was a good way to see the big events,” said Desmond Larson-Rosner, a participating cyclist.

This is the first time that Larson-Rosner has seen the Beakerhead installations and believed that cycling was the best way to appreciate them in one night.

According to Gerardo Marquez, co-ordinator of Cyclepalooza, this year’s event was one of the biggest turnouts yet.

Cyclepalooza made last minute changes to the itinerary due to the number of participants, many of them children, to have enough time at each installation.

I tried to get out last year [to Beakerhead], but kept missing everything. – Elizabeth Schweighardt

Bike Your Beakerhead followed Calgary’s cycle tracks through Fort Calgary, Inglewood and Bridgeland with stops in each location to marvel at the different pieces of art and science.

Special guests from Velometro were in the event.

Velometro is a company that is part of the University of British Colombia (UBC). It created the Veemo prototype, a three-wheeled, enclosed bicycle.

The Veemo uses electric assistance but is pedal powered. It was built to offer a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation.

“We were invited to Beakerhead to ride with Cyclepalooza for our first time in Calgary,” said Andrea DuBoyce, a team member of Velometro.

As cyclists gathered prior to set off on the ride, they checked out the Veemo as well as the nearby Beakerhead attractions.

Central Memorial Park was home to Nibbles, an art installation consisting of seven illuminated baby bunnies designed by Amanda Parer.

“I tried to get out last year [to Beakerhead], but kept missing everything,” said Elizabeth Schweighardt, a cyclist who enjoyed Nibbles while waiting for the bike ride to begin.

Schweighardt was excited to cycle through the city and see what Beakerhead was all about. She decorated her bike with LED lights for the night-time riding.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Katrina Garvin is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.