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Politician parks car for 'cool' two-wheel ride

One Calgary alderman is leaving his car keys at home and hopping aboard a brand-new bike to accomplish his daily tasks.

Gian-Carlo Carra, representative for Ward 9, said he hopes to blaze a trail that others will follow.

“Biking is healthy and it's cool, and I just bought a new commuter bike for this,” he said.

Carra said fuel prices make it expensive to drive in Calgary, and accommodating vehicles in the city leads to urban sprawl.

He did concede, however, that his job as a public official will require the use of a vehicle from time to time. For those instances, Carra plans to stash a motorized scooter in his office.

Bike Calgary director Stewart Midwinter applauded the initiative.

He said most people do not have to choose between being either a cyclist or driver. “They are both. It's about having the right tool for the job,” Midwinter said.

Carra lives near the downtown core in Inglewood. He said other councillors are interested in the initiative and do attempt to bike to work when possible. He noted, however, some of Calgary's suburban wards are quite far from council chambers.

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