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Sunday, 26 May 2019 06:41

Western Canada’s largest motorcycle street festival goes June 2 in Calgary Featured

2ws logoTwo Wheel Sunday: family-friendly fun celebrating all-things motorcycle – scooters to tourers welcome

Western Canada’s largest one-day outdoor motorcycle street festival goes June 2 in Calgary. The sixth annual Two Wheel Sunday (2WS) takes place on a four-block stretch of Fifth Street N.E. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2 (see accompanying map).

“Two Wheel Sunday has grown each year to become one of Western Canada’s premier motorcycle events,” says Steve Grover, Two Wheel Sunday Chairman. “It’s a free, family-friendly event where riders, non-riders, or those who are simply curious  can come together to share their common interest in  motorcycling, whether that’s sharing stories, discussing bikes, or simply asking questions of other riders to learn more. If you’re an experienced rider or someone who is just thinking about getting involved in the sport, this is definitely the place to be on June 2.”

The stretch of Fifth Street N.E. dedicated to 2WS will be open to motorcycle traffic only during the event, which will see more than 100 vendor sites representing dealers, merchants, clubs, charities and industry-related displays. While non-riders are strongly encouraged to attend, those arriving by car are asked to park off-site nearby.

2WS highlights this year include Harley-Davidson Canada’s Softail Experience demo rides, a Show & Shine, motorcycle parts and accessories garage sale, food trucks and live music. Pro-Am Motorsports & Adventure Honda will be doing demo rides of Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda motorcycles. Indian Motorcycles of Calgary will be holding its demo rides adjacent to the site.

“The motorcycling community in southern Alberta has enthusiastically embraced Two Wheel Sunday since its inception in 2014,” says Grover. “It’s grown from 3,000 participants in year one to nearly 10,000 last year. Displays and representatives keep increasing too, and include all aspects of the bike community from scooter culture to custom-built motorcycles,” he says. Calgary-based NUUT, a world leader in motorcycle electronics, will be showcasing its products in a special display area. Blackfoot Motorsports, Universal Cycles and Cycle Works Foothills will be among the motorcycle dealers and shops represented at the event, in addition to countless other vendors catering to the motorcycling community.

Bobby Baum, one of the founders of Two Wheel Sunday and site coordinator for the 2019 event says, “We get great cooperation and support to put on the event each year. The City of Calgary permits us to close off the street and use the green belt area for our vendors so bikes and the public can move about on the street safely. Pockar Management, which takes care of most of the properly along the street, lets us use the parking lot areas for our displays and attractions.” Magic of Christmas, a motorcycle-related charity with offices in the area, also puts on a fund-raising barbecue each year at the event.

Two Wheel Sunday has raised more than $25,000 for local charity at past events. This year’s designated charity is Fresh Start Recovery Centre.

Last modified on Saturday, 01 June 2019 07:26

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