Ramp It Up: Tour de Bowness


We had a great time connecting with community about our Ramp It Up project at this year’s Tour de Bowness Street on Monday, August 1. The Street Festival corresponds with the annual Tour de Bowness cycling race and was great day out for families.

Ramp It Up creates communities where every person can access every space through a fun and engaging project that raises awareness and helps remove barriers. Physical barriers in our neighbourhoods prevent many of us from enjoying some of the amazing buildings and spaces that Calgary has to offer. With labour from inspired volunteers and leadership from small businesses, we can offer single-stepped storefronts with a custom ramp made at no cost to them.

Accessible Housing recently provided 10 single-step ramps to businesses in Bowness including Optimum Wellness Centre, Little Shop of Pleasures, Bowness Auto Parts, Cadence Coffee, Grassby Art Studio, Jed’s Equipment Ltd., N & K Nails and Spa, The UPS Store, Bowness Vietnamese Restaurant amd Undercurrents. These ramps were built by volunteers from Accessible Housing and SAIT through a collaboration for SAIT’s 100th anniversary.

The communities of Victoria Park, Kensington and Inglewood have also received several ramps as part of our Ramp It Up project. Some of these businesses include Village Ice Cream, Red Bush Tea & Coffee and Pulcinella. Click here to read more about Ramp It Up.

The Ramp It Up project is inspired by the amazing StopGap initiative from Toronto.