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Bike Maintenance and You

Bike Maintenance and You

It’s time for some fun in the sun in Downtown Kamloops! That means it is time to get active and enjoy the fresh air. Now that those blue skies are finally here you don’t have to wait forever for the car to warm up. So, stretch those legs and hit the trails! Of course, before you hit the road you need to be prepared, so today we bring you some tips on bike maintenance to help keep you on track and stable on those two wheels.

A-B-C’s of Your Bicycle

The first tip we have for you is knowing the ABC’s of your bike. The “A” is for air. Having the proper amount of air in your tires will make for a much smoother ride so it is important to check before you embark on an outdoor adventure. If you need a quick pump up, there is a bicycle maintenance station at Riverside Park and at 3rd and St. Paul Street just outside of Urban Systems.

The “B” stands for brakes. Kamloops, in general, has tons of hills, so make sure your brakes are in order before you blast off down the hills.

The “C” is for the chain. Having a clean chain will be highly beneficial for the overall wellness of the bike as switching gears properly on all those hills will really help those jelly legs afterward.

Cleanliness

The second tip is cleanliness. Keeping your bike parts properly cleaned and lubricated is crucial for good performance. Lubrication protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, prevents them from “freezing up,” and helps keep rust and corrosion at bay.

Careful not to over lubricate as this can attract dirt and other abrasive particles. Many videos can be found online how to properly clean, but just remember that a few minutes here and there will save you hours of frustration down the line!

Hydration

The last tip we have is more about you than your bike. In order to keep smashing all those personal bests, your body needs to be operating at maximum efficiency. What better way to keep your body happy than by staying hydrated? The CAP Team certainly knows the benefit of that!

Remember some of the signs of dehydration are dry skin, dizziness, dry mouth, and feeling tired or sleepy. If you are looking for a new water bottle and love Downtown Kamloops (of course you do) then why not swing by the Bank3, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and snag yourself a Downtown Kamloops branded glass water bottle for $20!

There you have it folks, a few tips to keep yourself and your bike in impeccable condition this year. Be smart and safe while riding, and enjoy the many trails that Kamloops has to offer. Don’t forget to pack that sunscreen too!

 

This article was written by Jonathan George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, you can find more information about the CAP team here. And if you can find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now? Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Kyle Jack

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015 to 2016

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

Since leaving the CAP team, I gained enough valuable job experience to apply it towards a career with BC Corrections.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Corrections Officer

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

To learn about Kamloops and what it had to offer as I had moved here from the coast. I also wanted to develop my social skills and meet the community. Lastly, I wanted to provide a sense of security for the downtown people and

businesses by creating a presence and a desire for safety.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

By constantly taking me out of my comfort zone and testing me, it helped with my confidence in public speaking and maturity. The staff meetings provided many challenges to test me and push me, which I found very beneficial.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

I would say developing my social skills with members of the public as well as getting a better understanding of the lower class demographic. The rapport I had built with them helped better myself with my current career.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

My favorite part of the program would have to be being apart of the downtown events such as Christmas parades, Zombie walks, etc. I also enjoyed meeting new businesses and helping market them and making the public aware.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

If you like getting into shape with long bike rides, or getting to know your city a lot better then this is the job for you. It is very beneficial for someone looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, marketing, business, or tourism. Soak up all the knowledge the CAP team can offer you and apply it towards a future career.

Additionally, you can find more information about the CAP team here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Meet The Summer 2019 CAP Team

Meet the Summer CAP Team

Summer in Downtown Kamloops is finally here! This means that the CAP Team has a few more helping hands for the season, and possibly beyond! I remember back to fall 2016 when I was hired. Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday that I first put on the coveted red shirt and cap. So it’s time to introduce and meet the 2019 Summer CAP team!

Returning Members

Jon George: Jon is the most veteran CAPie right now, starting his time with the team in September of 2016. He enjoys working for the team because it allows him to help people from all walks of life. Jon is a graduate of the Police and Justice Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University and in his spare time he enjoys being active and going to the gym.

Jake Andrykew: Jake is the interim CAP Team Supervisor and a student at TRU who just finished his second year in the school of Business and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys video games, reading, and playing board games. Jake will be returning to TRU in the fall to continue his education. Downtown, you’ll find Jake wherever there’s music!

David Stewart. Hired in December of last year, David is on his way to TRU in the fall to enroll in the Educational Assistant Program. David loves playing basketball in his spare time and adores how many shops are located downtown!

Matt Gropp: Matt was hired last summer, alongside Jake, but left in the fall to study the Computer Science Program at TRU. He’s back again this year part-time! You can catch Matt at Red Collar Brewing downtown when he’s not working, and Game of Thrones fans should get along great with Matt as he claims it’s the “best show ever!”

New Recruits

Jarrett Larsen: Jarrett was born and raised in Kamloops and achieved his lifelong dream of playing university basketball at UBCO last year. Jarrett loves the variety of restaurants downtown and never goes hungry!

Blake Lewis: In the future, Blake plans to complete his Bachelor of Education and hopes to teach in an elementary school. While Blake only moved to Kamloops in the fall of 2018, he couldn’t wait to experience the downtown hustle and bustle during one of our amazing events!

Keenan Wallace: Keenan is a finance student at TRU. Keenan was lucky enough to play soccer for TRU as well as the University of Calgary. You could say he gets the ball rolling!

Jason Hothi: Jason enjoys how the community is close together and the diversity that Kamloops offers. Jason loves to help others and can’t wait to put all his CAP training to the test!

Rohan Sharma: Rohan is a business student from India. Rohan enjoys public speaking and you can find him outdoors going on all sorts of adventures.

For both returning and new members, everyone looks forward to an amazing summer to get out there and continue to show Downtown Kamloops how much we care!

This article was written by Jonathan George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the CAP team, you can find our website here. You can find us on Facebook here.

Where Are They Now Series: Kyle Jack

Where Are They Now Series: Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now? Tria Donaldson

Where Are They Now Series

WHAT IS YOUR NAME?

Tria Donaldson

WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?

2015

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.

After finishing school at TRU, I worked in environmental non-profits for five years campaigning and organizing. For the last 7 years I have been working as a Communications Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?

Senior Communications Officer- Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?

My time on the CAP team counted as an internship for the TRU school of journalism. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to use my skills in communications and journalism to help better my community.

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

I gained a lot of valuable experience on the CAP team – including early lessons in media relations which I now speak to when I give media training. And I think it gave me a lot of confidence to talk to strangers, and diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.

WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?

All of my awesome bike riding skills! Seriously, I recently road a bike across Austria and the CAP bike training came in handy. My time on the CAP Team exposed me to many different ideas and perspectives. I really appreciated getting to learn about environmental design for safety, interacting with local service providers and business, and planning so many events.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?

I loved my co-workers. It was such a great team. And I also have a deep, deep love for tourist information that I credit to my time on the CAP team. Furthermore, I loved the tourism BC training and getting to help visitors to Kamloops find the many gems the city has to offer. I still love pointing people in the direction of awesome things to do!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?

Treasure your time together! Have fun. Also, enjoy being young while you can!

Additionally, if you’d like to find out more information about the CAP team, check out our website here. You can find us on Facebook here.

Parking in Downtown Kamloops

Parking in Downtown Kamloops

Heading to Downtown Kamloops? There are lots of transportation modes to get you here, including driving, taking the bus, riding your bike, or even walking!

Did You Know: Downtown Kamloops has a walkability score of 83/100.

If you’re set on driving, we’re here to share some information about our Downtown parking situation!

Many people don’t realize that Downtown Kamloops has free on-street parking after 6pm on weekdays, and all day Sunday! There are also two parkades in the downtown core, on Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street, that are also free after 6pm and on weekends. During statutory holidays both the street and parkade parking are for free.

How much parking is there in downtown Kamloops? Well, we have 7,489 paid parking spots, 341 free parking spots and two parkades right in the city centre.

Paying for your parking in downtown is easy. You can use the many parking meters located across Downtown, or pay from wherever you are with the mobile app Whoosh! This app lets you pay for your parking spot, or extend your time so you don’t run out, right from your mobile device while you’re shopping or at a doctor’s appointment.

On Monday-Saturday, from 9 am – 6 pm, parking rates are just $1.25 per hour for the first and second hour. The third hour is $2.50. Make sure to keep an eye on your time, since there is a 3-hour maximum time limit for on-street parking.

Did you know:
You don’t have to pay for a full hour of parking. You can pay for a minimum of 12 minutes, which is only $0.25.

If you would rather not drive and would like to take an alternative mode of transportation to downtown, the main bus exchange for the city is located right in the heart of Downtown Kamloops.

Walking or biking is also another great way to get around the city and many of our great trails connect right to downtown Kamloops.

So, there you have it, all the fun information about Downtown Kamloops parking, and other forms of transportation to get you here! So, come on down to Downtown Kamloops and enjoy your day. Take the opportunity to park a block or two away from your intended destination and enjoy a stroll through our walkable downtown. You never know what new business you might discover! Also, while you’re downtown don’t forget to download the mobile parking app Whoosh!

This article was written by David Stewart, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, you can find out more information about Downtown Kamloops on our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

Green Living Expo

Green Living Expo

Living green is great for planet earth, but it can be hard knowing what steps you can take or whats available in the market. Luckily, Green Living Expo is coming up! The event will help teach you what you can do to help better care for planet earth.

The Green Living Expo is happening Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Sandman Centre from 10 AM – 4 PM. There are going to be many fun activities to see like a fashion show, garden demonstrations, repair-café, kid zones with hands on activities, and so much more. There will also be food trucks too! And the best part is the event admission is FREE!

The Green Living Expo is also going to have live music and games to play. Check out the many musicians including, Malik Mohammed, Sean Luciuw, Brendan Methot and more! We will be setting up some of our popular games like giant Jenga and connect four in front of the Sandman Centre.

A common question we get asked by people is, “what is green living expo?” This event is to help educate and inform our community about topics like recycling, and how to grow food, and about using less like riding a bike instead of driving.

Green Living Expo is a fun event that you will not want to miss. It will provide you with so much knowledge about how to live green.

Come visit the Expo and learn how to do your part to keep the planet happy and healthy by checking out each booth and gaining as much knowledge as possible.

This event is organized by the City of Kamloops, so watch for their many booths with information to answer any questions that you may have about living green!

Come find the CAP Team at the Expo! We’re giving away reusable, glass water bottles to help live more green!

 

This article was written by David Stewart, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about Downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.

RELEASE: Downtown Kamloops Brings Home 3 Awards, and KCBIA Executive Director Nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference

RELEASE: Downtown Kamloops Brings Home 3 Awards, and KCBIA Executive Director Nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference

Downtown News Release

May 2, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Downtown News Release brings home three awards. And KCBIA Executive Director was nominated to the Board of Directors at the BIABC Conference.

The KCBIA’s Executive Director, Carl DeSantis, recently attended the BIABC Annual Conference in Surrey. He was nominated to the BIABC Board of Directors.

The BIABC or Business Improvement Areas of B.C. serves the many BIAs across the province, both big and small.

“I am very excited by this opportunity, and I look forward to ongoing collaboration with provincial colleagues to advance matters of importance to downtown business communities.”Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of KCBIA responds.

DeSantis returned with more than just a new title as Board Director. He also brought home three shiny new ‘Best in the West’ awards from the conference.

Downtown Kamloops received the sustainability award for its sustainability and coffee program, the marketing award for Downtown Kamloops video marketing, and the safety and security award for the CAP team expansion.

Downtown Kamloops would like to acknowledge and thank the partnerships that contributed to these awards, including the video production completed by New Parallel, and the NSBIA for the CAP Team expansion.

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Media Contacts
Carl DeSantis, KCBIA Executive Director
Office: 250-372-3242
Cell: 250-319-5803
carl@downtownkamloops.com

 

Dino Bernardo, KCBIA President
Cell: 250-371-1748

 

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding more information about Downtown Kamloops, you can find our website here. You can also find us on Facebook here.