Recap Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 - part 2

On March 22, 2014 we held our 3rd annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa event. This is part 2 of the recap. You can find part 1 here


Ottawa Report on Bicycling - Schuyler Playford

Spring Bike Ottawa

Obviously all the information is in the report. Schuyler (with Baby Nico) and her husband Andrew presented the report in Prezi. They and a team of volunteers started in November with the first discussions. We have found the rating system a bit too wordy so we brought that down to a much easier to read table. Months of collecting data, checking facts, editing and proof reading went in to it but they can be proud of the result.

The report is not only a snap shot of the bicycling situation in Ottawa, it is also a 28 page business card of Ottawa's utilitarian cycling (as opposed to racing, mountain biking, and touring (or especially for Tim Bouma and Mr One Wheel Cycle: uni cycling). You can find the entire report currently on the Urban Commuter Blog as we have trouble uploading it to our own site (5 MB, but that isn't the problem). We are happy to learn that the city appreciated it and will use quotes from the report (the positive ones, we suspect).

Read more: Recap Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 - part 2


Recap Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 - part 1

A full house, despite the snowstorm

A spring bike event during a winter storm? Only in Ottawa. Our 3rd annual Spring.Bike.Otawa event had an interesting start. 63 people signed up in advance, but by the time the doors opened at McNabb, there was about 15 cm of snow covering Ottawa. People trickled in and to make sure it would’t look like the room was half empty, we only put 50 chairs out. But were we ever wrong, not only did we surpass 63, we ended up with about 75 people in the room (give or take a baby or two). 

Citizens for Safe Cycling is very much focussed on the community. We want everyone to be able to attend, so entrance is free. Cycling is mostly a municipal affair, so we want to hear neighbourhood voices, the City, the NCC and advocacy groups and less of the standard fare from generic speakers. There was (not enough) Bridgehead coffee (a local coffee chain with Fair Trade Coffee) picked up by Ruth and nut free cookies.

Over the years, we have heard about neighbourhood initiatives, city plans, safety campaigns, touring organisations, bike share programs and university initiatives to name but a few. This year, because it is our 30th anniversary, we allocated a bit more time to some of our own initiatives. Here are very brief synopsis of the presentations. Contact us if you want to talk more in debt to the speakers.

Read more: Recap Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 - part 1


Ontario By Bike Workshops in Ottawa

Hello tourism businesses and stakeholders

Mark your calendars! You are invited to attend the upcoming Ontario By Bike Workshops in Ottawa.

The Ontario By Bike Network is an exciting marketing opportunity that certifies businesses for free to become bicycle-friendly and helps them tap into the growing cycle tourism market and reach the increasing number of visitors and local residents who participate in cycling activities in Ottawa.

Ontario By Bike will be hosting two workshops in Ottawa to provide tourism business operators and other interested stakeholders with invaluable sector and program information on the following dates. Please select the workshop date/time that best fits your schedule.

Date: Wednesday, March 26th - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Ottawa City Hall: Champlain Room - 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

Date: Thursday, March 27th - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Ottawa City Hall: Champlain Room - 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

The workshop is open to all. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required.

After the workshop, Ontario By Bike staff will be available to work with businesses or organizations to further discuss the necessary steps required to become certified as a bicycle-friendly business. There is no cost associated with registering your business.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting marketing opportunity.

To register and for more details click the link below: or view the e-invitation below. If you have any questions, please call the Ontario By Bike Network 1-866-701-2774

Best regards,

Louisa Mursell and Michael McCreesh
Ontario By Bike Team
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1
Projects Include:


Just Voices Choir

Do you love to sing?

Do you strive to make a positive impact in your community, and the world?

Just Voices could be the choir for you!

We are an energetic community choir based here in Ottawa. We sing songs about social justice, peace, and the environment, including songs from around the world. We perform annual concerts and sing at various events that help to inspire hope, strengthen community spirit, and encourage change toward a better world.

We are always happy to receive new members, and there is no audition process. Simply show up at one of our rehearsals and join in. The main requirement is that you can carry a tune, and the ability to read music is helpful, but not essential.

Please have at look at our website if you are interested in knowing more:

If you are not a singer, but know someone who is, we encourage you to spread the word!


NCC Urban Lands Consultations

Cyclists, many of whom use pathways and parkways of the NCC and routes across the Central Experimental Farm, will want to participate in the consultation that runs on-line from later today until April 6 and/or through a couple of evening public sessions next week (March 25 in Gatineau and March 26 in Ottawa).

The Capital Urban Lands sector is confined to the federal properties contained within the Greenbelt's inner boundaries in Ontario and the urban area of Gatineau in Quebec.  Thus, neither the Greenbelt itself nor Gatineau Park will be within the scope of this exercise.

Quoting the release: "The Capital Urban Lands Master Plan will identify the key planning directions and oversee the activities and uses" of these federal properties.

The announcement about the consultation reverts to the older terminology "recreational pathways" as opposed to the one espoused by Citizens for Safe Cycling, which is "multi-use pathways" to reflect their value for utilitarian cycling.  It will be important to highlight this distinction to those running this survey.

Twitter: @NCC_CCN  #urbanlands

Facebook: NationalCapitalCommission

For details, see

Please let us know what you had to say in your response to the NCC!

CfSCAdvocacy Working Group

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Letter to mayor: can we open Prince of Wales bridge earlier?

Last autumn, the City started work on the Light Rail project. The implementation of Light Rail has major consequences for our city, especially around the LeBreton area. Booth Street will be ripped up as a bridge over the rail tracks needs to be built. Add 2500 buses a day on Albert and Scott and traffic between Quebec and Ontario and you know already who is going to be squeezed out: the humble bicycle.

Read more: Letter to mayor: can we open Prince of Wales bridge earlier?


Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 on March 22, 2014

Our annual Ottawa Bike Summit returns for the 3rd time

Spring Bike Ottawa event 2014

Many cyclists are looking forward to our annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa event on March 22, 2014. Why March 22, you ask. Because that is the first Saturday in Spring, which has become our traditional get together after the winter.

We have tons of interesting local speakers lined up: long time member, former president and Bluesfest Bike Parking hero Charles Akben-Marchand will give an overview on how to read the city budget, with a focus on cycling and walking. Vanier is hot, and so is cycling. Sarah Partridge gives an overview. Board member Kathleen Wilker will give a recap of the Winter Cycling Conference which took place in Winnipeg last month. We also have a number of CfSC topics such as our advocacy group and election 2014 task force. And we might start to celebrate our 30th anniversary! 

Read more: Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2014 on March 22, 2014


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