Saturday, 25 January 2014 15:54
Our annual Ottawa Bike Summit returns for the 3rd time
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!
Saturday, 25 January 2014 13:43
To celebrate winter biking in the world's second coldest capital, Citizens for Safe Cycling and 8LocksFlat organise the 3rd annual Family Winter Bike Parade.
This short fun ride will start at the back side of City Hall (South side at Lisgar and Cartier) and we will roll leisurely through Sandy Hill for about 30 minutes.
We'll end the ride at 8LocksFlat, that wooden structure along the canal at the east side of Cork Town Bridge, the famous pedestrian and bike bridge (yes, 'shared space' and that is just fine) over the Rideau Canal.
We'll meet at 11:15 am and leave at 11:30 am. Be in time at City Hall to receive your 8LocksFlat hot chocolate chit, you can wait inside City Hall if you are cold. Dress in layers if you are nervous about the temperature. Although every one is different, 4-5 layers will likely be more than sufficient.
We won't cycle very fast (about 13 k/hr). The 6 km route will take us through quiet streets. The ride finishes at 8LocksFlat, where we'll be served hot chocolate. Bring the kids. Looking forward to see you!
When: Saturday February 8, 2014
Where: start at City Hall south side (sunny side), finish at 8LocksFlat for hot chocolate (only when you got your chit at the start of the ride)
Wear: layers, but don't overdress. If you have something Canadian or Ottawan, wear it. We'll take lots of pictures to spread on the Internet.
Weather: Ian Black says it should be sunny and -9, which is great bike weather.
Cost: as usual, nothing
Here are blogs from previous years:
Friday, 27 December 2013 17:03
We look back to a fairly good year for cycling in Ottawa. There have been ups and downs, but generally speaking, Ottawa is moving into the right direction. Some missing links are no longer missing and we believe the city is making a genuine attempt to improve cycling conditions, although it is difficult to believe in progress sometimes, watching the slow pace of implementation. Unfortunately, two cyclists lost their lives in Ottawa, in both cases heavy trucks turning right were involved from what we understand.
There are many people in city hall who believe cycling should get more priority, but are held back by provincial design manuals. Others are not convinced yet, so it remains important to keep raising concerns.
Citizens for Safe Cycling celebrates our 30th anniversary in 2014, that is right, 30 years of bike advocacy in the Ottawa region. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers have spent tens of thousands of hours on bike advocacy. Of course, we have been very active in 2013 once again.
Let’s look back to the year that was and see what was on the agenda.
Saturday, 23 November 2013 15:15
RightBike Ottawa starts unique bike mechanic course in 2014
Always wanted to become a bike mechanic but never got around signing up? Here is your chance: RightBike is offering a 16 week course to learn to become a bike mechanic. you'll learn all the tricks of the trade and you increase your chances to find work in a growing sector. Note in the poster that certain conditions apply. If you qualify, you might even be eligible for a $200 a week living allowance. Not sure what to expect yet? Why not drop by at RightBike Ottawa in Hintonburg. See Rightbike.org
Sunday, 10 November 2013 20:04
We received an email from our friends at Parks Canada to meet on an issue that is raising some concerns. Imagine you are cycling along the canal towards the locks northbound. You come from underneath the bridge (see picture above) and you head towards the Bytown Museum. It is a really lovely (scary for some) downhill as you can see on the second picture, but you are not alone on the path.
As Parks Canada writes us:
"We are challenged with a few concerns on the property related to visitor safety. The primary concern relates to speed. The NCC's Capital Pathway Network connects to our lock station at its south and north ends. As cyclists (as well as skateboarders and in-line skaters) travel north along Canal Lane, under the Wellington St Bridge, they encounter a significant hill at the top of the flight of 8 locks, which results in dangerously high speeds as they travel down the hill to reconnect with the pathway at the Ottawa River. This has resulted in some close, and not-so-close calls with visitors to the site."
So we are going to meet with Parks Canada soon but we'd like to ask you if you have any ideas on how to slow bike traffic down. Of course, some of you are thinking that cyclists should just slow down, but if it was that simple, than Parks Canada wouldn't contact us: "Walk your bike" is probably not going to fly either. It has to remain open for delivery vans at the museum as well as for maintenance trucks. Just like drivers usually stop for red lights but some don't, some cyclists don't grasp the idea that they are sharing the path with pedestrians who in turn perhaps don't realise they are sharing the path with cyclists.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 08:59
In conjunction with Right Bike, the Ottawa Police Service and Safer Roads Ottawa, CfSC will be giving away 360 bicycle lights to all those who pass without one to increase their visibility.
It is important for cyclists to be seen and to be able to see when it is dark. Many cyclists find themselves under-equipped when the time changes. Tonight's sunset is at 4:44 pm.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:40
We received good feed back after our AGM. As a not for profit incorporated organisation, we are obliged by law to organise an Annual Meeting. As AGM's are not known for their excitement usually, we combine it with an interesting speaker. After years of infrastructure talks, we now move away from that topic an look for other initiatives surrounding cycling. Let's say more fun stuff. One of those topics is bike rental. We met Sarah Craig two years ago in Halifax and after two years in business we asked her to share her experiences with us. Which she did. There were lots of questions from the 90-100 people audience.