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.
Saturday, 26 October 2013 17:07
CITY BIKING for Nervous Nellies & Fairweather Freds: How to enjoy your bike more often and create a better city too!
Sunday 3 November, 3 to 5p.m.
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa
Door prizes! Kindly donated by Joe Mamma and Bushtukah
Screening of local documentary Bike City, Great City followed by panel discussion. Women and men representing youth, seniors and parents will share their diverse perspectives on:
• Tips to boost your urban cycling confidence and competence, right into the late fall and winter.
• Keeping you, your child and your belongings warm and dry in all weather
Filmmaker David Chernushenko will also be available to answer questions.
Admission $6 for Mayfair members, $10 for non‐members
Brought to you by EnviroCentre, Citizens for Safe Cycling and Maison Tucker House.
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.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 11:09
Our 2013 Fall newsletter is out now. All our members receive an electronic copy in their email box. We also print a few hundred copies that are available for pick up at bike stores in the Ottawa area. Members also receive regular updates on what city plans are, actions CfSC took, speakers who are coming to region etc.
Our newsletter archive, that goes waaaay back in time, can be found here: Archive, with the latest newsletter at the top.
And of course, if you like all the stuff we are doing, why not become a member to help pay for the cost of running our organisation such as office space, materials, web hosting, liability insurance, AGM room rental and food etc. Become a member now, by clicking here: Join.