Ottawa-Gatineau cycling news

News about non-CfSC activities and decisions affecting cyclists in Ottawa-Gatineau.

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!


It is Bruce Timmermans Award Nominations time

Call for the 2013 nominations

The 2011 Bruce Timmermans Award was made by Kunstadt Sports

Every year the good citizens of Ottawa can nominate a person and a group active in bike advocacy for the Bruce Timmermans Award. Bruce Timmermans was an Ottawa citizen who worked tirelessly on cycling advocacy. His roots are in the Netherlands, so how could he not take up bike advocacy in the 1980's, we ask rhetorically. This was a time when cyclists were considered 'bike enthousiasts' and 'avid bikers'. Of course, nowadays we laugh about that. When is the last time a car commuter from Kanata was called a 'car enthousiast' and an Orleans shopper an 'avid driver'? 

Read more: It is Bruce Timmermans Award Nominations time


Ottawa Bike Mechanic Course

RightBike Ottawa starts unique bike mechanic course in 2014

Become a bike mechanic next yearAlways 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


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