Welcome to bike ottawa

Bike Ottawa is a not-for-profit volunteer-based advocacy group. We believe riding a bike in Ottawa should be a fun, safe, and easy choice for all ages and abilities. We are committed to advocating for a vibrant and equitable Ottawa where active transportation plays an important role in year-round mobility.

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In Praise of Slow Biking

“There’s a quiet revolution happening on the streets of cities worldwide: the rise of slow biking”. (https://momentummag.com/the-anti-spandex-social-club-in-praise-of-slow-biking/) I thought this was a great little article on the joys of moving at a more gentle pace and connecting with other people on bikes. It can be more comfortable, allow to you to connect with your surroundings […]

Bike Ottawa Pivots a Bit

With the social media landscape evolving and people scattering across platforms, and new sites proliferating, it seems like a good time to return to our website roots and use this blog more often. We hope to post 2-3 times a week and then share the posts more widely on Bike Ottawa’s various social media accounts. […]

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Your experiences and your vision of the biking city that you’d like to live in are the most important things you can bring to advocacy. And there is a lot more information you can use to be as effective as possible. City and NCC plans and policies, provincial and federal programs, open data sources, and even just some history of riding bikes in Ottawa can be invaluable resources.

But sometimes it’s hard to know where to look. So, to make things a little easier, we have compiled a set of resources to get you started.

Also check out our DOCUMENTS page for a list of guides, and tools to search City projects and information.

What are the Laws and your rights?

Check out our page about the laws for riding your bike in Ottawa/Gatineau area.

You can also check out The Biking Lawyer, David Shellnut’s site will give you a good understanding of what to do if you are ever in a crash.

5 Important Tips for Bike Activism!

1. Engage with the city:

Email your councillor and city project managers to let them know your opinion on a project, or to make the case for a project.

2. Engage with your community:

Community associations, parents at your school or other groups may be open to biking improvements. There is power in numbers!

3. Be constructive:

Elected officials and city staff will hear plenty about what is right or wrong with a project, and will be more likely to engage when offered concrete proposals for making better infrastructure for people on bikes. 

4. Get your message heard:

Make sure your message is short, sharp and easy to understand. What would you tell a reporter if you were interviewed, or if you had the chance to speak at a community meeting?

5. Learn from your experience:

There will be victories and there will be times when you aren’t able to achieve what you hoped. This is what everyone will experience. By talking about what worked and what didn’t with people who are working on similar projects. 

For more tips visit our Tips for Bike Activism page.

Equity and Advocacy

A list of great reads to get you started when considering what it means to be an ally while engaging in advocacy:

·  Bike Advocacy’s Blind Spot: The biking community is overwhelmingly concerned with infrastructure. For urban anthropologist Adonia Lugo, that’s an equity problem. By Tanvi Misra.

·  The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest. By Jody Rosen

·  Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes: SYSTEMIC RACISM CAN’T BE FIXED WITHOUT TACKLING IT WITHIN CYCLING. By Tamika Bulter

·  Last Year, the Bike Industry Promised Inclusivity. But Advocacy Allies Still Don’t Get It. By Tamika Butler.

·  Inclusive City Building: Q & A with Jay Pitter.

Annual Reports

Every year Bike Ottawa creates a look back at the previous year of riding bikes in Ottawa.

You can read our reports (dating back to 2010!) HERE.

Read up on how the City has changed over the years, and what improvements still need to be made.

Biking on a longtail.
Image credit: www.gabesimges.com

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Get Involved

Volunteer With Bike Ottawa

Bike Ottawa keeps the wheels moving because of our volunteers.

There are different ways to volunteer with Bike Ottawa, we need people with a variety of skills. Volunteering can mean different levels of time commitment. 

Join our Advocacy Working Group

Are you interested in making Ottawa more bike-friendly? Do you have an idea for a project and want to collaborate with other people? Join Bike Ottawa’s Advocacy Working Group! 

AWG members are constantly working on projects to improve biking in Ottawa. We follow and provide feedback on projects from design phase to post-build review. 

E-mail advocacy@bikeottawa.ca for more information.

Join our Data Working Group

Our Data Group works to make data accessible, to help improve our advocacy for a bike friendly city. We also have developed different maps to make navigating the city easier on bike.
If you’re good with maps, data visualization, data analysis, or are just curious about these things, email data@bikeottawa.ca for more information.

Help out with Events

We can always use extra hands to help us represent Bike Ottawa at other community events throughout the year. We also welcome suggestions for events, such as fun rides or community rides that explore bike-able routes in different neighbourhoods of our City. Our Events Committee is the door to helping out with and boosting our presence at events throughout Ottawa.

Email events@bikeottawa.ca to be added to our events volunteer list or share ideas.

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