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Do you want to make cycling in Ottawa safer, accepted and a voice that is heard? Do you think the city should speed up the construction of bike infrastructure? Then roll up your sleeves.

Nothing happens out of the blue. Changes don't come automatically. Bike infrastructure and bike education don't appear magically. You have to work for it. Bike Ottawa is run entirely by volunteers. We welcome people who are willing to help us meet our goals and objectives. If you want to learn new skills and obtain practical hands-on experience while helping to improve bicycling in Ottawa, below are a few ways you can do so. If you have other ideas about how you'd like to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join our Events Committee

We can always use extra hands when we organize our signature events, and to help us represent Bike Ottawa at other community events throughout the year. Further, we welcome initiatives to organize new 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our events volunteer list, and/or to discuss any ideas you have for organizing or attending events on behalf of Bike Ottawa.

Join our Advocacy Working Group (AWG)

Advocacy is at the core of our work to improve cycling in Ottawa. Our Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is a group of volunteers who directly support our efforts to monitor and provide feedback on infrastructure projects across the city: this includes not only designated cycling projects, but other projects that will have implications for cyclists as well. We follow and provide feedback on projects from the design phase through to post-build review. The more volunteers we have from across the city to moniotor projects in areas where they ride, the better we can cover the huge amount of work that is taking place and help to ensure positive results for those who bike. Each month, our AWG meets to review projects and discuss priorities for creating safer cycling routes in Ottawa. Interested in supporting our advocacy efforts?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we’ll send you details on upcoming meetings, and keep you informed about new and ongoing projects.

Join our Data Group

Our next big undertaking is to tap into our volunteer resources (that's you, by the way) to build a data group, and produce some compelling information that we can use to make cycling in Ottawa better than ever. Join by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On the fence? If you're even slightly tempted to get involved, read our FAQs.

Help Produce our Annual Report on Bicycling in Ottawa

Since 2011, our volunteers have been producing this Annual Report that reviews data trends, highlights recent infrastructure, tells stories, and makes recommendations about riding bikes in Ottawa. If you're interested in shaping the content of the next report, researching and writing content, copyediting, and/or design, we'd love to have you involved in preparing our next edition.

Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the volunteer list for the next report: we put out a call and contact volunteers in the fall each year so that we can launch a new report each spring. 

Get the word out

Tell your friends, family, colleagues about Bike Ottawa and the work we do: invite them to become members.  Speak out for cycling at public meetings. 

Write a letter to your City Councillor

The best way to get your city councillor to vote for cycling is to let them know these issues are important to you, and give them clear reasons why. We can alert you when letters are needed.

Report cycling problems

Report small problems before they become bigger problems. Report that dangerous pothole, crack, and broken glass. Call parking control to report that person parked in the bike lane. Report the bus driver who cut you off. 311 is your friend.

Give bike store discounts

Does your bike store give discounts to Bike Ottawa members? If not, contact our Membership Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can help in setting up an arrangement.



Citizens for Safe Cycling

 

A Safer Ottawa

Citizens for Safe Cycling (CfSC) is a not-for-profit incorporated, independent, membership-based organization founded in 1984. It is a voluntary association made up of cyclists like you who work for better, safer, environmentally-friendly cycling in the Ottawa area. CfSC is directed by a volunteer board whose members are experienced and committed cyclists and run by a broad base of active volunteers.

The organisation promotes greater bicycle use and enjoyment, cycling safety and awareness, bicycle route and road conditions that are safer as well as more pleasant, and an overall increased respect for cyclists in the public domain. 

  • How can you help? Well, start with advocating:
  1. Acceptance of the responsible cyclist as a legitimate road-user
  2. Education of all cyclists to improve their riding and traffic skills and also of other road-users to help them accommodate cyclist traffic as part of their normal driving skills
  3. Improved engineering to facilitate cyclist traffic such as proper traffic control systems, adequate lane widths and sufficient, secure parking
  4. Legislation that is effective and properly enforced
  5. Representation of cycling issues to all levels of government

 

Our home

The board of Citizens for Safe Cycling as well as the Advocacy Working Group usually meet at Causeway. We don't have an office, but we do own stuff, which we store at a storage locker. We don't have paid staff, but thanks to laptops, cell phones, our website and social media, you can always stay in touch with us. The board meets about ten times a year for two hours to discuss strategy, direction of the organisation, finances (in good shape btw), events etc. The Advocacy Working Group meets roughly every 6 weeks.

How big are we?

Some people think we are the bicycle version of the CAA, but we are not really in the same league. Our membership is growing, from around 140 in the mid-2000s to about 250 in 2015. That is apparently considered a mid size organisation in Ottawa. 

What does the organisation cost?

Our membership fees, Bluesfest fundraiser and donations pay the bills. The money goes to rent, a mailbox, insurance, web hosting, telephone bills, the above mentioned activities, office supplies, speakers etc. All in all, our organisation costs about $10,000 a year. Honestly, that is really not much money for the presence we have in Ottawa. That's what some CEO's making in one morning!

 

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