Volunteer

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.Citizens for Safe Cycling is run entirely by volunteers. We welcome people who are willing to help the organisation meet its goals and objectives. If you want to learn new skills and obtain practical hands-on work experience while helping to improve bicycling in Ottawa, then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here are a few examples:

Help at a booth

CfSC presents information booths about cycling at some community events throughout the year. Help us organize or present a booth for your community this year. Booths are always hosted by at least one volunteer who is knowledgeable about CfSC and who can help you with your first experience. You can also help by transporting the booth materials from our locker to the booth site (and back): we even have a bike trailer.

Write a letter to your City Councillor

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 to do so. 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.

Get the word out

Talk to your friends and invite them to get involved in cycling Write letters or articles to your local paper promoting cycling (we can help you if you like). Speak out for cycling at public meetings. If you belong to a community association, see if they would like to sponsor a cycling course for local residents—children or adults or both.

Social Media

Follow us on Twitter @BikeOttawa or like us on Facebook. This is a great way to stay informed of what we're up to, and to spread the word to your contacts. 

Promote cycling at your workplace

CfSC has many resources for organizing cyclists at work places. Our Bicycle User Group (BUG) guide tells you how to improve facilities like parking, showers, and change rooms for cyclists, as well as encouraging people to cycle to work.

Participate in the CfSC Discuss email list

Keep abreast of the latest news on cycling in Ottawa, and discuss CfSC policies and cycling issues. 

Join the Advocacy Working Group

Make your efforts more effective by working with other CfSC members to attain specific cycling objectives. The Advocacy Working Committee normally meets about once a month. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Help at social events and general meetings

Someone has to order the food, bring the coffee and milk and sugar, rent the room, organise the chairs and clean up afterwards. Your board would really appreciate the extra pairs of hands -- and that means CfSC can organize more fun events.

Get bike store discounts

Does your bike store give discounts to CfSC 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.

Become a CfSC Board member

Help guide and grow the organization, and make it more effective in advocating for cyclists in Ottawa. You will learn a lot of valuable life skills. Patience and consensus are some of them....

Edit Chain Mail (currently not open)

Chain Mail is a newsletter published by Citizens for Safe Cycling since 1984. If you have any cycling announcements, stories, tips, advice, comments, or concerns, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer Coordinator (currently not open)

This position will require a significant amount of commitment, but will provide you with valuable experience in volunteer management in the non-profit sector.

Social Coordinator (currently not open)

CfSC is looking for an outgoing, energetic individual who can help coordinate and promote social activities and events on an ongoing basis.



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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