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Summer 2017 Events

Find us this summer at the following events, and stay tuned for ongoing updates!

May 21st (9am-1pm): Nokia Sunday Bikedays 2017 Launch

This year's opening Sunday Bikeday will cover the Confederation Boulevard loop through Ottawa and Gatineau, as well as activities in Major's Hill Park. Bike Ottawa will have a booth in Major's Hill Park, handing out new NCC cycling maps and talking cycling advocacy with families attending the special 2017 launch! Minister Catherine McKenna will join us at our booth for a meet and greet from 9:30 to 10:00am.Come out and say hello. Be sure to wear your Bike Ottawa shirt, and tell her you support her in pushing for a National Active Transportation Strategy! Learn more about the event.

June 1st (5pm): Bike Day on the Hill

It's the annual celebration of our national cycling organization, Canada Bikes. Meet at Parliament Hill for a ride with Parliamentarians or an on-foot infrastructure tour, followed by a barbecue and reception at 6:15. RSVP to Marilyn McIvor in the office of Senator Nancy Greene Raine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Learn more about this event. 

July 6th to 16th: RBC Bluesfest Bike Parking

This is still our biggest fundraiser and we are so grateful to run the Bike Parking at Bluesfest, thanks to super-volunteer Charles Akben-Marchand (former Board member and President). You can sign up as a full Bike Park volunteer when Bluesfest volunteer registration opens on May 24th. Make sure you act quickly because the perks (free admission to the festival) mean full volunteer spots fill up fast. If you have fewer hours to commit, you can join Bike Ottawa volunteers for just one or two shifts at the Bike Parking. You'll get a free T-shirt and have a great time! Please email our Events Corodinator, Felicity (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any availability you have, especially on weekends (July 7-9 and 14-16).

Bike Ottawa Supports Bill 65: Safer School Zones Act

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This week, a Queens Park committee discussed Bill 65, known as the Safer School Zones Act. If passed, the Bill would grant municipalities discretion to use photo radar and other automated speed enforcement tools in school zones and designated community safety zones. It would also allow municipalities to lower speed limits below 50km/hour in specific areas. The Bill has passed two readings so far, and needs to pass one more to become law.

Bike Ottawa supports Bill 65 and wrote a letter to the Standing Committee reviewing it to express this support: read the full letter below. 

Why become a CfSC member?

Here are three simple reasons why you should join us today:

1. It’s an easy and effective way to advocate for safer cycling all over Ottawa.

35525 331531753587230 1706216745 nThe more members we have, the stronger our influence promoting cycling as a safe, fun, and environmentally friendly form of transportation. With so many policy initiatives and infrastructure projects affecting cycling across the city, it’s impossible for any single person to keep track of it all. By taking a few minutes and a few dollars to join CfSC, you strengthen the messages we send to politicians, the city, the province, the National Capital Commission, and fellow Ottawa residents -- and our volunteers do the work to track and communicate the details. With members from across the city, from Kanata to Centretown to Barrhaven to Orleans, we strive to address the need for safe infrastructure that will encourage residents all over Ottawa to ride their bikes.

We also encourage members who are interested to get involved in our Advocacy Working Group or other volunteer opportunities.

Full house at a recent CfSC event2. Your membership fees keep us up and running.

We are a non-profit and entirely volunteer-run organization: We count on membership fees as stable revenue to cover basic operating costs that allow us to work and communicate effectively with our members and all those who bike in Ottawa, whether online, in print, or by hosting community events. We present our financial statements and a report on our finances to our members each year at the time of our Annual General Meeting.

To help ensure finances aren’t a barrier to potential members, we offer a low-income membership for only $10 per year. More details on the types of memberships we offer are available here.

Discounts at bike stores3. You’ll get discounts at bike stores across the city.

Many bike stores in Ottawa give discounts to CfSC members. The ones we know about are listed below. Simply show your membership card before purchasing. Some restrictions may apply: most discounts apply only to parts and accessories, not bikes. If you know of a store not listed here that is willing to provide benefits to CfSC members, or if you encounter a store that no longer gives discounts but is listed here, please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note that addresses and websites were last updated in February 2014.


Discounts are available at the following stores: 


Fresh Air Experience: 10% off parts, accessories, clothing; 5% off bikes

McCrank's Cycles: 10% off parts and accessories

Joe Mamma Urban Cycles 10% off parts and accessories



Bushtukah Outdoor Store 10% off parts and accessories

Cycle Power 10% of parts and accessories and 5% off bikes
Dinardo's (details unknown)


 Orleans Cycles: 10% off  accessories only (not parts)

 Full Cycle: 10% off parts and accessories




 The Cyclery: 10% off parts and accessories

 Rebec and Kroes: 10% off parts and accessories


 Now that you're convinced that we're an organization you want to support, join today!



Our Partners

Citizens for Safe Cycling is proud to collaborate with the following like-minded organizations in Ottawa:

 Cycle salvationCycle Salvation is a social enterprise operating under the umbrella of Causeway Work Centre. The business strives to achieve a triple bottom line (profit, people, planet) by providing training and employment in the field of bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged, while at the same time diverting bikes destined for scrap and landfill sites. View their refurbished bikes for sale at their store at 473 Bronson (near Gladstone).


Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit, grassroots,  volunteer-driven organization that works to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. They celebrate environmentally responsible decisions and actions; bring to light the things that hurt our environment; and advocate for improvement. They also work with inidividuals and communities across the city to educate them about environmental issues and what to do about them.

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EnviroCentre helps residents, businesses and organizations conserve energy and reduce their impact on the environment, while saving money. Sustainable transportation is one of their areas of focus, and each year they organize Bike to Work Month, a campaign that promotes cycling as a viable and enjoyable commuting option.

HTC LogoThe Healthy Transportation Coalition is a grassroots movement of concerned citizens, organizations and businesses working together to increase healthy transportation policies and necessary infrastructure investments in the National Capital Region. Citizens for Safe Cycling is an organizational member of the Coalition. 


Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict's mission is to make the downtown core more sustainable, socially vibrant, and attractive to businesses & organizations looking to relocate or expand. They are Canada’s first official EcoDistrict and are working hard to develop a model that can be used in other parts of Ottawa and across the country.


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  Right Bike is a social business that provides jobs and training for individuals in the community who are working to overcome barriers to employment. They deliver a community-based bike share service in Ottawa.


 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest is an annual outdoor music festival that takes place each July in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Citizens for Safe Cycling partners with Bluesfest each year to operate the valet bike parking at the festival.

Safer Roads Ottawa

 The Safer Roads Ottawa Program (SRO) is committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement and the development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. SRO is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.

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Since 1997, CfSC has operated an e-mail discussion group through which list members can share and discuss issues related to safe cycling. The mailing list is open to all who wish to join for discussions about events, projects, issues and policies that may affect cycling and cyclists in Canada's National Capital region.

You can join the CfSC-Discuss list at this link. When subscribing, you will be given the option either to receive each message individually, or to receive a single daily digest.

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The mailing list is auto-moderated to eliminate spam. Peronal attacks on other mailing list participants are not allowed. If you wish to say something of a peronal nature or directed at an individual, please use private email. 


Discuss on social media

You can also find CfSC on Facebook and on Twitter. Lively discussions among those who bike in Ottawa also take place under the Twitter hashtag #ottbike

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