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.
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.
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
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
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....
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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.