Winter is approaching, but many of those who bike in Ottawa won't be put off by the snow: in recent years we've seen an expanding network of winter-maintained cycling routes in our city and growing popularity of riding bikes straight through the winter. Etienne Grall is one regular winter cyclist among CfSC's members. We interviewed him about his experience biking through the winter, what motivates him, and why he encourages others to give it a try.
On November 8th, we teamed up with Safer Roads Ottawa to hand out approximately 650 pairs of lights to cyclists who weren't equipped for biking in the dark after the clocks turned back. If you missed us, check out our new video, also produced with Safer Roads Ottawa, to see why a small investment in a pair of lights is worthwhile as you bike through the fall months.
Mayor Watson and Gareth Davies, president of @BikeOttawa - photo: Hans Moor
What a fantastic turnout at our 2016 AGM! Not only did we have the largest ever number of members and guests in attendance (nearly 150), but we also had more members of city council join us than ever before, along with Mayor Jim Watson.
When: Monday, September 26th | Doors open at 5:30pm, speakers start at 6:30pm
Where: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road (near Bayview station)
Who: Everyone is welcome, no need to be a member. Come meet us and see what we're all about.
Our AGM is an opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow cyclists, learn about hot topics related to safer cycling and infrastructure, and find out what Citizens for Safe Cycling (CfsC) has been up to over the past year as well as upcoming plans. This year, we’ll be focusing on the theme of data: how we can collect and use it to promote safer infrastructure for cyclists.
A 2012 rendering of the Bayview platform, by Rideau Transit Group.
In this guest post, CfSC member, engaged citizen, and frequent AWG attendee Eric Darwin provides some insight into how an LRT station planning process with public input has evolved into a contractual arrangement without public input. The result has been some, er... surprises... in how well the designs seem to be respecting Ottawa's stated goal of prioritizing walking and cycling. Recently released designs for Pimisi station have neglected to include safe and connected active transportation routes, and there are now concerns that Bayview station will interrupt the very popular Trillium (aka O-train) MUP. How did it come to this? And is enough being done to fix it? See what Eric has to say...
Paul Clarke, leader of Citizens for Safe Cycling's Advocacy Working Group, receives the Bruce Timmermans individual award for his leadership and insights on how to make a wide range of infrastructure projects safer for Ottawa's cyclists. Pictured with Councillor Keith Egli (left) and City of Ottawa's acting General Manager of Planning and Growth Management, Michael Mizzi (right). Photo: City of Ottawa.
Sharrows and parking. On Byron, the first vehicle in line is parked illegally, but the rest are legally parked on top of sharrows along this designated bike route. Is this really what is meant by "share the road"? Photo by Paul Clarke
While some experienced and confident cyclists find sharrows help emphasize their right to use the road, sharrows do not generally improve the safety or comfort of the average person. They are not a suitable substitute for cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities.