Bike Ottawa beleives that anyone can bike. We also believe that anyone who cares about cycling can be a bike advocate. Advocates (yes, that’s you!) share their ideas for change with those who have the power to make change.
Covered bike parking at transit station, by Eric Darwin. Read more about transit station bike parking on Eric's blog.
Bike Ottawa is proud to announce the launch of the Monthly Mission. This is a small but important task that everyone is invited to participate in. Ready?
Want to help raise awareness among business owners that people choose to bike to their establishment, and that cyclists represent an important clientele? Join our top secret summer cycling mission...
Today, May 4th, was the kick-off breakfast for Bike to Work Ottawa, a program run under EnviroCentre. If you want to get in on the action of logging your trips and possibly winning a prize, you can sign up at http://biketoworkottawa.ca/
Now updated with our letter to Transportation Committee
Elgin street today (via Google Maps). With all the pavement, it's hard to tell, but this is May. Note the overhead wires, that the street parking is under capacity, that a truck is blocking the fire hydrant, and that there isn't any bike parking to be seen, so there's a bike locked to one of the many information signposts cluttering the street. On the rebuilt-Elgin, the truck would be parked on pavers, and maybe some of the no-parking signs won't be needed, since parking will always be allowed where space is present.
Sometimes, opportunity presents itself. For the first time in over 100 years, there was an opportunity to completely re-imagine Elgin street.
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.
Bob Forbes of Action Sandy Hill captured this year's cover photo, featuring the new advisory bike lanes on Someset Street East.
BikeOttawa is proud to announce the release of our 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling. This year, our report reflects the excitement of 2017—marking a milestone 150th for Canada, and a promising year for enjoying and continuing to improve cycling in our capital. We take a look at what we've done well, opportunities to do better, and highlight cycling data trends as well as stories from everyday cyclists in our city.
Montréal owns equipment that can brush away up to 2 cm of snow and ice, leaving surfaces completely bare. A clean surface is one of the most important factors in whether people will ride in winter (and in the shoulder seasons, as well). This equipment would also work to prevent dangerous icy sidewalk conditions. We'll be encouraging Ottawa to give this a try here, since we have a very similar winter climate to Montréal. Photo by Heather Shearer.
February 8-10, 2017. Montréal was the host city for the 5th annual Winter Cycling Congress (WCC17). Did you know, this event was dreamed up in the living room of our very own Ottawa resident Hans Moor? When winter cycling experts from all over the world come together so nearby, you have to take full advantage of the opportunity. Bike Ottawa was able to help send a delegation of four to WCC17, to learn, to network, to promote our organization, and to bring back some inspiration and knowledge to share with everyone at home. We'll present some of this at our upcoming "Spring Bike Ottawa" event. For now, here's a review of what we heard at WCC17...
Cyclists on Laurier Ave, Ottawa photo: Hans Moor
Last week, Mayor Jim Watson addressed a letter to Ontario's Minister of Education, MPP Mitzie Hunter, requesting provincial support to improve education for safe cycling.
As noted in the letter, this request is a result of one recommendation made by a group of cycling advocates, including CfSC, invited by the Chair of Ottawa's Transportation Committee and the Mayor to provide advice on how to make riding a bike safer in our city. CfSC has been participating in this group since it was convened in September 2016, following the tragic death of one of our city's cyclists in a collision with a construction truck.