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Subject: Keep up with a busy spring for cyclists...
Date: May 3rd 2016
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Events in May
Bike to Work Month has already kicked off (it’s not too late to participate) and it’s a typical, busy spring for CfSC and like-minded organizations promoting cycling throughout the city:
Preston Street Cyclofest | Sunday, May 8th from 10am-2pm
Organized by Preston Street BIA, this event will celebrate the bicycle as an environmentally-friendly, indispensable urban mode of transportation. Featuring a bike fashion parade, bike polo match, and CfSC volunteers will be representing in our booth! Learn more.
This Little Bike Goes to Market | Sunday, May 15th at the Ottawa Farmers Market
Join CfSC at the Ottawa Farmers Market (Lansdowne Park) for an opportunity to see, show off, and learn about systems for carrying more on your bike, for example cargo bikes and long-tails.
CfSC’s Annual Tulips on Two Wheels | Saturday, May 21st from 11am-2-pm
We will be holding our annual event in the same location as last year: at Queen Elizabeth Drive at Fifth Avenue, right beside the Canal Ritz. We will have two mechanics on hand from Cycle Salvation offering free tune-ups, and we will also have CfSC membership info, free maps, t-shirts for sale and more. Interested in helping? We are looking for approximately 5-8 enthusiastic volunteers to help with the event, including set-up and tear-down. Please email Felicity Borgal (Felicity@bikeottawa.ca) for more information.
Bike Day on the Hill | Monday, May 30, 2016 from 4:30-7:30pm
Organized by National Health and Fitness Day, Ottawa Bicycle Club, and Canada Bikes: Following a bike ride with MPs from all political parties invited (leaving from Parliament Hill at 4:30pm), join a roundtable for a frank discussion with policymakers about the benefits of investing in cycling. It is an opportunity to engage MPs and Senators and, ultimately, all Canadians in finding ways to boost physical activity and build a bike-friendly country. More information.
Promoting Safe Cycling: Advocacy and Infrastructure Updates
Voicing our support for photo radar: Transportation Committee revisiting the topic this Wednesday
On May 4th, Transportation Committee will be revisiting the question of whether to ask the province’s permission to use photo radar to enforce speed limits in Ottawa. CfSC supports pursuing the use of photo radar, as outlined in the letter we sent to council in March. By requesting this tool from the Province of Ontario, we will expand our speed enforcement options on local streets where enforcement is most needed. Voice your support for photo radar by signing this petition.
Have your say on proposed traffic calming on Byron Ave, including advisory cycling lanes
The city is considering installing advisory cycling lanes on sections of Byron Avenue as part of planned traffic calming measures. Advisory bicycle lanes are painted lanes with dashed (instead of solid) lines: These markings give cyclists riding space, but in the absence of cyclists also make the lane available to motorists if needed to pass oncoming traffic. Learn more and complete the survey by May 25th.
Addressing concerns about cycling around the National Arts Centre
While 350,000 bike movements per year are counted on the Queen Elizabeth Drive side of the Canal, connectivity on the Northbound Rideau Canal multi-use pathway around the NAC is a major concern for cyclists. In response to CfSC advocacy efforts seizing the opportunity of the NAC rejuvenation project, by 2017 a counter-flow bike lane will be added to the one-way driveway that cyclists currently use to bypass the NAC. In the longer term, CfSC will continue to participate in discussions on how to improve connectivity between that area and surrounding streets like Wellington and Elgin. Read the entire story here.
Use Strava Metro to map your commutes and tell the city where you want infrastructure to take you
The cities of Ottawa and Gatineau recently announced that they are purchasing Strava Metro data to help inform decision-making about cycling and walking infrastructure: If you log your data using the app, every trip you take can be a vote for where you want to go. Learn more about Strava and how you can use it.
2016 Report on Cycling in Ottawa
In case you haven’t seen it yet, we released our 2016 Report on Cycling in Ottawa on April 2nd. The report covers recommendations, shows newly added infrastructure on a city wide map, has interviews with every-day cyclists, and shares data on cycling and lots more. Download the full report.
Highlights from some recent CfSC Activities
A bike ride and an evening with Janette Sadik-Khan
More than 1000 people came hear Janette Sadik-Khan, the former Transportation Commissioner of New York City, share her stories on how she managed to win over New Yorkers to build more cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. CfSC-BikeOttawa had the honour of co-leading a bike tour of the city on the day of her visit. We took her on a quick one hour spin around Ottawa and Gatineau to point out some successes and some ongoing concerns. Watch a three-minute summary of the ride on Youtube.
Ontario Bike Summit 2016
CfSC’s President Gareth Davies attended this year’s Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto on April 19th and 20th. He was accompanied by two Ottawa councillors, Catherine McKenney and Mathieu Fleury, as well as a number of other Ottawa representatives including EnviroCentre staff, City staff, and more. The Summit was an opportunity to learn about what others in Ontario are doing to improve cycling infrastructure, and to share Ottawa’s experience. Highlights included meeting MPPs, learning about Provincial funding opportunities, and seeing how Montreal is leveraging mobile data to identify under-served high-volume cycling routes. Check out some photos on our Facebook page.
On April 2nd, Ottawa Centre MP and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna joined us to kick off our annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa event. City Councillors Jeff Leiper and Keith Egli were among more than 100 other community members enjoying an afternoon of important conversations on cycling in Ottawa. Read the recap.
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