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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Discuss by email

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

Ottawa Bike Blogs

With newspapers retreating, social media are becoming an ever increasing source of information. 

Here are a number of local Ottawa residents, who regularly share their adventures, keep an ear to the ground on cycling news or share routes, experiences, events and knowledge. These are the best known ones, with frequent updates, in alphabetical order:




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 Alex Alex Bikes "Ottawa Bike Politics"

Alex only blogs when he thinks the city is not following the Ottawa Cycling Plan. He also shares his travel adventures about -say- cycling through Texas or from the Mediterranean across the French Alps to the Netherlands. On Twitter @AlexthePuffin

 Kate Incidental Cyclist "Being an account of a woman, who gave her bike a name" Kathryn likes writing. She also writes the 'Your Ride' column for Metro Ottawa and edits the Centertown Buzz. Her bike has a name. On Twitter @k8thek8
 Lana ModalMom "Life on the Move"

Lana tweets a lot. A lot. But she also has time to put trips,  thoughts and adventures in really interesting blogs. With a great sense of humour. She owns a cargo bike, a Kona, a Brompton and a couple of others. Her son wants to become the next mayor. On Twitter @modalmom

 Brian Ottawa Velo Outaouais "Biking around Ottawa and the Outaouais" Brians has the the blog with the most difficult name. Ask Brian how to get from A to B and he'll bike it and blogs about it.  Brian's claim to fame is that he lives at Ottawa's only woonerf. If you have seen a guy cycling in downtown Ottawa with a bike trailer with a scale model of a stage set in it, it was Brian. On Twitter @smayukawa
 Hans Hans on the Bike "Hopeful blog about cycling in Ottawa" Hans was born in cycling Walhalla The Netherlands. His life goal is to emulate a bike paradise in Ottawa. He figures he's about halfway. Statistically, he has about 30 years left. On Twitter @HansontheBike
 Eric WestSideAction

"News & views of what is happening on the West Side of downtown Ottawa" 

Eric once ran a print shop. He retired early so he now bugs city hall. He also has opinions on pedestrians, condos and streetscaping. Actually on nearly everything. On Twitter @EricDarwin1 (but he only uses it to get his blogs posts out)

 Zara  XOVelo  "Made with love in Ottawa Yeah Baby" Zara takes beautiful pictures of people with bikes.  Perhaps the most extravert cyclist in Ottawa. On Twitter @XOVelo

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Park your bike for Free at Citizens for Safe Cycling's RBC Bluesfest #OttBikePark


Ride your bike to RBC Bluesfest, park it securely for free at Citizens for Safe Cycling's #OttBikePark! This free bike parking is organised by Citizens for Safe Cycling - BikeOttawa.ca. We are the folks who advocate for better bike infrastructure, talk with politicians, pore over road designs and write the annual Report on Cycling in Ottawa. And organise events, such as your free bike parking. 

Safe ride to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest

North, east, south, or west... wherever you’re coming from there are safe and easy routes to ride your bike to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. The bike parking is located right off the multi-use path near the War Museum, and we have lots of signage and chalk markings on the paths nearby to guide you right to our location.

When you’ll get there, you’ll be able to get your bike parked for free at the Citizens for Safe Cycling supervised Bike Park compound, where volunteers have parked 50,000 bicycles over the last ten years. The Bike Park is located on the east side of Booth Street at the Ottawa River Pathway.

How does Bike Park work?

It works just like a coat check: we’ll get you to sign in, you give us your bike, we’ll give you a tag, and at the end of the night (or whenever you come back), you give us the tag and we give you the bike!
Make sure to hold onto your tag until the bike gets back, so that we make sure we get your bike to you!

How much does Bike Park cost?

Its free. Absolutely FREE! We want you to ride your bike to RBC Bluesfest, and we want to give you a safe place to park it while you’re there. In fact, not only is the Bike Park service free, we also have stuff to hand out or sell: FREE Ottawa-Gatineau Bike Maps, bike lights (limited supply), free cycling safety information, and more! On Friday the 15th, we'll be selling Bike Ottawa T-shirts for $20 (tax included). We'll even have a Square reader, so you can use your credit card. 

But if you like... we do collect donations, which go to Citizens for Safe Cycling (CfSC - see www.bikeottawa.ca) and Bluesfest’s educational programmes:Blues in the Schools (BITS) and Be in the Band (BITB). The suggested donation is $2, and we’ll have a little gift to anyone who gives $5 or more...

But if you don’t leave a donation at all, that’s fine! We just want you to ride your bike, which is the most sustainable and convenient way to travel to Bluesfest. Everyone contributes to the community in their own way. We want you to have peace of mind that your bike is safe so you can enjoy the music!

Do I have to have a festival pass/ticket?

No, anybody can use the Bike Park, whether you’re a paying RBC Bluesfest customer, a volunteer, staff, or even if you’re not here for the festival at all but want to park your bike with us for the day!

Is there a long lineup at the end of the night?

We have refined our system over the past ten years and it is very efficient. There are four colours of tags: Just make sure you’re in the lineup for your colour and it won’t take long at all!

At the end of the night when it gets busier, there will be one volunteer for each lineup to assign a volunteer to get your bike. Be ready to show your tag to that person so they can send the volunteer.

Do I need to bring a lock? Or carry it with me?

No, it’s fully supervised and only Bike Park volunteers are allowed in the compound. They will park and retrieve your bike for you. You might want a lock if you’re going to stop somewhere else on the way home though ;)

This also means that you can leave your lock with your bike, as well as your helmet, saddlebags, lights, etc. too (no loose objects, please). You might want to take your water bottle with you, but don’t worry, our volunteers will usually ask you in case you forget!

How late are you open?

During the festival July 8-19, Bike Park is open 2:30pm-11:30pm on weekdays (closed Monday) and 10am-11:30pm on weekends. The music usually ends around 11pm, leaving time for you to claim your bike.

If you are an RBC Bluesfest volunteer on a shift that ends at or after 11:30pm, please inform the Bike Park volunteer and they will make arrangements so that your bike is taken care of.

How do I get to RBC Bluesfest by bike?

Note: most NCC pathways are not lit at night. You may want to consider alternate routes if you do not have a good light on your bike.

From Centretown:

Take the Laurier Segregated Bike Lane to Bay Street, ride that all the way up to Wellington Street, and turn left. Click here for a map.

From there, if you take the road, turn left at the three-way intersection, then turn into the driveway for the Mill St. brewpub. The pathway connects at the bottom of the driveway and it leads straight to Bike Park!
If you want nothing to do with that intersection, continue and get onto the raised cycle lanealong the Portage bridge, then turn off it to the pathway that goes down the hill, then… do this.



new this year, stay on Laurier a little further (almost to its westernmost end) and use the new connector down Nanny Goat hill (near Percy), that will take you down to a stub of Wellington street and from there under the big 3-way intersection, kind of like this.



instead go up Bank Street past Parliament Hill, down the hill and parking lots to the pathway along the river. Click here for a map.
Tip: when the pathway splits (and turns, and goes into confusing directions), follow the solid yellow line to keep going west
From Little Italy/Hintonburg: Note that Booth Street is under construction.

Take the O-Train pathway all the way up to the Ottawa River, then turn right and continue along the river until you get to Booth. We’re right on the other side of the street! Note: the O-Train pathway is lit at night, but only up to the Transitway station. The Ottawa River Pathway is not lit.


if you want to take the urban route, go north on Preston. Past Albert Street, there is a shared two-way ped/bike path on the east side of Preston. Turn right and take the south sidewalk of Wellington Street (temporarily a shared sidewalk, yield to pedestrians, please) to Booth, and go down Booth toward the river and we’re on your right.

From the north (Hull, Lac Leamy, Chelsea, Iqaluit…):

Follow the pathways to the Portage bridge, then take the raised pathway on the east side of the Portage Bridge and turn left onto the pathway before the intersection. Loop around and under the bridge, then pick up the pathway again near the Mill St brewpub’s driveway.

If you ride southbound on the Portage bridge in the general traffic lanes, turn right onto Wellington and then take the Mill St driveway to the pathway that leads straight to Bike Park

From the west (Westboro, Bayshore, Kanata, Renfrew, Vancouver…):

Take the Ottawa River Pathway and continue behind the museum to Booth Street. We’re just on the other side of Booth. Click here for a map.

From the east (Sandy Hill, Beacon Hill, Orleans, Rockland, Halifax…):

Follow your normal route to get to downtown, then you can take either the Laurier Avenue Segregated Bicycle Lane and follow the directions for Centretown or you can ride from the Corktown Footbridge at Somerset along the canal pathway and behind the Parliament buildings, and follow the solid yellow line along the path to navigate the turns.

From the south (Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Alta Vista, Manotick, Miami…):

West of Ottawa River: Follow your normal route to get to Little Italy, then follow the Little Italy instructions

East of Ottawa River: Follow your normal route to get to the Glebe, then take Percy north under the 417. When the pathway ends, turn right and go one block to Bay Street, then continue north and follow the directions for Centretown.

Alternately, take the canal pathway along Colonel By Drive to the Corktown Footbridge (at Somerset) then take the canal pathway along Queen Elizabeth Driveway up and behind the Parliament buildings, and follow the solid yellow line along the path to navigate the turns.


And if you aren't planning to go at all, or take the car ($20), you can still donate to us: 

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