Here at Bike Ottawa, we believe that anyone can bike. We also believe that anyone who cares about cycling can be a bike advocate. Advocates (that’s you) share their ideas for change with those who have the power to make change.
July’s mini-mission is to commit at least one act of bike advocacy, using the tips on our handy Bike Advocacy 101 infographic. It's easy to let your city, your community, your local businesses know that cycling matters to you. Advocacy works best when lots of people make their views known, again and again and again.
Be a bike advocate. Tell us about it. You may find it addictive.
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?
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.
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.
Rendering of Pimisi Station, where Booth street passes over the canal. Image: Confederation Line website.
***UPDATED*** The time to comment has passed, at least for now. We'll now have to wait and see what impact our efforts had. Thanks to everyone who spoke up. We know space for cycling matters, and hope that your messages were heard clearly. We're continuing to meet with city staff and are staying in touch with elected representatives. Stay tuned for future updates as this situation evolves.