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...
Cyclist crossing Laurier Ave in Ottawa. Photo: Hans Moor
Today, December 14, the City of Ottawa's budget for 2017 was discussed and passed at council (24-0). City budgets may not get most people excited, but this one is special. What makes it unique is that the city has received money from the federal public transit infrastructure fund (PTIF).
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.