Our Spring.Bike.Ottawa event is back on March 22, 2014. Why March 22, you ask. Because that is the first Saturday in Spring, which has become our traditional get together after the winter. Now in its 3rd year, we'll have speakers Sarah Partridge from Vanier Community Association and the City of Ottawa confirmed. As usual, the city will lay out the 2014 bike infrastructure plans.
You're invited to eat cupcakes and preview "For the love of kids and bikes and snow," a story and slide show celebrating winter and inclusive self-propelled adventures created by Kathleen Wilker for Winnipeg's 2nd Annual International Winter Biking Congress and featuring friendly folk from Hintonburg, Ottawa and even as far away as Fredericton! If the presentation inspires you and your family to try winter biking, learn about DIY winter bike tune-up hours at RightBike, your community bike share.
You can find RightBike at 1 McCormick (off Wellington in Hintonburg).
Saturday, February 1, 2014 between 4 and 5 pm.
Here is the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/808612355822272/
Our 3rd annual Family Winter Bike Parade will take place on Saturday February 8, 2014. This short fun ride will start at the back side of City Hall (so not on Laurier) and we will roll leisurely through Sandy Hill for about 30 minutes. We'll end the right at 8LocksFlat, that wooden structure along the canal at the east side of Cork Town Bridge, the famous pedestrian and bike bridge (yes, 'shared space' and that is just fine) over the Rideau Canal.
We'll meet at 11:15 and leave at 11:30. Be in time, you can wait inside if you are cold. We'll cancel it only when the roads are treacherous. Temperature is not an issue! Dress in layers if you are nervous about the temperature. Although every one is different, 4-5 layers will likely be sufficient. We won't cycle very fast (about 13 k/hr).
Back at 8LocksFlat, where we finish this year, we'll be served hot chocolate.
We are looking back on a fairly good year for cycling in Ottawa. There have been ups and downs, but generally speaking, Ottawa is moving in the right direction. Some missing links are no longer missing and we believe the city is making a genuine attempt to improve cycling conditions, although it is difficult to believe in progress sometimes, considering the slow pace of implementation. Unfortunately, two cyclists lost their lives in Ottawa. In both cases, heavy trucks turning right were involved in the fatalities from what we understand.
We thought we should give ourselves a birthday present for our 30th anniversary. As we couldn't find people who wanted to do it for free, we tought ourselves Joomla and rebuilt the website in November and December. We also integrated some applications tighter so updating and upgrading is less of a chore. We also changed to dadamail for our newsletter, that gives is more possibilities to communicate with you.
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