Why become a Bike Ottawa 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

The 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 Bike Ottawa, 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.

2. Your membership fees keep us up and running

Full house at a recent CfSC event

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.

3. You’ll get discounts at bike stores across the city

Discounts at bike stores

Many bike stores in Ottawa give discounts to Bike Ottawa 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 Bike Ottawa members, or if you encounter a store that no longer gives discounts but is listed here, please contact us: editor@bikeottawa.ca.

Note that addresses and websites were last updated in February 2014 but shouldn’t have changed since then.

Discounts are available at the following stores:

Central

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

Cyclelogik

East

 Full Cycle: 10% off parts and accessories

West

Bushtukah Outdoor Store 10% off parts and accessories

Cycle Power 10% of parts and accessories and 5% off bikes

Dinardo’s (details unknown)

South

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!