A Safer Ottawa
Bike Ottawa (formerly known as Citizens for Safe Cycling or CfSC) is a not-for-profit incorporated, independent, membership-based organization founded in 1984. It is a volunteer association made up of cyclists like you who work for better, safer, environmentally-friendly cycling in the Ottawa area. Bike Ottawa is directed by a volunteer board whose members are experienced and committed cyclists. We also have the support of several active committees focused on all aspects of promoting cycling: advocacy, data, events, reports, and special ad-hoc working groups as needed.
The organisation promotes greater bicycle use and enjoyment, cycling safety and awareness, bicycle route and road conditions that are safer as well as more pleasant, and an overall increased respect for cyclists in the public domain.
The board of Bike Ottawa as well as the Advocacy Working Group usually meet at Causeway. Other groups, like our Data Group or special events committees find or rent other spaces. We don't have an office, but we do own stuff, which we store at a storage locker. We don't have paid staff, but thanks to laptops, cell phones, our website and social media, you can always stay in touch with us. The board meets about ten times a year for two hours to discuss strategy, direction of the organisation, finances (in good shape btw), events etc. The Advocacy Working Group meets roughly every 6 weeks.
How big are we?
Some people think we are the bicycle version of the CAA, but we are not really in the same league. Our membership is growing, from around 140 in the mid-2000s to about 250 in 2015 and around 400 in 2017. That is apparently considered a mid size organisation in Ottawa.
What does the organisation cost?
Our membership fees, Bluesfest fundraiser and donations pay the bills. The money goes to rent, a mailbox, insurance, web hosting, the above-mentioned activities, office supplies, speakers etc. All in all, our organisation costs about $10,000 a year. Honestly, that is really not much money for the presence we have in Ottawa. That's what some CEO's making in one morning!