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Win great prizes through our first Bike Ottawa membership drive!

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Have you been meaning to join Bike Ottawa and just haven’t got around to it? Or are you already a member and think your friends should join us too?

Now is the perfect chance to make it happen during our new membership drive contest. With each new membership and/or referral, your name will be entered into a draw to win great prizes!

Join us on October 2nd for our 2017 Bike Ottawa AGM & social!

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When: Monday, October 2nd; doors open at 5:30pm and speakers begin at 6pm  │ Where: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road  

Tickets: FREE, but please register online!

It's the time of year for our Annual General Meeting and autumn bike social! Join us to mix and mingle with fellow Ottawa cyclists over food and drink, hear from some great speakers, and—for Bike Ottawa members—participate in the official business of our AGM.

Signs don't solve road design: our letter to councillors

stop signA 4-way stop on a grid of quiet residential streets with good sightlines.

Can you think of a better way to calm motor traffic while keeping the bike ride flowing smoothly along? Perhaps alternating yield signs, and channelized road narrowings. Mini round-abouts? Decorative planters in the intersection to divert straight-through traffic while maintaining permeability for walking and cycling? Landscaping at strategic locations to visually narrow the road? More expensive than stops signs, but also more effective.

Release of our 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling

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Bob Forbes of Action Sandy Hill captured this year's cover photo, featuring the new advisory bike lanes on Someset Street East.

BikeOttawa is proud to announce the release of our 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling. This year, our report reflects the excitement of 2017—marking a milestone 150th for Canada, and a promising year for enjoying and continuing to improve cycling in our capital. We take a look at what we've done well, opportunities to do better, and highlight cycling data trends as well as stories from everyday cyclists in our city.

Join us on March 25th for Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2017: Time machine!

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Photo Credit: This shot from Hans Moor's blog depicts a "traffic jam" at the locks in Merrickville 100 years ago...

 When: Saturday, March 25th | 1:00pm-4:00pm   Where: McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy Street)

What: Our annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa symposium and social!

Looking back, looking forward at 150: Spring will be here before you know it, and as has become tradition we look forward to ringing it in with our Spring.Bike.Ottawa symposium and social. Tapping into Canada's 150th celebrations, we'll be treating this year's event as an opportunity look back at Ottawa's cycling past and forward to the opportunities we have to keep moving our capital towards a bike-friendlier future.

The event is free and you don't need to bring your tickets, but please register so we know how many people to expect (and because space is limited). Read on for additional information on the agenda...

Winter Cycling Congress 2017: CfSC-Bike Ottawa was there

 

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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...

Our 6th annual Winter Bike Parade takes place January 15th!

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The @BikeOttawa Family Winter Bike Parade in the Laurier Bike Lane  photo: Hans Moor

What: A casual ride (approximately 7km) followed by hot drinks, snacks, a panel on winter cycling featuring Ottawa City Councillors, and mingling. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10am-12:30pm | Where: Ride starts from City Hall (10am); refreshments and panel will follow in Councillors' Lounge.

Please Register Online: The event is free and you don't need to bring your tickets, but registering helps us plan for the number of people to expect.

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