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.
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...
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.
Mayor Watson and Gareth Davies, president of @BikeOttawa - photo: Hans Moor
What a fantastic turnout at our 2016 AGM! Not only did we have the largest ever number of members and guests in attendance (nearly 150), but we also had more members of city council join us than ever before, along with Mayor Jim Watson.