On May 14, 2014 Citizens for Safe Cycling received the Mayor’s City Builder Award for 30 years of cycling advocacy in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. Citizens for Safe Cycling started promoting safer road conditions in 1984 and has played a leading role in advocating cycling for everyone.
Today, the bike counters that are built in the Laurier bike lanes counted the 1,000,000 bike ride. Last night the counter was 650 rides away from this mile stone number. With over 2000 rides last Monday it is reasonable to assume that the magic number was reached somewhere at the end of this morning.
Our annual Tulips on Two Wheels event during the Ottawa Tulip festival returns on May 10th, 2014. We’ll be present at the canal pathway at Queen Elizabeth Drive at Fifth Ave, just a wee south of the Canal Ritz restaurant.
A spring bike event during a winter storm? Only in Ottawa.
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.
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!
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.
Since we started in 1984, we have been producing newsletters. They will provide you with a great insight into what we have been doing in all those years, how times have changed, and also how some things seem to never change. It is a fascinating insight in 35 years of bike advocacy in Ottawa.
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.