Your experiences and your vision of the biking city that you’d like to live in are the most important things you can bring to advocacy. And there is a lot more information you can use to be as effective as possible. City and NCC plans and policies, provincial and federal programs, open data sources, and even just some history of riding bikes in Ottawa can be invaluable resources.
But sometimes it’s hard to know where to look. So, to make things a little easier, we have compiled a set of resources to get you started.
Every year Bike Ottawa creates a look back at the previous year of riding bikes in Ottawa.
You can read our reports (dating back to 2010!) HERE.
Read up on how the City has changed over the years, and what improvements still need to be made.
Equity and Advocacy
A list of great reads to get you started when considering what it means to be an ally while engaging in advocacy:
· Bike Advocacy’s Blind Spot: The biking community is overwhelmingly concerned with infrastructure. For urban anthropologist Adonia Lugo, that’s an equity problem. By Tanvi Misra.
· The Bicycle as a Vehicle of Protest. By Jody Rosen
· Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes: SYSTEMIC RACISM CAN’T BE FIXED WITHOUT TACKLING IT WITHIN CYCLING. By Tamika Bulter
What are the Laws and your rights?
COMING SOON! a document about the laws for riding your bike in Ottawa/Gatineau area.
You can also check out The Biking Lawyer, David Shellnut’s site will give you a good understanding of what to do if you are ever in a crash.