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Welcome to the Citizens for Safe Cycling (BikeOttawa) newsletter. Help us spread the word and amplify our voice on key cycling issues in Ottawa: Join us as a member and pass this newsletter on to fellow Ottawa cyclists. 
Save the Date for Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2017: Time Machine
Looking Back, Looking Forward at 150
Saturday, March 25th | 1-4pm | McNabb Community Centre

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. Stay tuned for details on the event agenda and register online if you think you can join us.

Attention history buffs and/or creative #ottbike-rs: Have some ancient bike relics or some ideas to contribute to our "time machine"? Email to get involved. 

Promoting Safe Cycling: Advocacy and Infrastructure Updates

Survey on Laurier Avenue User Experiences: Open Until Feb. 28
CfSC is one stakeholder group that is currently participating in a safety audit of Laurier Avenue: As a part of this process, the City wants to know about your experience using this corridor. Complete the survey by February 28th to share your thoughts.  

Advocacy Results: Mayor urges Ontario Education Minister to help improve cycling education
In December, Mayor Jim Watson addressed a letter to Ontario's Minister of Education, MPP Mitzie Hunter, requesting provincial support to improve education for safe cycling. This request was a result of a recommendation made by a group of cycling advocates, including CfSC, invited by the Chair of Ottawa's Transportation Committee and the Mayor to provide advice on how to make riding a bike safer in our city. CfSC has been participating in this group since it was convened in September 2016, following the tragic death of one of our city's cyclists in a collision with a construction truck. Read the full letter on our website.

Upcoming Cycling Detour: Prince of Wales Drive from Strandherd to Hunt Club
Prince of Wales Drive between Strandherd and Hunt Club will be undergoing road bed rehabilitation this year between May and November. Due to associated narrowing and shifting of lanes during construction along this corridor where travel speeds are high and there are frequently heavy vehicles, the City will be recommending a detour for cyclists: View the detour route here. CfSC will monitor this and provide feedback as appropriate. 

Get Involved
Advocacy Working Group
Advocacy is at the core of CfSC's work to improve cycling in our city. Our Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is a group of volunteers who directly support our efforts to monitor and provide feedback on infrastructure projects across the city: this includes not only designated cycling projects, but other projects that will have implications for cyclists as well. We follow and provide feedback on projects from the design phase through to post-build review.

If you're interested in volunteering with the AWG, email We can point you to projects in your area that need to be monitored and invite you to monthly meetings where you can discuss and provide feedback. 

Highlights from Recent Activities

BikeOttawa at the Winter Cycling Congress
From February 8-10, four of our members represented CfSC at the Winter Cycling Congress, which was hosted by Montreal this year. It was a great opportunity to hear and share experiences and perspectives on winter cycling as an equitable, economical, and healthy way of getting around, and to discuss ways to further normalize it. Read a recap of the event on our website

Winter Bike Parade 2017
We had a great time at our Winter Bike Parade in January, showing off that we ride year-round in Ottawa! Thanks to all those who came out and to Tall Tree Cycles and Joe Mamma Cycles for donating the door prizes. It was great to be joined by Councillors Jeff Leiper, Mathieu Fleury, Tobi Nussbaum, and Mark Taylor. We missed Catherine McKenney who donated the hot chocolate but suffered a broken elbow the week prior.

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Photo credits (from top to bottom): Hans Moor, Simone Rivers, CfSC 
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