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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. 

We’ll be in touch again before our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for the evening of Monday, September 26, 2016. Mark your calendars: we’re working on an exciting line-up of speakers and look forward to sharing it with you soon. In the meantime, here are a few notes on where to look for us in the coming couple of months, how you can get involved, and some highlights of recent activities.
Events in June and July
EnviroWeek in the EcoDistrict | June 9th | Sparks Street
This one-day festival hosted by Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict on Sparks Street is to celebrate sustainable actions and engage the community to protect our environment. You’ll be able to find information about CfSC and other organizations working on issues that promote sustainable living at the EcoFair. Learn more about activities.

This Little Bike Goes to Market (rescheduled) | June 12th | Lansdowne Park (Ottawa Farmers Market)
Our first attempt to hold this event was rained out, but we’ve rescheduled for this Sunday! Come find us there and learn about carrying more on a bike. This event is still weather-dependent, so check our Facebook page for any last-minute updates in case it looks rainy.

Vintage Bike Show | June 25 | Almonte Community Centre, 182 Bridge St., Almonte
Featuring vintage bicycles ranging  from pre-Penny-Farthing to classic Italian ten-speeds of the 1990s, this event organized by Cycle Salvation, Right Bike and the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Movement will be an opportunity to explore and discuss the history and culture of cycling. Visitors will also have the chance to ride replicas of vintage bicycles during the exhibition, which runs from 10am to 4pm and will be followed by a film screening. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door (or $5 with donation of a used bicycle): find out more and where to get tickets.

RBC Bluesfest Bike Park Group Volunteer Night | July 15 (rain date: July 16) 
Did you know we run the high-volume valet bike parking at RBC Bluesfest for two weeks
each summer? This has been CfSC’s biggest fundraiser since 2006, with festival volunteers working under CfSC member Charles Akben-Marchand to generate donations. This year, on the busiest festival night (Friday, July 15), we’re organizing a group of CfSC members to power the bike parking, It’ll be a fun evening to grow our presence and connect with potential new members. Festival volunteers will get a 50% discount offer on CfSC membership or renewal. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email

Promoting safer cycling: Advocacy and infrastructure updates
Update on Photo Radar
Board member Heather Shearer spoke at Transportation Committee in early May in support of requesting provincial permission to use photo radar. Council has approved requesting permission to use photo radar on a pilot basis in school zones. CfSC will continue to follow the photo radar issue and hopes this pilot will be a first step towards broader acceptance of photo radar on city streets as a means of improving safety for all road users.

I Bike I Buy
This spring, the online I Bike I Buy app spearheaded by Councillor Jeff Leiper to track cyclists’ spending has expanded beyond Kitchissipi to cover four of Ottawa’s urban wards: Rideau-Vanier, Rideau-Rockliffe, Somerset, and Capital. The goal is to understand how cyclists and cycling infrastructure can boost local businesses. Visit the site to find out more and log purchases made on cycling trips.

Highlights from recent activities

Bike Day on the Hill
On May 30th, CfSC members were all decked out for a great showing at Bike Day on the Hill. The event included a ride, roundtable and barbecue on Parliament Hill with MPs and Senators to address important issues, including what a National Cycling Strategy might look like in Canada. Read the recap on our website.

Tulips on Two Wheels
Again this year we had a great time at Tulips on Two Wheels, a chance to connect with cyclists out to see the tulips and to offer some free spring tune-ups. Thanks to all those who stopped by!

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