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September is getting busy already. There are a number of bike related events coming up this month. Did you know that upcoming events can be viewed on our handy calendar, and you can even add them to your own calendar? Check our calendar now.

Data Group 

TENTATIVELY (!) September 11, 7-9 pm, Plant Recreation Centre, Booth Room. Check the Bike Ottawa agenda for the latest info
The Bike Ottawa Data group is to thank for one of our favourite new features, the interactive maps. All are welcome to join us for a fun night of thinking up new ways to collect data and use it to generate useful information and tools. No experience needed. Recently, our President Heather Shearer was invited by CTV Ottawa to show how our Level of Stress maps work. Watch Heather explain the maps on the interactive big screen.

Bicycle Film Festival 

September 22, 5-10 pm, Hooley’s Pub, 292 Elgin.
Join EnviroCentre for the 18th Annual Bicycle Film Festival, a celebration of bicycles through film, art and music. There are 34 diverse films from 13 countries, 5 hours of entertainment, all for just $15.

Advocacy Working Group (AWG)

September 26, 7-9 pm, Plant Recreation Centre, Booth Room
The Advocacy Working Group is where we gather to review project plans and develop our position to give feedback to the City and the NCC. Bring your ideas and issues… all are welcome. Connect with Christie, our chair at

Ecology Ottawa’s Mayoral Debate 

September 26, 7-9 pm, Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.
All candidates were invited to this two hour debate, which will include questions on climate change adaptation, waste management, environmental justice, active transportation and green spaces. Read more about the debate here: Ecology Ottawa mayoral debate. Note that many community associations also organise ward based debates or Q&A's. 

Save the Date for the Bike Ottawa AGM

October 1 starting at 6 pm (doors at 5:30). Bayview Yards, 7 Bayview Road.

This is probably the biggest bike-related gathering of the fall: Bike Ottawa’s Annual General Meeting

Bike Ottawa's AGM is in a NEW LOCATION this year, where you'll be able to see and hear our fantastic line-up of speakers much better. You will meet the same friendly Bike Ottawa crew, with representatives from local like-minded organizations, too. Sandwiches will be served so there is no need to rush home first for dinner. Non-members are welcome to join us for the first half of the evening, featuring guest speakers and a social. If you are already a member, you may be up for renewal. RENEW ONLINE NOW… and skip the line-up at the event.

Nepean Trail - Merivale Road to get separate bike infrastructure under railway overpass

The City of Ottawa will soon start work on the Merivale underpass, part of the long awaited completion of the Nepean Trail. The city will build a bidirectional Multi Use Pathway (MUP), connecting the area paths south of the railway tracks to the areas north of it. For many of us, Merivale is not a pleasant cycling experience: the multi use pathway will be one of the last missing links in a network of multi use pathways and quiet residential roads. (photo: Hans on the Bike)

Municipal Election… Survey Results Coming Soon

We all know that our elected representatives can be enormously influential when it comes to shaping the city.The city, in turn, shapes your life. 

That’s why the Bike Ottawa Advocacy Working Group developed a survey for candidates, to hear what their views are on what role cycling should play in the municipal landscape. We ask about connections, budgets, access to LRT, willingness to talk to the province for funding etc.

We’ll be posting their responses on our website soon, so that you can hear what they have to say before you go to the polls on Monday, October 22. Uptick until now is pretty good with promising answers. (photo: Hans on the Bike)


Fisher Ave restriping

You may have noticed that Fisher Ave, north of Baseline, has been shaved and paved. The City has planned bike lanes on Fisher for that stretch between Baseline and Tunis. Although there were never bike lanes NB, everyone (OK, nearly everyone) used the shoulder to bike northbound. Southbound was a bit of a mishmash, but has been cleaned up. This will mean some parking is disappearing, which will likely not well received by the residents.

Shave and Pave (S&P) is different from road construction. S&P doesn't allow for any changes on the road, other than paint. This is unfortunate, because Fisher could really gain from modest changes, for example at the slip lane entering Fisher from Baseline.

You can read up on the plans at this site, which includes drawings: 
Contact information is on the site too if you want to make suggestions.
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