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Reminder: RBC Bluesfest Bike Park | July 7th-17th
Ride your bike to RBC Bluesfest and leave it safely at our free bike park! We’ve been running the bike park at RBC Bluesfest since 2006, and although the service is free, donations from cyclists showing their appreciation have consistently made this our biggest annual fundraiser. We hope to see you parking your bike during the festival!
Annual General Meeting | Monday, September 26th
Put it in your calendar! Our AGM is a great opportunity to mingle with fellow Ottawa cyclists, hear from some great speakers, and catch up on CfSC’s work over the past year. Stay tuned for more info, but this year we’ll be focusing on data and how we can use it to improve cycling in the city. The first portion of the meeting--including the social, speakers, as well as complimentary snacks and coffee--is open to all. For the subsequent business portion of the meeting, including voting on issues, you must be a current CfSC member: Make sure you renew or join before the meeting!
Promoting safe cycling: Advocacy and infrastructure updates
Release of our position statement on sharrows
In consultation with our membership, we are pleased to release our position on sharrows: In short, we think people who bike deserve better. Sharrows are not a suitable substitute for cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities. Read our statement to see our full position, our rationale, and some examples of Ottawa's worst and best sharrows.
One metre passing police blitz
On June 21st, Ottawa police conducted a safety blitz to educate drivers about the one-metre passing law that was part of Bill 31 passed in September. Under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, the law requires Ontario drivers to give cyclists a minimum of one metre of space when passing. Police used a sonar device to detect cars who passed too closely, and stopped those who did, to inform them about this law. It was a great opportunity for public education and we hope to see more. Read about it in the Ottawa Citizen.
Advocacy Results: The NCC pathway along the Mill Street Brew Pub parking lot
Have you noticed recent changes along the NCC Ottawa River Pathway near Mill Street Brew Pub? We're happy to celebrate this bike advocacy ‘win’, a small but important one of our many safe cycling initiatives. See how the NCC has implemented a practical solution that we recommended, ensuring parked cars don't inadvertently block the pathway and improving safety for Ottawa's cyclists and other pathway users: Read the post on our website.
O'Connor bikeway construction
Just as we hit the busiest month ever on the Laurier bike lane (with 70,000+ rides counted), construction of the north-south O’Connor bikeway from Laurier to Fifth Avenue is now under way. Construction is moving fast, and expected to be completed by the fall. A small detour on the eastbound Laurier bike lane is in effect for the early stage of the construction-- look for signs and find out more about the project and timelines here.
Highlights from recent activities
Advocacy Working Group leader Paul Clarke wins Bruce Timmermans Award
Paul Clarke is the recipient of this year’s individual Bruce Timmermans Award for his tireless work leading our Advocacy Working Group. The City of Ottawa presents Bruce Timmermans awards each year to recognize outstanding contributions in Ottawa’s cycling community. The City noted that Paul has led inputs to the City and developers on more than 30 projects, including street designs for O’Connor Street, Main Street, Churchill Avenue and Laurier Avenue. Congratulations, Paul, and thank-you for your ongoing efforts! Congrats also to one of our partner organizations, Ottawa EcoDistrict, who won this year’s award for an organization. Read more about it.
Recent CfSC media appearances
The strength of our voice on cycling issues had led to lots of media coverage of our statements on issues related to promoting safer cycling. In case you missed any of them, here are a few highlights of last month’s media articles featuring CfSC comments on some key cycling issues:
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Photo credits: Charles Akben Marchand (sharrow image), Heather Shearer (Mill Street image), City of Ottawa (Bruce Timmermans Award image)
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