Written by Denise Deby.
Ottawa is a cycling city. Part of what makes it so are people and groups working to make Ottawa a safe and welcoming place to bike. Here’s what some of them have planned:
Citizens for Safe Cycling is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 7, 2013. Guest speaker is Sarah Craig, founder of I Heart Bikes, a fun and creative Halifax bike rental/shop/tour company. Her presentation, the AGM and refreshments from Kracker’s Katering are free, but organizers ask people to sign up in advance at http://welovesarah-estw.eventbrite.ca/. The event takes place at the Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Rd. at 6:45 p.m. (doors open at 5:45).
The 2nd Annual Danielle Naçu Community Bike Ride will be Thursday, October 10, 2013 at noon. It’s a tribute to university student and public servant Danielle Naçu, who lived a life of community spirit and service, and who was killed in traffic while cycling in downtown Ottawa in 2011. The ride, which has brought hundreds of cyclists out in previous years to honour Danielle and other cyclists injured or killed while riding, calls on the city and community to make cycling safer. Meet at 11:45 a.m. on Parliament Hill; ride will reach City Hall around 12:20. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1383211365244183/ for information.
Bike-share RightBike is winding up a successful 2013 season and preparing for next year. They could use donations of used bikes to refit for the fleet or to use as teaching aids for mechanics and volunteers. They’ll take “any and all types, ages and sizes of bikes and parts. No matter what condition.” Bikes can be dropped off at the RightBike office at 1A McCormick (off Wellington West) or at Phat Moose Cycles at 98 Hawthorne Avenue (near Main St.)—check beforehand for opening hours. See http://rightbike.org/to-donate/ for a list of other things you can contribute to support RightBike, a great community-owned bike-share with lots of benefits.