General Meeting Announcement

Interested in getting involved with CU Cycling? We’re always looking for new members who are passionate about cycling and want to help plan/attend events, as well as anything else related to cycling on campus. This is the place to share and discuss ideas on how to get more people on bikes, and how to build a thriving cycling community!

Our meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 at Mike’s Place on 2nd floor UC starting at about 6pm. Mark your calendars! We’ll have a tent card and a helmet to hopefully make us easy to spot.

Come to the Bicycle Picnic Club! Saturday, June 6

Bicycle Picnic Club posterIt’s looking like this Saturday will be sunny! Come on out and bring some snacks!

Meet at the University Centre main entrance next to the Architecture Building on Carleton University campus.

We’ll aim to leave for 11am, but please show up at 10:45am to give us time to assemble and to ensure that you don’t get left behind!

For more information about our bike rides, check out the Bike Rides Page.

Save the date: May 21 for the Bicycle Tuneups and Cycling Mini Fair

C.U. Cycling is teaming up with Healthy Bike Tuneup Cycling Mini FairWorkplace – Carleton University​ to bring you the Bicycle Tune-Ups and Cycling Mini-Fair on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 11am to 2pm.

  • Date: May 21, 2015
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: the neon green bike stand, next to the Architecture building at Carleton University
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone

The rain date is the following Thursday, May 28. Get your bike fixed up – or learn how to do it yourself! Exhibiting groups include:Healthy Workplace logo

  • Capital Vélo Fest, a non-profit organization with the mission to “Inspire People of All Ages to Ride a Bike More Often”. They will have SMOOCH, the bicycle powered smoothie machine, colourful lights  that glow in the dark to make your bike visible and  tickets for the Tour La Nuit at a special discounted price for the mini fair.
  • Carleton University Student Association (CUSA), the representative body of all undergraduate students attending Carleton University.
  • Citizens for Safe Cycling, a membership-based non-profit association working to promote safe and efficient cycling in Ottawa.
  • Escape Bicycle Tours​, who offers guided, fully-supported bicycle tours to urban and rural destinations in the Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, and the Outaouais area.
  • OPIRG Carleton, a centre for student organizing on campus. They support initiatives to fight discrimination and works closely with vulnerable communities to work towards meaningful change on campus and in the community.
  • The Otesha Project, a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.
  • Parks Canada Outdoors Club of Carleton. Their main goal is to get people interested and active in outdoor activities. They host day and multi-day backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and snowshoeing trips throughout Ontario and the surrounding area. They also host more localized activities like slack-lining and picnics in the parks around Ottawa.
  • RightBike, a social business that provides jobs and training for individuals in the community who are working to overcome barriers to employment. They deliver a community-based bike share service in Ottawa.
  • Safer Roads Ottawa, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department. They will have cycling safety information, bike lights, bike bells, reflective armbands, and  reflective tape.

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) Bike Co-Op will be assisting by providing bike tune-ups.

We’re always looking for friends! If you would like to attend, drop us a line at email.

Bicycle Picnic Club starts Saturday, May 2!

Bicycle Picnic Club posterC.U. Cycling bike rides are starting up again for 2015! Come out to our awesome and ever-fun Bicycle Picnic Club!

Looking for a nice peaceful Saturday afternoon? Want to explore our city’s pathway network? Need a quiet recovery from Friday night’s shenanigans? Join CU Cycling’s weekly Bicycle Picnic Club ride!

The BPC isn’t really a club; we just like riding bicycles and having picnics. The ride meets in front of Carleton’s University Centre at 11am on Saturdays, at which time we decide on a scenic route that will take us to a nice park, attraction, or festival where we can hang out for a bit and have some lunch. We tailor the pace and distance of the ride to whomever shows up. All kinds of bicycles and riders are welcome; just remember to pack a lunch!

Here’s the skinny:

  • Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
  • Time: 11am (meet at 10:50am)
  • Location: meet in front of the University Centre building on Carleton University campus
  • Route & difficulty: to be decided! We pick our route based on suggestions and the speed and skill level of the riders.

frequently and infrequently-asked-questions

  • Should I pack a lunch? Definitely!
  • Can I invite my friends? Yes please! The more the merrier
  • Can I join if I’m not a Carleton University student? For sure! C.U. Cycling is a group for Carleton students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members, but we’re all just here to bike around the city and have fun.

For more information about our rides in general, including information on where to meet and how to get to Carleton University, check out our Bike Rides page.

See you then!

Display Boards from the Bronson Ave Crossing Open House

The display boards from the Bronson Pedestrian & Cycling Crossing near Colonel By Ramps Open House are now available on David Chernushenko’s website. We’ve also uploaded the files here:

For more information and to provide comments on the proposed changes,   contact:

Shawn McGuire
Coordinator, Cycling and Pedestrian Safety
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
613-580-2424, ext. 32576
Shawn.Mcguire@ottawa.ca

Upcoming second open house

If you missed the open house at Carleton, a second one will be hosted in the Greenboro-South Keys neighbourhood.

  • Date: Monday, December 15
  • Time: 7 – 9 p.m
  • Location: Greenboro Community Centre (Room A-B), 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

Upcoming Bronson Avenue changes, Active Transportation Audit, and Public Open House

On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, representatives from C.U. Cycling attended a Bronson Avenue Safety Review Advisory Group meeting with the City of Ottawa, their consulting engineer and other interested parties. The focus was on the addition of a crosswalk/crossride across Bronson Avenue between the canal and Sunnyside Avenue, as was shown in the public open house in December 2012.

There was some very good ideas for improving Bronson Avenue in the area of the proposed crossing. Notably, the proposed changes were solutions and not short-term bandaid fixes. To praise the meeting itself, everyone in attendance thought critically about how the changes would impact all road users and the consulting firm took a lot of our suggestions quite well. The revised changes will be presented at a public open house. We’re very interested to see how they revise their proposals and what the new concepts will look like.

The proposals were excellent, but they were limited in scope to the area around the crossing.   C.U. Cycling looks forwards to working with Councilor Chernushenko’s office and the City of Ottawa as they work on developing plans for these areas further. It is worth noting that more changes are to come to Bronson Ave.

In particular, we look forward to improvements to better link Bronson Avenue north of the canal to better connect to Holmwood Ave, as improvements to the intersection of Sunnyside and Bronson, as well as changes further south.

Three conceptual designs were presented, with consideration to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s (MTO) Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 18, which was released in March 2014, and gives updates guidelines for how to plan for cycling infrastructure in the province of Ontario. Book 18 has caught up to the planning goals of cities and lays out rules on how to use new infrastructure, such as bike-specific lights and crossrides. This is particularly useful for Ottawa, since the city is home to bike boxes, cross rides, cycle tracks, and more. Book 18 will allow Ottawa to develop better bike-specific infrastructure, in harmony with the rest of the province.

Public Open House

TWO public open houses are scheduled:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
River Building – RB 2220-2228 (bike parking is available north of University Drive)
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Monday, December 15, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Room A-B, Greenboro Community Centre
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive (sheltered bike parking is available)
Ottawa, ON K1T 3P8

Proposed changes will be presented at these open houses.

Active Transportation Audit

If you want to get a better feel for what Bronson Ave is like today and start thinking of how it can be improved, the Glebe Community Association and Ecology Ottawa are hosting an Active Transportation Audit on November 22 at 10am. 

Find out more on the Ecology Ottawa website and RSVP if you can make it.

Come on out to our Ugly Sweater Ride! SUNDAY. Oct 19 at 11am!

Ugly Sweater Ride Poster

Put on the warmest, ugliest and most glorious sweater you can find and come on out for a bike ride! Ugly pants, scarves, and jackets are also acceptable. 

We will bike a loop around the canal and Ottawa River pathways, and finish off our ride with a cup of (hot apple cider/tea/hot chocolate) at Roosters Coffeehouse. All skill levels welcome, and nobody gets left behind!

As with every C.U. Cycling ride, this is going to be mega laid back and fun. We’ll meander through Ottawa at an easy-going pace, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost.

For more information on how our bike rides work, check out our Weekly Bike Rides page on our website: https://carletoncycling.wordpress.com/weekly-bike-rides/

Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook event!

Meet at the front of University Centre building on Carleton campus for 10:45am to leave for 11am.

  • Date: Sunday, October 19 (due to rain, we’ve moved the ride to Sunday).
  • Time: Meet at University Centre for 10:45am and leave at 11:00am. We’ll wait a few minutes for any stragglers. If you’re running late, tweet us!
  • Location: University Centre Doors
  • Route: through Arboretum, the Glebe, Golden Triangle, over the Corktown Bridge, along the Canal, past Dow’s Lake, and back to Carleton.

See you then!

Cycling & Eco Fair: September 10!

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The GSA and C.U. Cycling have returned this year with the Cycling and Eco Fair! Come on out for a rad time on September 10 (rain date September 17) from 10am to 4pm. There will be plenty of folks there to talk to about cycling and all forms of vaguely cycling-related topics.

Our friends from Cycle Salvation will be there providing some sweet, sweet FREE tune-ups. Last year was NUTS, so try to plan ahead. We weren’t able to fit everyone in, so try to soak up as much bike knowledge to do some repairs on your own!

The Eco Fair is brought to you by the GSA and CU Cycling with the support of CUPE 4600.

✓ This event is free.
✓ This event is wheelchair accessible.*
✓ This event is family-friendly.
✓ This event is dry.

So who’s gonna be there

The GSA and C.U. Cycling will be there repping it up… but I’m sure you’re curious to know who else will be attending, too! Our list is consistently being updated as more groups confirm:

  • CUPE 4600
  • CKCU
  • CPAWS
  • Ecology Ottawa
  • CFS
  • EnviroCentre
  • Carleton Food Centre
  • OPIRG (adjoining event)
  • The G-Spot
  • Council of Canadians
  • Polaris Institute

See you then!

*ACCESSIBILITY: To ensure that accessibility needs (like ASL translation) are met, please contact Justine at vpo@gsacarleton.ca by Sept 5th for services at The Eco Fair.

 

C.U. Cycling Ride is a go for August 30! #ottbike

As always, meet at the University Centre main entrance next to the Architecture Building on Carleton University campus at 10:45am to be ready to leave for 11:00am.

See you then!

Come to C.U. Cycling’s Weekly Ride: Saturday, June 7

It looks like we’ll have another sunny Saturday ride tomorrow. Come on out and don’t forget to bring some water! It looks like it’ll be a hot day.

Meet at the University Centre main entrance next to the Architecture Building on Carleton University campus.

We’ll aim to leave for 11am, but please show up at 10:45am to give us time to assemble and to ensure that you don’t get left behind!

For more information about our bike rides, check out the Bike Rides Page.