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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!


Cycling & Eco Fair: September 10!

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
  • 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 by Sept 5th for services at The Eco Fair.


Update on the Funding Campaign: Bicycle Workshop Deferred to September

Earlier this year, with the amazing work of the Student Philanthropy Council, we successfully raised enough money to host a bike workshop and bike tune-up day. We had intended to hold it outdoors in some fashion, but it snowed right through our tentative date.

As a result, we will be hosting our bike workshop and bike tune-up event in September 2014 when everyone returns to class.

Picking a date and location can be tricky: we want to try and make it as convenient for members of the Carleton University community as possible, so this means holding our event when classes are in session, but also trying not to hold it when exams are ongoing.

May 6 – Bicycle tune-up and safety workshop

In the meantime, we’ve been working with Healthy Workplace, who is putting on a Bicycle Tune-Up and Safety Workshop on May 6, 2014. Save the date and don’t forget to register!

  • When: May 06, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Room: Bicycle tune-up station next to Architecture Building.
  • Location:
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Samantha Munro
  • Email
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 ext. 2618

For full details, check out their event post. See you then!

We did it!

That’s it… we did it! The Future Funder campaign run by the Student Philanthropy Council was an amazing success! We raised $1022.09 out of our $1000 goal!

Completely funded... thanks to YOU!

Completely funded… thanks to YOU!

We at C.U. Cycling would like to take a moment to thank everyone who donated to help make our workshop and maintenance workshop a reality! We would also like to thank the Student Philanthropy Council, who worked tirelessly to raise the funds.

We can’t wait to host the event and we hope to see you there!

Only 10 days left in our Fundraiser!

We’re getting close: there are only 10 days left in the Bicycle Maintenance Workshop and Tuneups Fundraiser. This means that we’re getting closer to our goal of $1000 so we can pay some amazing bicycle mechanics to teach the Carleton community how to keep their bikes in tip-top shape. And if you don’t have the time, we also hope to offer free tune-ups.

We’re at a whopping $720 out of our $1000 goal. Think it’s a cool idea?

Help us out and donate today!

Want to learn more? Check out the full details on the Student Philanthropy Council website and help us bring bicycle maintenance education to Carleton U!

Bicycle Maintenance Workshops and Tuneups fundraiser: we’re halfway there!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated to the Bike Maintenance Workshop and Tune-Ups fundraiser: we are now at $500 of our $100 goal!

Want to learn more? Check out the full details on the Student Philanthropy Council website and help us bring bicycle maintenance education to Carleton U!

C.U. Cycling Fundraiser banner


Support C.U. Cycling: Donate to our Future Funder Campaign!

C.U. Cycling has teamed up with the Carleton University Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) to raise funds for a a FULL DAY of free bicycle maintenance workshops and bicycle tune-ups in Spring 2014. Whether you want to learn how to keep your bike in tip-top shape or if you just need an experienced mechanic to check it over, we want to see Carleton University biking safely and in style!

Support the cause!

Want to learn more? Check out our page on the SPC website and consider making a donation to support the cause!

The workshop

We want to give students, staff, faculty, alumni, and neighbours the opportunity to get their hands greasy and learn the very basics to bike maintenance. The first step can often be the most difficult one, so we want to demystify the wonderful world of bicycle repair.

We will cover topics such as, but not necessarily limited to:

  •  Maintenance, cleaning, and safety checks
  • Tire inflation and tube and tire replacement
  • Brake adjustment

What we need

We are looking to raise $1000.00 to help cover the cost of space, equipment and mechanics to make this safety conscious event a reality. We plan to offer this service-based event free of charge to the entire Carleton community.

The benefits

The proposed project directly addresses the benefits of active transportation use. Not only will Carleton community members receive bicycle tune-ups free of charge, they will also gain the skills and confidence to maintain their own bicycles and operate them safely. As a result, our project serves to promote cycling as a healthy and environmentally friendly way to commute.


Donate today!

Weekly bike rides changed to 11am on Saturdays

You like to sleep in? Us too! The C.U. Cycling weekly rides have been pushed back to 11am every Saturday. No need to set your alarm! Join us in front of the Unicentre main entrance for a leisurely ride through Ottawa’s most scenic pathways. More info at

Bicycle Maintenance: uOttawa Bike Co-Op

Do you want to learn more about maintaining your bicycle? The University of Ottawa Bicycle Co-Op is offering FOUR workshop dates for bicycle maintenance. Register today and get learning!

Workshops – Park Tool School™
The Co-op is super stoked to announce our summer workshop schedule! We will be teaching from the Park Tool School™ curriculum. Join us for one or all of these stellar workshops – those who complete all four will receive a certificate of completion of the “Park Tool School™ Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Clinic”.- Wednesday, July 10, 6pm-9pm – Basic bicycle maintenance, tires and tubes
– Wednesday, July 24, 6pm-9pm – Brakes: types, installation, replacing pads and cables.
– Wednesday, August 7, 6pm-9pm – Drive Train: freewheels/cassettes, pedals, cranksets, chains
– Wednesday, August 21, 6pm-9pm – Gears: derailleur installation and adjustment, chain/cog wear

Spaces are limited, so deadline to register is 48 hours before the workshop. Email to register.

Ateliers – Park Tool School™

Le Coop vélo est très heureux d’annoncer notre horaire pour les ateliers d’été! Nous enseignerons des éléments du programme « Park Tool School™ ». Joignez-nous dans un ou plusieurs de ces ateliers excellents – ceux qui complètent tous les quatre ateliers recevront un certificat de réussite du « Cours pratique de réparation et entretien de vélo Park Tool School™».

– Mercredi 10 juillet de 18 h à 21 h – Entretien de vélo de base, pneus et chambres à air
– Mercredi 24 juillet de 18 h à 21 h – Freins : types, installation, freins de remplacement et câbles.
– Mercredi 7 août de 18 h à 21 h – Éléments mécaniques : roues libres/cassettes, pédales, pédaliers, chaînes
– Mercredi 21 août de 18 h à 21 h – Équipement : installation et réglage de dérailleur, usure de chaîne/roue

Les places sont limitées, donc la date limite pour s’inscrire c’est 48 heures avant l’atelier. Envoyez un courriel à pour vous inscrire.

RRRA-run bike share is coming to Carleton!

ImageCarleton University will soon have its very own bike sharing program! Bikes are free to all Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) members and cost $5 per day or $20 per year for all Carleton students, staff, faculty, and alumni. A $20 safety deposit is required.

This program has been made possible by the incredible initiative of Arif Jaffer, VP Admin, and the community support from Citizens for Safe Cycling, the Department of University Safety, and RightBike. C.U. Cycling has also been giving our support and advice for the program.

We’re very excited to see such a great program come to Carleton and we really hope that everyone benefits from it and treats the bikes well!

If you want to read more, refer to The Charlatan article on the topic and check out the BikeShare page on the RRRA website.