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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.


No Saturday Bike Ride – come to the Plaid Parade Sunday Oct 27!

Instead of our usual weekly ride on Saturday, C.U. Cycling will be attending the Plaid Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2013.! The ride starts at 1pm at the Art-Is-In Bakery (near Bayview station). It’s going to be huge!

So come on out in your finest tartan cloth and get ready to bike!

Also, if you’re heading in from the south, don’t forget that the o-train doesn’t run any farther north than Carleton University on weekends. You can instead catch a 90’s-series bus (these often have bike racks on the front) or bike from Carleton University to Art-is-In. Check the Cycling Route Map on the Cycling at Carleton page for some ideas on how to get there!


Cycling and Enviro Fair Roundup

The Cycling and Enviro Fair on September 19 was an incredible success. We cannot thank our partners enough: the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the Department of University Safety, and Safer Roads Ottawa; as well as everyone who tabled at the event. Your enthusiasm was unparalleled!

Although we had to reschedule the original time, it was well worth it; the sun was shining all day long!

We were fortunate to meet with plenty of new faces and talk to many folks who were interested in learning more about cycling in the Carleton community. Many cyclists that stopped by for free tuneups had been biking to campus for some time, while others used it as an opportunity to resurrect a bicycle they’d forgotten about!

A very busy fair!

Getting the fair set up!

A huge thank you goes out to the mechanics of RightBike and the Students’ Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) Bike Co-Op, who worked all day cleaning up and fixing up bicycles. Between the four mechanics, they were able to look at 72 bicycles! And for each bicycle, they showed the owners what they were doing and how they could fix up their bike.

Bike mechanics hard at work! (Photo by RightBike)

envirofair6 Bike mechanics hard at work! (Photos by RightBike)

We fielded a lot of questions about cycling, particularly at Carleton. But our most popular question went along the lines of: “are you going to be having this event tomorrow? Next week? Again?”

The free bike tuneups were wildly popular, so we’re already planning for our next event in the spring. In the meantime, we want to offer classes and opportunities for interested Carletonians to learn more about how to repair and maintain their own bicycles.

Some basic courses on maintenance and repair could go a long way for cash-strapped cyclists!

At the fair, we also asked individuals to try and answer the question of how cycling could be improved at Carleton University. We got some great responses, which include:

  • More racks at Dunton Tower
  • Safe crossing from the canal
  • More free bike tune ups – we’ll do our best!
  • Carleton bike paths integrated with municipal bike paths
  • Covered bike lock areas
  • More bike maintenance places like at the Architecture building
  • Bike lanes
  • More bike racks near Loeb and UniCentre
  • Fix the roads
  • No more stolen bikes! Improve security!
  • Secure bike parking like at Rec Centre except near UniCentre
  • Don’t waste money on parking structures!
  • East-West throughway for commuters going through campus
Responses to the question: how can cycling be improved at Carleton?

Responses to the question: how can cycling be improved at Carleton?

At the C.U. Cycling table, we had materials galore. We were so pleased to talk to everyone who stopped by. We were giving away free maps, C.U. Cycling and RRRA bikeshare postcards, reflective armbands, and other materials we’ve collected over the months.

C.U. Cycling table in the morning.

C.U. Cycling table in the morning.

The kind folks at the Safer Roads Ottawa tent were handing out bike lights for anyone who brought their bike with them. They also had a number of reflective armbands to give away! We’ve spotted a number of bikes sporting the armbands. Also at the purple tent was a representative from Ottawa Public Health distributing Adopt-a-Helmet bracelets. You can check out their video on how to adopt a helmet at

The Safer Roads Ottawa tent (on right) was busy all day long!

The Safer Roads Ottawa tent (on right) was busy all day long!

All of the exhibitors’ booths were busy the entire day. We saw petitions being signed all day at the Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project and Ecology Ottawa tables. At the EnviroCentre booth, a magnet-covered car was a big attraction! Bushtukah had their high-visibility clothing decorating their tent, making it the brightest booth of them all! And Citizens for Safe Cycling had material galore for students to snag. CKCU-FM had music playing all day long and there may have been one or two spontaneous dance parties during the event! We also saw some pedal carts going by, courtesy of the folks at Advanced Recreation.

Checking out EnviroCentre's booth

Checking out EnviroCentre’s booth

Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to table at the event and thanks to everyone who dropped by! It was great seeing so many people who were interested in cycling and the environment.

If you’re interested in getting involved with C.U. Cycling, get in contact with us at email! We’re always looking for more help to plan events and work on projects.

Cycling and Enviro Fair date MOVED to September 19

The Cycling and Enviro Fair, originally planned for September 12, is being MOVED to September 19 due to expected rain and thunderstorms.

FREE tuneups and bike lights at the Cycling and Enviro Fair, Sep 19!

On Thursday, September 19, C.U. Cycling will be hosting in conjunction with the Graduate Students’ Association a Cycling and Eniro Fair at Carleton University.



Location of the fair

We’ll have free bike tune-ups from the kind folks at Cycle Salvation and the uOttawa Bike Co-Op.

We’ll also be giving out free bike lights and reflective armbands to anyone who needs them, courtesy of Safer Roads Ottawa!

In attendance are:

We’ve got a lot of great folks coming out, so drop by with your bicycle! There will be plenty of folks to field your questions and a lot of cool stuff. We’ll have cycling maps, C.U. Cycling and RRRA Bikeshare postcards, bike lights, armbands, and MORE!

Also, if you plan on coming by, feel free to subscribe to the Facebook event!

Rain date!

Due to expected rain and thunderstorms, the Cycling and Enviro Fair has been
shifted from the original date of September 12 to September 19.

Capital Vélo Rally: A Bicycle Scavenger Hunt!

Capital Vélo Fest has done it again! They are offering a new event for Ottawa cyclists dubbed the Capital Vélo Rally on three Saturdays: one in July, one in August, and one in September.

What: Capital Vélo Rally
Dates: Saturday July 13, August 17, and September 14
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: 8 Locks’ Flat restaurant

Check out the posting from the website:

Ride with a team of 3-6 people on a fun-filled day of cycling through the streets of Ottawa.  Discover what makes Ottawa a great cycling city by exploring a guided cycling route along low-traffic streets and bike paths.  Decipher the route, search for answers to quirky clues and quizzes, and test your skills in a friendly challenge with other rally-riders!

Three rallies have been scheduled for Saturdays July 13, August 17 and September 14, starting at 8 Locks’ Flat restaurant.  (If it is pouring rain on the day the rally, the event will be postponed to the Sunday the day after).  Each route will be approximately 20km in length, and the ride is suitable for riders of all ages who can ride the distance and safely navigate on city streets. It’s a great way for a family, or group of friends or colleagues to see interesting city sights on bikes!

Registration includes a light breakfast, snacks along the route at a checkpoint, food at the finish, prizes and a day of fun!

June 19: free bike tune-ups, 11am-7pm

june19freebiketuneupDo you ride your bike to Carleton campus? Well, June 19th is your lucky day! The Ottawa U Bike Co-op is coming to campus to do FREE bike tune ups right by the architecture building!

Date: June 19, 2013
Time: 11am-7pm
Location: between the University Centre and the Architecture Building

Come on out and get your bike tuned up for the summer months!

Happy cycling!

Little Italy Family Bike Parade: June 16

Looking for a fun cycling event? Participate or volunteer to be a part of the Little Italy Family Bike Parade! From the Facebook page:

Come take part in the inaugural Little Italy Family Bike Parade!

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in a family bike parade down Preston St. Come, decorate your bikes, then we’ll parade down Preston St. and the new O-Train bike path.

Preston St. will be closed to traffic as part of Italian Week, so we’ll have lots of space on the road!

Bike decoration: 9:30AM
Parade start: 10:30AM Sharp

The group is looking for volunteers to assist with:

  • Closing the streets and monitoring the barricades
  • Acting as marshalls for the parade
  • Promoting the parade
  • Putting on their best costumes and participating in the parade!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Perry at .

Weekly bike rides: Saturdays at 11am

Location of meeting place for bike rides at University Centre (green dot)

Location of meeting place for bike rides at University Centre (green dot)

C.U. Cycling will be offering weekly bike rides starting May 25 each Saturday at 11am!* Meet in front of the University Centre building.

You can find it on a map, labeled UC. It’s across from parking lot P2 just southwest of the o-train station and bus stops.

Saturday was the most popular option in the survey we released and 9am, 10am, and 11am were the most popular times.

Please show up at 10:45am so that we will be ready to leave at 11am on the dot!

Also, please try to pack some food or a lunch for the post-ride!

Route Information

Routes will go through multi-use pathways, bike lanes, and quiet streets. We will be traveling at a laid-back pace, so don’t worry about trying to keep up! We’re not looking to race; we’re just out for a nice bike ride! The ride will take roughly 1 hour and we’ll increase the distance traveled over the summer.

If you plan on riding with us, please review the Ministry of Transportation’s Cycling Skills website and click through the links in the table of contents. We will be using hand signals, stopping at all applicable traffic signs and lights, and we will be taking the road if we bike on a road.

Getting to Carleton University

If you are driving to Carleton University, parking costs $3 for the day. Refer to the Visitor Parking page and parking map .pdf for more information.

If you are taking the bus to Carleton University, route #107 serves the university and has bike racks, so you can take up to two bikes on the bus. The route is 12 minutes from South Keys and 13 minutes from Lebreton station.

Suggestions, ideas?

If you have any route suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment on this post, comment on our Facebook page, email us, or give us a shout on Twitter!

Also, you can join our event on Facebook.

* Bike rides originally started at 10am, but were changed to 11am later in the season.

2013 Spring.Bike.Ottawa

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 two of C.U. Cycling’s members headed out for Citizens for Safe Cycling’s second annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa event. Tamara Nahal presented on C.U. Cycling’s history and work to date and outlined some of the future steps for the group.

Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2013 poster

Image by Citizens for Safe Cycling

Even though they arrived at around 9:30am (with the event to start at 10am), the room was packed! Seats were filling up and a line was forming to sign in. By 10 sharp, Hans Moor kicked off the event and Paul Dewar followed up with the first presentation of the morning.

We talked about the formation of C.U. Cycling, some of the problems we’ve faced as a mostly-student and alumni-run club, particularly with funding and membership numbers. But we also outlined some of our successes so far, including our Community Cycling Meeting on December 4, 2012, and our involvement in hosting the Bronson Safety Review Open House on February 27, 2013.

It was a great event and something we’d love to see again in the future! We were excited to have been invited and have the opportunity to talk. A lot of folks commented on the energy we brought to the table and how it was great to see students organizing to affect positive change in the city.

Thanks to everyone who came out!