Category Archives: Meeting

Next C.U. Cycling meeting: Sep 30 at 5pm

Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 30 at 5pm. We’ll meet in the OPIRG offices (326 University Centre).

If you haven’t been to OPIRG’s office before, it’s accessible just off the main UniCentre staircase, located directly above the Muslim prayer room. Use the main staircase and head to the second floor: turn right and walk past Mike’s Place down to Ziggy’s, then turn left and take the set of stairs up to the third floor.

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Next meeting: March 12, 2013

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm. We’ll be holding it in the OPIRG office at 326 UniCenter.

If you haven’t been to the OPIRG office before, take the main set of stairs in UniCenter to the second floor (food court level). Turn right and walk toward Mike’s Place, Porter Hall, and Ziggy’s Hair Salon. Once you get to Ziggy’s, there is a set of doors on your left and another staircase with a lift on the side. Go up that set of stairs and you’ll find the OPIRG office!

On our agenda:

  1. Debrief from Town Hall
  2. Decision-Making
  3. Position on Bronson Changes
  4. Student Affairs Club Application
  5. Web Content
  6. Future Goals or Events

Next meeting: February 1, 2013

Our next meeting will be on February 1, 2013 at 4pm at Mike’s Place on campus.

Vote on our next meeting during the week of January 28

planning Hello all! Our next meeting will be held during the week of January 28. If you are interested in attending, please mark down the times that you are available on this Doodle spreadsheet. Meetings typically run for one hour. Unless the meeting is held at 10am or on Saturday, it will be held at Mike’s Place on campus.

Hope to see you there!

Community and Co-operation: C.U. Cycling’s First Meeting

On December 4, 2012, 17 people turned up for the first community cycling meeting hosted by C.U. Cycling. This was the third meeting for C.U. Cycling, but also the first to attempt to bring the community together.

At the meeting, we saw undergraduate and graduate students, Carleton staff, CUSA and GSA representatives, a Carleton Safety staff member, and one blogger and Citizens for Safe Cycling member. We had a pretty diverse group. To all who came out: thank you!

During the 1.5-hour meeting, we discussed topics of cycling in Ottawa, Carleton, and worldwide. No cycling event would be complete without a mention of cycling in the Netherlands and Copenhagen to serve as inspiration.

We discussed some ideas on what we’d like to see at Carleton as well as some ideas for the city as a whole. We had both broad goals and more specific ones.

We were very fortunate to hear from a representative at Carleton Safety who was able to quickly point out whether our ideas and suggestions were feasible or not. In our discussion, Alice-Rose Mick asked whether we felt that there was enough bicycle racks at Carleton. Although many of us felt that there were in fact many bike racks, we would have liked to see covered bike parking to protect our bikes from rain and snow. This allowed for a discussion of the challenges of designing covered bike parking to comply with fire regulations and safety codes.

Another key discussion revolved around the question of data. Colum Grove-White mentioned that at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, conduct traffic study reports to determine travel modes for getting to school. We discussed ideas for how to conduct our own data collection at Carleton. Some suggestions included working with students in quantitative research statistics classes to conduct random surveys or to conduct observational studies to determine how students are getting to Carleton.

These are some big goals that we’d like to see in the future, but for now, we hope to focus on getting C.U. Cycling off the ground and running. Until we can consider collecting data or working on new projects, we need to work to make C.U. Cycling a reality.

In the short term, we need to develop a mission statement, goals, and vision for the club.

Together, we identified four key elements of C.U. Cycling:

  1. Advocacy: communicating with other groups on campus and in Ottawa and expressing our stance to the city and other groups
  2. Bicycle co-operative: bicycle repairs and bicycle workshops
  3. Research: partnering with professors and the academic community at Carleton to gather more data about cycling patterns, cycling use, and multi-modal trips at Carleton
  4. Community, events, and awareness

We also need your help. If you’re interested in being a part of the executive team at C.U. Cycling, email us at

Additional Coverage
Gaetan Provencher also provided the following summary on his blog, Velotout: “C.U. Cycling” (french). This has also been posted on Citizen Cycle.