Group ride tomorrow for a SUNNY SATURDAY! May 17!

Tomorrow looks like it will be a lovely sunny day, so we’re pumped for our next ride!

As always, 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.

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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 contactsamanthamunro@cunet.carleton.ca
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 ext. 2618

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

First bike ride of 2014: Saturday, April 12 at 11am

Come on out to the FIRST bike ride of 2014 for C.U. Cycling! It’s going to be starting out at 10C and climbing to an amazing 12C tomorrow!

Meet at the University Centre main entrance next to the Architecture Building to leave for 11am.

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

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

See you then!

At the Helm of Our City

On March 29th 2014, I attended the Ecology Ottawa Complete Streets Strategy Forum. The forum brought together key movers and shakers of the city’s transportation infrastructure, including city councilors, members of community associations, urban planners, civil engineers, advocates for cyclists, pedestrians and people with mobility-limiting disabilities, and even a member of C.U. Cycling (me)! The objective: to discuss the concept of “Complete Streets” and how to incorporate these complete streets into our city planning.

Last fall, the city of Ottawa adopted a complete streets policy in its latest Transportation Master Plan. The idea is that roads should provide a safe and useable space for all road users, including the more vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and people with disabilities. Following an enthusiastic council approval, city planners are already starting to implement complete streets for the upcoming overhaul of Main Street. As it stands, I think most would agree that Main Street is loud, dodgy and unpleasant. Lanes are potholed and perilous, sidewalks are uneven and narrow, and cycling infrastructure is nonexistent. You generally don’t spend more time on Main Street than is really necessary, and it certainly isn’t a place you would hang out. Thankfully, the redesign will include bicycle lanes and carefully planned sidewalks and traffic signals so that nobody is left stranded. More green space will be included to turn Main Street into an enjoyable community hub. You might ask (as many commuters did), how can we fit so much goodness onto a pre-existing road without slowing down traffic? Will rush hour traffic be much slower? Traffic engineers have put a lot of thought into these questions. Creating a large bottleneck at Main Street would only divert traffic to other roads which are less capable of accommodating it. The honest answer is that, yes, traffic will move somewhat slower. However, a rush hour drive on the new Main Street would only take three or four minutes longer, and the street would still be capable of handling large volumes of traffic.

The Complete Streets Strategy Forum began with presentations from five city councilors from all over the city, ranging from the city centre all the way out to Kanata. Councilor David Chernushenko explained his concerns while he was seeking council approval for the Main Street redesign. Given that it is the first project under the complete streets policy, its success was important for showing everyone in the city that this approach is a positive one. During the review process, councilors from outer parts of the city needed some reassuring that nice wide sidewalks wouldn’t come at the expense of traffic volume. Ultimately, still being able to move cars is in everyone’s best interest, even residents around Main Street. It turns out that complete streets are less about favoring one mode of transportation over the other, and more about having the choice to use any mode you want.

An interesting perspective came from Councilor Marianne Wilkinson, councilor for the Kanata North ward. We might have a strong idea of what complete streets look like for downtown roads, but what is a complete street in Kanata? Councilor Wilkinson reminded us to view Kanata as a satellite city, not as a suburb. There is a huge industrial park in Kanata North, and most trips made by residents are not to downtown Ottawa but within Kanata itself (think local grocery stores, banks, doctors’ offices and parks). Currently, many residents feel that they are confined to use their cars to make these trips, even if the trips are short. A complete street in Kanata may not have the same features as one downtown, but can be transformed simply by adding well-lit multi-use pathways for children to walk safely to school. The key is to keep all users in mind, “aged from 8 to 80”.

Likewise, Councilor Mathieu Fleury described how the downtown core has its own version of the complete street. Queen Street will soon benefit from shiny new Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations. In this case, a complete street means providing a safe environment  for the huge influx of pedestrians that will be arriving by train. Wide sidewalks can be safe and enjoyable with planters and trees acting as physical barriers to vehicle traffic.

The advantages of a network of complete streets can sometimes be difficult to quantify. Owning and operating a car is expensive, so having alternative modes available can be financially beneficial to individual residents. However, allowing a family to operate with one car instead of two may benefit the family, but it doesn’t directly allow funding of these big projects. Enjoying an active lifestyle and having a greater sense of community engagement do not return any money to the city, and yet these wonderful ideas cost huge money to implement. We must remember that the long-term “soft” gains can improve our quality of life.

We are part of a shift in mentality in the way our cities are designed and built. Roads are no longer being designed to move cars, but to move people. Over the next years, big changes in store. The complete streets policy is already part of our city’s legislature. Our councilors are convinced and eager to create positive change. Moving ahead, our role as residents is to be vocal about how to best implement complete streets. The best results will come from setting our minds to thinking of clever solutions and suggesting these to city planners. We are at a turning point, and we can shape the future of our city!

– Mitch Kibsey

Carleton Neuroscience Team looking for partners for Lap the Gats! May 31, 2014

Hey, Carleton community! We’ve seen a few requests and questions regarding races and long-distance events. Although C.U. Cycling holds bi-weekly bike rides in the summer, if you need to really stretch your legs, check out the charity event: Lap the Gats!

We received the following statement from some Carleton students looking for some team members for the event.

Check out the Lap the Gats website for more information for the 21km ride being held in Gatineau Park on May 31, 2014.

On May 31st, the Parkinson Research Consortium will be hosting “Lap the Gats” – a bike event to raise money for Parkinson’s research.  We are forming a Carleton Neuroscience team, and are looking for team members!

Event information is available here: http://lapthegats.org/

If you are interested in joining or supporting our team, please mail pdcycle.carleton@gmail.com.  We welcome cyclists at any level of training, as our team will be participation-oriented.
We will be holding a meeting to discuss fundraising possibilities and our team  format.  Official registration for the team will take place after the first meeting. If you’re interested, let us know and we will be in touch!
Kyla and Nazneen

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!

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DONATE TODAY!

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.

Interested?

Donate today!

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!

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