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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.


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!