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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 vpo@gsacarleton.ca by Sept 5th for services at The Eco Fair.



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 AdoptaHelmet.com.

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.

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.