Last year in 2011, we had our first Capital Velo Fest at the front lawn of City Hall, better known as Marion Dewar Plaza. Ms. Dewar was a former mayor of Ottawa and mother of current MP for Ottawa Centre, Paul Dewar. The sun was out most of the day and hundreds of people dropped by. At the second edition of Velo Fest, the weather was unfortunately not very cooperative. This has obviously an effect on the numbers, as most of the day it was very quiet. There were a number of bike retailers, the MS Society, Envirocentre, Ottawa Bicycle Club, Citizens for Safe Cycling to name a few. Like last year, you could watch bike polo, which looked more like waterpolo. The field was great though, being the floor of the Ice Rink (sans ice) aka the wet ‘Rink of Dreams’. And yes, I was thinking of that same play on words.
In the early afternoon, I received the Bruce Timmermans award from the City of Ottawa, for my work to promote cycling in Ottawa (like this blog). Apparently, people consider me modest. I am sure my mother would disagree with that. But anyway, it is very much appreciated that people notice the many hours myself and the board of Citizens for Safe Cycling put into promoting cycling in the city. I am now officially an “exemplary citizen of the City of Ottawa who proactively and publicly promotes cycling as a viable, environmentally friendly mode of transportation.”
Of course, a middle aged man is not too interesting to watch, so fortunately the organisation planned the Velo Vogue fashion show right after the award event to make sure that I had an audience for my speech. One could certainly speak about a large “Bike Model Share” Saturday afternoon.
There were actually a lot more models, but I started filming and then realised I wouldn’t have any pictures for this blog to post. As that would have been a waste, I switched over to photography half way. Taking pics of models is actually a bit of a challenge, as they’re constantly swirling and moving, so getting a good shot wasn’t easy. Add to that my 150 dollar camera with slow shutter speed and ditto refresh time and you can image why I only post eight out of the 30 or so.
It was good fun, and I hope this Velo Vogue is going to be an annual event that will certainly grow. To close it off, a picture of the Envirocentre’s booth with new brochures on Dooring, Sharrows and the Bike Box, the latter one will soon appear at the intersection where Bay meets Wellington.
There was a Tour Le Nuit that same night, but we decided to go home as we were a bit ‘biked out’ for the day.
See also the blog about Capital Velo Fest 2011 with more pictures.