Visiting Ward 9’s bike infrastructure

Ottawa consists of much more than the usual suspects like Parliament Hill, the museums (musea), the Canal and the Byward Market. Not everyone who is visiting Ottawa will make it to places like Westboro, the Glebe, Old Ottawa South or up and coming Hintonburg, let alone making it all the way to a place like Nepean or Orleans, unless you [Read more…]

Attractive New Low Impact Pavilion in Vincent Massey Park

Vincent Massey Park, across the Rideau River from Carleton University, North of Heron Road and West of Riverside Drive, is well known among immigrant groups, it appears, as often I see large numbers of East Asian immigrants barbecueing in the summer. The bike path along the river in Vincent Massey Park was closed for a while as the NCC has [Read more…]

NCC Bike Sundays: 10 Great Summer Pics

For a North European, closing the road for people to cycle feels a bit odd; people simply cycle every day everywhere over there. As long as you have to close roads, you obviously have a (perceived) safety issue among the population. However, North Americans consider cycling still mostly a sport (although it is changing), which you do in an enclosed [Read more…]

Great weather for CNCycle CHEO ride

It is common wisdom among organisers of events: without volunteers you wouldn’t get anything done. Roxanne was patiently standing at a quiet intersection to make sure cars would drive the temporary one direction, so they wouldn’t interfere with the cyclists who were raising money for CHEO. It turned out to be a gorgeous day, albeit a wee cool at the [Read more…]

Why bikes and buses don’t mix

Here is a perfect example why buses and bicycles don’t mix. A picture on bike friendly Bank Street, taken last week, shows that if a bus and a bike travel down a road, it is a pain for both. Better to let the bus go for a few blocks first, you think, but eventually you catch up with the bus [Read more…]