Wednesday June 27, I got a phone call from the office of the Governor General of Canada.: if I would like to join GG Julie Payette on a short bike ride on Canada Day. The Governor General is the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II in countries that recognize the Queen as Head of State. Which Canada does. The role [Read more…]
Sven Marx, a German cycling “ambassador” and well-known advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, will be passing through Ottawa on Friday, May 4 on his 50,000 km bike trip around the world. Cycling around the world Sven, a 50-year-old survivor of two life-threatening illnesses that have physically impaired him for life (a tumor in his brain stem and skin [Read more…]
This Friday, September 22, I am speaking about cycling advocacy at City Hall. Not to the mayor, not to Transportation Committee but at the Transportation Equity Summit put on by the Healthy Transportation Coalition and Envirocentre. The summit starts at 8 am with beverages and snacks and lasts until around 3:30 pm with a number of speakers from Ottawa and [Read more…]
I enjoy cycling and I like food, especially when it is local and seasonal. Combined, it makes for a nice day out on September 24, 2017 with Just Food Ottawa. You may not have heard of Just Food Ottawa, but in short, they “work towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region“. A few years [Read more…]
Between Hartwell’s Locks, the Fletcher Wildlife Garden and Prince of Wales is a small corner of land that is being used for Canadensis, a small botanical exhibit with several art installations themed around nature. Karen and I have been cycling past it dozens of times and recently we finally decided to park our bikes to check it out. (It’s free [Read more…]
Ontario is asking input for its plans to build more bike infrastructure. This is your chance to share your thoughts.
We took Angela for a trip through Ottawa, six years after she gave her first talk about cycling at the ACT conference. An inventory of new bike infrastructure.
The city got a lot of flak for the Booth Bridge Boondoggle and rightly so, as the design goes against all the modern road design principles. Big intersections, 4 lanes, no bike infrastructure, despite the connection to Quebec, the Zibi developments, the future Senators stadium and the Ottawa river pathways, even though there have been dire warnings from different sides years [Read more…]
The Labour Day weekend was the last weekend of the popular Ottawa bikedays. We take a tour past some Ottawa landmarks, stop for a beer and collect bike counter data on the fly.
Last week, I finally dropped in at PedalEasy, our own homegrown pedal assist e-bike manufacturer. PedalEasy started five years ago when co-founder Ron Wensel wanted to do more cycling after he survived a heart attack. Ron, a modest man who lives in Deep River, is a mechanical engineer who knows a thing or two about speed and energy. He served [Read more…]