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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for our in-person After 4 program is open for October and space is very limited. For details on some of the updated safety procedures and protocols, read the update on our website.

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    The Fall 2020 Virtual Program Guide is OUT NOW & Registration is OPEN!

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    Introducing OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership!

    We are excited to offer a brand new way to experience our fitness programs: OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership! With 3 membership Tiers, our new memberships provide flexibility & convenience to join any of our (virtual) fitness offerings for one monthly fee. Click "Register Here" for full details.

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COVID-19 Resources

News, Updates on What's Open, and Quarantine Stories in Old Ottawa South.

If you have an OOS Quarantine Story you want to share with us, please email it to oscaprograms@oldottawasouth.ca or fill out our submission form.

Colonel By Drive at Bank Street Exit (Echo Drive).

Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

Over the course of the winter and spring, the people of Ottawa and, in particular, the residents of Old Ottawa South, have benefitted from a temporary set of traffic lights on Colonel By Drive at the intersection of Echo Drive as it heads up to Bank Street. These lights, admittedly not pretty, meant no dodging of speeding cars to get across Colonel By, no long waits to cross while a seemingly endless stream of cars passes by, and no looking longingly at the canal wishing we had a safe access point.

Unfortunately, these temporary traffic lights were related to the rehabilitation of the eastern canal wall between Echo Drive and Pig Island.  Now that the work has been completed, the lights have disappeared.  However, our desire for a permanent safe crossing has not disappeared but rather has been strengthened.

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Can-Bike Training Session for Volunteers

Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo: A Grand Success!

It took quite a few players to make Sunday's Bike Rally/Rodeo a success. First and foremost, OSCA's Traffic & Safety Committee who made cycle training & safety part of their strategic plan, David Chernushenko's office (David & Ian Grabina) who supported us from the very beginning, our community partners in the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, Heron Park who welcomed our proposal in the blink of an eye, the City of Ottawa's Safer Roads Program and the staff at OSCA. There are many nameless volunteers who by their very spirit and encouragement made this event worth the effort: the Beaver Scouts, Hopewell parents & staff, our children, grandchildren, their friends & families, the paramedics, police, Can-Bike trainers, the folks from the Cycling Safety program who, with the Beaver Scouts, saved the day with obstacle courses, a jellied brain, helmet fittings, and a bike wash! 

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Bike Rodeo & Rally Just Around the Corner!

Bike Rodeo & Rally Just Around the Corner!

Come rain or shine, on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Old Ottawa South will host its first Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo

The event itself has two parts: a rally and a rodeo. Come to both—the rally begins at 9:00 a.m. at Brewer Park—or come to Windsor Park at 10:00 a.m. where our young cyclists will have an opportunity to demonstrate some of their best riding skills in obstacle courses designed to teach them the safer handling of their untamed bike broncos. Under the guidance of Safer Roads Ottawa, the tennis courts will serve as fenced-in safety corrals to practice turns, bike balance, and hand signals.

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Demonstrating how to have fun while learning about cycling safety

What’s a Bike Rodeo Anyway?

On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.

OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible.  On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.

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What’s a Bike Rodeo Anyway?

On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.

OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible.  On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.

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OOS cyclists pause at a bike rally held September 2016 celebrating “back to school.”

Bike Rodeo Comes to Old Ottawa South

When learning is practical and fun, it’s often more effective. And what better way to introduce safe cycling habits into everyday activities than to make it fun! There is so much to learn about cycling: choosing the right bike, the right helmet, understanding the basic mechanics of a bike, its essential safety features, learning legal hand signals, moving around traffic and large obstacles like garbage trucks and road construction, and so much more. Although instilling best cycling practices begins at home, there are a variety of ways to reinforce and refresh the safety and road features of riding a bicycle for young and old alike.

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New Pedestrian Crossovers Open on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway

Two new pedestrian crossovers, the first project completed in Ottawa under the Government of Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), opened December 22, 2016 along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

The pedestrian crossovers are located on the west side of the Bank Street Bridge (east of Queen Elizabeth Place) and mid-block at Commissioners Park. Pedestrian crossovers were installed city-wide earlier this year along low-speed, low-volume roads.

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Nearby Bike Repair Station

Nearby Bike Repair Station

Did you know there's a bike repair station at Lansdowne Park? This self-service station on Bank Street at the corner at Exhibition Way (in front of the Craft Beer Market restaurant) offers a pump and various tools for quick repairs and adjustments.

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Cyclists Can Take the Lane - Stop Honking!

Summer weather means there is an increase in road construction, as well as different types of road users like cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians out on our local streets.

Safer Roads Ottawa partners want to remind drivers that, by law, cyclists can take the full lane when a vehicle is unable to pass without leaving at least one (1) metre of space between the car and the cyclist.

Cyclists can take the whole lane when traffic signs stipulate single file for both cyclists and cars. Everyone should take extra care in construction zones as there may be extra hazards present for both motorists and cyclists. Slow down, leave space and plan for enough time to reach your destination.

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