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

Bike Rodeo Comes to Old Ottawa South

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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.

So mark your calendars! Highlight Sunday morning June 11, 2017 and come to OOS’s Bicycle Rodeo. Help us celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of what we hope will be an annual event!

What's a Bike Rodeo?

A bike rodeo can be tailor-made to fit the needs of individual residents, families and children of all ages. It teaches bike safety to adults and kids (primary and high school) through interactive learning activities. It is often organized along a planned bike route/rally. Participants learn safe cycling practices. The bicycle routes leading to the different interactive activity/learning stations (park location to be confirmed) are designed to demonstrate safe routes in our communities. Participants will learn hand signals, how to share multi-use paths, how to change their gears when climbing, how to safely navigate roundabouts and busy crossovers. They will also learn how to confirm their helmet fit and to do a basic bike maintenance check.

The OSCA Traffic & Safety Committee is working with the City of Ottawa’s Safer Roads Program and Councillor David Chernushenko’s office to help realize this learning event. Safer Roads will be inviting firefighters, police officers, paramedics and adding a variety of educational components to make this rodeo interesting and fun. There is also a rally component where cyclists make use of existing and planned pathways (as well as the Sunday closure of Colonel By Drive) to their best advantage.

The Traffic & Safety Committee is still in the early planning stages and there is much to do. If you own a bike and want to learn more about cycling then this event is for you. If you are an experienced cyclist then we need your expertise. The Safer Roads Program will be on site with free cycle handouts like lights, arm/leg reflectors, and other reminders of road safety. We’ll also need volunteers at the location of the bicycle safety stations and at different intersections along the rally route. If you would like to volunteer to help out with this event, please feel free to contact us at traffic@oldottawasouth.ca.

Save the Date

So again, please highlight the OOS Bike Rodeo on your calendar: Sunday morning June 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Plan to make this a family event. If you ride solo, please consider joining us to make this bike rodeo a lively and fun learning event this spring. All are welcome!

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