Old Ottawa South Community Association

Demonstrating how to have fun while learning about cycling safety
Demonstrating how to have fun while learning about cycling safety Sarah Jane Fraser

What’s a Bike Rodeo Anyway?

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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.

And yes, 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 Safe Cycling Ottawa, the tennis courts will serve as fenced-in safety corrals to practice turns, bike balance and hand signals.

The Ottawa Police will demonstrate how the 1M sonar device works for enforcing the 1M cycling law, the Ottawa Paramedic Service will give out medical data carriers for kids to put on helmets, firefighters will show kids how fire trucks work and some of the safety features that need to be observed around these large vehicles, and Safer Roads Ottawa will provide safe cycling gear (arm bands, ankle straps, bells, lights, etc.).

And what about the more experienced bike broncos in our community? Well, we’re looking to them to help lead and direct their communities along the designated pathways and crossroads that lead to Windsor Park.  For these seasoned cyclists, we have a free one-day training session offered by certified CAN-BIKE instructors. Just let us know now if you are interested, so that we can book a training session in advance of the event.

Parents are encouraged to participate. The purpose of the rodeo is to encourage children and parents to explore safe cycle routes in OOS and neighboring communities, and to provide cyclists with the tools and know-how to travel safely.

OOS and our community partners are in the process of sharing possible routes to Windsor Park. These will be mapped electronically and available online at www.oldottawasouth.ca closer to June 11th.  You will be able to download your routes and we encourage you to show up at the designated starting points so that you can experience cycling with friends and neighbors as you head towards Windsor Park. Volunteers in your neighborhood will be positioned at busy crossroads to assist with safe crossings and route leaders will help keep safe riding distances between curb and vehicle traffic.

With your help, we can begin to ensure that cycling know-how and safety is an annual, learning event, something we shape to the needs of our community and where we have an opportunity to demonstrate our leadership and learning skills.

Sunday, June 11th could be the beginning of something bigger: an annual event that helps nurture “cycling savvy” and an even greater awareness of the role cycling plays in improving pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

We need your help to make this work. Please feel free to contact us at traffic@oldottawasouth.ca.



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