Is it too early to think about biking, too early to imagine a warm breeze, blue skies, cleared pavements, green parkland, trees in full bloom, days when sneakers are enough and gloves are a thing of the past? For some of us, biking is never far from the realm of possibility and this year we’re hoping that you will help celebrate Capital Spokes second Bike Rally & Rodeo June 1st & 2nd in Old Ottawa South.
What’s different this time around?
In 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) invited Old Ottawa East (OOE), the Glebe, and Heron Park to join us to make Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo a fun learning event. This year (2019) the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) is partnering with OSCA to create a weekend-long event of training, bike tuning, cycling and rodeo games open to Old Ottawa South and our community partners. We would also like to extend an invitation to all community associations in Capital Ward.
We are still imagining what this weekend might look like, and we are looking to our partners to help create this weekend of learning, exploration and fun. What has been talked about to date? Well, it begins with a Friday (May 31st) kick-off dinner at the Tennis Club (families & friends welcome), a Saturday (June 1st) day of training for volunteer rally/rodeo leaders and free bike tune-ups to participants, a Sunday (June 2nd) morning rally/rodeo leading to Windsor Park, and brunch at the Tennis Club (a short cycling distance from Windsor Park). The weekend venue invites greater participation from a larger variety of interests and angles.
What’s a bike rally & rodeo?
Bike Rodeos are “fun, family events” that promote safe cycling routes and practices on our city streets. Sponsored and organized by Ottawa’s Safer Roads program, the rodeos include interactive safety and information booths and are often accompanied by a community organized bicycle rally. Routes are determined in advance and maps/signs identify for cyclists which route to take.
All identified routes from each of the participating communities will lead to Windsor Park. Once at Windsor Park, participants of all ages, children, teens and adults (all bike broncos), manoeuvre their bicycles from one interactive activity/rodeo station to another learning and practicing basic safety tasks such as simple bike maintenance, checking helmets for correct fit, how and when to signal, and navigating turns and roundabouts.
Parents are invited to participate. The purpose of the rodeo is to encourage children and parents to explore safe cycle routes in OOS and neighbouring communities, and to provide cyclists with the tools and know-how to travel safely. The rally takes place Sunday morning to allow cyclists to take advantage of the Colonel By Drive parkway, closed to vehicle traffic.
All are welcome to help plan this event!
Stay tuned for further updates at oldottawasouth.ca.