May 31st – June 2nd
What you need to know about the Bike Rally in Old Ottawa South!
Sunday, June 2nd, Rally begins at 9:30 a.m. Brewer Park
The OOS family-friendly group meets at Brewer Park at 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. near Seneca & Cameron (close to the Tennis Club). Look for cyclists at the basketball court!
You can find the map for the tried & true route from the 2017 rally here. Brewer Park is your starting point and your destination is Windsor Park. Rally ride is estimated at 30 – 45 minutes. All ages welcome!
There will be volunteer cyclists at Brewer Park who will guide you on your route and who will assist with the crossing of major arteries such as Bronson or Bank. On Sunday mornings the Colonel By Drive is closed to cars. This route is designed to take advantage of this open car-free space.
There are a variety of maps online. Some of the suggested bike routes are shorter or longer than the main family-friendly rally. The one you choose will depend on your skill & endurance. Links to the route maps can be found here.
What you need to know about the Bike Rodeo at Windsor Park
Sunday, June 2nd, Rodeo opens from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
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 rodeo includes bike obstacle courses (on the Windsor Park tennis courts), basic safety tasks such as navigating turns & roundabouts, how and when to signal, tips on bike maintenance, and how to check helmets for a correct fit. There will be paramedics on site, firefighters, police and free bike tune-ups will be available!
This year the “cubs” return with their very popular poolside “bike wash.” And the scouts are planning their very own obstacle course on the basketball court.
Training for Rally Volunteers
Training for volunteers begins on Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Firehall.
Training is estimated at one hour and there is an optional ride of the route for those who would like to join. Free bike tune-ups for volunteers will be available, plus free one day passes to the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club. Contact Natasha [AT] oldottawasouth [DOT] ca if you have any questions.
Supper and Brunch at the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club
Supper May 31st at OTLBC & Family Movie Night
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Reservations Recommended
Meals are not free but prices are family-friendly and affordable. Visit www.otlbc.com.
If you haven’t already been to the OTLBC, it’s time you made an appearance. This urban getaway on the edge of the Rideau River is one of Ottawa’s “city jewels.” It’s the cottage you’ve always dreamed about, only it’s right here in OOS -- without the commute. Reservations are recommended. The Cameron, the Club’s restaurant, has become a popular haunt for those of us who have discovered it. Friday night at the Tennis Club is movie night for the “up to 12 years old” crowd, while family & friends eat supper in the relaxed & informal, newly renovated great hall. Everyone is welcome just let The Cameron know you’re coming! Phone 613-730-7207.
Brunch June 2nd at OTLBC
12 noon – 2:00 p.m. after the Windsor Park Rodeo
Meals are not free but prices are family-friendly & affordable.
After the Windsor Park rodeo winds down, you are all invited for brunch at the OTLBC. You can cycle or walk from Windsor Park to the Tennis Club at the corner of Seneca & Cameron. It’s a 10-15 minute walk or 5-10 minute bike ride. It all depends who you’re travelling with.
Again, phone The Cameron at 613-730-7207. Let them know you’re coming and how many will accompany you.
We’re looking forward to the May 31st – June 2nd weekend. Come for fun, come for pleasure, celebrate spring and summer!