The City of Ottawa is kicking off the new cycling season by making May Bike Month. Starting today, Bike Month highlights various cycling activities, programs and initiatives – ranging from the Bike to Work Month campaign to cycling training.
“Cycling is a great way to get around our city while also benefitting your health and our environment,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Our Council has made record investments in cycling infrastructure to ensure Ottawa is a liveable and dynamic city. We want to provide residents smart travel options on how they can commute and move around the city, which will help reduce congestion on our roads.”
One of the big components of the month-long campaign is the Bike to Work initiative, which includes various activities including the online pledge at biketoworkottawa.com where participants input their commuter cycling distances and learn how it benefits their wallets and environment. All registrants will be automatically eligible to win many prizes, including a new bike.
“Bike Month encourages residents to discover cycling as a clean, affordable and healthy choice to get around our city and commute to work,” said Councillor Keith Egli, Transportation Committee Chair. “The Bike to Work campaign is a fun way to get residents and their workplace colleagues to take the challenge. Today, we are pleased that so many businesses and organizations have supported and accommodated cyclists by providing such amenities as change rooms and bike racks.”
The month’s activities include bike safety and workshops at participating Bike to Work workplaces, and a Bike Buddies Program that matches new cyclists with experienced mentors to instil greater confidence and security. The City’s CityWideSports also has a host of cycling-training courses (including CAN-BIKE) for people of all ages and various level of cycling experience. Residents can also look to Ottawa Public Health for helmet safety, the benefits of physical activity, and cycling in outdoor environments (sun safety, air quality and hot weather tips).
Bike Month and the Bike to Work Campaign is a collaborative effort of the City of Ottawa and EnviroCentre.