Perhaps you have rediscovered a bicycle stored in the far reaches of your basement or maybe you are an everyday cyclist who regularly uses the roads and multi-use pathways. Now is the perfect time to get to know your own city and region by bicycle.
This June, the Ottawa Public Library and EnviroCentre are teaming up to offer a cycling series that will appeal to people of all ages and abilities. From the very beginners to Tour de France hopefuls, we want to share our love of cycling.
The first session, Discover Your City by Bike, is offered in English on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 pm. It will cover some interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle. Heritage sites, nature areas and public art! Route planning resources will also be shared that will help you plan your adventure.
The second session, Urban Cycling, is offered in English on Thursday, June 3 at 12:00pm and in French on Tuesday, June 8 at 12:00pm. It will cover bike basics, urban infrastructure, and tips and suggestions for having a safe and comfortable ride. You will learn some interesting cycling trivia as well. Did you know that the Ottawa Bicycle Club has been around for over 120 years?!
A great place to learn more about cycling is on EnviroCentre's Let’s Bike Ottawa webpage. Find links and videos on many cycling topics including how to safely cycle in the city and how to fix a flat tire.
EnviroCentre is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide people, communities and organizations with practical solutions to lighten their environmental impact in lasting ways. They love all things about bikes.
Ottawa Public Library has material on cycling ranging from inspirational cycling travel stories to documentaries about bike-friendly cities.