It's been a long and cold winter, but the warm weather has arrived, so the City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to get back on their bicycles and consider making cycling a part of their daily commutes.
May is 'Bike to Work Month,' and the City has partnered with EnviroCentre to offer participants a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes from many local sponsors. Residents can sign up as an individual or join a team and log rides.
With over 900 km of bike lanes and pathways in Ottawa, there are plenty of routes and maps available to help you get from home to work and back again.
As a way to help those living far from their workplace to get on their bikes, the city is reminding everyone of OC Transpo's Rack & Roll program.
Bike racks are installed on the front of more than 600 buses, including all articulated and double-decker buses, from late April until the end of October. Riders can also bring their bikes onboard the O-Train Trillium Line year-round.
The city will once again be offering popular bike tune-ups by a professional bike mechanic from Right Bike thanks to support from Safer Roads Ottawa. A free bike maintenance pod will be located at Ottawa City Hall on Marion Dewar Plaza, weekdays, from May 1 to 19, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. From May 22 to 31, the pod will be set up on the skating court at Lansdowne Park, and open to cyclists on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Through the Safer Roads Ottawa program and local partners, the city also has 26 bike repair stations at various locations.
In addition, Ottawa Public Health has partnered with participating sports retailers across Ottawa to bring residents its helmet discount weekend, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.