June is Let’s Bike Month in Ottawa

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Let’s Bike Month, formerly Bike to Work Month, is a campaign that encourages and celebrates cycling. The City of Ottawa continues its partnership with EnviroCentre to promote active transportation and encourage residents to travel by bicycle.

EnviroCentre is offering a series of workshops and events during Let’s Bike Month. These are free to attend but registration is required. Visit Letsbike.ca for a full list of workshops, including:

Urban Cycling: Tips and Infrastructure

Delivered by an experienced cyclist, this workshop will provide participants with tips on incorporating cycling into their everyday lives. You’ll learn helpful hints, rules of the road, and advice on choosing a route to your destination. This workshop is adapted for cyclists of every age and ability.

Ask an Expert – Bike Maintenance

Curious about how to change a flat tire, check your brakes or fix minor problems? Get answers to your questions about bike repair and maintenance techniques in this ‘Ask an Expert’ session with a friendly bike maintenance specialist. Learn more about how to keep your bike working efficiently so that you can feel confident and ready to ride.

Discover your City by Bike: Route Planning

Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle. Heritage sites, nature areas and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure. This workshop is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities.

Extend your Cycling Season

This workshop will teach you what you need to know to feel comfortable biking year-round. In this workshop, you will learn tips, tricks and tools to extend your cycling season. We will review route planning, techniques, and simple suggestions for winter bike maintenance. The goal of this workshop is to help riders discover the joy of biking throughout the year.

Participants will also have a chance to win prizes that have been donated by local businesses. Sign up by creating an account on letsbike.ca before or during the contest period and log your bike trips on the website during Let’s Bike Month. More information on contest rules are available on letsbike.ca.

You can also visit EnviroCentre’s cycling tips webpage, OC Transpo’s Bikes on our network page and the City of Ottawa Cycling map and tools for more information.

OC Transpo’s Rack and Roll program is back for the season, so if you find your ride too long, try loading your bike on the bus for part of the trip. For the first time, racks have been installed on the front of all OC Transpo buses, and bikes can be transported year-round on O-Train Line 1. Tips on how to use the bike rack are available for those not familiar with Rack and Roll.

The City continues to expand its cycling network and currently provides more than 900 kilometres of bike lanes, cycle tracks and other cycling infrastructure.

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