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UK Report skeptical of benefits of cycling infrastructure

posted Dec 22, 2011, 4:59 PM by RCC Admin.   [ updated Dec 22, 2011, 5:02 PM ]

 
We have added to our reference material folder a review of published research on the affect of infrastructure on the causation and reduction of injuries to cyclists.  It was carried out by the UK Transportation Research Laboratory. Infrastructure and Cyclist Safety, December 2010. 

Become a Can-Bike Instructor

posted Jun 19, 2011, 7:19 PM by Avery Burdett   [ updated Jun 19, 2011, 7:53 PM ]

The City of Ottawa sent us this message
 
 
 
From: MacGregor, Gord <Gord.MacGregor@ottawa.ca>
Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 8:19 AM
Subject: call for: Cycling Instructors
 
We are in a search for cycling instructors to help deliver the CAN-BIKE program in Ottawa.  Designed for the more than 14 million Canadians who ride bicycles, the Canadian Cycling Association's CAN-BIKE program is a series of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road.  CAN-BIKE is oriented toward recreational and utilitarian cycling. The CAN-BIKE cycling safety program provides a nationally standardized set of courses. Please find attached the information flyer, I hope you can forward to your contacts, post on your sites, or announce to anyone who might be interested.
 
Thank you for your help, 
GORD MACGREGOR
City Wide Sports
613-580-2854

Ottawa Cycling Safety Evaluation Project

posted Apr 21, 2011, 6:53 AM by RCC Admin.

 
 
Two slide presentations received by RCC from the City of Ottawa have been uploaded into the Reference Material folder.

2011 Ottawa CAN-BIKE courses

posted Mar 10, 2011, 9:34 AM by Eric Wright   [ updated Apr 29, 2011, 8:56 AM ]

Course schedules and locations for 2011 in Ottawa are available at
http://ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/programs/guide/index_en.html
and extracted below.

**NEW PDF ** Click here for a 2 page PDF extraction

The City is offering :
20 Kids CAN-BIKE classes $80.00
1 CAN-BIKE for Teen class $80.00
3 Commuter Traffic Skills classes $76.50
3 Rural Cycling classes $100.00 NOTE **** Not in the Guide**** May7&14, June xx&xx, July16&23 Update to follow.
5 Cycling Freedom for Women classes $76.50
4 Cycling Skills for Seniors classes $80.00
2 CAN-BIKE 1 classes $90.00
4 CAN-BIKE 2 classes $130.00
2 CAN-BIKE Instructor Workshops $250.00

If you have any questions that are not answered in the guide the City's CAN-BIKE Coordinator is
Monja De Luca
City of Ottawa-City Wide Sports
613-580-2424 ext. 16044
Monja.DeLuca at ottawa.ca

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Free CAN-BIKE Try IT City Wide Sports 613-580-2854
CAN-BIKE Kids 9-14 yrs Sat June 18 9 am-noon 646109
CAN-BIKE Adults 15+ yrs Sat June 18 9 am-noon 642932

p.40
CAN-BIKE DAY CAMP
Improve riding skills and learn about bike
and road safety from certified instructors.
J. A. Dulude Arena – 613-580-2854
9-14 yrs Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm
Jul 11-15 $184 642782

p.77 CAN-BIKE Kids
Teaches essential bicycle handling and traffic
skills for young cyclists. Topics include: helmet
fittings, bicycle maintenance, handling,
signaling, gears, braking, avoiding road
hazards and more. Must know how to ride.

Bob MacQuarrie R.C.-Orléans –
613-824-0819 ext. 279
9-13 yrs Sat-Sun 9:30 am-noon
Apr 30-May 8 $80 647675
Jun 11-19 $80 647722
9-13 yrs Sat-Sun 9:30 am-noon
May 14-29 $80 647717
Jun 11-19 $80 646040

City Wide Sports – 613-580-2854
9-14 yrs Sun 9:30 am-noon
May 1-22 $80 651642
9-14 yrs Mon-Thu 9:30 am-noon
Jul 4-7 $80 651801
Aug 8-11 $80 651808
9-14 yrs Sat 9:30 am-noon
May 7-Jun 4 $80 651771
Aug 6-27 $80 651812
9-14 yrs Sat-Sun 9:30 am-noon
Apr 16-May 1 $80 651767
Jul 9-17 $80 651816
9-14 yrs Sat 1-3:30 pm
Jun 4-25 $80 651650

Eva James C.C. – 613-271-0712
9-13 yrs Sat-Sun 1-3:30 pm
Jun 4-12 $80 637386
9-13 yrs Mon-Thu 1-3:30 pm
Jul 11-14 $80 644159

Fisher Park C.C. – 613-798-8945
9-13 yrs Sat 9:30 am-noon
May 28-Jun 18 $80 644201

Goulbourn R.C. – 613-580-2854
9-14 yrs Sun 9:30 am-noon
May 1-22 $80 651596
Jun 5-26 $80 651617

Rideauview C.C. – 613-580-2854
9-14 yrs Sat-Sun 9:30 am-noon
May 14-29 $80 646060

Rockcliffe Park R.C. – 613-842-8578
9-14 yrs Sat-Sun 1-3:30 pm
May 7-15 $80 651541
9-14 yrs Sat-Sun 9:30 am-noon
Jun 4-12 $80 651546

South Nepean Park (Core) –
613-580-2424 ext. 41225
9-13 yrs Sat-Sun 9 am-noon
May 21-29 $80 651695
Jun 18-26 $80 651719

p.87 CAN-BIKE Teen
Experienced riders will enhance their skills.
Topics include: maintenance, handling, hazard
avoidance, emergency manoeuvres and
learning to ride more safely in low traffic areas.
Earl Armstrong Arena –
613-580-2854
15-17 yrs Sat 9 am-2 pm
Jun 18-25 $80 651822

p.119: Adults CAN-BIKE
Commuter Traffic Fisher Park 613-798-8945 Sa 9 am-3 pm May 14 1 $77.50 644925
Commuter Traffic Ben Franklin Place 613-580-2854 Su 9 am-3 pm Jun 5 1 $80 651840
Commuter Traffic Ben Franklin Place 613-580-2854 Sa 9 am-3 pm Jul 9 1 $80 651849
Cycling Women City Wide Sports 613-580-2854 Sa 9 am-3 pm Apr 16 2 $80 651858
Cycling Women Rideauview 613-822-7887 Sa 9 am-3 pm Apr 30 2 $80 651867
Cycling Women City Wide Sports 613-580-2854 Su 9 am-3 pm May 29 2 $80 651860
Cycling Women City Wide Sports 613-580-2854 Su 9 am-3 pm Jun 19 2 $80 651863
Cycling Women City Wide Sports 613-580-2854 Sa 9 am-3 pm Jul 9 2
CAN-BIKE I City Hall 613-580-2854 Sa 1-6 pm Apr 9 2 $90 651897
CAN-BIKE I City Hall 613-580-2854 Su 1-6 pm May 8 2 $90 651900
CAN-BIKE II City Hall 613-580-2854 Sa 9 am-6 pm Mar 26 2 $130 651911
CAN-BIKE II City Hall 613-580-2854 Su 9 am-6 pm Apr 10 2 $130 651917
CAN-BIKE II Hintonburg 613-580-2854 F-Sa 6-9 pm May 6 3 $130 651923
CAN-BIKE II Hintonburg 613-580-2854 F, Su 6-9 pm Jun 3 3 $130 651924
Instructor Course City Hall 613-580-2854 Tu, Th, Sa 6-9 pm Apr 12 4 $200 651934
Instructor Course City Hall 613-580-2854 Tu, Th, Sa 6-9 pm Aug 16 4 $200 651943


On Behalf Of Watson, Jim (Mayor)

posted Mar 1, 2011, 10:29 AM by Eric Wright

 


Sent: March 1, 2011 12:57
To: Responsible Cycling Coalition Ottawa
Subject: RE: Laurier Ave Bike lane - Video critique

Thank you for taking the time to express your comments regarding the Segregated Bike Lane Project.

 As you may know, the pilot project for the Segregated Bike Lane on Laurier Avenue was debated vigorously at the City’s Transportation Committee on Feb 2, 2011; thirty-eight (38) public delegations were heard on this issue – 19 in favour and 19 opposed.  Afterward, City Council voted to approve the pilot project on February 23, 2011.

 I am convinced that city staff will work closely with all interested parties, to try to address issued raised during public consultations.

 In closing, council is working hard to balance the competing demands on our transportation system, and I hope that we can make progress on smartly accommodating both vehicles and bicycles as part of this pilot project.

 Again, thank you.


 Sincerely,

 Jim Watson

Mayor

City of Ottawa

 


Video Critique of Laurier Avenue Project

posted Feb 1, 2011, 7:45 AM by Avery Burdett

Safety problems idenitified and myths debunked.
 
 

NO VISION THRU THE SMOKE

posted Jan 28, 2011, 5:57 AM by Eric Wright

10. NO VISION THRU THE SMOKE
 Eric Wright   (General Comments)
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Let’s cut through some of the smoke.
Next week the new transportation committee is deciding either to go ahead with a planned 6' Segregated Bike Lane (SBL) on Laurier or not.

Myself and other members of the Responsible Cycling Coalition are opposed to the plan as drafted.
We do not believe this $1.3M is well spent on this 1.3km design.

And now yeah for London! It is great that they got the bank sponsored routes of the Cycle Superhighway out to pilot. Each is about 12.5k long and NOT SEGREGATED. TfL is not considering segregation for the superhighway, due to expected usage levels, and that cyclists do NOT want to be treated differently from other vehicles.
Look at TfL plan, and you will see how balanced it is, with click through links for training courses http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/15831.aspx
This appears to be a great job of bringing bicycles forward as legitimate road users
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/roadusers/barclays-cycle-superhighways-faq.pdf

Thanks for all those that have forwarded their support of the coalition. Yes...cycling is for everyone. Properly and responsibly.

http://sites.google.com/site/responsiblecyclingcoalition/
Act Now.

Regards

 
Eric Wright

Act Now!

posted Jan 5, 2011, 8:15 AM by Avery Burdett   [ updated Jan 19, 2011, 6:50 AM by Eric Wright ]

On February 2, 2011 Transportation Committee will formulate its recommendation on whether or not to proceed with the Laurier Avenue Segregated Bike Lane Project. Members of public are entitled to speak for 5 minutes each. Personally presented views at this meeting have greatest impact. A strong show of opposition from competent cyclists is needed. Try to be there. In the meantime, express your views via e-mail as detailed below. Even if you can't be there let your views be known anyway.

The meeting will begin at 9:30am Wednesday Feb 2, with an agenda to come.  You will be given 5 minutes to speak, as an individual or as representing an organization.
 
Once dealt with by Committee, the issue will go to full Council on February 17, 2011 for the final decision.

Send written comments to Committee members via the Secretary at  Rosemary Theriault or individual Committee members below,
and your own councillor who can be found with a postal code at http://www.ottawa.ca/city_hall/mayor_council/councillors/index_en.html 

Transportation Committee Members
 

Mayor,  Jim Watson

 

Media launch video

posted Jan 4, 2011, 12:54 PM by Avery Burdett   [ updated Jan 9, 2011, 11:33 AM by Eric Wright ]

View the video we prepared for our official media
launch on January 4.
 

RCC goes public

posted Dec 7, 2010, 5:40 PM by Avery Burdett   [ updated Dec 7, 2010, 5:56 PM by Eric Wright ]

This site is now sufficiently developed that we can change its status from "private" to "public". This allows anyone to access it.
We encourage you as a supporter to become an active co-founder. This permits you to help formulate our policies and our action strategies. Alternatively, we encourage you to join us as a silent and anonymous supporter and take individual action as suggested here on this site, for example by letting your councillor and the Mayor know how you feel your tax dollars are being spent on cycling matters.
 
If after examining this site you are interested in becoming a co-founder, please contact us at: RCC.Ottawa.@gmail.com 

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