Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliancehttp://www.ovcata.ca/Mon, 02 Dec 2019 5:22:13 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Walking, biking, ski and other trails in Renfrew County from OVTA]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/walking-biking-ski-and-other-trails-in-renfrew-county-from-ovta-716.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/walking-biking-ski-and-other-trails-in-renfrew-county-from-ovta-716.htmlMon, 02 Dec 2019 5:22:13 -0700Walking, biking, ski trails and canoe routes in Renfrew County from OVTA

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<![CDATA[Home]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/home/http://www.ovcata.ca/home/Mon, 02 Dec 2019 5:14:46 -0700EGANVILLE: Active Transportation is alive and very well in the Ottawa Valley was the message that came through loud and clear at the annual meeting of OVCATA - the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance on November 23 at the Eganville Legion. At the meeting, members heard that public and government interest and recognition is growing, the number of local people and visitors walking, riding and otherwise getting around on their own power is growing, and OVCATA is growing too.

Jennifer Murphy, Mayor of Bonnechere Valley Township and outgoing Warden of Renfrew County attended the meeting as a speaker and actively took part in all its discussions. So did Mark Johnson of Gearheads, the Petawawa cycling and sports store that donate the $5,000 e-bike to OVCATA this year that was raffled off at the meeting.

The winning ticket belonged to Norman Mathurin of Renfrew, whose daughter Katarina bought it for him for Father's Day.

"Active Transportation has made such an important impact in our communities for tourism, infrastructure, and promoting and supporting whole life healthy lifestyles," Warden Murphy told the meeting. "In Renfrew County, we have been busy increasing infrastructure, and seeking opportunities to gain funding and work with the Province to support Active Transportation. "

She outlined the development of the County's Active Transportation Policy since 2014.

The first paved shoulders were installed on County Roads 26 and 51 in the Petawawa area in 2003.  As of the end of 2017, the County had hardened shoulders on 180 km of roadway and over 220 km by the end of 2019. "That represents approximately one quarter of the County 820 km road system."

She said the County has budgeted $150,000 each year for the last number of years for hard-shouldering, but that it is sometimes able to access special funding for to do more than that.

Ms. Murphy reported on recent developments with the Algonquin Trail (the former CP Rail line). "The trail is a great example of another project that along with partners has developed an award winning backbone for all kinds of Active Transportation activities," she said. Warden Murphy reported, with enthusiasm, on discussions with provincial cabinet ministers indicating that some of the funding budgeted for four-laning highway 17 will be used to improve the trail in order to get cyclists off Highway 17.

Ms. Murphy and the group discussed concerns that have arisen over motorized vehicles on the trail. Dirt bikes, she told the group, are prohibited. OVCATA members at the meeting agreed that without better public notice and enforcement of rules, the trail will deteriorate rapidly and become less attractive to visitors and local people.

Local municipalities can benefit greatly by embracing Active Transportation, Ms. Murphy said. She pointed to her township's new paving, with hardened shoulders, of the Fourth Chute  Road. "Active Transportation is probably the reason we got the grant (to pave the road)," she said.

At the meeting, OVCATA members reported on outreach they have been doing to local municipalities, encouraging the setup of committees on Active Transportation in each municipality. OVCATA members have been in contact, so far, with Petawawa, Renfrew, McNab-Braeside, North Algona Wilberforce, Bonnechere Valley, Killaloe Hagarty Richards, Madawaska Valley, Laurentian Valley and Whitewater Region and the City of Pembroke.

OVCATA members Ron Moss, Bob Peltzer and Andris Kalnins reported on plans for the new year, including promoting rider safety on the Algonquin Trail and at the Tour de Whitewater and helping organize the Tour de Bonnechere and other events. Treasurer Debbie Fiebig reported that the e-bike raffle raised $2,632 for the organization, which now has approximately $3,700 in the bank.

New members of OVCATA were acclaimed at the meeting for two-year terms, including Andris Kalnins (McNab-Braeside), Patricia Krose (Whitewater Region), Jason Ng (Pembroke) and Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley).

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<![CDATA[Active Transportation is growing in the Ottawa Valley ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/active-transportation-is-growing-in-the-ottawa-valley-3416.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/active-transportation-is-growing-in-the-ottawa-valley-3416.htmlSun, 01 Dec 2019 10:37:17 -0700EGANVILLE: Active Transportation is alive and very well in the Ottawa Valley was the message that came through loud and clear at the annual meeting of OVCATA - the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance on November 23 at the Eganville Legion. At the meeting, members heard that public and government interest and recognition is growing, the number of local people and visitors walking, riding and otherwise getting around on their own power is growing, and OVCATA is growing too.

Jennifer Murphy, Mayor of Bonnechere Valley Township and outgoing Warden of Renfrew County attended the meeting as a speaker and actively took part in all its discussions. So did Mark Johnson of Gearheads, the Petawawa cycling and sports store that donate the $5,000 e-bike to OVCATA this year that was raffled off at the meeting.

The winning ticket belonged to Norman Mathurin of Renfrew, whose daughter Katarina bought it for him for Father's Day.

"Active Transportation has made such an important impact in our communities for tourism, infrastructure, and promoting and supporting whole life healthy lifestyles," Warden Murphy told the meeting. "In Renfrew County, we have been busy increasing infrastructure, and seeking opportunities to gain funding and work with the Province to support Active Transportation. "

She outlined the development of the County's Active Transportation Policy since 2014.

The first paved shoulders were installed on County Roads 26 and 51 in the Petawawa area in 2003.  As of the end of 2017, the County had hardened shoulders on 180 km of roadway and over 220 km by the end of 2019. "That represents approximately one quarter of the County 820 km road system."

She said the County has budgeted $150,000 each year for the last number of years for hard-shouldering, but that it is sometimes able to access special funding for to do more than that.

Ms. Murphy reported on recent developments with the Algonquin Trail (the former CP Rail line). "The trail is a great example of another project that along with partners has developed an award winning backbone for all kinds of Active Transportation activities," she said. Warden Murphy reported, with enthusiasm, on discussions with provincial cabinet ministers indicating that some of the funding budgeted for four-laning highway 17 will be used to improve the trail in order to get cyclists off Highway 17.

Ms. Murphy and the group discussed concerns that have arisen over motorized vehicles on the trail. Dirt bikes, she told the group, are prohibited. OVCATA members at the meeting agreed that without better public notice and enforcement of rules, the trail will deteriorate rapidly and become less attractive to visitors and local people.

Local municipalities can benefit greatly by embracing Active Transportation, Ms. Murphy said. She pointed to her township's new paving, with hardened shoulders, of the Fourth Chute  Road. "Active Transportation is probably the reason we got the grant (to pave the road)," she said.

At the meeting, OVCATA members reported on outreach they have been doing to local municipalities, encouraging the setup of committees on Active Transportation in each municipality. OVCATA members have been in contact, so far, with Petawawa, Renfrew, McNab-Braeside, North Algona Wilberforce, Bonnechere Valley, Killaloe Hagarty Richards, Madawaska Valley, Laurentian Valley and Whitewater Region and the City of Pembroke.

OVCATA members Ron Moss, Bob Peltzer and Andris Kalnins reported on plans for the new year, including promoting rider safety on the Algonquin Trail and at the Tour de Whitewater and helping organize the Tour de Bonnechere and other events. Treasurer Debbie Fiebig reported that the e-bike raffle raised $2,632 for the organization, which now has approximately $3,700 in the bank.

New members of OVCATA were acclaimed at the meeting for two-year terms, including Andris Kalnins (McNab-Braeside), Patricia Krose (Whitewater Region), Jason Ng (Pembroke) and Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley).

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<![CDATA[OVCATA launches municipal outreach campaign]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-launches-municipal-outreach-campaign-5059.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-launches-municipal-outreach-campaign-5059.htmlWed, 16 Oct 2019 5:31:44 -0700County Warden Jennifer Murphy to keynote annual meeting November 23

In fall, 2019, OVCATA members are talking Active Transportation (AT) with local municipal councils and staff, and the response they are getting so far has been "excellent."

Last June, OVCATA reps Ish Theilheimer, Ron Moss and Bob Peltzer met Renfrew County's Operations Committee in Palmer Rapids. There, they were encouraged to directly contact municipalities. So far, there have been productive exchanges with Petawawa, Pembroke and McNab-Braeside, and County Warden and Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy has offered to keynote OVCATA's annual meeting at the Eganville Legion, which starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 23.

"The response we have had from municipal representatives has been excellent," said OVCATA Secretary Ron Moss. "Staff and elected people have been most interested in what we've had to tell them, and in many cases, they simply hadn't had much information before about what it takes to get more people, both locals and visitors, riding, walking and getting around on their own steam, however they like, in their municipalities."

Petawawa civil engineer Dave Unrau has been in contact with OVCATA as his municipality develops its plans. The municipality has been developing a system of bike lanes and transportation routes intended to get people to work and school and to ease congestion on main arteries like Petawawa Boulevard and to take advantage of the new Algonquin Trail. Already, the municipality has twinned the trail, making one lane available to non-motorized vehicles only.

"It has been a great experience developing our plan and meeting all the stakeholders including Council, residents, parent school councils, school boards, special interest groups, merchants, etc.," says Mr. Unrau.  "The feedback has enabled the Town of Petawawa council to focus on priorities and create a network that serves the needs.  The funding made available through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities along with collaboration with developers has advanced the plan’s priorities quicker than anticipated.  There is a lot more to do, but the Town has embraced Active Transportation and I look forward to continuing with the enhancement and education so everyone feels safe."

With urging from OVCATA, the City of Pembroke has established an AT working group. The Algonquin Trail runs the length of the city, and getting users to use it conveniently to get to work, school, business and shopping presents a real opportunity, as well as a challenge in an era of budget cutbacks from central governments.

McNab-Braeside, which got approximately 70 participants in its innovative Tour de Poutine in August. This month, its Council established a committee to study and report on AT. Whitewater Region has AT on its agenda too.

OVCATA has established good rapport with Renfrew County's recently-appointed operations director, Lee Perkins. Mr. Perkins has shared the County's 20-year plan with OVCATA, and the Operations Committee, which invited OVCATA to present in June, has asked for input.

The County of Renfrew’s Director of Public Works and Engineering, Lee Perkins, has considerable experience with AT from his work in large centers elsewhere in Canada.  Currently, he points out, the County’s Asset Management plan identifies $150,000 to be spent yearly on hardened shoulders, preferably a 1.0 metre wide.  "With a number of scenic rides within the County of Renfrew borders the movement of adventure tourism has been coming to the forefront," Mr. Perkins says.  "Meetings with the OVCATA on a more regular basis, sharing of planned projects and identifying key bicycle routes have allowed the County to plan ahead and request further funding for strategic infrastructure." 

In recent years,  the County has extended projects to include AT lanes on high profile bicycle routes including County Road 52 (Petawawa Boulevard), County Road 1 (River Road) and  County Road 21 (Beachburg Road).  Mr. Perkins notes that, "Increasing the paved shoulder width on roads not only provides safety for bicyclists, it also gives all residents and visitors an opportunity to become more active; i.e. rollerblades, skateboards, walking and jogging, indeed sharing the road with the motorized public. 

"Meeting and working with the OVCATA has been a pleasure," he says.  "Working with people who are so passionate about an issue is why I choose Public Service. I hope to continue the relationship far into the future."

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<![CDATA[October 6, Chalk River: Kitchissippi Run 2019 (2019/10/06)]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/october-6-chalk-river-kitchissippi-run-2019-2019-10-06-9109.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/october-6-chalk-river-kitchissippi-run-2019-2019-10-06-9109.htmlMon, 23 Sep 2019 5:14:13 -0700The fall colours promise to be beautiful as the routes wind their way through the Petawawa Research Forest once again! There are many races to choose from- Full Marathon,  1/2 Marathon, 10km and the 5km, or hop on your bike for a 42km Bike Ride, 21km Bike Ride and of course the family 2km!!! 

Info and registration here

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<![CDATA[OVCATA salutes Tour de Whitewater success, setting records for participation, activity]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-salutes-tour-de-whitewater-success-setting-records-for-participation-activity-5426.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-salutes-tour-de-whitewater-success-setting-records-for-participation-activity-5426.htmlTue, 06 Aug 2019 5:47:37 -0700The records that this year's Tour de Whitewater set show how important cycling can be as a generator of community health and spirit, and also economic activity.
 
Members of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA), which helped with, and received support from the event, feel the Tour provides a great example for other communities. On August 18, it's Eganville's turn, with the Tour de Bonnechere expected to attract hundreds of riders.

"The people of Westmeath have much to be proud of," said OVCATA President Ish Theilheimer. "Dozens of volunteers made it a great event, and the Tour clearly did a lot for its community."
 
After the rides, there was a "Bike and Brew" barbecue social featuring entertainment and local craft beer, cider, wines and spirits that entertained hundreds of people through the afternoon.
 
"It was definitely a record-setting year for us, with 435 riders registered with 416 riding," said Tour de Whitewater Chair Cathy Williamson.  This year, a record number of local people took part.  Approximately half the riders were from Renfrew County, of which 80 came from Whitewater Region, with another 84 from Ottawa and 108 from Toronto, Waterloo, Kitchener, Sault Ste. Marie, Mont Tremblant and other towns. "The numbers show how many people locally are cycling and also the economic potential of cycle tourism."
 
There were six different rides ranging from 10 km to 150 km. About $13,000 was raised to begin building an 'Active Living Rest Station' in Westmeath, after $870 was given to the Whitewater District Recreation Association (WDRA) and $870 to OVCATA.  "We hope OVCATA will organize an education plan to assist motorists and cyclists to learn the rules and rights of the road," she said. "The one concern we heard in the community was that cyclists were all over the road upsetting drivers. Lots of education is necessary so that both groups learn to respect the rights of each other." In the photo to the right, Ron Moss and Pat Krose of OVCATA accept $870 donation from Tour de Whitewater Chair Cathy Williamson.
 
OVCATA activists took part in planning sessions throughout the year, advised on routes and set out and retrieved markers for them.  "We were really pleased to help," said OVCATA's Secretary Ron Moss. "We are very thankful for the support we received, and we expect to plough that money back into promoting safe, active transportation and cycle tourism in the County."
 
"We will continue to encourage people to care for their own health and well-being through active participation in events like the Tour.  Thanks so much to all who participated in the cycling and in the Brewfest party afterwards.
 
Next year, tour organizers are planning a family ride that will cost less in hopes of attracting more young people.

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<![CDATA[August 24: McNab-Braeside - Tour de Poutine]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-15-mcnab-braeside-tour-de-poutine-3226.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-15-mcnab-braeside-tour-de-poutine-3226.htmlSat, 13 Jul 2019 5:11:25 -0700Tour de Poutine
This 20km bike ride through the township leads you to a delicious poutine snack from Betty’s Fries at the finish line.
When: Sat. June 15 2019
Registration: 9:00 am
Tour begins: 9:30 am
Poutine: upon completion of bike ride
Awards: 11:30 am
Cost: $5.00 per rider or $20.00 per family

Riders receive a poutine and drink after race. All riders also receive their own “Tour de Poutine” medallion for participating.
To register contact Scott @ 613-623-5756 x 232 or email sconroy@mcnabbraeside.com

This is a fun family ride of 24 km that starts at Red Pine Bay,  and meanders through the Algonquin Trail  and then the quiet roads of McNab Braeside to Betty’s Chips in the Village of Braeside. There you will get a well earned sample serving of Betty’s World Famous Poutine, with their incredible view of the Ottawa River.  After licking the last of the gravy out of the dish, just hop on your bike,  and gently glide down Usborne Hill to the start line with zero cadence! There you will get your very own, limited edition Tour de Poutine medallion.  ( just think of what it will be worth in 50 years! )

If you are taking advantage of the family rate and bringing kiddies and feel the full 24 km may be a bit much, worry not; we will have some shorter options. Since there will be a stretch on the Algonquin Trail I would recommend that you have a bike with at least 30 mm tires as pure road tires may not work well on the trail.  But we will figure out a pure road option,  We are hoping to have some riders from the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance participating as well, and you will have the chance to join this dynamic organization at no charge!

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<![CDATA[June 22, Renfrew - Admaston-Bromley K&P Family Cycle]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-22-renfrew-admaston-bromley-k-p-family-cycle-1840.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-22-renfrew-admaston-bromley-k-p-family-cycle-1840.htmlTue, 18 Jun 2019 7:26:14 -0700
Saturday, June 22, hosted by Admaston/Bromley township beginning at 10:00am at Ma-Te-Way park in Renfrew.
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<![CDATA[June 29 - Petawawa Algonquin Trail ride and cycle]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-29-petawawa-algonquin-trail-ride-and-cycle-4631.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-29-petawawa-algonquin-trail-ride-and-cycle-4631.htmlFri, 14 Jun 2019 12:07:44 -0700