Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliancehttp://www.ovcata.ca/Sat, 08 Sep 2018 6:22:40 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/home/http://www.ovcata.ca/home/Sat, 08 Sep 2018 6:22:40 -0700

by Ish Theilheimer

PEMBROKE, Sept. 7, 2018 - The four table officers of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) - Pat Krose, Ron Moss, Debbie Fiebig and I - met with Ontario's new transportation minister, John Yakabuski, for a pleasant and positive hour-long talk about Active Transportation (AT) in Renfrew County and throughout the province.

It is a real opportunity for our organization that our MPP is the minister, and especially so because our MPP is outgoing, friendly and knowledgeable. He has also been on our email list since the beginning and has gone to bat for us on issues with MTO in the past, so he didn't need a lot of coaching.

Our agenda was simple: a couple of local issues, a couple of provincial issues, and an invitation to speak at our annual meeting this fall. We covered all the issues and a whole lot more and got a Yes on the annual meeting, if we can find a weekend that works for him.

I took no notes and hope not to misrepresent what was said, but the Minister (or John, as most of us know him) said some important things today. Here is some of what I recall:

- AT, he said, is very important in terms of the biggest impending health issues with the aging of the baby boomers. It can lessen the impact, and therefore the cost to the health system, of problems like obesity and heart disease.

- There will be less provincial money for municipalities for AT to the cancellation of cap-and-trade, but budgets have not been set yet.

- John spoke of the importance of hard shoulders on highways and the economics of building them. He talked about how the extra costs of creating them can be compensated to a great extent, if not fully, by lower road maintenance and extended life of the road, as well as by increased safety. He comprehends the importance of continuing to develop of a provincial cycling network of highways with hard shoulders and appropriate signage.

- Remarkably, John said that a lot of MTO's budget is likely to be taken up by transit in the Toronto area because, as the province's business centre, it is vitally important to "get cars off the road." This is certainly a value we share with him, and this value can positively affect policy regarding AT.

- One of our most positive discussions was about the role of the MTO in educating drivers, cyclists and walkers about road safety and how that role can be expanded at little cost.

- We had good discussions about the Algonquin Trail (former CP rail line), Highway 17, the need to get cyclists off that highway, and the possibility of MTO funding development of the Trail, from Matawa to Chalk River, for that purpose. We also discussed the difficulties of finding a cycling route on Highway 148, between the "Quebec turn-off" and Pembroke's city limits, where road construction is underway with no cycling routes planned because provincial commuter cycling funding that might have brought the Algonquin Trail to standard is not now available due to the new government cancelling that program, which was paid for under the cap-and-trade system.

- We talked about how attitudes have changed toward cycling on roads. John recalled cycle trips from Barry's Bay to Killaloe as a youth where he and his friends simply assumed they would get off the road when cars approached because the prevalent attitude at the time was "they don't belong on the road." Now, he said, public view have changed greatly but, as he said, "Old attitudes die hard."

- John invited us to submit a letter detailing or policy suggestions to him as Minister, and also to other Cabinet Ministers with related portfolios such as health, seniors, tourism and recreation.

Overall, it was a very positive meeting that left the door open to lots of future contact, and we're thankful to John for doing that.
- Ish Theilheimer is co-chair, OVATA


(In the photo, from left: Ish, Pat, Debbie, Ron, and the Hon. John Yakabuski, MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke)

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<![CDATA[Run for Mental Health]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/run-for-mental-health-8574.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/run-for-mental-health-8574.htmlTue, 31 Jul 2018 1:14:44 -0700Join us for our first annual Run for Mental Health! This is a competitive cross-country race that will be held at Ma-te-way Park on August 25th in Renfrew ON. The run will consist of a chip-times 2K walk/run & 5K run that is open to all ages! 

EVENT DETAILS:

  • August 25th 
  • Ma-te-way Park Renfrew ON
  • Registration: 08:00 | 5 KM Start: 09:00 | 2 KM Start: 09:10
  • 2KM: $15.00 | Children Free
  • 5KM: $25.00 | Youth $20.00

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<![CDATA[June 27: 10 km off-road bike safety ride, Whitewater Region]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-27-10-km-off-road-bike-safety-ride-whitewater-region-2754.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-27-10-km-off-road-bike-safety-ride-whitewater-region-2754.htmlWed, 20 Jun 2018 4:43:12 -0700Join OVCATA for a 10 km gravel Rd and off road route at 6 p.m. on Wednesday June 27 commencing at Whitewater Brewing River site on Fletcher and Grant Settlement Rd in Whitewater Region. Prior to commencing this ride Cindy Jamieson will instruct on off road cycle safety.

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<![CDATA[June 21: Safe cycling group ride, Whitewater Region]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-21-safe-cycling-group-ride-cobden-8323.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-21-safe-cycling-group-ride-cobden-8323.htmlTue, 19 Jun 2018 6:53:59 -0700Safe cycling group ride event to be held Thursday June 21 at 6:00 p.m. commencing at Whitewater Brewing River site Fletcher Rd at Grant Settlement Rd.

The 38 km Route follows Grant Settlement Rd to Foresters Falls Rd, along Government Rd to Beachburg, to Lapasse Rd then Grant Settlement Rd returning to Fletcher Rd.
Refreshments and snacks can be purchased at Whitewater Brewing River site.
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<![CDATA[June 17: Silver Chain Challenge rides and hikes from Bonnechere Caves, Eganville area]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-17-silver-chain-challenge-rides-from-bonnechere-caves-eganville-area-9284.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-17-silver-chain-challenge-rides-from-bonnechere-caves-eganville-area-9284.htmlFri, 15 Jun 2018 5:51:05 -0700Rides and walks of various lengths for riders and hikers of all abilities
Meet at Bonnechere Caves, 4th Chute Road, between Eganville and Douglas at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 17. Free swag and snacks. Sponsored by OVCATA

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<![CDATA[Donate]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/donate/http://www.ovcata.ca/donate/Fri, 15 Jun 2018 4:47:20 -0700OVCATA is a volunteer-run organization, with annual expenses of $1-$2,000. We use the money for event organizing, managing a website, advertising, organizational registrations, office supplies and such. We hope you feel as we do that we're getting a lot back for having OVCATA as an organized voice for active transportation. Please participate and donate to help build a strong voice in the Valley for active transportation and cycling.

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<![CDATA[June 24: Killaloe - Silver Chain Challenge rides and hikes ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-23-killaloe-silver-chain-challenge-rides-and-hikes-2461.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-23-killaloe-silver-chain-challenge-rides-and-hikes-2461.htmlWed, 13 Jun 2018 10:51:35 -0700

June 24: Killaloe - Silver Chain Challenge rides and hikes

Rides and hikes of various lengths for riders and hikers of all abilities. Meet at Station Park, at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 24. Loaner bikes available. Sponsored by OVCATA. Free snacks and swag!

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian safety tips]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/pedestrian-safety-tips-1619.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/pedestrian-safety-tips-1619.htmlSun, 10 Jun 2018 6:37:38 -0700Basic advice for safe walking:

- Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.

- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.

- It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.

- Avoid distractions such as electronic devices that take your attention off the road.

Here's some detailed pedestrian safety information from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

New rules at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings

As of January 1, 2016, drivers - including cyclists - must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard.

These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk can drivers and cyclists proceed.

There are four types of pedestrian crossovers in Ontario. Three of them are new designs. See Q9 below.

It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Learn more about how to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a driver.


For pedestrians

It is up to both drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on Ontario roads. Learn more about how to stay safe as a pedestrian and as a driver.

  • Cross only at marked crosswalks or traffic lights. Don't cross in the middle of the block or between parked cars.
  • Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you step into the road.
  • Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, especially at dusk or when it's dark.
  • At a traffic light:
    • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
    • Begin to cross at the start of the green light or “Walk” signal, where provided.
    • Do not start to cross if you see a flashing “Do Not Walk” symbol or the light turns yellow.  If you already started to cross, complete your crossing in safety.
    • Never cross on a red light.
  • Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into and leaving driveways.

For drivers

Pay special attention to pedestrians as you drive. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
  • Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas, or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
  • Watch out for Community Safety Zone signs that indicate areas where public safety is a special concern, including the possibility of encountering pedestrians.
  • Be patient, especially with seniors or pedestrians with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
  • Drive carefully near streetcar stops with islands or zones for passengers getting on and off. Pass them at reasonable speeds, and always be ready in case pedestrians make sudden or unexpected moves.

Fines

Drivers will be fined $150 to $500 and 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks where there are traffic signals. The maximum fine for running a red light - a practice that puts pedestrians at risk - is $200 to $1000.

Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, near schools and public areas. These areas are clearly marked with signs.


For parents

Show your children how to cross a road safely. Teach them to:

  • Stay to the side of the road, walking as far away from traffic as they safely can
  • Stop at the edge of the sidewalk, and look both ways before crossing the road
  • Take extra care on roadways that have no curbs
  • Watch out for blind corners (for example, a car coming out of an alley may not see a child pedestrian about to cross).

New Pedestrian Safety Changes - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What is the new law for pedestrians?

Q2: Why are cyclists included with cars in this law?

Q3: Why did the province make this change?

Q4: Where does the new law apply? Not apply?

Q5: What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk? Are they different?

Q6: What is a school crossing?

Q7: Does the law apply province wide?

Q8: What are the penalties?

Q9: Are there any new types of crossovers where this law will apply?

Q1: What is the new law for pedestrians?

As of January 1, 2016, drivers - including cyclists - must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a crossing guard.

These new rules do not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards have crossed and are safely on the sidewalk can drivers and cyclists proceed.

Q2: Why are cyclists included with cars in this law? 

Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers and may face the same fine as drivers – the new law requires cyclists to stop and yield the whole roadway to pedestrians and school crossing guards before proceeding.

Q3:  Why did the province make this change?

This new law is intended to make roads safer for school children, pedestrians and school crossing guards.  Pedestrians, school children and school crossing guards are among the most vulnerable road users. The new law responds to recommendations related to pedestrian safety in the Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths released in 2012 and also to numerous requests from municipalities and safety organizations.

Q4: Where does the new law apply?  Not apply?

Applies at:

Does not apply at:

  • All pedestrian crossovers.
  • School crossings and any location where a school crossing guard is present.
  • Crosswalks – with or without traffic signals or stop signs – unless a school crossing guard is present

Q5: What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk?

The new law applies at all pedestrian crossovers, not at crosswalks, unless a school crossing guard is present.

Pedestrian crossovers are identified by specific signs, pavement markings and lights; some have illuminated overhead lights/warning signs and pedestrian push buttons.

diagram of a pedestrian crossover. The image shows a mid-block pedestrian crossover on a four-lane roadway. Two large white X marks appear on the roadway in the two lanes approaching the crossover. The crossover is marked by two sets of double white bars which run across the roadway. Two rectangular signs with a large black X and the word “pedestrians” in black on a white background are installed at the crossover on each side of the roadway – underneath, there are two signs with the message “stop for pedestrians”. Two rectangular amber signs with a black X marking are installed over the roadway, one for each direction of travel. There are two round amber lights near the inside edges of the rectangular amber signs. Pedestrians are crossing the road. Cars and a bicycle are stopped at the crossover. They must wait until pedestrians are on the sidewalk across the road before they proceed.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road. There are 3 new types of pedestrian crossovers (see Q9 below).

A crosswalk is a crossing location usually found at intersections with traffic signals, pedestrian signals or stop signs. A crosswalk can be:

  • the portion of a roadway that connects sidewalks on opposite sides of the roadway into a continuous path; or,
  • the portion of a roadway that is indicated for pedestrian crossing by signs, lines or other markings on the surface of the roadway at any location, including an intersection. 
diagram of crosswalks at an intersection with traffic signals and pedestrian signals. The image shows a four-way intersection of two two-lane roadways. There are two traffic signals for each direction of travel. There are four crosswalks which link the corners of the intersection.  Each crosswalk is marked by two parallel white bars that run across the roadway. There is a pedestrian signal at each end of every crosswalk. Cars and bicycles are stopped at stop lines marked by white bars on one roadway. Stopped cars and bicycles are facing a red light. Pedestrians who face a lit-up “walking person” symbol in white on the pedestrian signal are crossing the roadway. When this symbol is not lit up and the orange hand symbol is lit up, pedestrians are not allowed to enter the crosswalk. Cars and bicycles proceed through the intersection when the traffic light they face turns green.

Illustration of crosswalks at an intersection with traffic signals and pedestrian signals

Q6: What is a school crossing?

A school crossing is any pedestrian crossing where a school crossing guard is present and displaying a school crossing stop sign.

diagram of an example of a school crossing. The image shows a mid-block pedestrian crosswalk on a two-lane roadway marked by two sets of double white bars which run across the roadway. Two rectangular signs with black symbols of two school children crossing on a fluorescent yellow green background are installed at the school crossing on each side of the roadway – underneath, there are two fluorescent yellow green signs with the message “school crossing” in black. A school crossing guard is showing a school crossing stop sign to cars and bicycles stopped at the crossing. Children are crossing the road. Cars and bicycles must wait until the school crossing guard and children crossing the road are on the sidewalk across the roadway before they proceed.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until children, school crossing guards and all pedestrians have completely crossed the road

Q7: Does the law apply province wide?

As of January 1, 2016 the new law applies province wide to all pedestrian crossovers, school crossings and other locations where there is a school crossing guard.

Q8: What are the penalties?

Drivers and cyclists may face a fine in the range of $150-$500 – drivers may also face 3 demerit points. Fines will be doubled in community safety zones.

Q9: Are there any new types of crossovers where this law applies?

Yes. In response to requests from municipalities for more options for pedestrian crossovers, road authorities may choose to install one of the new types of crossovers.The law also applies at these new types of pedestrian crossovers.

diagram of a pedestrian crossover. The image shows a mid-block pedestrian crossover on a two-lane roadway. A ladder crosswalk, consisting of many white parallel bars between two perpendicular white outer lines, runs across the roadway. A yield to pedestrians line made of white triangles with the bottom points facing the direction of approaching traffic appears on the roadway in each direction of travel before the crossover. These lines look like shark teeth. There are two rectangular signs with a black symbol of a person crossing from right to left on a white background installed at the crossover: one on a pole on the side of the roadway and another one above the roadway facing approaching traffic. There is a rectangular flashing light above the sign on the side of the roadway and underneath a sign which reads “stop for pedestrians”. The signs and light are also installed on the other side of the crossover, but the black symbols show a person crossing from right to left. Pedestrians are crossing the road. Cars and a bicycle are stopped at the shark teeth lines. They must wait until pedestrians are on the sidewalk across the road before they proceed.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road

diagram of a pedestrian crossover. The image shows a mid-block pedestrian crossover on a two-lane roadway. A ladder crosswalk, consisting of many white parallel bars between two white outer lines, runs across the roadway. A yield to pedestrians line made of white triangles with the bottom points facing the direction of approaching traffic appears on the roadway in each direction of travel before the crossover. These lines look like shark teeth. A rectangular sign with a black symbol of a person crossing the road from right to left on a white background is installed at the crossover on the side of the roadway. There is a rectangular flashing light above the sign and a sign underneath which reads “stop for pedestrians”. The signs and light are also installed on the other side of the crossover, but the black symbols show a person crossing from right to left. Pedestrians are crossing the road. Cars and a bicycle are stopped at the shark teeth lines. They must wait until pedestrians are on the sidewalk across the road before they proceed.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road

diagram of a pedestrian crossover. The image shows a mid-block pedestrian crossover on a two-lane roadway. A ladder crosswalk, consisting of many white parallel bars between two white outer lines, runs across the roadway. A yield to pedestrians line made of white triangles with the bottom points facing the direction of approaching traffic appears on the roadway in each direction of travel before the crossover. These lines look like shark teeth. A rectangular sign with a black symbol of a person crossing from right to left on a white background is installed at the crossover on the side of the roadway. There is also a sign which reads “stop for pedestrians” under that sign. The signs are also installed on the other side of the crossover, but the black symbols show a person crossing from right to left. Pedestrians are crossing the road. Cars and a bicycle are stopped at the shark teeth lines. They must wait until pedestrians are on the sidewalk across the road before they proceed.

Drivers and cyclists must wait until pedestrians have completely crossed the road


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<![CDATA[Mondays through October: Introduction to road riding, Petawawa]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/introduction-to-road-riding-petawawa-4317.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/introduction-to-road-riding-petawawa-4317.htmlMon, 04 Jun 2018 6:05:06 -0700 Learn to ride in a pace line, learn proper safety and etiquette and get riding tips to increase your efficiency and improve your experience.

** Must have a helmet and a drop handlebar road bike

meet at Gearheads parking lot at 6:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[OVCATA promotes active transportation for seniors with provincial support]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-promotes-active-transportation-for-seniors-with-provincial-support-5999.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-promotes-active-transportation-for-seniors-with-provincial-support-5999.htmlFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:27:39 -0700COBDEN, May 17, 2018: The Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) will be encouraging Renfrew County seniors to get out cycling and walking, with help from Ontario's Ministry of Seniors Affairs. OVCATA is receiving $10,300 from the Ministry to fund the project Renfrew County Seniors' Active Transportation (RCSAT).

The project will offer education, encouragement and coaching to seniors across the County by working with existing seniors' groups affiliated with the Renfrew County and District Active Aging Network (RCDAAN).

"In particular, we want to focus on perceived barriers to participation," said the project's coordinator, Kathy Eisner. "We'll be holding education sessions indoors and group walking and cycling events outdoors.  Experienced facilitators from OVCATA and RCDAAN will teach and encourage safe participation at events across the County. Through these organized activities, seniors will gain the knowledge and experience to continue safe cycling and walking individually or in groups."

This project will promote cycling and walking as social and enjoyable ways to be active throughout the senior years. It will engage seniors in discussion about perceived  barriers to participation in walking and cycling, looking at what keeps them from these activities and what seniors need to overcome these obstacles

Under the program, OVCATA will hold or participate in approximately 30 events in communities throughout Renfrew County in May and June that will give seniors opportunities to participate in group walking and cycling activities.  At each event, information about healthful and safe participation will be presented. There will also be an opportunity to socialize over refreshments and to provide feedback to the organizers.

"Through these organized activities seniors will gain the knowledge and experience needed to continue safe cycling and walking individually or in groups," said Ms. Eisner. "And we expect to have a lot of fun!"

Seniors will be encouraged to join with all local residents in tracking their walking or cycling during the month of June through the Silver Chain Challenge, the annual competition between Renfrew County and Lanark County - www.silverchainchallenge.ca

All participants will be invited to participate in community rides organized by OVCATA or in which OVCATA is a partner, as well as the sessions tailored to seniors that will be offered through local seniors' groups.

In addition, a report on senior participation in Active Transportation based on participation data collected, identified perceived barriers and feedback from seniors will be prepared and made available to municipal and county councils.

OVCATA's members hope the project will promote age-friendly community development by giving seniors opportunities to present ideas for improving cycling/walking infrastructure in their communities. These ideas will be included in the report available to the municipalities and county.

They want to keep the activities focused on the safety and well-being of seniors. "Promoting activities that can be carried on with little or no equipment through the senior years will provide long-term benefits in terms of health and well-being," said OVCATA co-chair Pat Krose. "We also hope the project will help break the isolation found amongst rural seniors through the social inclusion found through these accessible group activities."

More than 300 seniors are expected to participate in events with the project.

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In the photo, OVCATA members from all over Renfrew County met in Cobden for a ride and to announce the Renfrew County Seniors Active Transportation on May 17, 2018. From left: Ole Hendrickson (Morrison's Island), Chris Hinsperger (Eganville), Andy Kalnins (McNab), Kathy Eisner (Golden Lake), Ish Theilheimer (Golden Lake), Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley), Debbie Fiebig (Admaston), Pat Krose (Whitewater), Dave Fleming (Cobden)

Information: Kathy Eisner 613-757-2223
keisner.ke AT gmail.com

Volunteers: Debbie Fiebig,

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<![CDATA[June 2: Celebrate Our River group paddle - Eganville]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-2-celebrate-our-river-group-paddle-eganville-1941.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-2-celebrate-our-river-group-paddle-eganville-1941.htmlFri, 01 Jun 2018 8:42:57 -0700Registration at the Eganville Arena, 9 - 9:30 am.  Paddlers can choose to paddle flat water upstream from Rotary Park with an experienced naturalist who will share knowledge of edible aquatic plants, or to paddle the swifts and shallows downstream from Wilber Lake (transportation provided).  Canoe rentals available from Don Adams.  Cost $10 in advance (register online) or $15 on the day.  Also community drum circle, local food from the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op, music by That Band with an open mic.  Rsgister online.

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<![CDATA[Most Saturday & Sundays 100 kms Cycles from Arnprior]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/most-saturday-sundays-100-kms-cycles-from-arnprior-8817.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/most-saturday-sundays-100-kms-cycles-from-arnprior-8817.htmlThu, 31 May 2018 7:15:41 -0700<![CDATA[June 3: Renfrew walking and cycling events]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-renfrew-walking-and-cycling-events-969.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-renfrew-walking-and-cycling-events-969.htmlThu, 31 May 2018 4:47:55 -0700Saturday, June 3,  is National Health and Fitness Day. You're invited to join OVCATA at Ma-Ta-Weh park in Renfrew for stretching exercises for seniors at 10:45, a nature walk with Town Council at 11 a.m., a healthy barbeque at noon and a 1 p.m. all-ages bike ride. Don't miss the fun.

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<![CDATA[June 13: Deep River Riders Wednesday group, from Golden Lake]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-13-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-golden-lake-1747.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-13-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-golden-lake-1747.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 5:05:51 -0700

Golden Lake

Trip 28

35 / 40 km   Hills

Snack Pikwakanagan. Lunch Eganville

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:05) #

Queen St. Eganville

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<![CDATA[June 27: Deep River Riders Wednesday group - Fourth Chute]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-27-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-fourth-chute-9969.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-27-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-fourth-chute-9969.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:52:57 -0700

Fourth Chute

Trip 10 B

32 km

Some hills

Popular ride

Snack at Fourth Chute

Lunch Eganville

Value Mart

At 8 AM

(9:05) #

Queen St. Eganville

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<![CDATA[June 20: Deep River Riders Wednesday group - Westmeath-Beachburg]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-20-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-westmeath-beachburg-7562.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-20-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-westmeath-beachburg-7562.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:50:16 -0700

Westmeath/

Beachburg

Trip 14 B

36 km

Some hills

Seniors group lunch Westmeath

Value Mart

At 8 AM

(9:10) #

Arena just off Westmeath Rd. On Synton St.

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<![CDATA[June 6: Deep River Riders Wednesday group, from Rankin]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-6-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-rankin-4775.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-6-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-rankin-4775.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:42:59 -0700

Rankin

Trip 20

32/ 37 km

Mostly flat, few gentle hills

Bag lunch at rink

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:45) #

Rankin Hockey Rink, just off Hwy 41

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<![CDATA[May 30: Deep River Riders Wednesday group, from Petawawa]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-30-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-petawawa-4318.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-30-deep-river-riders-wednesday-group-from-petawawa-4318.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:37:51 -0700

Black Bay

Trip 17 B

37 / 47 km

Bag lunch or Madameeks  lunch Petawawa

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:25) #

Great Canadian Warehouse, Petawawa

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<![CDATA[June 3-27: Renfrew Pinnacle Pedalers (Wednesdays and Sundays)]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-27-renfrew-pinnacle-pedalers-wednesdays-and-sundays-7826.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-27-renfrew-pinnacle-pedalers-wednesdays-and-sundays-7826.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:15:58 -0700Renfrew Pinnacle Pedallers meet for a ride at Ma-Ta-Weh Park every Sunday at 9:00 am and Wednesday at

6:00 pm. Info: Debbie Fiebig: fiebigdd@sympatico.ca

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<![CDATA[Mississippi Mills Bike Month Events]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/mississippi-mills-bike-month-events-3124.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/mississippi-mills-bike-month-events-3124.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:12:24 -0700
Saturday, June 2
10:00am
 Augusta St Pump Track Renovation
5:00pm
 Bicycle Month Mill Street Party / Community Pot Luck Dinner
Sunday, June 3
3:30pm
 Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #1
Thursday, June 7
9:30am
 RIMM Rovers / Slow Spokes Ride
Sunday, June 10
3:30pm
 Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #2
Thursday, June 14
9:30am
 RIMM Rovers / Slow Spokes Ride
6:30pm
 Birders on Bikes for Families
7:00pm
 Dutch Bike Tour Travelogue
Saturday, June 16
8:30am
 Tour de Mississippi Mills
3:00pm
 Porchfest de Mississippi Mills
Sunday, June 17
3:30pm
 Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #3
Thursday, June 21
9:30am
 RIMM Rovers / Slow Spokes Ride
Saturday, June 23
10:30am
 Tri-Brew Tour
Sunday, June 24
3:30pm
 Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Sunday Ride #4
Thursday, June 28
9:30am
 RIMM Rovers / Slow Spokes Ride
Saturday, June 30
5:00pm
 Pakenham’s Canada Day Eve Parade on a Bike
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<![CDATA[June 10: Krista Johnson Memorial "Run For Change," Pembroke]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-10-krista-johnson-memorial-run-for-change-pembroke-2162.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-10-krista-johnson-memorial-run-for-change-pembroke-2162.htmlWed, 23 May 2018 4:06:50 -0700tails

The "Run for Change" began eight years ago, when Krista decided that she wanted to help raise funds to support The Grind Salvation Army Youth Centre, while at the same time promoting fitness within our community!

Krista's family and friends want to continue to give back to the community in her honour by continuing to organize this great event. This year, The Krista Johnson Memorial Fund plans to make the 6th annual run, in memory of Krista, a memorable one.

Dig out your running shoes and mark your Calendars for Sunday June 101th.

Online Registration is now live! Please use the following link to access the event on the Running Room website.

Registration Link:
https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=15236

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Date: Sunday June 10th, 2018
Location: Riverside Park, Pembroke Ontario

Race times:
9:00 A.M- Half Marathon
9:45 A.M.- 10 km Run
10:00 A.M.- 5 km Run
10:10 A.M.- 2km Walk/Run
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<![CDATA[Wednesday tours (May-July) with Deep River riders]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/wednesday-tours-may-july-with-deep-river-riders-591.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/wednesday-tours-may-july-with-deep-river-riders-591.htmlSat, 28 Apr 2018 6:41:40 -0700These daytime tours take one to three hours and are open to anyone.

DATE

ROUTE

CHARACTER

FOOD

MEET

PARK

MAY

2

Starter Trip Chalk River

Trip 26 A

17 km

Rolling terrain.

Short walk on boardwalk.

Snack at

Corry Lake.

Lunch at restaurant

Value Mart

At 10 AM (10:15) #

Lions Club, Chalk River

NEW TIME

NEWTIME

9

Davis Mills

Trip 2 B

28 / 35 km

Mostly flat

Bag lunch at bridge off trail

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:40) #

St George’s Church

Doran Rd & Sandy Beach Rd

16

Lake Dore – Eganville

Trip 8 B

22 / 32 km

Some hills

Bag lunch at church, Point Church Rd

Value Mart

At 9 AM

(9:50) #

Church, Point Church Rd.

23

Waltham/

Fort Coulonge

*See web site.

36 km

Flat rail bed.

Trillium likely.

Restaurant in Mansfield (near

Fort Coulonge)

Value Mart

At 9 AM (10:15) #

Waltham beside trail.

30

Black Bay

Trip 17 B

37 / 47 km

Bag lunch or Madameeks  lunch Petawawa

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:25) #

Great Canadian Warehouse, Petawawa

JUNE

    Silver Chain

challenge month

    Register your

rides on

Silverchainchallenge.ca

NEW TIME

NEWTIME

6

Rankin

Trip 20

32/ 37 km

Mostly flat, few gentle hills

Bag lunch at rink

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:45) #

Rankin Hockey Rink, just off Hwy 41

13

Golden Lake

Trip 28

35 / 40 km   Hills

Snack Pikwakanagan. Lunch Eganville

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:05) #

Queen St. Eganville

20

Westmeath/

Beachburg

Trip 14 B

36 km

Some hills

Seniors group lunch Westmeath

Value Mart

At 8 AM

(9:10) #

Arena just off Westmeath Rd. On Synton St.

27

Fourth Chute

Trip 10 B

32 km

Some hills

Popular ride

Snack at Fourth Chute

Lunch Eganville

Value Mart

At 8 AM

(9:05) #

Queen St. Eganville

JULY

4

Douglas/Dacre

Trip 23 B

40 km

Long hills

Bag lunch at

Baptist Church

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:10) #

Catholic church on Hwy 60

Douglas

11

Pembroke

Trip 19

32 / 36 km

Mostly flat, some minor hills

Irving restaurant, or by Muskrat river shore

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:40) #

Irving gas station.

Hwy 17 and 41

18

Green Lake

Trip 24 B

34 / 38 km

Some hills

Bag lunch at

finish

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:50) #

Across from Grace Lutheran Church on Reiche Rd

25

Beechburg/ Foresters falls

Trip 16 B

38 km

Some hills

Lunch at Whitewater Brewery

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:10) #

22 Fletcher Road. (Left off Grants settlement Road).

A trip schedule for August to October will be issued in July.  There is no designated leader for each trip.  We do travel in one or several groups formed according to desired length and speed.
# Time, italic, in brackets. Estimated departure from cycle starting point. Info for out-of-town riders
* www.cycloparcppj.org/map_en.html

                                                                                                   

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<![CDATA[July 7, 2018: Tour de Whitewater, Westmeath, ON]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-7-2018-tour-de-whitewater-westmeath-on-1349.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-7-2018-tour-de-whitewater-westmeath-on-1349.htmlTue, 10 Apr 2018 4:56:38 -0700OVCATA is pleased to announce that it will be a main partner and beneficiary of the Second Annual Tour de Whitewater in Westmeath, ON. Last year's event attracted 300 riders. This year, organizers hope for 500 taking part in a variety of rides of various distances on some of the area's best cycle routes. Full details are on Facebook and Blogspot.  Let us know if you'd like to volunteer with OVCATA at the event by emailing to info@ovcata.ca.

Registration is now open for the Tour de Whitewater.
Rides: 150k, 100k, 60k gravel, 50k, 30k & 10k family ride.
Cost: $30.00 pre-registration (11 yrs and older)
$10.00 pre-registration (10 yrs and under)

Day of Registration: $40.00 CASH ONLY

Register before June 15th to receive a limited edition pair of Tour de Whitewater socks!

Registration includes:
Amazing routes
BBQ lunch served by our local 4H club
Lots of door prizes
Support for OVCATA (Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance)

Optional, but highly recommended:
Homemade Buffet Breakfast: $8.00 cash only
Time: 7:00 am to 10:30 am
* served up by our very own WDRA Associaiton.

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<![CDATA[August 19: Tour de Bonnechere, Eganville]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/august-19-tour-de-bonnechere-eganville-6829.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/august-19-tour-de-bonnechere-eganville-6829.htmlSat, 07 Apr 2018 10:56:26 -0700The Tour de Bonnechere (Eganville, Ontario, Canada) is a timed self supported road ride that celebrates cycling in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Challenge yourself to ride the short course (60k) in 2.5 hours or the long one (100k) in 3.5. This is not a race! Enjoy riding with like minded people at whatever pace you choose. A scenic family ride (18k) makes its way to Bonnechere Caves and back. Join us for our famous pot-luck BBQ and party afterwards! All proceeds support local charities.


For more information and to register!

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<![CDATA[June, 2018 - Join the Silver Chain Challenge]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-2018-join-the-silver-chain-challenge-1089.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-2018-join-the-silver-chain-challenge-1089.htmlSat, 07 Apr 2018 10:47:55 -0700If you're a cyclist - or a walker - please join the Silver Chain Challenge, that friendly competition between Renfrew and Lanark Counties to see who does the most active transportation in the month of June.

Every time you cycle or hike in June, go to the website  and log your klicks. It's fun and easy. Last year, Renfrew won, but it was close!

This year, groups will be able to sign up to compete jointly.

Please join the fun.

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<![CDATA[Tour de Whitewater 2018]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/tour-de-whitewater-2018-8160.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/tour-de-whitewater-2018-8160.htmlFri, 06 Apr 2018 1:07:12 -0700<![CDATA[Join OVCATA - Win A Bike]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/join-ovcata-win-a-bike-3594.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/join-ovcata-win-a-bike-3594.htmlThu, 01 Mar 2018 9:02:09 -0700Until Labour Day, 2018, all new OVCATA members and all existing members who fill out an entry form have a chance to win a brand new kid's mountain bike from Yantha Cycle worth $400 and other cool prizes.

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<![CDATA[Allumette Island]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/allumette-island-2722.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/allumette-island-2722.htmlTue, 13 Feb 2018 8:29:54 -0700Mostly flat rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Westmeath - LaPasse]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/westmeath-lapasse-9043.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/westmeath-lapasse-9043.htmlTue, 13 Feb 2018 8:28:21 -0700Farm country rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Bonnechere River Watershed walking, paddling and cycle routes]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/bonnechere-river-watershed-walking-paddling-and-cycle-routes-9355.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/bonnechere-river-watershed-walking-paddling-and-cycle-routes-9355.htmlMon, 22 Jan 2018 12:10:56 -0700The Bonnechere River Watershed Nature in Your Neighbourhood Guide is a collaborative initiative of the Ottawa River Institute and the Bonnechere River Watershed Project, with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

We have designed this guide to help you enjoy and appreciate the Bonnechere River watershed and its natural highlights, while offering opportunities for physical activity at the same time. We have provided links to other relevant information, drawing in particular on the Valley Explore portion of the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association web site. We welcome comments and feedback, which can be directed to either sponsoring organization (or http://www.BonnechereRiver.ca ).

The Bonnechere River travels 145 km from its source in Algonquin Park to the Ottawa River at Castleford. Its course includes two large lakes and long calm stretches that are interspersed with rapids and waterfalls. Historically, log drivers built wooden chutes around these obstacles. Mills followed and later, hydroelectric dams were built at some of these locations. The term ‘chute’ is still widely used around the Bonnechere to refer to major rapids and waterfalls. In this guide you will see references to ‘chutes’, numbered from the ‘First Chute’ near the mouth of the river, and upriver to the ‘Fifth Chute’ in Eganville.

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<![CDATA[Local cycle routes win big with December provincial funding!]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/local-cycle-routes-win-big-with-december-provincial-funding-3898.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/local-cycle-routes-win-big-with-december-provincial-funding-3898.htmlWed, 27 Dec 2017 1:34:04 -0700Cycling and active transportation will take a big step forward with the announcement on December 4 of provincial funding for Renfrew County, Lanark County, and eight local municipalities through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program.

The County of Renfrew took the lead in coordinating a joint application with seven municipalities in the County, with most of the funding intended for use in developing the former CP Rail line, known in Renfrew County as the Algonquin Trail.

"We are truly delighted with this news," said Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) Co-chair Ish Theilheimer, who approached Renfrew County Council on March 29 along with OVCATA's secretary Ron Moss. "We told the Councillors about the program that day, and they went right to work on taking advantage of it, pulling together a joint application, which is never easy. Their efforts will bear a lot of fruit."

The County of Renfrew applied for the OMCC funding and included a funding request jointly and on behalf of the seven municipal partners for a complex, multi-year commuter cycling program involving the Algonquin Trail. The program is intended to create commuter cycling links between rural and urban areas like Arnprior, Renfrew, Petawawa and Pembroke.

OVCATA is collaborating with Discovery Routes Trails Organization, which is based in North Bay, to connect the Voyageur Cycling Route, which crosses Canada from west to east and currently extends as far east as Mattawa, to Ottawa, tracking through Renfrew and Lanark County.

"We are thrilled that the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail Committee recognizes the opportunity that the trail provides for a variety of users and has considered cyclists as primary users of the facility," said Jennifer McCourt, of Discovery Routes. "Planning a route that is safe and convenient for cyclists is a top priority in the development of the Voyageur Cycling Route. The announcement of the funding supporting cycling infrastructure makes sections of the rail trail a viable option for the Voyageur Cycling Route."

The biggest obstacle to this has been the stretch of Highway 17 between Mattawa and Petawawa. Provincial officials and cycling advocates like Discovery Routes and OVCATA have been discussing whether the Algonquin Trail could be surfaced to accommodate cycle traffic, which would resolve major safety and traffic concerns from having cyclists on Highway 17 and also boost tourist business in all the towns along the line. Discovery Routes is conducting a feasibility study to determine best routes thru Renfrew County, which might include some other sections of the Algonquin Trail.

"Trails like the Algonquin Trail have played important roles in revitalizing small towns in many parts of Canada and the U.S.," said Theilheimer. "And they can also play an important role linking our local communities and getting more people onto bikes and more cars off the road."

Lanark County received funding for three significant projects:
- Adding a gravel and stone dust base to the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT) (the old CP line, as it is known outside Renfrew County) between Montague and Mississippi Mills

- Adding decking and railings to the former railway bridge in Pakenham on the OVRT, and

- paving 17.3-km of shoulders on both sides of County Road 43 between Perth and Smiths Falls.

"All of these projects have the potential to entice commuters to embrace cycling to work," said Lanark County CAO Kurt Greaves. "OMCC is an opportunity for Lanark County to see some of the carbon tax funds reinvested for the benefit of our community."

Across Ontario, 120 municipalities will receive funding from the province for new bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure. Total program funding is $93 million, an increase from the $42.5 million announced earlier this year. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Locally, Renfrew County  received $372,360, Lanark County  got $548,290, Petawawa  received $90,771 and Admaston Bromley, Arnprior, Greater Madawaska , Laurentian Hills, Laurentian Valley, Pembroke, Renfrew, Whitewater Region, and Mississippi Mills  each got $25,000.

The above photo was taken (thanks to County of Renfrew!) at the official opening of the Algonquin Trail in Renfrew, December 19, 2017. In the photo are:

Front row: Peter Emon, Renfrew Reve; Jennifer Murphy, Renfrew County Warden; Bob Sweet, Renfrew County chair of the development and property committee; Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Greg Tatan Renfrew County ATV Club, Walter Stack, Arnprior Reeve.
Back row: Terry Vaudry, Snow Country Snowmobile Region Club; Steve Osipenko,  acting commander with County of Renfrew Paramedic Service; Anthony Hobbs, Forestry and Trails Technician with the County of Renfrew; Craig Kelly, director of development and property for the County of Renfrew; Melissa Marquardt, Marketing Coordinator with the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association; Bill Jamieson, Sno Goers Snowmobile Club; Jason Davis, County of Renfrew Forestry and Trails manager; Debbie Fiebig,  Treasurer of Ottawa Valley Cycling Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA); Jim Inglis Whitewater Sno Goers; Ron Moss, Secretary of OVCATA.
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<![CDATA[Education is key to bike collision prevention - OPP Sergeant]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/education-is-key-to-bike-collision-prevention-opp-sergeant-3813.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/education-is-key-to-bike-collision-prevention-opp-sergeant-3813.htmlThu, 21 Dec 2017 1:45:25 -0700

RENFREW: Forty two cyclists were in collisions reported to the police in Renfrew County, and one was killed, between 2012 and 2017, according to figures compiled by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Sgt. Rob Guty, of the Renfrew Detachment, addressed a meeting here on November 2 of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA), offering detailed analysis of accident reports collected over five years. Most of the collisions, he said, happened in built-up areas like Petawawa, Pembroke, Renfrew and Arnprior. The only fatality, however, happened on Highway 17 near Petawawa.
 
Drivers, he said, are learning to be respectful of cyclists, but the process takes time. "Education is the way to go," he said. "There is new legislation that concerns drivers and cyclists, and everyone needs to learn about it."
 
Some of the most important changes include:

- The new one-metre passing law. The penalty for not leaving a minimum one-metre passing distance can be up to $500 for drivers who contest their ticket by going to court. Upon conviction, two demerit points will also be assigned against the individuals driver record.

- "Dooring." The new penalties for improper opening of a vehicle door (for driver or passenger) are a set fine of $300.00 upon conviction and 3 demerit points. The total payable fine is $365.00
- Allowing cyclists to use intermittent flashing red lights. Red flashing lights were previously not allowed under the Highway Traffic Act even though the majority of cyclists were already using rear lamps that produce intermittent flashes of red light to make themselves more visible to others.

"The cyclist is at a big disadvantage in the event of a collision," said Sgt. Guty, so it's important to take every possible opportunity to educate drivers and cyclists.

OVCATA members engaged the Sergeant in animated discussion about safety and about how to inform the public of the new law. "One of the things we'll be looking at in future, as a result of Sgt. Guty taking the time to speak with us, is advocating for more educational efforts from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and doing more as an organization ourselves," said OVCATA chair Ish Theilheimer.

In the photo at the top left, Peter Hageraats (standing) and Ron Moss of OVCATA talk cycling safety with Sgt. Rob Guty of the Renfrew OPP. The three maps show locations of bike collisions in Petawawa, Pembroke and Arnprior reported to the OPP between 2012 and 2017.

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<![CDATA[OPP to share bike collision stats at Renfrew OVCATA meeting]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/opp-to-share-bike-collision-stats-at-renfrew-ovcata-meeting-5835.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/opp-to-share-bike-collision-stats-at-renfrew-ovcata-meeting-5835.htmlSat, 28 Oct 2017 4:06:08 -0700The OPP in Renfrew County have been collecting statistics on cycling collisions that they will be sharing with the public at a November 2 meeting of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) at 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain House restaurant in Renfrew (409 Stewart St.).

As a result of a discussion at the organization's annual meeting in October, OVCATA contacted the OPP the Renfrew detachment of the OPP to find out how safe, or dangerous, cycling is in the County. In response, the detachment has pulled together research by the OPP that summarizes and analyzes all reported vehicle collisions with bikes from 2012 to 2017 in Renfrew County. There were 42 in all.

The OPP will have one of their knowledgeable members at the meeting to discuss the research findings and their implications with OVCATA members.

"We are delighted with the research the OPP have done at our request and at his willingness to share the information with the public," said OVCATA co-chair Ish Theilheimer. "We expect that this information will lead to some really interesting discussion, and also further action in the interest of public safety."

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<![CDATA[Free Renfrew County bike map]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/free-renfrew-county-bike-map-427.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/free-renfrew-county-bike-map-427.htmlThu, 12 Oct 2017 9:24:33 -0700The Ottawa Valley Travel Association (OVTA) is publishing a first-ever bike map of Renfrew County, and OVTA has offered to mail a copy to any OVCATA member who asks. To get one, click here to send your mailing address to OVCATA, and we'll forward it to OVTA. 

Please send Renfrew County bike map

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<![CDATA[OVCATA Co-chair's report for 2017 - a lot accomplished in Year 1]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-co-chair-s-report-for-2017-a-lot-accomplished-in-year-1-1023.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-co-chair-s-report-for-2017-a-lot-accomplished-in-year-1-1023.htmlWed, 11 Oct 2017 4:09:50 -0700October 4, 2017

OVCATA Co-chair's report

by Ish Theilheimer

OVCATA's first year was a big one. Here are some of our accomplishments. Since our launch, we have:

- signed up 185 members.

- successfully lobbied the Ontario government regarding upgrades to Highway 148, Highway 41 and Highway 17

- helped OVTA develop a Renfrew County bike map and helped sponsor it

- worked with Whitewater Region on plans to hard-shoulder roads in the municipality. Currently participating with Whitewater Region as active transportation representatives in the First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE) with partner community being the Town of Arnprior

- had representatives meet with other local municipal councils including Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew, North Algona, and Laurentian Valley

- organized or participated in rides and events in Barrys Bay, Eganville, Pembroke, Renfrew, and Westmeath including fund raising events like the Pembroke Rotary Ride for Kids and the Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot

- met with Renfrew County Council in March, 2017, and liaised on an ongoing basis with County staff regarding the 2017 capital works plan and proposed hardened shoulders. In response, the County's construction of hardened shoulders in 2017 constructed went well beyond expectation.

- launched a website that lists rides, routes and news about active transportation

- participated in meetings regarding the Algonquin Trail (former CP line) development

- sponsored the Silver Chain Challenge in 2017

- organized and got funding from MTO through its Road Safety Community Partnership Program for the Renfrew County Cycling Safety Outreach Project in 2017. Through it, we distributed thousands of safety bumper stickers and rack cards.

- took part in the Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit in Kemptville (2016) and Carleton Place (2017)

- entered into partnership with Discovery Routes, the North Bay-based organization spearheading the campaign for a cross-Canada cycling route passing through the Ottawa Valley

- worked with OPP on cycling safety promotion.

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<![CDATA[Same road, same rules, same rights]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/same-road-same-rules-same-rights-7180.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/same-road-same-rules-same-rights-7180.htmlTue, 26 Sep 2017 7:58:08 -0700In 2017, OVCATA, with help from the Ministry of Transporation of Ontario, has produced these safety info cards for cyclists and motorists, as well as bumper stickers,  and has been distributing them at events throughout the Ottawa Valley. Please contact at info@ovcata.ca if you would like to receive some to distribute.

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<![CDATA[A Brief Guide to Safe Cycling and Group Riding]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/a-brief-guide-to-safe-cycling-and-group-riding-6868.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/blog/a-brief-guide-to-safe-cycling-and-group-riding-6868.htmlWed, 06 Sep 2017 4:04:23 -0700by Dave Fleming

In a nutshell: ride a dependable bike, obey the traffic laws and be courteous to others.

1) Your bike.  Before every ride check your tire pressure, make sure brakes and gears are good to go and chain lubricated.  Ensure that the saddle and handlebars are correctly positioned.
- Many cyclists use a mirror on the bike, eye glasses or helmet.
- It's a good idea to have a flashing red tail-light and a white front light especially in the evening or on foggy days.
- Bring a spare tube, patching kit, pump and basic tools. ( Don't forget the tire levers like I once did!)
- Wear bright clothing and an approved helmet. Most cyclists do these days.
- Bring I.D., health card, and perhaps a cellphone.
- Fill your water bottle and bring a snack if the ride is a longer one.
2) Traffic laws and cycling calls
- Obey stop signs, red lights and yield signs.
- Signal turns to other drivers and cyclists.
- Ride two abreast only when safe to do so. Single file is better on busy or narrow, winding roads.  Stay as far to the right shoulder as practicable.
- Use bike lanes or paved shoulders when available ( don't we wish...)
- Since the 1930's cyclists have used traditional calls and signs:
- "Car back" - vehicle coming from behind
- "Car up" - vehicle ahead
- "Hole" or "Bump" - point down at hazard
- "Loose" or "Gravel" -point down and waggle fingers
- " On your left" -when passing another cyclist ( don't pass on the right, as a rule)
- " Slowing", "stopping" - extend arm downwards, palm back.
- "All clear" - when safe for group to cross intersection or enter roadway
3) Group Ettiquette
-  Be aware, obviously, of others around you. Use a shoulder check and signal your intention when changing position.
- When following another rider, don't overlap his or her wheel. If wheels touch, the following rider will often crash.
- When stopping to regroup, don't loiter all over the corner or road, obstructing traffic.
- Try to ride at a steady, comfortable pace. Don't race ahead like " Johnny Rebel" leaving the others scrambling to keep up. ( Unless, of course, you're in the Tour de France on a solo breakaway over the Galibier Pass!)
- Learn how to ride in an echelon* - a great way to overcome a long, windy stretch of road. This kind of teamwork can be one of the joys of group cycling.
*In the future, we plan to have a cycling workshop on drafting and echelon riding.
For further information and safety tips checkout these links:
www.bikequarterly.com  (The passion of cycling)
www. safecycling.ca ( Bike Ottawa) ( Be safe, be seen video)
www.durhamcycling.com  (group riding video)
www.whiteclaybicycleclub.org  (group empathy)
Dave Fleming is an OVCATA member who lives in Cobden and still rides the Peugot PX-10 he bought 50 years ago.
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<![CDATA[Preserve green PPJ cycloparc]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/home/preserve-green-ppj-cycloparc-7314.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/home/preserve-green-ppj-cycloparc-7314.htmlTue, 29 Aug 2017 3:16:40 -0700<![CDATA[Cycling fatalities - investing in road safety can produce many benefits]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/cycling-fatalities-investing-in-road-safety-can-produce-many-benefits-1097.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/blog/cycling-fatalities-investing-in-road-safety-can-produce-many-benefits-1097.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 6:57:55 -0700by Ish Theilheimer

One June 28, outside Perth, Ontario, Chris Smith, 49, was killed while biking to work, as he did every day, on Highway 7. As is so often the case in these tragedies, the focus seemed to be on the rider and why in the world he'd want to ride such a busy highway.

This is like looking the wrong way through a telescope.

By biking to work, Chris Smith was doing a lot of good for our community, our province, and our world. First of all, he was exercising his legal right to ride on all Ontario roads, except for freeways and a few other exceptions. Like a tractor, a farm wagon or any other slow-moving vehicle, he had a right to be there, and drivers had a legal obligation to slow down behind him until it was safe to pass.

By biking to work rather than driving, Chris Smith was saving the province and his municipality money. Fewer cars on the roads mean roads last longer. And more people on bikes instead of cars means a healthier population, with lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and other serious ailments that require expensive treatment, paid for with tax dollars.

He was also saving a lot of money personally. Car travel and parking are really expensive for low- and middle-income people and a burden for everyone. It's a lot cheaper to travel by bike than by car.

It goes without saying, as well, that Chris Smith added no pollutants to the air and made no contribution to climate change. He also set a positive example for his community by doing so, inspiring lots of others, adults and youth, to ride.

His death could put a real chill on that, and with some reason. Survey after survey shows that people like to ride and that more of them would if they felt safe doing it. Simply having the law on one one's side isn't enough. Cyclists need infrastructure - paved shoulders, routes, signage, signals - to be safe.

Cycling has become mainstream. People want to ride, and people also want to do what they can to solve climate change. Many people would like to save the expense and stress of driving or even taking public transit. They can't, however, because the infrastructure is just not there to make them safe.

Ish Theilheimer is co-chair of OVCATA. He lives and cycles near Golden Lake and Killaloe.

The Province of Ontario recently announced a $50 million fund for cycling infrastructure under its Climate Change Action Plan. It is a good thing the provincial government is beginning to recognize the need, but this amount is a drop in the bucket in terms of protecting the lives of people like Chris Smith who bike to work or school.

What is needed is a commitment to hard-shoulder all provincial highways, with some sort of priorities for which get treated first. Municipalities and counties should make the same kind of commitment. Hard shoulders not only save cyclists lives, they reduce motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents. Several studies and Ontario counties have found that they pay for themselves in the long run in reduced maintenance.

Lower-cost measures can also help protect people like Chris Smith. Public education aimed at both drivers and cyclists, will make our roads safer.  Signage alerting drivers to the presence of cyclists will help.

There is a "critical mass" element to encouraging cycling. Once enough people are riding, drivers become more aware and more people are encouraged to get out of their cars and onto bikes. For the public to really reap the possible rewards, provincial, county and municipal governments need to make the investments that have been proven to save lives and money.

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<![CDATA[Lake Dore]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/lake-dore-7828.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/lake-dore-7828.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:18:14 -0700Rolling, scenic ride , courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Osceola]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/osceolla-5753.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/osceolla-5753.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:15:57 -0700Rolling and flat rides in farm country, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Rankin]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/rankin-849.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/rankin-849.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:10:44 -0700Nice farm country rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Pembroke south]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/pembroke-south-4475.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/pembroke-south-4475.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:07:25 -0700Mostly flat rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Alice]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/alice-5613.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/alice-5613.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:04:21 -0700Moderate level rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Petawawa]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/petawawa-4683.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/petawawa-4683.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:01:08 -070037- and 47-km. rides, mostly flat, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Douglas loop]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/douglas-loop-4904.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/douglas-loop-4904.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 1:57:15 -0700A 35-km. easy-level ride, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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<![CDATA[Fourth Chute (Bonnechere Caves)]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/fourth-chute-bonnechere-caves-6421.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/fourth-chute-bonnechere-caves-6421.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 1:53:16 -0700A 32-km. moderate-level ride, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group.

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<![CDATA[Ottawa self-guided tour routes]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/ottawa-self-guided-tour-routes-124.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/ottawa-self-guided-tour-routes-124.htmlMon, 14 Aug 2017 10:47:07 -0700Great Places to Cycle: Ottawa 
- New Rural and Urban Self-Guided Routes - 
 
Make Ottawa a must visit destination on the top of your list this year. Not only is it the epicentre of Canada 150 celebrations, but it is a truly a great place to explore on two wheels. New this year and now available with online mapping and downloadable PDF's are a series of 16 self-guided rural and urban routes, enough to keep you spinning across the city for days on end.
 
Within the city boundaries not only lies the busy downtown core, but also small villages, expanses of farmlands and areas of natural beauty that are tailor-made for bike visitors, and now connected on 9 of the new routes that take in the best of Ottawa's rural charm. Having assisted in the development of these routes, we know riders will not be disappointed!
 A sample of the routes includes the 46km Carp and Country Debunker route, touring through popular ride area with stops at the Herb Garden, Diefenbunker, winery and cafés. The Out A Way 100k loop takes in all the sites stretching from historic Phiney's Point overlooking the Ottawa River, to Fitzroy Harbour and conveniently starts and end in North Kanata. Discover and enjoy the delightful settings and local vintages on the Rail Trail and Winery Ride 23km loop. Or explore the rural farmlands and Rideau River on the 56km Manotick South and West loop making time to explore and rehydrate at one of the many patios in Manotick's vibrant town centre. Start points are easily accessible from downtown with a short drive or ride out from the core, or by using the bike racks on city buses.
 
Add to your stay a ride on one of the more urban routes, like the classic 13km downtown tour taking in Little Italy, the River and Rideau Canal, or the longer Big Ottawa Loop and Ottawa River and East Farmland routes each around a 30km ride.
 
There are plenty of bike rental options in the city, as well as guided tours available on a variety of routes. Make sure to incorporate stops and stays at the now 70 certified bicycle friendly businesses in Ottawa, all a part of the Ontario By Bike Network. www.OntarioByBike.ca/Ottawa
 
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<![CDATA[Routes]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:42:47 -0700

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<![CDATA[Stafford-Laurentian Valley loop]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/stafford-laurentian-valley-loop-2733.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/stafford-laurentian-valley-loop-2733.htmlSun, 23 Jul 2017 7:41:40 -0700<![CDATA[New provincial cycling funding could be used in Renfrew County - OVCATA]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/new-provincial-cycling-funding-could-be-used-in-renfrew-county-ovcata-7936.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/new-provincial-cycling-funding-could-be-used-in-renfrew-county-ovcata-7936.htmlFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:27:14 -0700

CARLETON PLACE, June 1: Cycling and active transportation advocates are urging County and municipal politicians to take advantage of new provincial funding available to encourage people to get out of their cars and onto bikes.

Local delegates to last week's Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit in Carleton Place were enthused with the details they heard about the new $50 million Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, which has an application deadline of August 18.

Funding for the program comes from the province's Climate Change Action Plan, and it is being invested in commuter cycling networks and installation of more cycling facilities. Although much of the funding is directed at urban needs, there is also a stream of funding for smaller municipalities (population less than 15,000), under which there is annual funding of up to $25,000 available per municipality on a first come, first served basis, with the Province paying 80 percent of project costs.

Municipalities may also pursue funding partnerships with third parties, including other municipalities (upper, lower or single-tier), indigenous communities, conservation authorities and municipal service agencies.

Under both streams, funding is to be used for capital investments in new commuter cycling infrastructure and enhancements to existing cycling infrastructure to better support commuting cyclists. It cannot be used to support low frequency or temporary cycling infrastructure.

"Infrastructure such as hardened shoulders and signage that would help get kids to school or employees to workplaces might be considered," said Ish Theilheimer, co-chair of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA). "So might bike racks, route signs, and other facilities that encourage everyday cycling."

One of the highlights of the Summit for local delegates was the workshop on the Voyageur Cycle Route, a trans-Canada cycle route being planned with leadership from the Discovery Routes, a non-profit alliance from the North Bay area. They have successfully completed a route for cyclists travelling across Canada that extends from Sudbury to Mattawa, and now they are working on identifying and bringing together the needed resources and municipal partners to complete a route to Ottawa.

Delegates from Renfrew County participated in a workshop session going through maps, looking at route options, and listing the attractions, facilities and services along each route.

PHOTO: Delegates to the Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit in Carleton Place look at maps and make recommendations for the path of the Voyageur Cycle Route through Renfrew County. From top left around the circle: Melissa Marquardt (Ottawa Valley Travel Association), Stephanie Hessel (Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization), Laura Brisson (County of Renfrew Emergency Services), Dave Unrau (Town of Petawawa), Ron Moss (Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance ), Kathy Eisner (Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance), Donna Maitland (Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation).

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<![CDATA[OVCATA publishes safety rack card with MTO support]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/ovcata-publishes-safety-rack-card-with-mto-support-3381.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/ovcata-publishes-safety-rack-card-with-mto-support-3381.htmlMon, 08 May 2017 5:13:16 -0700OVCATA has produced a rack card outlining safety rules and responsibilities for cyclists and drivers, with funding from Ontario's Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). The cards will be distributed at community rides and other cycling events, as well as at supporting businesses.

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<![CDATA[Renfrew Pinnacle Pedallers]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/renfrew-pinnacle-pedallers-4016.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/renfrew-pinnacle-pedallers-4016.htmlFri, 05 May 2017 11:06:50 -0700Renfrew Pinnacle Pedallers

A group based in Renfrew that rides on Sunday mornings and other times too.

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<![CDATA[Arnprior Cycling group]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/arnprior-cycling-group-1843.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/arnprior-cycling-group-1843.htmlFri, 05 May 2017 11:01:58 -0700About the blog:

The Arnprior Cycling blog informs interested cyclists about cycling rides/routes from Arnprior to Renfrew and Pembroke in the west; and to Pakenham, Almonte, and Carleton Place in the east; Bristol, Norway Bay, and Quyon to the north; and south to Calabogie and Mountain Chute. Distances ridden vary depending on the time of year, the weather, and whether we’re in training mode.

About the cyclists:

We started out as two guys (both new residents of Arnprior) riding to Storyland; then, to Braeloch Road, up and back; and then beyond to Thompson Rd and River Rd. All told in those days, our rides were in the 50-60 km range; and that was the way it remained for a few years until we gradually learned more about the many excellent back road (circuits) in the area.

By the late nineties, our core number had grown to six, with usually three regulars and occasionally four or five riders on any given weekend. These days there is a pool of some thirty plus cyclists who might choose to join us on one or both of the weekend rides.

For all that, we are just avid cyclists. We are not an organized ‘group’ per se. We are not a club. We are not affiliated with any club. We do not race nor time-trial. We ride both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the cycling season. We pay no dues, no membership, no insurance; we are not a constituted body. Still, we have a name. We call ourselves the mafia (men against flab in Arnprior), but we welcome women cyclists, too. We had the name early on before we had the benefit of a female point of view. We’ve  been riding the roads of McNab-Braeside, Horton, and Mississippi Mills and  surrounding area since 1990. Our motto is–we ride to eat.

About the rides:

As a rule, we start the cycling year in late March/early April, with 50-75 km training rides on Saturday and Sundays. By the first of May, we are riding about 150-200 kms per weekend. By the end of May, we are riding 200-300 kms per weekend. All of this is in preparation for the annual June, Ottawa Bicycling Club, Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour–a 360 km circuit from Ottawa to Kingston, and back.

After the RLCT, we reduce the weekend mileage but ride enough to maintain a high level of fitness. Most years, we cycle until Thanksgiving, more or less.

What to Expect-Why We Ride

We ride for health and fitness, the camaraderie and the coffee, the repartee, the fresh air–the smells and sights of the countryside. We ride, also, I think, to improve our bike handling, our fitness and our health. As a general rule, we do not ride to race, although there are times when we go hard or sprint.  And, since we are a diverse group in age and fitness and commitment to training, the group dynamic requires flexibility on everyone’s part. Regardless, we always regroup and try to remain a cohesive unit for the most part.

As for the weekend rides, they are a pleasant mix of pace, distance, and routes to suit most recreational riders. Oh, we like hills, too. If you race or are a ‘Club” rider, you may find our rides of little interest and no benefit. There are lots of competitive clubs/organisations catering to those with this interest.

For an overview of training, please, please see these links:

http://www.joefrielsblog.com/ and http://www.endurancefactor.com/Articles/article-heartintro.html

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<![CDATA[Gearheads' rides]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/gearheads-rides-4898.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/gearheads-rides-4898.htmlThu, 04 May 2017 5:17:47 -0700Gearheads in Petawawa organizes several weekly rides.

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<![CDATA[Help Sprocketman fly! Online cycling advocacy music video]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/help-sprocketman-fly-online-cycling-advocacy-music-video-7299.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/help-sprocketman-fly-online-cycling-advocacy-music-video-7299.htmlThu, 04 May 2017 7:52:07 -0700A super-hero has been created to speak - and sing - for all cyclists. He's called Sprocketman, and he's the hero of Critical Mass, which may be the worlds' first  online cycling advocacy music video.

OVCATA's Ish Theilheimer and friends from Stone Fence Theatre have launched the video as part of a crowdfunding campaign to raise money so we can make a full-length musical comedy that I wrote about Sprocketman and put it online. The video was recorded last spring in Petawawa, with numerous OVCATA and community volunteers.

The crowdfunding campaign, on the website Indiegogo, went live on May 2. It can be seen at http://igg.me/at/Sprocketman. 

The show is a spoof of Superman, featuring the super-hero Sprocketman, his alter-ego, the mild-mannered reporter Mark Rent, and a cast of characters familiar to anyone who has ever loved Superman. Sprocketman has a mission to promote cycling and protect cyclists. When cyclists are in trouble, he appears, using his super power to magically fly in on his bike.

So please visit the site and check out the song. It's at http://igg.me/at/Sprocketman.

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<![CDATA[RIDE OF SILENCE 2017]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ride-of-silence-2017-2119.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ride-of-silence-2017-2119.htmlTue, 25 Apr 2017 5:41:02 -0700RIDE OF SILENCE 2017

OVCATA members are invited to participate in the 2017 Ride of Silence to be held on Wednesday May 17 commencing at 7:00 p.m. The slow-paced ride will commence at the Petawawa Civic Center and continue along Petawawa Blvd. to Riverside Park in Pembroke. The ride is approximately 13 km and should take around one hour to complete. Please see the attached Ride of Silence information. The local Pembroke Petawawa ride will be in memory of people who have lost their lives while out cycling such as the following:

Harry Beck September 6, 2006

Kevin Malott September 10, 2012

Krista Johnston October 18, 2012

The Ride of Silence will also commemorate those who have been hurt because of collisions with vehicles while riding.

Should you wish to participate please contact Ron Moss by email at rmoss@nrtco.net

OVCATA members who wish to conduct their own Ride of Silence in their community are asked to notify Ron Moss of the planned rides details.

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<![CDATA[Please join and share OVCATA's Facebook page. ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/please-join-and-share-ovcata-s-facebook-page-3031.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/please-join-and-share-ovcata-s-facebook-page-3031.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 8:42:55 -0700Please join and share OVCATA's Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[OVCATA thanks Renfrew County Council and asks for more commitment.]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-thanks-renfrew-county-council-and-asks-for-more-commitment-1015.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-thanks-renfrew-county-council-and-asks-for-more-commitment-1015.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 8:37:53 -0700OVCATA thanks County Council and asks for more commitment. In March, a delegation from OVCATA made a presentation to Renfrew County Council asking for the County to support the Silver Chain Challenge, declare June Bike Month, and up its budget for active transportation.

“We're falling behind,” Ish Theilheimer, one of the group's directors, told councillors, according to the Pembroke Observer . “Other areas are putting a lot of money into active transportation. We've got to step it up to meet that competition.”

Click here for the MYFM radio posted a report on the delegation.

The delegation received friendly response, with Warden Jennifer Murphy and other councillors making it clear that they support the active transportation. Since then, the County's Health Committee has recommended that County participate in the Silver Chain Challenge.

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<![CDATA[Voyageur Discovery Route Funding a big step toward trans-Canada cycle route.]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/voyageur-discovery-route-funding-a-big-step-toward-trans-canada-cycle-route-959.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/voyageur-discovery-route-funding-a-big-step-toward-trans-canada-cycle-route-959.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 8:34:27 -0700Voyageur Discovery Route Funding a big step toward trans-Canada cycle route. The dream of a cross-Canada cycling route that goes through the Ottawa Valley took a big step forward this month with the announcement of $237,400 in Trillium funding for Discovery Routes Trails Organization for expansion of the Voyageur Cycling Route.  Over the next three years, Discovery Routes will demonstrate how cycling route designation and relatively minor changes to the built environment in support of cycling can increase the frequency of cycling for daily transportation and recreation leading to more active lifestyles. In 2016, OTF provided seed funding to mobilize local government and road authorities to begin to invest in the existing transportation network to better support cycling using the Voyageur Cycling Route to galvanize inter-regional partnerships. Building on the momentum created by the efforts, signage and wayfinding aids will be implemented and the Voyageur Cycling Route will be launched along operational sections from Deep River to Sudbury East. The cycling route will be expanded into southeastern Ontario to connect communities in a continuous cycling route through Renfrew and Lanark counties to the nation's capital where a gap exists in the developing provincial cycling network. The route will also be extended to the west to connect with the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail within the City of Sudbury. With the objective of increasing cycling rates in rural communities across the project area, bicycle use and individual physical activity rates prior to route implementation will be compared to use following the sectional launch of the Voyageur Cycling Route.

In months to come, OVCATA will be working with Discovery Routes and local municipalities to discuss routes, signage, promotion and related issues.

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<![CDATA[Community Rides in communities across Renfrew County this spring]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/community-rides-in-communities-across-renfrew-county-this-spring-5309.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/community-rides-in-communities-across-renfrew-county-this-spring-5309.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 8:31:27 -0700To promote cycling, the Silver Chain Challenge and cycling safety, and to introduce itself, this year OVCATA is launching a series of Saturday or Sunday morning community rides. In each community, there will actually be two rides, one starting around 8:30 for experienced riders, and a family ride starting at 10. The rides will start and end at the same place. The plan is to end at 11, enjoy some refreshments and talk cycling. A real bonus is that Ontario's Ministry of Transportation is sponsoring the rides, paying for publicity, free bumper stickers that promote the 1-metre rule, and other safety literature. Please spread the word and come out. Here's a list of places and dates planned so far, with tentative start and end points:

May 7 - Eganville - Legion Field

May 28 - Renfrew - Ma Te Way Park

June 18 - Barrys Bay - Zurakowski Park

June 25 - Petawawa - Petawawa Civic Centre

July 1 - Downtown Pembroke Summer Medley Festival   (See Events list, below)

July 8 - Tour de Whitewater - (See Events list, below)

We are still working on including Arnprior and Deep River in the list. Check out ovcata.ca for latest details.

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<![CDATA[Silver Chain Challenge relaunches in June, 2017]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/silver-chain-challenge-relaunches-in-june-2017-5088.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/silver-chain-challenge-relaunches-in-june-2017-5088.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 8:21:23 -0700June marks the 4th year of the Silver Chain Challenge, that friendly competition between Renfrew and Lanark Counties to see who can log the most kilometres of active transportation in the month of June. This year, the County of Renfrew has come on board as an official sponsor.

It's fun and easy to log your klicks. Every time you cycle or hike in June, go to www.silverchainchallenge.ca and record the details. Data from the two counties is tabulated, with allowances for differing populations and geography. Last year, Renfrew won, but it was close! Please join the fun.

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<![CDATA[Adopt a Road]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/adopt-a-road-4270.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/adopt-a-road-4270.htmlMon, 17 Apr 2017 2:28:48 -0700OVCATA is seeking hands-on volunteers to assist with the adopt a road program in Laurentian Valley Township. As part of an OVCATA municipal outreach initiative this group will volunteer to take part in a roadside litter pick up to be conducted on Thursday April 27 or Friday April 28.

One of those days will be designate as an alternative date should inclement weather be encountered.

An adopt a road agreement will be set up by the work program leader Ron Moss. The Township provides garbage bags, gloves, safety vests and road signs if required.

This initiative is to display to the Township of Laurentian Valley that OVCATA members appreciate riding on their municipal roads system by actively taking part in collecting litter from the roadside.

Any member wishing to volunteer are asked to notify Ron Moss by email at rmoss@nrtco.net

VOLUNTEERS TO DATE ARE:

Ron Moss

Eric Price

If any member who wishes to set up similar programs in any other municipality are asked to contact to Ron Moss.

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<![CDATA[Make your municipality a Bicycle-Friendly Community ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/make-your-municipality-a-bicycle-friendly-community-6915.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/make-your-municipality-a-bicycle-friendly-community-6915.htmlMon, 17 Apr 2017 12:33:06 -0700An invitation from the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance

Make your municipality a Bicycle Friendly Community    
There are many good reasons for municipalities of all kinds and sizes to become Bicycle Friendly Communities. Getting people out of cars and onto bikes promotes good health in the community while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing pollution, traffic congestion, and road maintenance costs.
 
Becoming bike-friendly is also great a great way to boost local business. There is widespread and growing interest in cycle tourism, and cycle tourists have attractive demographics for business people. They take frequent day and overnight trips. In Quebec, for example, spending by cycle tourists on La Route Verte is estimated at over $134 million annually, not including spending within the bicycle trade. Another example: In 2014, 124 cyclists were surveyed in the Niagara Region. They stated that on average, they spent $1,060 over a 3 day holiday and, on average $148 per person every day, excluding accommodation. Calculated within this figure is food and beverage accounting for 61% of spending, retail purchases including wineries 27%, and attractions 12%.
 o help make more communities bike-friendly, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Canada launched the Bicycle Friendly Community Award (BFC) program. It provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. In addition, your municipality may be eligible for funding for the creation of commuter cycling networks under Ontarios Climate Change Action Plan.

So far, 30* Ontario communities have been awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze BFC status.
 

Achieving BFC status does not happen overnight.  It took several years for the Lanark County municipality of Mississippi Mills to be awarded BFC status. Every journey begins with the a first step, or by rolling a first metre. Communities are evaluated after completing a thorough application and are judged by how they respond to questions under five categories often referred to as the Five E's (see next page):
 

ENGINEERING - Physical infrastructure and hardware to support cycling. Does your community have a comprehensive, connected and well-maintained bicycling network? Is bike parking available throughout the community? Is there a policy that mandates accommodation of cyclists on all road projects?
 

EDUCATION- Programs that ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of cyclists and fellow road users. Is there a community-wide Active and Safe Routes to School program that includes bicycling education? Are there bicycling education courses available for adults in the community? Does your community educate motorists and cyclists on their rights and responsibilities as road users?
 

ENCOURAGEMENT - Incentives, promotions and opportunities that inspire people and enable them to ride. Does your community have an up-to-date bicycle map? Does the community celebrate bicycling with community rides, Bike to Work Day, or media outreach? Does the community host and major cycling events or rides? Is there an active bicycle advocacy group in the community?

ENFORCEMENT - Equitable laws and programs that ensure that cyclists and motorists are held accountable. Do law enforcement officers receive training on the rights and responsibilities of all road users? Does your community have law enforcement officers or other public safety officials on bikes? Do local bylaws treat cyclists equitably?
 

EVALUATION & PLANNING - Processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future. Is there a specific plan or program to reduce cyclist/motor vehicle crashes? Does your community have a current comprehensive bicycle plan? Is there a Bicycle Advisory Committee that meets regularly? Does your community have a bicycle program manager?
A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award. The BFC application is a great self-assessment tool, as communities see where they can improve in each of these categories.
 

*30 Communities in Ontario are Bicycle Friendly Communities
Gold
: Toronto, Ottawa

Silver: The Town of Blue Mountains, Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, Pelham, Peterborough, Waterloo

Bronze: Ajax, Grimsby, Halton Hills, London, Kingston, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Mississippi Mills (New in 2016), Newmarket, Niagara Falls (New in 2016), Oakville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, St. Catharine's, Thorold, Thunder Bay, Wasaga Beach, Welland, Windsor

In the next few months, members of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance will be contacting municipalities in Renfrew County to discuss how they can make their communities Bicycle-Friendly. For information, please email info@ovcata.ca.
 

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<![CDATA[Join]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/join/http://www.ovcata.ca/join/Wed, 12 Apr 2017 7:49:26 -0700<![CDATA[New hardened shoulders in Renfrew County in 2016]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/6827.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/6827.htmlTue, 27 Dec 2016 11:34:32 -0700From a news release from the County of Renfrew:

Active Transportation Sees a Leap Forward on County Roads

12/20/16

Savings Translate Into Increased Road Paving

PEMBROKE, ON: In 2016 the County of Renfrew was the benefitted from favourable pricing for hot mix paving products used in the roadwork portion of the Capital Works Program. As a result, the County’s Public Works and Engineering Department was able to extend a number of projects to take advantage of the tender prices, thereby enabling the advancement of some projects that otherwise would have been undertaken in 2017 and beyond.

The extended projects enabled the County to complete an additional 11.6 km of roadwork beyond their planned projects. Further, the projects which were extended included an additional 9.8 km of paved shoulders to support active transportation along the County’s roadways. Originally, the County had budgeted for 5.8km of hardened shoulders as part of their continuing commitment to add active transportation features to roads as budgets and project parameters allowed.

Chair of the County of Renfrew Operations Committee, Councillor Michael Donohue said “By adding 15.6km of hardened shoulders this year, the County of Renfrew has moved forward in both providing residents with infrastructure benefitting our community in terms of Active Living, and attracting an ever growing and diversifying tourism community. The investment in hardened shoulders delivers a message of ‘share the road’, while increasing the longevity of the roadway. Paved shoulders decrease maintenance requirements by preventing the breakup of the road edge by large vehicles.”

It is also to be noted that even with the extended project limits, the continued changes in asphalt cement prices throughout the year, from the date of tendering to the date of construction, resulted in a further cost saving to the County’s roadwork program of approximately $306,700.

For More Information Please Contact:

Steven Boland               Director of Public Works and Engineering, County of Renfrew                613-732-0087

Michael Barber              Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew                         613-735-7288

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<![CDATA[The Algonquin Trail - tell municipal councillors you support it]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/the-algonquin-trail-tell-municipal-councillors-you-support-it-7075.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/the-algonquin-trail-tell-municipal-councillors-you-support-it-7075.htmlFri, 02 Dec 2016 3:57:39 -0700We are concerned that there may be a few isolated by vocal individuals who oppose the trail and could slow down the progress of development. It's important for municipal people, and especially County Councillors, to know that keeping this historic trail in the public domain for public use has broad public support.

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<![CDATA[OVCATA's vision for cycling in Ontario ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-s-vision-for-cycling-in-ontario-4932.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/ovcata-s-vision-for-cycling-in-ontario-4932.htmlFri, 02 Dec 2016 9:07:51 -0700Alliance outlines its vision in response to MTO's Discussion Paper on Cycling Initiatives under the Climate Change Action Plan

This fall, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario held extensive consultations on its CYCLE ON strategy. OVCATA members attended sessions in Ottawa and Kingston.

In addition, MTO circulated a Discussion Paper on Cycling Initiatives under the Climate Change Action Plan and invited citizen input on it. OVCATA's response to this paper provides a good summary of the kind of actions for which our Alliance is pressing the provincial planners and politicians.

The paper asked what infrastructure should be prioritized to make cycling in Ontario safer and more convenient to support commuter cycling between residential communities, major transit stations, employment areas and other destinations travelled to on a frequent basis.

OVCATA wrote, in response, that all provincial highways should have hardened shoulders, both for cycling safety and for the other benefits derived: lowered maintenance costs, greater safety for motor vehicles, extended road life. The shoulders of all highways being resurfaced should, routinely, be hardened.
 

Building a provincial network of highways with hardened shoulders will take time. Priority should be given to hardening shoulders of those segments of provincial highways that pass through urban areas, This will enable residents to cycle safely to shopping areas, work or school; and to access public services such as libraries, hospitals, parks and recreation facilities by bicycle. Painted bicycle lanes and standard “share the road” signage should also be installed.  A province-wide inventory should be done to identify these “urban” segments of provincial highways, using an inclusive definition of “urban” area such as that employed by Statistics Canada (i.e., a population of at least 1,000 and a density of 400 or more people per square kilometre).

In general we recommend that MTO place focus on low-cost measures that will be most effective in encouraging commuter cycling. These include

1. Rigorous enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act, especially  speed limits and the 1-metre rule. Currently, speeding of up to and in excess of 20 km/hr above limits is routinely tolerated, which makes cycling risky and scary.

2. Development, in coordination with counties and municipalities, of cycling routes.

3. Prominent signage identifying cycling routes and educating drivers and cyclists about road safety.

4. Widespread and prominent public education, both for drivers and cyclists, about cycling and driving safety.

The paper asked for evidence that could demonstrate the impact of cycling infrastructure investments on the number of cyclists and on GHG emissions. 

OVCATA responded that the Province should designate and promote a certain day each month (e.g., the first Monday) as “Ontario Bicycle Day.” On that day, volunteers in communities around the province would count the number of cyclists passing a particular point over a given time period.  Data would be sent to the MTO, which would track trends and publicize the results through outreach to media and local cycling groups.  Trends would be calculated on a per capita basis (size of community) as well in absolute numbers.

Regarding cycling infrastructure that would best support commuter cycling, OVCATA replied that local cycling networks require well-identified cycling routes and lanes, where possible. As with commuter cycling between residential communities, identification of routes, prominent signage and widespread public education should be top priorities. ALL public buildings, including federal and provincial offices, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and transit stations should have bike parking.
 

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<![CDATA[Please share info with other users]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/please-share-info-with-other-users-2602.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/blog/please-share-info-with-other-users-2602.htmlFri, 02 Dec 2016 9:06:33 -0700If you have a map, a guide, a picture, or simply information on a really good ride or hike or an update on road or trail conditions, please share this info with other users. You can do so right here on the OVCATA site.

You can add your ride to the site by clicking here.

You can add your event to the site by clicking here.

And if you have a link, article, photo, video, screen shot, or whatever, we can easily post it. Please email your contribution to info@ovcata.ca.

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<![CDATA[Join an OVCATA municipal committee]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/join-an-ovcata-municipal-committee-5889.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/join-an-ovcata-municipal-committee-5889.htmlFri, 02 Dec 2016 9:04:06 -0700Help make your municipality bike-friendly

OVCATA is forming local municipal committees to approach and work with local municipal councils. Our experience has been generally very positive working with municipalities and the County. It is extremely helpful if we can provide them with information they need to make decisions that will make our communities friendly to cyclists and all forms of active transportation.

With that in mind, we are forming committees of local people to approach their municipal councils to get them talking  about active transportation and becoming bike-friendly communities. The Share the Road Cycling Coalition has had considerable success helping municipalities through their  Bike Friendly Communities program.

Based on Share The Road's information, OVCATA is developing the following information for these committees to share with municipal councils.

Make your municipality a Bicycle-Friendly Community
 
There are many good reasons for municipalities of all kinds and sizes to become Bicycle Friendly Communities. Getting people out of cars and onto bikes promotes good health in the community while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing pollution, traffic congestion, and road maintenance costs.
 
Becoming bike-friendly is also great a great way to boost local business. There is widespread and growing interest in cycle tourism, and cycle tourists have attractive demographics for business people. They take frequent day and overnight trips. In Quebec, spending by cycle tourists on La Route Verte is estimated at over $134 million annually, not including spending within the bicycle trade. In 2014, 124 cyclists were surveyed in the Niagara Region. They stated that on average, they spent $1,060 over a 3 day holiday and, on average $148 per person every day, excluding accommodation. Calculated within this figure is food and beverage accounting for 61% of spending, retail purchases including wineries 27%, and attractions 12%.
 
To help make more communities bike-friendly, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Canada launched the Bicycle Friendly Community Award (BFC) program. It provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. In Canada, the Canadian Automobile Association (South Central Ontario) is the major sponsor of the program, with additional support coming from Trek Canada.
So far, 30 Ontario communities* have been awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze BFC status.
Achieving BFC status does not happen overnight.  It took several years for the Lanark County municipality of Mississippi Mills to be awarded BFC status. Every journey begins with the a first step, or by rolling a first metre.
Communities are evaluated after completing a thorough application and are judged by how they respond to questions under five categories often referred to as the Five "Es":
ENGINEERING - Physical infrastructure and hardware to support cycling. Does your community have a comprehensive, connected and well-maintained bicycling network? Is bike parking available throughout the community? Is there a policy that mandates accommodation of cyclists on all road projects?
EDUCATION- Programs that ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of cyclists and fellow road users. Is there a community-wide Active and Safe Routes to School program that includes bicycling education? Are there bicycling education courses available for adults in the community? Does your community education motorists and cyclists on their rights and responsibilities as road users?
ENCOURAGEMENT - Incentives, promotions and opportunities that inspire people and enable them to ride. Does your community have an up-to-date bicycle map? Does the community celebrate bicycling with community rides, Bike to Work Day, or media outreach? Does the community host and major cycling events or rides? Is there an active bicycle advocacy group in the community?

ENFORCEMENT - Equitable laws and programs that ensure that cyclists and motorists are held accountable. Do law enforcement officers receive training on the rights and responsibilities of all road users? Does your community have law enforcement officers or other public safety officials on bikes? Do local bylaws treat cyclists equitably?
EVALUATION & PLANNING - Processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future. Is there a specific plan or program to reduce cyclist/motor vehicle crashes? Does your community have a current comprehensive bicycle plan? Is there a Bicycle Advisory Committee that meets regularly? Does your community have a bicycle program manager?
A community must demonstrate achievements in each of the five categories in order to be considered for an award. The BFC application is a great self-assessment tool, as communities see where they can improve in each of these categories.
 

*30 Communities in Ontario are Bicycle Friendly Communities
Gold

Toronto

Ottawa

Silver
The Town of Blue Mountains

Burlington (Moved up from Bronze in 2016)

Guelph

Hamilton

Kitchener

Pelham

Peterborough

Waterloo

Bronze

Ajax

Grimsby

Halton Hills

London

Kingston

Markham

Milton

Mississauga

Mississippi Mills (New in 2016)

Newmarket

Niagara Falls (New in 2016)

Oakville

Oshawa

Peterborough

Richmond Hill

St. Catharine's

Thorold

Thunder Bay

Wasaga Beach

Welland

Windsor

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<![CDATA[Your Alliance needs you]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/your-alliance-needs-you-9680.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/blog/your-alliance-needs-you-9680.htmlFri, 02 Dec 2016 8:58:38 -0700We have been busy on your behalf since we founded the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance last spring, and we've achieved some significant things. As a result of our work, hardened shoulders are being installed on newly paved sections of roads such as Highway 17 and Grants Settlement Road in Whitewater Region. Whether you're a cyclist, hiker, paddler or other non-motorized traveller, we are speaking and planning for you and your family.

Although we are an all-volunteer group, it costs money to do this work - incorporation expenses, office expenses, online fees, and so on. So far, these expenses have all come from the pockets of a few activists. Next year, we hope to organize events and projects like route marking. All these things cost money. So please make a contribution via PayPal. Any amount helps. It's all about building critical mass. Click here to make your contribution.

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<![CDATA[Share the Road Cycling Coalition wants to hear from you]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/share-the-road-cycling-coalition-wants-to-hear-from-you-5988.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/share-the-road-cycling-coalition-wants-to-hear-from-you-5988.htmlMon, 14 Nov 2016 8:02:38 -0700

Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Building a bicycle-friendly Ontario

You can help move cycling forward by taking part in two important online surveys
We want to hear from you this month and there are two important ways for you to share your insights on cycling; (1) commenting on the Ministry of Transportation's Discussion Paper regarding commuter cycling and the Climate Change Action Plan, and (2) participating in Share the Road's stakeholder survey. This edition of our newsletter includes details on how you can participate in both. It also includes Share the Road's draft "Status Update on CycleON Action Plan 1.0", which recaps each of the 28 actions outlined in the first CycleON Action Plan.

As the days get shorter and the weather a little cooler, people across the province may be thinking about putting their bikes into storage, but cycling remains actively on the agenda. So much so, that you will be receiving two newsletters from us this month (it will be worth it, stick with us).  Check out the details below and watch for our upcoming Ontario Bike Summit Call for Proposals.
- Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director
 

What's Happening - Your Input is Needed

Provincial Feedback
The Ministry of Transportation recently posted a Discussion Paper to the Environmental Registry asking for feedback on proposed initiatives to improve commuter cycling through the Climate Change Action Plan. Comments will be accepted until Nov 30.
Visit the Environmental Registry>>
 
Stakeholder Survey
We have launched an online stakeholder survey to inform our advocacy priorities and recommendations for CycleON Action Plan 2.0. We absolutely need to hear from you. Please take 20 minutes and share your insights.
Complete the survey>>
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<![CDATA[MTO Public Consultation on Cycling Program]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/mto-public-consultation-on-cycling-program-2703.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/mto-public-consultation-on-cycling-program-2703.htmlThu, 03 Nov 2016 7:39:41 -0700Please review and comment on the Ontario government's plans to promote cycling.

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Dear valued partners,

Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), released on June 8, 2016, committed to creating a cleaner transportation sector in Ontario, in part by promoting cycling.

The Ministry of Transportation is ready to do its part to support the CCAP by implementing a number of initiatives that support reductions to transportation emissions. These initiatives will be funded by proceeds from the province’s cap and trade program.

Through a discussion paper posted to the Environmental Registry, we are seeking your input on a proposed plan to implement actions identified in the CCAP to improve commuter cycling networks. 

We encourage you to review the discussion paper, accessible through the Environmental Registry or the Ministry’s Cycling Strategy web page and provide your comments by November 30, 2016. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jill Hughes, Director

Transportation Policy Branch
Ministry of Transportation

777 Bay Street, 30th Floor

Toronto, ON M7A 2J8

Tel: (416) 585-7177


Chers partenaires,

Le Plan d'action de l'Ontario contre le changement climatique (PAOCC), rendu public le 8 juin 2016, s’engage à créer un secteur des transports plus propres en Ontario, et ce, notamment en faisant la promotion du vélo.

Le ministère des Transports est prêt à faire sa part pour appuyer le PAOCC en mettant en �uvre un certain nombre d’initiatives qui contribuent à la réduction des émissions liées aux transports. Ces initiatives seront financées grâce aux recettes provenant du Programme de plafonnement et d’échange de l’Ontario.

Dans un document de travail mis en ligne sur le site du Registre environnemental, nous sollicitons votre avis sur un projet de plan visant à mettre en �uvre des mesures identifiées dans le PAOCC en vue d’améliorer les réseaux cyclables pour les navetteurs. 

Nous vous encourageons à prendre connaissance du document de travail, qui peut être consulté sur le Registre environnemental ou sur la page Web du ministère consacrée à la Stratégie de promotion du vélo et fournir vos commentaires d’ici le 30 novembre 2016. Nous avons hâte de savoir ce que vous en pensez.

Jill Hughes, Directrice

Direction des politiques du transport

Ministère des Transports

777, rue Bay, 30 Street, 30étage

Toronto,ON M7A 2J8

Tél.: 416 585‑7177

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<![CDATA[Stolen Norco]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/stolen-norco-37.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/blog/stolen-norco-37.htmlWed, 05 Oct 2016 11:44:47 -0700

A Norco Challenger 18” mountain bike was stolen from my North side PMQ yesterday. I was wondering if you  would be able to post a picture of it on your blog to give a heads up to other riders that if they see an uncommon or new face out riding with this particular bike that they could maybe send me a heads up. It was purchased from Gear Heads and we are not even done paying for it yet.

I have attached a picture for your viewing pleasure,

LS Jeremy Minto

CDU 2 NCO, 2I/C, 2 Field Ambulance

Canadian Armed Forces / Government of Canada

Jeremy.minto@forces.gc.ca / Tel: 613-687-5511 Ext 3345

CDU 2 NCO, 2I/C, 2er Ambulance de Campagne

Forces armée canadiennes / Gouvernement du Canada

jeremy.minto@forces.gc.ca / Tél. : 613-687-5511 Ext 3345

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<![CDATA[Vloroute Voyageur / Voyageur Cycling Route would connect Northeastern Ontario]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/v-loroute-voyageur-voyageur-cycling-route-would-connect-northeastern-ontario-8759.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/v-loroute-voyageur-voyageur-cycling-route-would-connect-northeastern-ontario-8759.htmlFri, 30 Sep 2016 5:16:50 -0700September 27, 2016
Participants of a four-day mobile workshop along the proposed Véloroute Voyageur / Voyageur Cycling Route agree that Northeastern Ontario is a great place to cycle.  A group of six experienced cyclists from around the Province participated in the four-day ride last week to evaluate the new route’s tourism and recreational potential.  The riders were accompanied daily by local advocates, politicians, municipal staff and project proponents who were interested in learning how the Voyageur Cycling Route stacks up against long-distance cycling routes in other jurisdictions. The mobile workshop was hosted by Discovery Routes Trails Organization in partnership with the Voyageur Cycling Route Working Group and supported by seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The event kicked off in Mattawa on Monday and wound up in Warren on Thursday, with riders cycling 200-km of the Voyageur Cycling Route.  Daily activities included workshops with presentations by local Voyageur Cycling Route partners as well as experts on cycle tourism and infrastructure. The workshops were followed by sectional rides ranging from 45 to 55km each day.  These rides included sections of the Voyageur Cycling Route with the greatest potential for market readiness including: Mattawa to Bonfield; Bonfield to North Bay; Sturgeon Falls to Monetville; and Monetville to Warren.

Once completed, the Véloroute Voyageur/ Voyageur Cycling Route will support cycling tourism for exploration across 380-km of rugged Northeastern Ontario connecting over 15 local communities from the Ottawa Valley to Sudbury’s eastern border with connections to major cycling routes across Ontario including the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Quebec’s La Route Verte.  The route follows the passage of the Voyageurs 400 years ago along three Canadian Heritage Waterways and shares 192-km of the Trans Canada Trail between North Bay and Sudbury. With the Trans Canada Trail connection across Canada due to be completed by 2017, the first phase of the Voyageur Cycling Route is scheduled to launch next year.

Guest speaker Anne-Marie Forcier of Amplitude Tourism Consulting provided an overview of cycle tourism and the potential of the Québec market citing the example of Vélo Québec’s Le Grand Tour Desjardins, an annual cycling tour attracting 2000 riders and introducing new cycling destinations to the large network of 250,000 Quebec cyclists.  “The Province of Québec embraced cycling as a way of life years ago and today cycling contributes $1.2 billion annually in spending in Québec. These cyclists are hungry for new places to ride and Ontario is just beginning to recognize the potential,” said Anne-Marie.

Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director at the Waterfront Regeneration Trust joined the western leg portion of the workshop. The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail celebrates over 1600-km of connected trail that is expanding rapidly into Northern Ontario along Lake Huron. Koehler agreed with the experienced riders’ overall assessment of the Voyageur Cycling Route, stating that the route has the potential to become a signature ride in Ontario. The rugged terrain, pristine natural spaces and stunning scenery that defines the Northeastern Ontario landscape will attract adventure seekers to the route.

Discovery Routes is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the use and development of trails in Northeastern Ontario in support of better health, tourism, strong communities, and environmental appreciation and protection.  Discovery Routes is a volunteer partnership of community leaders, economic developers, environmental stewards and locally-based action groups.   

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For more information contact:

Jennifer McCourt, Executive Director                                     

Discovery Routes Trails Organization                                     

jennifer@discoveryroutes.ca                                                    

ph. (705)472-8480   cell (705)499-6653    

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<![CDATA[Ottawa Valley Rail Trail Facebook page]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/ottawa-valley-rail-trail-facebook-page-656.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/ottawa-valley-rail-trail-facebook-page-656.htmlSat, 24 Sep 2016 10:25:37 -0700Ottawa Valley Rail Trail Facebook page

Learn what's happening in discussions over the former CP Rail trail and get involved in ensuring it's made available for safe use for everyone.

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<![CDATA[Alliance responds to Minister Del Duca, presses for public education]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/alliance-responds-to-minister-del-duca-presses-for-public-education-2687.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/alliance-responds-to-minister-del-duca-presses-for-public-education-2687.htmlFri, 23 Sep 2016 5:38:49 -0700OVCATA has replied to Transport Minister Steven Del Duca, who informed the Alliance on July 27 of the decision to build partial bike lanes on newly repaved sections of Highway 17 west of Petawawa, with the following letter:

September 23, 2016

Stephen Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
minister.mto@ontario.ca

cc: Eleanor McMahon, MPP
emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

John Yakabuski, MPP
john.yakabuskico@pc.ola.org

Dear Minister:
We are writing in response, with apologies for delays, to your letter of July 27, 2016  regarding cycling on Highway 17 between Chalk River and Petawawa, and paving plans for the section of highway. We are appreciative both of your letter and your actions.

As you may have seen in local media, we find your Ministry's response to our concerns a good first step toward resolving safety concerns of the many cyclists who must use this highway to travel across Canada. The width of the lane to the right of the buffered paved shoulder your Ministry is building in the sections in question constitute a definite improvement, but it does not conform with provincial policy for a road with the amount of traffic the highway has, so really, the move can only be considered a good first step. In our opinion the paved shoulder should be 1.2m or greater. Anything less is not acceptable in regards to the safety of active transportation users. We hope you are considering widening these lanes or investing in the CP rail trail alternative in the near future.

In the meantime, it's important that drivers and cyclists be educated so as to reduce risk and enhance safety. We believe highly-visible, frequent signage alerting drivers to the presence of cyclists on this highway is needed. Also needed is signage that will direct eastbound cyclists away from the highway onto regional roads at the Paquette Road intersection outside Petwawa.

We do appreciate your significant response to our concerns regarding this highway, and we look forward to opportunities to engage with you in future sessions to plan for maximum safety for all users of all the province's roads.

In particular, we would like to ask your ministry, in conjunction with the OPP, to take responsibility, in consultation with stakeholder groups, for the development of comprehensive public education campaigns to educate motorists and cyclists on safety issues. Last year, your government introduced a new law with many new requirements of which the public is poorly informed. It should not be the responsibility of citizens' groups to do the kind of massive educational effort needed to foster safety and understanding. We believe a comprehensive educational campaign including signage, public service announcements, inclusions in provincial and municipal mail-outs and training sessions is needed, and we would like to be involved in discussions on how to make such a campaign effective.

Thank you for your action.

Ish Theilheimer
Co-Chair, Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance

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<![CDATA[Petition for cyclists and hikers in national parks]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/petition-for-cyclists-and-hikers-in-national-parks-1390.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/petition-for-cyclists-and-hikers-in-national-parks-1390.htmlFri, 23 Sep 2016 5:24:36 -0700

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Whereas:
  • Canada should promote hiking and biking as a means of travel because of the health benefits and the reduced environmental impact relative to other forms of transportation;
  • The mandate letter of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change commits to promoting ecotourism industries and reducing Canada’s emissions;
  • Cycle tourism is an increasingly lucrative global industry and Canada’s tourism industry could benefit greatly from an increase in cycle tourists;
  • Current fee structures for camping at national parks may be prohibitive for some cycle tourists leading them to camp illegally without paying or choose another country to travel;
  • Other jurisdictions like the states of California and Oregon have created “hiker-biker sites” at state parks which consist of a campsite set aside for people arriving by bike or backpackers arriving by foot that do not require advance booking and cost only a small fee.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to create hiker-biker sites at all national parks and encourage the provinces to implement hiker-biker sites at all provincial parks.
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<![CDATA[Cycling routes in Lanark County]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/cycling-routes-in-lanark-county-855.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/cycling-routes-in-lanark-county-855.htmlThu, 22 Sep 2016 5:33:29 -0700Cycling routes in Lanark County from Ontario by Bike

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<![CDATA[Cycling routes in Renfrew County]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/cycling-routes-in-renfrew-county-4090.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/resources/cycling-routes-in-renfrew-county-4090.htmlThu, 22 Sep 2016 5:31:01 -0700Cycling routes in Renfrew County from Ontario by Bike

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<![CDATA[Partial lane for cyclists on Hwy 17 west of Petawawa ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/partial-lane-for-cyclists-on-hwy-17-west-of-petawawa-6465.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/news/partial-lane-for-cyclists-on-hwy-17-west-of-petawawa-6465.htmlThu, 22 Sep 2016 5:27:41 -0700This article from the Pembroke Observer, September 8, 2016, shows what the Alliance is capable of accomplishing.

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<![CDATA[Rides]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/Thu, 18 Aug 2016 7:54:52 -0700<![CDATA[Events]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/http://www.ovcata.ca/events/Thu, 18 Aug 2016 7:54:24 -0700<![CDATA[Contact]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/contact/http://www.ovcata.ca/contact/Wed, 17 Aug 2016 7:26:54 -0700OVCATA is a volunteer-run organization.

Our email address is info@ovcata.ca

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<![CDATA[News]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/news/http://www.ovcata.ca/news/Mon, 25 Jul 2016 7:22:38 -0700<![CDATA[Blog]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/http://www.ovcata.ca/blog/Mon, 25 Jul 2016 7:22:38 -0700<![CDATA[Resources]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/http://www.ovcata.ca/resources/Mon, 25 Jul 2016 7:22:38 -0700