Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliancehttp://www.ovcata.ca/Thu, 12 Oct 2017 9:24:33 -0700en-us<![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[Home]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/home/http://www.ovcata.ca/home/Thu, 12 Oct 2017 5:36:17 -0700COBDEN: A packed room of cyclists and other active transportation (AT) enthusiasts heard a lot of good news from Renfrew County's roads and trails managers and from the organizers of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance - OVCATA at the organization's annual meeting here on October 4.

Steven Boland, the County's director of public works and engineering and Jason Davis, who coordinates the County's trail system told the gathering of about 25 members about progress in hard-shouldering the County's roads and developing its trails, including the new Algonquin Trail (former CP line). Mr. Boland congratulated OVCATA for the work that it is doing and encouraged the group to keep building its membership for maximum impact.

"Active transportation is starting to gain a lot of interest at County Council. That's where OVCATA needs to get involved. You need to develop a mass of people in support of what you're after. Numbers of people speak."

Mr. Boland said the County had become increasingly involved with AT since 2010 and that it currently budgets $150,000 per year for it, which, he acknowledged will not bring progess "as quickly as you'd probably like." Still, he says, as a result of economies achieved and funding opportunities, the County now has about a quarter of its 800 km of roads hard-shouldered. This year, for instance, La Passe Road and Doran Road were entirely hard-shouldered thanks to some "great pricing." Last year, Queen's Line was.

OVCATA members identified a few particular roads, especially Lake Clear Road, Burnstown Road, and Calabogie Road as dangerous and in special need of attention. Mr. Boland said they are all in the plan that was developed in cooperation with OVCATA members, but he asked for patience and support.

More progress could be coming, Mr. Boland said, if the County is successful in its application, in conjunction with six area municipalities, for $1.7 million in funding under the Ontario Commuter Cycling Program.The Town of Petawawa, he said, has applied on its own.

Jason Davis reported on the major strides that have been made in terms of developing and maintaining trails like the K&P from Renfrew to Calabogie, and the new Algonquin Trail, which runs the length of the County close to the Ottawa River. Slowly, he said, the pieces are coming together that may ultimately enable cyclists to travel from Mattawa to Petawawa on the trail, avoiding Highway 17 entirely.

He encouraged OVCATA to contribute, either in dollars or in-kind help to the development of trails. "We're always looking for partnerships," he said.

OVCATA co-chair Ish Theilheimer said that partnerships are at the core of the organization's mandate. "We're called an alliance because we try to bring people together, and our history of working with County is a good example of that."

Since the organization was founded in June, 2016, he said, it has accomplished a great deal. He listed some of its accomplishments, including:

- signing up 185 members

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

- helping Renfrew County develop a bike map and "matrix" of priority roads for AT infrastructure

- working with area municipalities including Whitewater Region, Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew, North Algona, and Laurentian Valley

- organizing and participating in rides and events in Barrys Bay, Eganville, Pembroke, Renfrew, and Westmeath

- meeting with Renfrew County Council in March, 2017, and liaising on an ongoing basis with County staff

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

- participating in planning for the Algonquin Trail (former CP line)

- sponsoring the Silver Chain Challenge in 2017

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

- entering into partnership with Discovery Routes Trails Organization from North Bay spearheading the campaign for the establishment of the Voyageur Cycle Route passing through the Ottawa Valley

- working with OPP on cycling safety promotion.

At the meeting, members elected eight directors to the Board including (for two-year terms), Mr. Theilheimer (North Algoma Wilberforce), Debbie Fiebig (Admaston-Bromley), Ron Moss (Laurentian Valley), and Damien McCarthy (Petawawa), while electing, for one-year terms, Eric Price (Pembroke), Bob Peltzer (Bonnechere Valley), Patricia Krose (Whitewater Region), and Greg Ellis (Mississippi Mills).

PHOTO: County officials Jason Davis and Steven Boland show OVCATA members the progress they have made with County roads and trails on an enlarged map at the organization's annual meeting in Cobden, October 4.

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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[Oct. 4 - OVCATA 2017 Annual General Meeting, Cobden]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/ovcata-2017-annual-general-meeting-cobden-9416.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/ovcata-2017-annual-general-meeting-cobden-9416.htmlMon, 04 Sep 2017 12:08:12 -0700The second Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance - OVCATA - takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the restaurant at 17 West Bar & Grill, (connected with the Shell station), 9 Pembroke St Hwy 17 W Cobden, ON. Feel free to join the exec for a meal at 6 p.m. or just come for the meeting.

Guest speaker at the meeting will be Steve Boland, Director of Public Works of the County of Renfrew. Steve will talk about the County's program of expanding the network of roads with hardened shoulders and is quite happy to answer questions about what's been done to date, what's in the plans, how decisions are made, and anything else on the subject of Active Transportation.

Also at the meeting, OVCATA members will hear of the organization's progress to date and elect a new Board of Directors.

Please come to hear about what's been done and to get involved.

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<![CDATA[Sept. 9 - Smiths Falls - Walk for ALS ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/sept-9-smiths-falls-walk-for-als-6918.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/sept-9-smiths-falls-walk-for-als-6918.htmlMon, 04 Sep 2017 11:51:53 -0700On September 9th, I will be joined by my family and others determined to challenge ALS, by participating in Smiths Falls in one of the many "Walk for ALS" events. I'm inviting you to support me in this cause at www.ALSevents.ca/Ateam <http://www.ALSevents.ca/Ateam>   That page shows support approaching $5,500. Please, help me hit the magical $6,000 mark before Saturday!

Support from the Walk for ALS helps to create a better reality for those of us living with ALS, and our families, by enabling access to support services and equipment through ALS Canada's regional offices.

The Walk also allows us to be hopeful about a brighter future where ALS will be a treatable, not terminal disease, by funding promising ALS research. The ALS Canada Research Program provides peer-reviewed grants with the greatest
potential to advance the field of ALS. Many leading ALS researchers believe that effective treatment options are now a matter of "when," not "if," and that research discovery is limited only by the amount of funding available to pursue it. This makes the Walk for ALS an important vehicle for progress. The ALS Society of Canada <https://www.als.ca/>  is a registered charit certified by Imagine Canada <http://imaginecanada.ca/> . Their website <https://www.als.ca/>  explains simply and clearly anything you may wish to learn about ALS.
Your donation supports those of us living with ALS and those who will receive this devastating diagnosis in the near future, until research renders ALS treatable, not terminal.
Please consider making a donation to this effort through my "A Team" event page at www.ALSevents.ca/Ateam <http://www.ALSevents.ca/Ateam>
You are also invited to walk with me; details are here
<https://secure.alsevents.ca/registrant/EventLocationHome.aspx?eventid=21318
One day I will not be able to participate. "Today.Is.Not.That.Day!"

Thank you,
...alan

Alan Medcalf

www.ActiveBrockville.ca <http://www.activebrockville.ca/

613-803-5060
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<![CDATA[September 16, Pembroke - Rotary Ride for Kids]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/2049.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/2049.htmlMon, 04 Sep 2017 4:30:20 -0700Fun filled family event on Saturday September 16th 2017.  Participants can choose to raise $150 and ride the 35K bicycle Tour from Cobden to Rotary Park Pembroke or raise $25 and ride the 4K Family Fun ride from Cassidy's Transfer and Storage to Rotary Park.  All funds raised stay in the community and are shared between the Rotary Club of Pembroke for Rotary Park improvements and the Grind Youth Group to assist at-risk youth.  

Rider T-Shirts, Prizes and Free end of event BBQ.  - Face Painting, Music and Yard Sale!!

Call Chris St Jean at (613) 732-8247 for more details. 

Location

Rotary Park
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

Contact

Christiane St Jean
Phone:(613) 732-8247
Email:stjeancm@bell.net
Website:Rotary Club of Pembroke Facebook Page

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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[DEEP RIVER BIKE GROUP SCHEDULE-2017 part two]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/deep-river-bike-group-schedule-2017-part-two-1187.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/deep-river-bike-group-schedule-2017-part-two-1187.htmlThu, 24 Aug 2017 5:28:09 -0700Anyone can join on these rides, which take place across the County on Wednesdays, generally. Routes are displayed here.

DATE

ROUTE

CHARACTER

FOOD

MEET

PARK

AUG

2

Osceola

Trip 22 B

37 / 41 km

Some hills

Bag lunch at church in Osceola

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:55) #

Lake Dore recreation area, just off Hwy 41

9

Allumette Island

Trip 27

32 / 42 km.

Flat, one hill at start

BBQ available at cottage.  Swim

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:05) #

Gary and Joan’s Cottage.

609 Front Street, Allumette Island

16

Alice

Trip 18

27 / 46 km. 

Some hills

Bag lunch/snack at airport, or in Alice

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:25) #

Pembroke Airport

23

Rankin

Trip 20

32 / 37 km

Mostly flat, few gentle hills

Seniors lunch at Rankin Centre

Value Mart

At 8 AM (8:50) #

Rankin Community Centre, just off Hwy 41

30

Westmeath / LaPasse

Trip 21W

26 / 41km

Some Hills

BBQ lunch Wendorfs’

Value Mart

At 8 AM (9:15) #

Wendorfs’, 274 Greenway Drive

SEPT

NEW TIME

NEWTIME

6

Douglas area

Trip 11

35 km

Some lengthy hills

Bag lunch

Value Mart

At 9 AM (10:15) #

Catholic church on Hwy 60

Douglas

13

Black Bay

Trip 17 B

37 / 47 km

Bag lunch or Madameeks in Petawawa.

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:25) #

Great Canadian Warehouse, Petawawa

20

Lake Dore

Trip 25 B

35 km

Some hills

Popular ride

Bag lunch at Lake Dore recreation area

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:55) #

Lake Dore recreation area, just off Hwy 41

27

Fourth Chute

Trip 10 A

32 km

Some hills

Popular ride

Snack at Fourth Chute

Lunch Eganville

Value Mart

At 9 AM

(10:05) #

Queen St. Eganville

OCT

4

Pembroke

Trip 19

32 / 36 km

Mostly flat, some minor hills

Irving restaurant or by Muskrat river shore

Value Mart

At 9 AM (9:40) #

Irving gas station, Hwy 17 /41 intersection (or on other side of road, old info centre).

There is no designated leader for each trip.  Just turn up at the Value Mart parking lot and pretend you know what you’re doing.

# 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[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[August 20 - Tour De Bonnechere, Eganville ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/august-20-tour-de-bonnechere-eganville-7267.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/august-20-tour-de-bonnechere-eganville-7267.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:37:32 -0700August 20 - Tour De Bonnechere, Eganville

Click here for more.

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<![CDATA[Allumette Island]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/allumette-island-2722.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/allumette-island-2722.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:20:16 -0700Mostly flat rides, courtesy of Deep River Wednesday cycle group

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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[Westmeath - LaPasse]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/routes/westmeath-lapasse-9043.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/routes/westmeath-lapasse-9043.htmlTue, 15 Aug 2017 2:12:46 -0700Farm country rides, 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[July 8 - Tour de Whitewater]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-8-tour-de-whitewater.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-8-tour-de-whitewater.htmlFri, 23 Jun 2017 1:14:51 -0700We are so excited to tell you about the Tour de Whitewater!! This cycling event has something for all riders, big or small, fast or slow, old or young. We have a 100 km route for all you Road Warriors, 3 shorter routes, 50 kms, 30 kms and 10 kms for the more leisure set, and Cranky Kids will put on two events for the younger set.
We will kick the day off with a community breakfast, then the riders will set off, with everyone finishing up in time for a BBQ'D lunch, provided by our local 4H club.
There will be T-shirts for riders registered by June 16th, with on line registration closing July 5th. There will be door prizes galore, a 50 50 draw, and plenty of fun for all.
We have worked hard to keep costs as low as possible, and are proud to offer this event for a registration fee of $20, free for 12 yrs and under.
So wait no longer, register now: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=15268&lan=1&cartlevel=1
Tour de Whitewater, 

For info, contact Mike at (613) 602-5548 or e-mail mpwendorf@gmail.com

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<![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[June 18 - OVCATA community ride, Barrys Bay - Zurakowski Park]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-18-ovcata-community-ride-barrys-bay-zurakowski-park-4798.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-18-ovcata-community-ride-barrys-bay-zurakowski-park-4798.htmlThu, 15 Jun 2017 6:07:18 -0700
There will be a pair of community bike rides starting out from Zurakowski Park in Barrys Bay on Sunday, June 18 at 9 a.m.

Experienced riders will ride the "Kartuzy loop," about 37 km of tough but wonderfully scenic hills with a coffee break at Madawaska Kanu Camp. A family ride will go up Old Barrys Bay Road as far as riders feel comfortable. That road is virtually flat and can take riders to Wadsorth Lake or Crooked Slide Park.

The Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) is organizing the rides as part of a series of spring rides in towns throughout Renfrew County. OVCATA is holding the ride to promote cycling, the Silver Chain Challenge and cycling safety, and to introduce itself.

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation is sponsoring the community rides, paying for publicity, free bumper stickers that promote the 1-metre rule, and other safety literature, as well as cold drinks and snacks.
  
 

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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[WAS May 7 - POSTPONED TO JUNE 4 - OVCATA Community Ride - Eganville - Legion Field meet-up]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-7-ovcata-commity-ride-eganville-legion-field-meet-up-2915.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-7-ovcata-commity-ride-eganville-legion-field-meet-up-2915.htmlSat, 06 May 2017 5:23:36 -0700WAS May 7 - POSTPONED TO JUNE 4 -  OVCATA Community Ride - Eganville - Legion Field meet-up

Experienced riders start at 8:30. Family ride starts at 10. All meet up at 11 for refreshments and bike talk.

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<![CDATA[June 3 - Women's Ride Day 2017]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/june-3-women-s-ride-day-2017-654.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/june-3-women-s-ride-day-2017-654.htmlFri, 05 May 2017 12:09:43 -0700Come join us on our 4th Annual Women's Ride Day!
We are kicking off Saturday June 3rd, 2017 with a morning ride starting at 8:30am.
There's a ride for all women... road, hybrid or mountain bikes!
Join us on a social ride around Petawawa or be adventurous on a 25K Road/hybrid Bike or 50K Road Bike ride.
Afterwards, enjoy Margo's yummy cupcakes & refreshments.
Encourage your girlfriends to come out and try a ride!
Please reserve your spot for the ride - it's FREE.

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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[Deep River Wednesday riders' schedule, 2017]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/rides/1822.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/rides/1822.htmlThu, 04 May 2017 5:17:08 -0700Here's how this bike group works.  There is no trip leader or responsible person for each trip.  We are simply a like-minded group of people who go on rides every Wednesday.  Most rides have two options.  One is generally shorter with fewer hills.  At the start we sort out who will want to do each option.  Sometimes we ride as a single group, other times as more than one group.  Either way each group takes care of itself, stops at intersections to make sure no one is left behind and that everyone is heading the right way.
The schedule gives you the time and meeting place for each ride.  The maps details the route for the rides, as well as more details on where we will park.  For starts in Eganville or Douglas there are also Town maps included, with the parking place identified.
Contact: Lois Fitzpatrick
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<![CDATA[May 17 - A Ride of Silence]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-18-a-ride-of-silence-1563.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-18-a-ride-of-silence-1563.htmlThu, 04 May 2017 5:09:44 -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 Biesenthal Road then follow Biesenthal Road to Achray Road then follow Achray Rd to Doran Road then follow Doran Road to Murphy Rd then follow Murphy Road to the Civic Center. The ride is approximately 16 km and should take less than one hour to complete. Please see the attached Ride of Silence information. This ride is being held in memory of people who have lost their lives while out cycling who are remembered as follows:
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[May 31 and June 1st - Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit, Carleton Place]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/4th-annual-eastern-ontario-active-transportation-summit-2037.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/4th-annual-eastern-ontario-active-transportation-summit-2037.htmlThu, 04 May 2017 7:55:52 -0700

4th Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit

Are you a downtown business person, who wants to discover the economic potential of pedestrian and cycle friendly communities? Or a town planner, or staff person, wanting to learn best practice techniques for building a healthier town? Maybe you're a resident that wants to be able to get around your community more easily and safely, on foot or on a bike. Come learn about simple concepts that make towns healthier, more vibrant, and stronger economically.

Join us at the Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit!

Registration is NOW OPEN! - Register Online Through Eventbrite!

This summit will offer valued learning opportunities for Eastern Ontario communities to focus on the topic of “Building Healthy Active Communities”.

Eleanor McMahon (MPP), Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport will be joining us at the event providing inspiration and advice.  Eleanor has worked in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.

We are collaborating with Share the Road to provide a - “Bicycle Friendly Communities Designation Workshop” on June 1, 2017. This hands-on workshop will provide tangible ideas for how to achieve or elevate your current bicycle friendly community designation with local infrastructure in mind.

We will be having the ever popular Mayor's Slow Bike Race, where Mayor's or their designates race as slowly as they can on their bicycles without putting a foot to the ground or falling over, to the finish line. The winner will earn the coveted position of the Mayor’s Sow Bike Race Champion.

The summit will provide success stories about making communities more walkable and bikeable through trails, sidewalks, parks and pathways. We have an excellent list of presenters who will share ideas, resources, expertise, successes and struggles implementing active transportation in our eastern Ontario region.

We are also launching the new “Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network” where we can stay connected, learn and share ideas and resources as we all move forward within our respective communities for the common goal of “Active Transportation”. Come and join the network as we work together to grow our impact on active transportation in eastern Ontario.

Transport Canada Defines Active Transportation

“Active transportation refers to all human-powered forms of transportation, in particular walking and cycling. It includes the use of mobility aids such as wheel chairs, and can also encompass other active transport variations such as in-line skating, skateboarding, cross-country skiing, and even kayaking. Active transportation can also be combined with other modes, such as public transit.”

Active transportation is about how we plan, design and use our communities. It is about creating safe and active communities where children can walk and bike, youth are engaged; seniors walk to their neighbours, trails and pathways that connect us to natural spaces and community destinations. It is about strong economies, tourism, our environment and our wellbeing.

"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."- Steve Jobs

Our organizing committee include members from the town of Carleton Place, Carleton Place Economic Development Committee, the Healthy Communities Partnership, Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Mills Community Support, the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month, and Share the Road.

To learn more about the presenters have a look at our presentation outlines and bios Coming Soon! Registration will be available soon on this website. Register early to get your preferred workshop selections. Deadline for registration is May 23, 2017.

Additional Resources:

This year's event will take place in the beautiful town of Carleton Place. The event is being held at the Carleton Place Arena. While you are in town explore the beautiful shops, great food and facilities around including beautiful trails and parks.

Contacts


Dr. Paula Stewart

Medical Officer of Health
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

Phone: 613-283-2740

*E-mail: Paula.Stewart@healthunit.org

*Please allow up to 48 hours for an email response.

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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[June 3 - Women's Ride Day 2017]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-women-s-ride-day-2017-7719.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-3-women-s-ride-day-2017-7719.htmlWed, 03 May 2017 5:41:30 -0700Come join us on our 4th Annual Women's Ride Day!
We are kicking off Saturday June 3rd, 2017 with a morning ride starting at 8:30am.
There's a ride for all women... road, hybrid or mountain bikes!
Join us on a social ride around Petawawa or be adventurous on a 25K Road/hybrid Bike or 50K Road Bike ride.
Afterwards, enjoy Margo's yummy cupcakes & refreshments.
Encourage your girlfriends to come out and try a ride!
Please reserve your spot for the ride - it's FREE.

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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[June 25 - OVCATA community ride, Petawawa - Petawawa Civic Centre]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-25-ovcata-community-ride-petawawa-petawawa-civic-centre-2728.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/june-25-ovcata-community-ride-petawawa-petawawa-civic-centre-2728.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 11:53:13 -0700June 25 - OVCATA community ride, Petawawa - Petawawa Civic Centre

Experienced riders start at 8:30. Family ride starts at 10. All meet up at 11 for refreshments and bike talk.

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<![CDATA[May 28 - Renfrew - OVCATA community ride, Ma Te Way Park]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-28-renfrew-ovcata-community-ride-ma-te-way-park-6710.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-28-renfrew-ovcata-community-ride-ma-te-way-park-6710.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 11:50:39 -0700May 28 - Renfrew - OVCATA community ride, Ma Te Way Park

Experienced riders start at 8:30. Family ride starts at 10. All meet up at 11 for refreshments and bike talk.

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<![CDATA[July 1 from 12-4 p.m. Downtown Pembroke Summer Medley Festival]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-1-from-12-4-p-m-downtown-pembroke-summer-medley-festival-5435.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/july-1-from-12-4-p-m-downtown-pembroke-summer-medley-festival-5435.htmlSat, 22 Apr 2017 11:45:45 -0700July 1 from 12-4 p.m.   Downtown Pembroke Summer Medley Festival

Featuring kids' cycle parade and OVCATA booth

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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[May 13 2017 - BORCA Spring Chicken Enduro]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-13-2017-borca-spring-chicken-enduro-4408.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/may-13-2017-borca-spring-chicken-enduro-4408.htmlSat, 04 Feb 2017 9:29:14 -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.

[le français suit l’anglais]

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[Véloroute 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[Donate]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/donate/http://www.ovcata.ca/donate/Fri, 23 Sep 2016 5:16:45 -0700OVCATA is a volunteer-run organization, but it still has expenses including incorporation, communications, events and projects. To build critical mass, we need your support. To date, individual members have spent more than $500 on start-up costs we need to repay. Please donate and help build a strong voice in the Valley for active transportation and cycling.

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<![CDATA[Who can use the new CP rail trails? Open house meetings to take place across Renfrew County ]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/who-can-use-the-new-cp-rail-trails-open-house-meetings-to-take-place-across-renfrew-county-5379.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/who-can-use-the-new-cp-rail-trails-open-house-meetings-to-take-place-across-renfrew-county-5379.htmlFri, 23 Sep 2016 5:12:25 -0700Here is your opportunity to tell political leaders that the former CP Rail trail needs to be safe for everyone to use, walkers, kids on bikes, cycle tourists...

At the CP Rail Partners Meeting on June 22, 2016 discussion occurred with regards to hosting open house meetings in the community to discuss the CP Corridor Management Plan.  The Forestry and GIS Division has scheduled six public open houses across the County to notify, engage and inform County residents on the proposed future use of the CP corridor.

The dates and locations of the open houses are as follows:

1.      Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Chalk River & Area Lions Hall, 11 Kellett Street, Chalk River Ontario

2.      Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Cobden Legion Branch #550, 43A Main Street, Cobden Ontario

3.      Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Bonnechere Manor Auditorium, 470 Albert Street, Renfrew, Ontario

4.      Thursday, October 27, 2016 – Petawawa Civic Centre, 16 Civic Centre Road, Petawawa Ontario

5.      Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – St. John Chrsysostom Knights of Columbus Hall, 285 Albert Street, Arnprior Ontario.

6.      Thursday, November 3, 2016 – County of Renfrew Council Chambers, 9 International Drive, Pembroke Ontario

The format for these open houses will be as follows:

·         6:30 – 8:30 p.m. � County sstaff will be available to meet, speak, and answer questions one-on-one with residents.

Jason Davis
Forestry and GIS Manager

County of Renfrew
9 International Drive
Pembroke, ON  K8A 6W5

Tel.:  (613) 735-3204  ext. 463
Toll Free:  1-800-273-0183
Fax:  (613) 735-2492
E-mail:  jdavis@countyofrenfrew.on.ca

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<![CDATA[Oct. 1 - Preserve our Green PPJ cyclopark ride]]>http://www.ovcata.ca/events/oct-1-preserve-our-green-ppj-cyclopark-ride-531.htmlhttp://www.ovcata.ca/events/oct-1-preserve-our-green-ppj-cyclopark-ride-531.htmlFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:56:14 -0700As requested by the participants of previous years and considering the great success of this cycling event, we are pleased to invite you to the 7th edition of the «Fall Cycling Tour». On October 1st, the 2016 edition will have a special mandate.

The event will take place solely on the PPJ Cyclopath in order to promote this splendid trail that we have here in our County. It is of great importance that this infrastructure be preserve for the population of the Pontiac and the many tourists that come and visit every year. It is also an ideal venue to promote a healthy lifestyle. This return Trek will be of little less than 60 kilometres and will take us from Campbell’s Bay to «Base Macrocarpa camping» located in Mansfield-et-Pontefract and back to Campbell’s Bay.

The average speed of the peloton will be of approximately 18 km/h.

We recommend hybrid bikes or all terrain/mountain bikes for this ride because the trail is on fine gravel and not pavement.

331, rue Couvent

Maniwaki  (Qc) J9E 1H5

(1-819-449-7866 p. 16239

(1-888-831-6906 p. 16239

www.cshbo.qc.ca

Organisation:

M. Stéphane Bouchard

M. René Allard

Support:

M. Harold Sylvain

Mme Monia Lirette

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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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