2023 OVCATA annual meeting summary and co-chairs' report
Thanks Andy and Township of McNab Braeside for having this event. Ride organizers provided waivers.
10 KM WALK RUN AND CYCLE 2023 Renfrew on October 15 at Ma-te-way Park fund raiser for Hospice Renfrew. Waivers provided by organizers. Thanks Andy and the Town of Renfrew for organizing this event.
TOUR DE BONNECHERE 2023 August 27 was a successful event with 175 cyclists. Barbequed hotdogs, hamburgers and refreshments were available for the participants at the finish along with live music. Bob Peltzer, Eric Price and Ron Moss provided and retrieved route signs as well as completing ride sweeps. Ride organizers provided waivers.
In the past this event has always been managed by staff at the Phoenix Centre who have decided to step away from this event. OVCATA will strive to maintain this event in 2024. OVCATA is currently working with the past committee on determining financial distribution of funds raised.
TOUR DE WHITEWATER 2023 was a ride in memory of past very successful ride events that were held here. The 2023 ride was held on July 15 from the Westmeath arena saw over 450 participants. Following the rides participants were able to purchase sandwiches prepared by the Four H Club at the Westmeath Arena. OVCATA members assisted with the five ride routes, signage and ride sweeps.
Ride organizers provided waivers.
OVCATA is currently working with the Tour de Whitewater Committee on fund distribution and a very exciting presentation was made to Whitewater Region Council on November 15 with a multi-year project in not only Westmeath but Foresters Falls, Cobden and Algonquin Trail.
CASHING IN ON CYCLE TOURISM WORKSHOP Wednesday September13 at the Nick Smith Centre was a very successful event with guest speakers Bob Peltzer OVCATA, Brenda Woods Trent Severn Waterway, Jennifer McCourt Discovery Routes Trails organization and Louisa Mursell Ontario by Bike and 45 in attendance saw the creation of a group that would carry forward Cycle Tourism and the Trail Town Concept involving municipalities along the OVRT and Algonquin Trails from Smiths Falls to Matawa. As a result of this very successful workshop a group of attendees we have called the Dream Team has committed to carrying this theme forward. A follow up zoom meeting on Nov 7 has been held thanks to the effort of Jeff Mills. This has kick started the dream team who will continue to move this forward.
Town of Arnprior
Capital Works for Hardened shoulders in Renfrew County 2023
- Following our discussions with County staff regarding hardened shoulders for the 2023 construction season we are pleased to announce that County policy is to provide 1.0m wide hardened shoulders on all County roads having sufficient platform widths.
ALGONQUIN TRAIL K& P TRAILS
MUNICIPALITIES - OVCATA members Andy Kalnins, Ron Moss and Debbie Macdonald actively involved in the development of these plans in Arnprior, Renfrew, Laurentian Valley and City of Pembroke as follows:
OVCATA recruitment and publicity set up at the following public events:
The OVCATA Membership in 2022 of 514 has increased to current membership of 560
Facebook followers increased by 223 in 2023 to 1,100 current followers.
OPERATING COSTS – We continue to retain liability coverage for operations and organized ride events. However, OVCATA agreed early in 2023 to exclude liability coverage for Bike Bank for 2023. Liability costs are by far the biggest financial challenge for this group.
We are very fortunate to have generous contributions from our members and the income from the Tour de Whitewater and Bonnechere events to help cover our costs leaving us with a healthy bank statement. Perhaps now OVCATA should consider projects for the enhancement of cycling and active transportation by OVCATA in our area.
OVCATA OUTLOOK and MOVING FORWARD
It is very clear that OVCATA has made exciting and significant impacts on active transportation in our area and now is the time to discuss and develop short-term and long-term strategic plans.
This report is provided by Co-Chairs, Bob Peltzer and Ron Moss
Treasurer Debbie Fiebig reported an opening balance of $2,190.09 and a closing balance of $2,635.12 for the year. The Cashing in on Cycle Tourism event in September cost $1,769.44 and raised donations of $619.64 for a total cost of $1,149.80. All in attendance agreed it was money well spent as it led directly to the creation of an action group.
Here's an AI-generated summary of presentations made at the meeting:
Trail Infrastructure Updates
Cycling Tourism Promotion
Recommendations and Partnerships
December 20232023 OVCATA annual meeting summary and co-chairs' report
October 2023Action group formed to cash in on cycle tourism by promoting Trail Towns
September 2023Arnprior brainstorming session will plan how towns can cash in on cycle tourism
August 2023Trail towns - what are they and how to make YOUR town one of them
February 2023OVCATA receives 2022 community service award
January 20232022 Bike Bank report
2022 Co-chair's report
June 2022OVCATA Opens Bike Bank Renfrew County for 2022
May 2022County of Renfrew and OVCATA celebrate expansion of cycling networks
Silver Chain Challenge is back - enter and log your klicks in June
February 2022OVCATA and MPP John Yakabuski support road safety education and enforcement
November 2021Volunteers send bikes to Cuba from Eastern Ontario, with sweat and love
July 2021Bike Bank reaches 100-bike milestone
November 2020County municipal leaders and staff hear how Petawawa is becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Community "one bite at a time"
October 2020Fall is a great time for cycling in the Ottawa Valley.
Petawawa Bike-Friendly Communities champion to speak to OVCATA AGM
May 2020Algonquin Trail Report - May 2020
Citizens partner with County and OPP to make trails work for all despite pandemic - OVCATA
December 2019Active Transportation is growing in the Ottawa Valley
October 2019OVCATA launches municipal outreach campaign
August 2019OVCATA salutes Tour de Whitewater success, setting records for participation, activity
June 2019The Ottawa Valley is a cycling paradise
April 2019Renfrew County Council to lead on Active Transportation Month activities in June
Gearheads donates elite E-bike for OVCATA raffle
Volunteering at OVCATA - there's a place for you
Highway 17 rumble strips could have fatal consequences - OVCATA
2018 a big year for Active Transportation in Ottawa Valley
October 2018OVCATA meets with Ontario's new transportation minister - our own MPP John Yakabuski
June 2018OVCATA promotes active transportation for seniors with provincial support
March 2018Join OVCATA - Win A Bike
December 2017Local cycle routes win big with December provincial funding!
Education is key to bike collision prevention - OPP Sergeant
October 2017OPP to share bike collision stats at Renfrew OVCATA meeting
OVCATA Co-chair's report for 2017 - a lot accomplished in Year 1
June 2017New provincial cycling funding could be used in Renfrew County - OVCATA
May 2017Help Sprocketman fly! Online cycling advocacy music video
April 2017RIDE OF SILENCE 2017
OVCATA thanks Renfrew County Council and asks for more commitment.
Voyageur Discovery Route Funding a big step toward trans-Canada cycle route.
Community Rides in communities across Renfrew County this spring
Silver Chain Challenge relaunches in June, 2017
Adopt a Road
December 2016New hardened shoulders in Renfrew County in 2016
The Algonquin Trail - tell municipal councillors you support it
OVCATA's vision for cycling in Ontario
November 2016Share the Road Cycling Coalition wants to hear from you
MTO Public Consultation on Cycling Program
October 2016Véloroute Voyageur / Voyageur Cycling Route would connect Northeastern Ontario
September 2016Alliance responds to Minister Del Duca, presses for public education
Petition for cyclists and hikers in national parks
Partial lane for cyclists on Hwy 17 west of Petawawa