Tag Archives: cycling

LETTER: Cyclists belong on the road, not sidewalks

Re: NOTEBOOK: New bike repair station at Village Square Park

Further to your article regarding bicycle infrastructure safety.  I was travelling south on Stittsville Main the other day and a teenager was riding his bike on the sidewalk going in the same direction facing the traffic on the opposite side of the road.

An SUV was exiting Bradley’s Insurance and I guess she wasn`t expecting a bike coming from her right while she was looking at traffic coming from her left. The bicyclist did a quick turn out onto the roadway to avoid being hit.

Every day you see people riding their bikes on the sidewalk which I believe is illegal. I can see young children riding on the sidewalk on Stittsville Main, but not adults.

Someone is going to get killed or very badly injured. Perhaps we can be pro-active in telling people to obey the rules rather than spending a lot to time following up on something that is preventable. As an elder bike rider, I’ll take my chances on the road. At least drivers know they can expect a cyclist on the road.

Bob Johnson, Stittsville


NOTEBOOK: New bike repair station at Village Square Park

Nice to see this new bike repair station added to Village Square Park this week, along the Trans Canada Trail near Stittsville Main.  It’s a good spot for it, with hundreds of cyclists passing by each week.

(This would have come in handy a few weeks ago when my wife blew a bike tire on Abbott street just past the park!)

Safer Roads Ottawa (SRO) is setting these up at parks, libraries and other public areas around the city, but there aren’t too many yet in the suburbs.  According to SRO: “Each self service bike repair station includes a work stand, an air pump and the following tools:

  • Philips screwdriver and stand
  • 2 steel core tire levers
  • pedal wrench
  • 2 cone wrenches (8/10 mm 9/11 mm)
  • Torx T-25
  • Hex key set
  • The air pump includes heads to fill both Presta and Schrader valves.

Information on how to use the repair station and tools can be found at www.Ottawa.ca/bikerepair

UPDATE: City staff will be at the repair station to give tips on bike maintenance and safety on Monday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.


Anecdotally, I’ve heard about more and more cyclists from outside of our community coming to visit Stittsville by bike. For example, blogger Andrea Tomkins and her husband Mark, who biked in from Westboro a few weeks back.  That’s about 50km round trip, and you can do it entirely on recreation trails.  More evidence: the bike rack behind Quitters is usually overflowing on a sunny weekend day.

Stittsville as a cycling destination?  Sounds good to me.

Now let’s hope we see some safer bike infrastructure on Stittsville Main Street in the near future too.


MEC Summer Century Ride includes a trip through Stittsville

(via MEC/Mountain Equipment Co-op)

This third annual ride returns on Sunday, August 28, 2016! For only $45 (CAD), you can choose between three different ride options, 50km, 100km or 160km AND have a feast afterwards presented by Alice’s Village Café and Covered Bridge Brewery. Starting and finishing in Carp (just west of Ottawa) enjoy these inexpensive, but fully featured rides through beautiful Ontario countryside in Lanark County. Event sign-up and details at http://events.mec.ca/event/105321/mec-ottawa-summer-century-ride-2016-summer-century Continue reading


Minor injuries after vehicle hits cyclist on Iber

A cyclist was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including road rash, after a collision on Iber Road during rush hour on Monday morning.

The collision happened close to the Iber Road fire station. Ottawa Police say that witnesses reported that the cyclist turned in front of the vehicle.  The vehicle’s driver was not charged.

Today is Bike to Work Day.


Planning department apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

The City of Ottawa’s Planning Department has issued a 6-page document on the Johnwoods road closure, including an apology for poor communication with residents on the issue.

Councillor Shad Qadri shared the document as part of his weekly newsletter, two days after a raucous and well-attended public meeting where residents took Qadri and planners to task for not being adequately consulted on the plan. Continue reading


Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

UPDATE: Planning staff apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

What we had here was a failure to communicate.

I was one of about 100 people who showed up at a public meeting tonight at Johnny Leroux Arena to hear about the city’s plans to convert the north end of Johnwoods into a linear park and bike path. Continue reading


LETTER: Roundabouts are great for cyclists

Re: City staff rejects roundabouts for Carp Road

Reading the article, the comment about them being worse for cyclists is ridiculous. I am a cyclist and a motorist and roundabouts are fantastic for cyclists as they allow for quick, easy fluid travel and no worries about cars accelerating to run red lights. Roundabouts take up more room but that is the only drawback as they are great at solving all other problems.

Steve Drennan


PHOTOS: Grassroot Grannies raise $55k in fundraising ride

Last Wednesday morning, the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.

They rode over 200km and ended up at the Bushtakah in Westboro on Friday afternoon, and managed to raise $55,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, providing support for and showing solidarity with African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.

the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.

the Grassroot Grannies, a group of 23 retired women, left Bushtakah on Hazeldean Road on a three-day fundraising bike tour.



MEC Century Ride adds ‘epic’ 160k cycle route from Carp

(via Mountain Equipment Co-Op)

Rolling through Ontario’s premier riding country, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is hosting an epic imperial century ride – that’s a distance of 160 kilometers via bike! On August 23 up to 500 cyclists can choose from three brand new routes starting in Carp, just north of Stittsville

MEC has once again teamed up with Alice’s Village Café, a favourite hotspot for Ottawa’s avid cyclist community, Beau’s All Natural brewery, and Vrtucar car sharing to give cyclists the fuel and on-road support they will need to complete their ride along with a tasty post-ride reward.

Last year’s MEC Century Ride drew in 200 riders, taking them through beautiful Lanark County, as far as Almonte, and back again. This year’s ride will offer up all the same breathtaking scenery with a bigger challenge for riders daring to take on the 160 kilometer imperial century ride.

Two slightly less daunting challenges have also been mapped out for riders; the classic 100 kilometer metric century and a 56 kilometer loop. For a $35 fee, each rider can choose the challenge that most appeals to them. No matter the route cyclists choose, each ride ends with a delicious meal provided by Alice’s Village Café, and a frosty beer from Beau’s All Natural. Oh, yeah!

We are excited to announce that the MEC Century Ride will be contributing to The National Capital Region Cycling Bursary, a bursary supporting our region’s top, young cyclists, enabling them to attend national and international events. MEC will match donations made by participants and spectators, up to $500.

Come see why Carp is the hottest pit stop destination for Ottawa’s avid cyclists! Event info: http://events.mec.ca/event/44386/mec-ottawa-century-ride-2015

Race HQ at Carp Agricultural Society Fairgrounds.
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM
$35 Registration

All information on the national MEC race series can be viewed at events.mec.ca.



Comments of the week: Election candidates, wetlands, cycling safety, more…

Every week we get lots of comments from our readers on our web site, via email, and social media.  Here’s a sample of what we heard this week.  Add your thoughts to the comments at the bottom of this article or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.

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Retired military medic trains for fundraising bike tour from Vimy Ridge

(Above: Matt Muzzi on Juno Beach, June 2014.)

Stittsville resident Matt Muzzi is training to take part in his second Battlefield Bikeride, a fundraising bike tour to raise money and awareness for Canadian Armed Forces veterans who face challenges from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries. Continue reading