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It’s time to get pedalling

By Apartment613 on May 1, 2012

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Full disclaimer: an Apt613 editor just might be involved in coordinating Bike to Work

So it’s Bike to Work Month here in O-town and you want to join the ranks of smiling cyclists zipping around the city on their way to work. Cycling to work is a fantastic way to get some exercise, tread more lightly on the environment, and take in the sights and smells that Ottawa has to offer, all while bonding with your fellow commuters.

Take a minute to show your cycling cred by pledging to cycle on the Bike to Work Ottawa website. By signing up, you will have the chance to win some major cycling prizes, including a shiny new bike from Kunstadt Sports. For those number geeks out there, you can track your stats, including distance cycled, money saved, and greenhouse gas emissions reduced. You could even get a little friendly competition happening between your coworkers!

We know lots of Apt613 readers live and work in the downtown area, which makes it easy as pie to give commuter cycling a try! And what better time than now, when the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (well, sometimes), and the city is abuzz with cycling events, from educational workshops, to free public presentations, to a snazzy traveling BikeMobile that will be stationed at pre-determined locations around the city to dispense refreshments, encouragement, and information on cycling events and initiatives.

We hope you are sold by this point. But before you hop on your trusty two-wheeler, make sure you know how to ride safely in traffic with this series of nifty little videos on navigating Ottawa by bicycle. You may have asked yourself – how exactly do I go about cycling through a roundabout? Or what is the deal with the magically appearing bike lane in the middle of O’Connor? EnviroCentre’s got you covered with these short videos demonstrating the correct way to navigate these tricky situations.

In no time, you’ll be passing traffic, feeling the breeze on your face, and whistling “I Want to Ride My Bicycle”.


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