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Sunday Bikedays start next weekend on Ottawa parkways

By Greggory Clark on May 15, 2017


The 47th annual season of Sunday Bikedays begins in earnest this Sunday, May 21. From 9am to 1pm weekly, all three of the Macdonald, Colonel By, and Cartier Parkways go car-free, creating more than 50 kilometres of scenic course open exclusively to cyclists, in-line skaters, runners, walkers and people with mobility aids.

Only Sunday, May 28 is excepted, to make way for Ottawa Race Weekend.

  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9km) The westbound lanes of the parkway, just alongside the Ottawa River from Booth Street to Carling Avenue.
  • Colonel By Drive (8km) Both lanes, from Daly Street to Hog’s Back Bridge.
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8km) Both lanes running along the south side of the Ottawa River, from Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans.

Across the Outaouais River: Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways open to enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills. These 30 kilometres are closed to motor vehicles from 6am to 11am.

Water stations are a new addition to the streets, by popular request.

Bonus: take your bike to Colonel By Drive, near Clegg Street, where pros will be on hand to offer free bike checks.

image002This weekend only, the NCC will close Confederation Boulevard for its first-ever car-free day. Head to Major’s Hill Park for festivities from 9am to 1pm on Sunday, May 21. Promotional material says there will be DJs, buskers, food trucks, a community fair, plus family-friendly activities like face painting and inflatable structures.