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What’s a Bike Rodeo Anyway?

On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.

OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible.  On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.

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Bike Rodeo Comes to Old Ottawa South

When learning is practical and fun, it’s often more effective. And what better way to introduce safe cycling habits into everyday activities than to make it fun! There is so much to learn about cycling: choosing the right bike, the right helmet, understanding the basic mechanics of a bike, its essential safety features, learning legal hand signals, moving around traffic and large obstacles like garbage trucks and road construction, and so much more. Although instilling best cycling practices begins at home, there are a variety of ways to reinforce and refresh the safety and road features of riding a bicycle for young and old alike.

So mark your calendars! Highlight Sunday morning June 11, 2017 and come to OOS’s Bicycle Rodeo. Help us celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of what we hope will be an annual event!

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Rideau Canal Walls: Update on Ongoing Work

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island along the eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and has been progressing on schedule. After a work platform was installed along the site, the contractor began the demolition work associated with this project—removing the old guard rails and chipping away damaged concrete from both the face and top of the wall.  

During the week of February 20th, reinforcements and form work began to be put in place to ready the site for the new concrete.  The concrete will begin to be poured and placed in early March. The project to repair this section of the Rideau Canal Walls in downtown Ottawa is on schedule to be completed by Spring 2017.  The in water work should be completed by April with the shoreline and trail work to follow.  

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Road Renewal Project Open House: Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session on road renewal in the northwest portion of Old Ottawa South, where the existing watermain, sanitary sewer, and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement/upgrading.This open house is an opportunity to review the design, ask questions, and provide comments on the proposed works.

The proposed work will involve the construction of new watermains and sanitary sewers along with full road reconstruction. House services will also be replaced up to the property line. Cycling lanes on Aylmer Avenue in the eastbound direction, and on Seneca Sreet in the southbound direction, will be implemented through pavement markings.

The City is planning construction activities from May 2018 to June 2020, with winter shut down periods from November to April.

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Slow Down for Construction Along Colonel By Drive

slow down on CBDSlow Down: sound advice from Beacon Lite, who run the temporary signals on Colonel By Drive at the Bank Street exit and at the Avenue Road stairs.

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Something to Report?

Do you have something to report to the City? Perhaps it's an illegally parked car on your street, or a huge pothole around the corner, or you may want to compliment a City employee for a job well done!

Well, the good news is that it’s very easy!

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Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa South

snow moleSnow Moles are volunteers who report on what it's like to walk outside on a winter day, by completing a one-page questionnaire and returning it to a community contact.

The Snow Mole initiative is led by the Council on Aging of Ottawa's Age-Friendly program. Our goal is to audit and make recommendations that will make winter walking safe and enjoyable for older people and other vulnerable pedestrians (including people using mobility devices and young children).

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