On the first weekend in June, beginning Friday May 31st, the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) in partnership with the Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) will host the second Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo.
This spring, cycling event kicks off with dinner at the Tennis Club Friday evening, followed by a day (Saturday, June 1st) of training for volunteer rally/rodeo leaders plus free bike tune-ups for participants. On Sunday morning (June 2nd) bikers meet at their community starting points & head for Windsor Park and the Capital Spokes Rodeo. After the rodeo, we are al invited to cycle to OTLBC for lunch.
The bike rally, rodeo and tune-ups are free. Dinner & lunch are not free, but the menu is varied and priced to meet a growing family’s budget. All events are optional (except for the training sessions for volunteers, which is also free). It’s a weekend of community fun & learning. Join us for the weekend or come when your schedule permits.
OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee is inviting our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as much fun, useful and practical as possible. Depending on where cyclists live, their routes will take them along streets like Percy, Glebe Avenue, O’Connor, Bank, Echo Drive, Avenue Road, Main Street, Brookfield, Clementine, Aylmer Avenue & Colonel By Drive.
Each community will decide its own cycle route. Maps will be created and available online. The Sunday morning rally begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs from 2.48 – 5.12 km in length, arriving at Windsor Park around 10:00 a.m. where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share tips on bicycle safety and know-how.
And yes, our young cyclists will have an opportunity to demonstrate some of their best riding skills in obstacle courses designed to teach them the safer handling of their untamed bike broncos. Under the guidance of Safe Cycling Ottawa, the tennis courts at Windsor Park will serve as fenced-in safety corrals to practice turns, bike balance and hand signals.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service will give out medical data carriers for kids to put on helmets, firefighters will show kids how fire trucks work and some of the safety features that need to be observed around these large vehicles. Safer Roads Ottawa will provide safe cycling gear (arm bands, ankle straps, bells, lights, etc.) and the police will also be present. They never fail to impress the younger crowd with their rather large and shiny motorbikes.
And what about the more experienced bike broncos in our community? Well, we’re looking to them to help lead and direct their communities along the designated pathways and crossroads that lead to Windsor Park. For these seasoned cyclists, we have a free one-day training session offered by certified CAN-BIKE instructors. Just let us know now if you are interested, so that we can book a training session in advance of the event.
Parents are encouraged to participate. Capital Spokes is designed to explore and promote safe cycle routes in OOS and neighboring communities, and to provide cyclists with the tools and know-how to travel safely.
There is no age limit. You can create your own route or you can team up with fellow cyclists to stretch the routes to match your cycling potential. Let’s be creative!
For those of you interested in a more active role in the rally and rodeo, contact us at trafficandsafety [AT] oldottawasouth [DOT] ca.