Ed: Congrats Stephan, you’ve won the Tour la nuit passes! I’ll be in touch shortly! Thanks to everyone who commented – I’m taking the plunge and I’m going to start biking to work. I’ll let you know how it goes!
I consider myself to be a pedestrian first, and a driver second. I’m lucky to be able to walk to work, and I seldom take the car out during the week. I do not consider myself to be a cyclist, though I do own an old, rusty-but-functional bike. It takes me about thirty-five minutes to walk to work. It would probably take me no more than fifteen to bike in. So why don’t I ride my bike to work? FEAR. I’m terrified of riding my bike on the streets.
So when I first heard about Capital Vélo Fest, I was intrigued. Could this be the event that helps me take the plunge into cycling? I think it just might!
This is Capital Vélo Fest’s first year, but you’d never know it judging by all the great events planned for its debut on Saturday, June 4th. There will be a free Bicycle Rodeo from 11 am to 4 pm at Ottawa City Hall, which will include bicycle polo, bike decorating, and bicycle maintenance and fitting workshops. Citizens for Safe Cycling will be giving seminars on cycling safety – I’m so there! - and Ottawa Public Health will be on hand to help properly fit children’s helmets. Over twenty local cycling providers will be offering seminars on a variety of cycling topics, and each will be offering a prize draw. (Hubby is so there!)
Capital Vélo Fest will continue into the evening with Ottawa’s first Tour la nuit ride starting at 7 pm. Cyclists will get to listen to live music as they prepare to head out onto closed-off city streets as of 8:30 pm. I just love this part. How often do you get a chance to ride on closed-off city streets at night? I’m looking forward to riding the streets without fear! Tour la nuit registration costs can be found here.
Capital Vélo Fest has graciously provided Frugal Fun Ottawa with two Tour la nuit registrations to give away. The winner will get both registrations so that he or she can attend with a friend. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below telling me how you feel about riding on the streets, or why you think I should take the plunge and start biking to work. (Seriously, I’m considering it. Maybe.) Comments will close on Saturday, May 21st at 7pm and I’ll contact the winner by email. Please leave an email address that you check frequently – if I don’t hear back from the winner by Sunday at noon, I’ll have to move on to someone else.
Dick Louch, the man behind the Festival, is also working on organizing Ride-In Movies and a Capital Vélo Rally. Information on these events should be up on the Festival website soon.I recently had the chance to speak with Dick about Capital Vélo Fest and how it all came to be – but you’ll have to wait for the winner to be revealed on May 23rd to find out more about that :)
I have to give a shout-out to Jessical Jackson, a local high school student whose artwork appears in the poster above. Dick mentioned that the poster was terrific, but I hadn’t had a chance to look at it until just now. He’s right – it’s amazing!