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 luckyÂ to be ableÂ toÂ walk to work, and I seldom take the car out duringÂ the week. I do not consider myselfÂ to be a cyclist, though I do own an old, rusty-but-functional bike.Â It takes me about thirty-five minutes to walk to work.Â It would probably take me no more than fifteen to bike in. So why don’t I ride my bike to work?Â FEAR. I’m terrified of riding my bike on the streets.
So when I first heardÂ aboutÂ Capital VÃ©lo Fest, I was intrigued. Could this be the event that helps me take the plungeÂ into cycling? I think it just might!
ThisÂ isÂ CapitalÂ VÃ©lo Fest’s first year,Â but you’d never knowÂ itÂ judgingÂ byÂ all theÂ great eventsÂ planned for its debut on Saturday,Â JuneÂ 4th.Â There will be a freeÂ Bicycle Rodeo from 11 am toÂ 4 pm at Ottawa City Hall, which will include bicycle polo, bike decorating, and bicycle maintenance and fitting workshops.Â Citizens for Safe Cycling will be givingÂ seminarsÂ onÂ cycling safety – I’m so there!Â -Â and Ottawa Public Health will be on hand toÂ help properly fit children’s helmets. OverÂ twenty local cycling providers will beÂ offering seminars on a variety of cycling topics, andÂ each willÂ be offering a prize draw. Â (Hubby is so there!)
Capital VÃ©lo Fest will continue into the evening with Ottawa’s first Tour la nuitÂ rideÂ 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’mÂ looking forward toÂ riding the streets without fear! Tour la nuit registration costs can be found here.
Capital VÃ©lo FestÂ has graciously provided Frugal Fun Ottawa with two Tour la nuit registrationsÂ to give away.Â The winner will get both registrations so thatÂ he or sheÂ can attend with a friend. If you’d like to enterÂ the giveaway, please leave a comment belowÂ telling me how you feel about riding on the streets,Â or why you thinkÂ I should take the plunge and start biking to work. (Seriously, I’m considering it. Maybe.)Â Comments will close on Saturday, MayÂ 21st at 7pm and Iâ€™ll contact the winner by email. Please leave an email address that you check frequently â€“ if I donâ€™t hear back from the winner byÂ Sunday at noon, Iâ€™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 VÃ©lo Rally. Information on these events should be up on the Festival website soon.I recently had the chance to speak with Dick about Capital VÃ©lo Fest and how it all came to be – but you’ll have to wait for theÂ winner to be revealed onÂ May 23rd to find out moreÂ about that :)
I have to give a shout-out to Jessical Jackson, a local high school studentÂ 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!