Sunday Bikedays in Ottawa
- Canada Travel Tips
- Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:51
Ottawa is filled with bike and walking trails to give visitors an opportunity to view all the city has to offer. When the spring and summer months come along, the city is made even more beautiful by blossoming foliage along the Rideau Canal and throughout the downtown area.
Visitors planning a trip to Ottawa between Victoria Day, which falls on May 20, and Labour Day, which is September 2 this year, will have a unique opportunity to tour expansive, car-less parkways in Ottawa and Gaineau.
Sunday is bikeday
Starting in 1970, the National Capital Commission launched an initiative to offer visitors and tourists an opportunity to bicycle through the nation's capital uninhibited by the hustle and bustle of motor vehicles. Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays take place between Victoria Day and Labour Day every year, and clear more than 50 kilometres of parkways of cars to provide cyclists, walkers and in-line skaters a chance to tour Ottawa and Gatineau Park.
The program, sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent and managed almost entirely by volunteers, is a unique and exciting way to get a better view of the capital city, and runs from 9 am till 1 pm in Ottawa. Sections of Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Colonel By Drive and Rockliffe Parkway, each about 5 kilometres in length, are included in the program.
Early birds will likely be more interested in the Gatineau Park offering, as it runs from 6 to 11 in the morning, and includes the Gatineau Parkway, Champlain Parkway and Fortune Lake Parkway. Officials do note that motorized bikes and scooters are not permitted on these streets when the event is taking place, though the area is universally accessible.
Parking, both free and paid, is available along the trail, and plenty of washrooms are available in several parks included on the route. Visitors have several options to rent bikes if they don't have their own.
Cycling doesn't have to end
Bicyclists who haven't had enough following the sanctioned Sunday Bikedays can continue on to the seemingly endless pathways that run throughout the nation's capital city.