June 25: Bike Celebration Day in Fisher Heights

Holly MacDonald has offered to organize not just a bike rodeo in June, but a Bike Celebration Day.

The weather has delayed the planning, but here are some of the activities and presentations we hope to offer on Sat June 25 from 9 to noon at the community building. The block of Sutton Place in front of Fisher Heights Community Place will be closed to through traffic for the event.

• The City of Ottawa will provide a COVID-modified Bike Rodeo. This is an interactive bicycle skills and safety event for children from ages 6 to 10. Essential bicycle handling and traffic skills for young cyclists in a fun festival type atmosphere. Topics include helmet fitting, bicycle maintenance, handling, signalling, gears, braking, avoiding road hazards and more. Participants must know how to ride and provide their own bike. The enthusiastic team behind this activity has been a hit at other local bicycle events this year.

• Bike Ottawa (https://bikeottawa.ca/) will provide mini tune-ups for bicycles (minor adjustments only), a bike washing station and tons of information about riding options in our community, including its online cycle maps and route planners that suggest the best bicycle-friendly routes to get from point A to point B.

• XOVelo Arts will offer a free photo booth for riders and their bikes. XOVelo is an Ottawa-based online lifestyle magazine about bicycle fashion, culture and art (http://xovelo.com/).

• Display of e-bikes by local manufacturer Pedal Easy. Sure, you have thought of getting one, so you can give one a whirl here.

• Healthy freeze pops and snacks

• A final parade on local streets

Children at Fisher Heights: please drive with care

We hope to add more activities as the city gets back to normal after the storm.

The building will be open for washrooms and a rest area. And free coffee!

Bring your own water bottle.

Be aware that Sutton Place could be closed for through-traffic this morning.

Thanks to Coun. Egli for his financial support. Other supporters include Rebec and Kroes (a cycle and sport shop on Alta Vista Drive at Bank – https://www.rebecandkroes.com/ ), who has donated cycling items as prizes, and City of Ottawa Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services.

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