Throughout the month of June Sustainability Carleton and Healthy Workplace are partnering to shine a light on all things two wheels. Everyone is encouraged to get on their bike and sign up to the Carleton Let’s Bike Team to win prizes and track your cycling progress. You are also invited to an excellent Family Cycling workshop, where our friends at Envirocentre will let you know about getting the most from cycling with the whole family. We will also have Free Bike-Tune ups available (TBC) and as a reminder you can also access a Bike Loan program in case you need to buy a new bike or want to replace your existing one. Here are 5 ways to get involved:

1. Sign up to Let’s Bike Ottawa.

Let’s Bike Ottawa is an annual campaign that encourages people to try cycling as a fun and healthy transportation option. Participants in the campaign can:

  • See the GHG averted by choosing to bike
  • Are eligible to win individual prizes including vouchers to local Ottawa stores
  • Join Carleton colleagues in the Sustainability x Healthy Workplace team and engage in friendly competition
  • Have access to free tools and resources

How it works

You can participate in Let’s Bike Ottawa as an individual or be part of the Carleton team:

  • Simply sign up by creating a user name and password to access your personal profile page.
  • Once you have registered, you can join the Carleton team, or if you prefer participate as an individual.
  • Already a signed up? You can join the Carleton Team click on this link

From there, you will be able to:

  • Log your bike rides during the campaign
  • Track your progress and see the positive impact you are making
  • Learn how much money you have saved and pollution you have averted

2. Attend a Free lunch time Bike Workshop. 

Family Cycling – June 21st, 3pm-4pm

Cycling is a fun activity for the whole family! Whether going on a leisure ride or heading to the library, cycling is a great choice for folks of any age. This workshop will cover everything you need to know to make family cycling a success. Our friends at Envirocentre will cover kid-carrying bikes, adaptive cycles for adults, route planning considerations, and real-life tips from someone who’s been there! This workshop is adapted for people of all ages and cycling abilities. 

Please register with the below link. A Zoom link will be sent out to participants 24 hours, 1 hour, and 10 minutes before the start of the virtual workshop (and you will also find it in the calendar invite so that you and anyone else can join).

3. Get a Free Bike Tune-up

June 28th – All Day

During the month of June, Sustainability Carleton will be hosting a Free Bike-Tune up event for the community. This day long event run by VeloFix, will allow Staff, Faculty and Students who need their bike ready for the summer to get a free Tune-up and receive qualified advice on their bike. 

We anticipate that this event will be oversubscribed, and as such will draw random names, should those interested exceed the number of slots available on the day. Please note that the tune-ups last unto 1 hour and you are responsible for bringing the bike to campus and collecting at your allocated time. There is no guarantee that bikes can be held beyond your time slot. 

For more information and to register visit here.

4. Take advantage of the Carleton Bike Loan program.

Carleton has extended its Employee Purchase Loan Program. The program is intended to assist continuing employees in financing certain categories of products. The program previously only including financing for technology purchases but has now been extended to support the university’s sustainability goals, with financing for active forms of transportation.

This means that you can now finance the purchase of bicycles, including electric bicycles and additional eligible items such as pannier bags, trailers, and security products, up to a loan value of $5,000. Each loan shall be from one to three years and is repaid from your post-tax salary on a per-pay basis.

5. Read more about cycling plans on campus.

Carleton University’s first-ever Outdoor Space Master Plan has been finalized. This plan will help the university identify and prioritize improvements to the urban environment on campus and support improvements to pedestrian and cycling pathways. 

The plan was developed by consultant Brook McIlroy, in consultation with all members of the campus community. The plan’s focus is in alignment with a number of university strategic plans including the Strategic Integrated Plan (SIP), Kinàmàgawin, the Indigenous Strategy, the Transportation Plan, as well as the university’s Sustainability Plan.