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Kidical Mass Ottawa Bike Ride – Alta Vista

June 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a fun-filled bike ride in Alta Vista! This event is perfect for families or anyone looking to enjoy a slow ride. Everyone is welcome: participants of all ages, abilities, and caretaking responsibilities (that means you too grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, and community members who love kids!). We will be travelling at a very slow pace. Whether your child is a pro on two wheels or just starting out, this event is perfect for riders of all ages, abilities, and skill levels.
9:30 AM
Meet at Alta Vista Park: decorate bikes, dance, chalk, and bubbles
10:05 AM
Bike Ride Begins! We will ride in a loop through the community ending at the Alta Vista Farmer’s Market (2345 Alta Vista Drive).
11:00 AM
Post-ride gathering. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, picnics, or money to spend at the market.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and are welcome to ride their own bikes or on board with another rider.
Bright colourful clothing and accessories are encouraged.
We will have some bike decorations, but you are encouraged to bring your own as well.
Sign-up is not required, but it is encouraged so we can get in touch if there are any updates to the event (e.g., weather issues, travel disruptions, etc.). SIGN UP HERE!
Let’s come together as a community, promote cycling, and create lasting memories. Mark your calendars and get ready for a wheely good time at Kidical Mass Ottawa!
We are also seeking volunteers and donations (prizes, snacks, bike decorations, and services including videography/photography and children’s entertainment). Are you a bike-friendly or kid-friendly individual or business that would like to be involved with this event? Please reach out to us at kidicalmassottawa@gmail.com.
The Alta Vista ride is the second one of our 2024 season. More information on our future rides, including “the big one” on September 21 (in collaboration with similar events around the world) will be shared soon. You can find all of the dates on our colouring page event poster – print your own copy, colour it in, and post it in your community. Tag us on social media too, we’d love to see the hard work of our local young artists!
About Kidical Mass
Kidical Mass is an international movement inspired by ‘critical mass’ events held to emphasize the number of people who want to ride bikes and to call for infrastructure improvements. Kidical Mass expands on that idea with a focus on children and families. These events celebrate the joy of biking asking cities to make streets safe for kids and therefore safe for everyone. We believe children should be able to safely and independently travel to school, parks, sports, and other destinations. With climate change already impacting the lives of children, safe streets for kids also means seriously addressing the climate emergency. There are measures – both big and small – that cities like Ottawa can pursue to make this possible.
What makes streets safer for kids?
– A true Vision Zero strategy that focuses on proactive design action to eliminate road deaths and serious injuries. A key tenet of Vision Zero is that street design can ensure that when mistakes happen they don’t cause life-changing impacts.
– Separated and wide bike lanes that provide access to children’s destinations like schools, libraries, parks, and community centres
– Traffic calming features and reduced speed limits on arterials and residential streets
– Car-free streets including parkways and school streets
– Elimination of right-turns on red lights
-Streets that address climate change by reducing private vehicle use
– Vehicle size regulations and safety testing that includes the safety of people outside of the vehicle
About the Event Hosts
Bike Ottawa is a not-for-profit volunteer-based advocacy group. We believe riding a bike in Ottawa should be a fun, safe, and easy choice for all ages and abilities. We are committed to advocating for a vibrant and equitable Ottawa where active transportation plays an important role in year-round mobility.
For Our Kids Ottawa Gatineau is a community of parents, grandparents and families who are concerned about climate change. We organize family-friendly activism and information activities and provide a space to connect and take action together. We strive to be a welcoming place for all parents, guardians, grandparents, caregivers, and community members to connect and act together.
School Streets Ottawa is a coalition of local volunteers along with supporting organizations who advocate for kids to have healthy and safe ways to get to school. Our mission is to have more students using travel modes that are active, safe, and sustainable.
Alta Vista Community Association provides a forum where Alta Vista residents can dialog with each other and with the levels of government on matters affecting the quality of life in Alta Vista; and facilitates the work of committees and grass roots project groups endeavouring to improve the quality of life in Alta Vista.
Questions about the event can be sent to kidicalmassottawa@gmail.com


June 22
9:30 am - 11:30 am


Critical Mass Ottawa
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Alta Vista Park
1309 Randall Avenue
Ottawa, ON Canada
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