We ride the last Friday of every month all year round. Meet at confederation park (elgin and laurier) at 5:30, ride leaves at 6pm!

This is a team blog. To join the team (and get access to post and/or administer the site), email criticalmassottawa@gmail.com

Monday, July 31, 2006

Bike Lift (and other July CM photos)

I took these during last months CM, enjoy!

Address of Confederation Park

Hi, in the last email sent round the listserve I forgot to add the address of Confederation Park.

It is at Elgin and Laurier, across from the Law Courts, right beside the Laurier bridge.

As someone noted in an email, we should probably try to include this address in future emails, and as I'm leaving Ottawa I wanted to put this in public space for others who will be sending out the emails for future rides.



--(email recieved at ottawacriticalmass@gmail.com):

I hope to find the time to come out to aCritical Mass one of these times.
I would appreciate it if each time you announcethe Critical Mass, you don't just say "confederation park" but also say WHERE confederation park is, i.e. name two intersecting streets.
Looking up the location of the park would be one more step I would have to take before coming; providing that information would make it easier for me to figure out whether I have time to get there and I would be more likely to decide to come.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Psst ... Tomorrow is July Critical Mass

Tomorrow is July Critical Mass

Friday July 28

Meet at Confederation Park
Ride Leaves at 6:00pm

Please join us for a leisurely ride through the streets of Ottawa,
as we protest car culture and reclaim the city streets for people.
All human-powered vehicle operators welcome!

the costume theme (if you like dressing up) is zombies and/or suits.

Planning August Critical Mass for Climate Justice


I'm a critical mass rider from Ottawa who is working with other cyclists andthe climate change action group Rising Tide to organize a continent-wideKatrina anniversary critical mass ride for the last Friday in August (the25th).

This was the day Hurricane Katrina reached hurricane strength.The idea is to remind people of the still ongoing crisis in the Gulf and thepotential for further catastrophic events from fossil fuel inspired climatechange.

We're looking for contacts with critical mass groups who want to collaborateon this, which would basically mean committing to organizing a ride markingthe day and hopefully:

1. Organizing a sign making making party for the ride ("More Cars = MoreClimate Change = More Katrinas", "Critical Mass for Climate Justice","Katrina was Environmental Racism", etc.).

2. Advertising the event to make it a big critical mass (we're developingdesigns for flyers, handbills, etc.)

3. Collecting funds at the Critical Mass ride to send to activist and reliefgroups in New Orleans.

4. Print out education stuff to hand out to people on the street witnessingthe Mass (we've got some of this in the works too.)

5. Spreading the word to Critical Mass riders in other cities.

PLEASE Let me know if you might be interested! You can write me backor email katrina@risingtidenorthamerica.org for more info. There will be alot more info at www.risingtidenorthamerica.org really soon as well!

Tandem Bike Stolen

Hey guys,If you wouldn't mind keeping an eye out around the city for Kelly andBrenden's bike......email below from Kel;

Our tandem bike got stolen... which really really sucks. Brenden and I useit as a main source of transportation. It was stolen out of our backyard(near corner of Booth and Sommerset) between 11 pm and 8: 30am. It is white1980s norco tandem with 2 black seats (one racer style and one cruiserstyle). We're offering a cash reward, so if you see anyone riding it/ trying to sell it, please tackle them and be rewarded.

There are very few tandems in this city. Ours is mostly recognizable as having a big mountain-bike like frame.There are pictures of similar looking bikes here (except ours is old andwhite): http://www.norco.com/bikes/spec_tandem.htm

I've emailed basically everyone in the city that I know, but if you know anybike couriers or other folks that might take notice of a tandem, please pass this on.thanks,

kelly kellyfritsch@gmail.com