Since May 1st, commuters in Ottawa have been trading in their car keys for bike locks and filling office bike racks across the city with two-wheelers of all shapes and sizes. Despite the fact that April’s showers joined us in May this year, Bike to Work Month has once again kick-started the summer trend of biking to work.
Led by EnviroCentre in partnership with the City of Ottawa, Bike to Work Month is an annual campaign that promotes the healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyle of biking to work. During the month, cyclists are encouraged to register for the campaign, where they become eligible to win great prizes while providing valuable information about their commute to city planners, allowing them to work toward improving cycling in Ottawa.
As Bike to Work Month came to an end last week, CSED decided to take a closer look at the social enterprises involved in Ottawa’s cycling community and highlight some of their great work. re-Cycles, Cycle Salvation, and Right Bike all worked tirelessly this May to continue to grow the community of cyclists in Ottawa, promote healthy lifestyles, and reduce the city's carbon footprint.
“Our biggest May yet”
For the three social enterprises mentioned above, May is the busiest month of the year. With the cycling community gearing up for the summer and Bike to Work Month in full effect, bike donations, repairs, sales, and tune ups are at their peak.
Let’s take a look at what these organizations were up to last month…
As sister organizations operating out of a single location (473 Bronson Avenue), re-Cycles and Cycle Salvation work alongside each other to repair, recycle, tune-up, and sell bicycles at affordable prices to the Ottawa community. According to Mark Rehder, the Coordinator of re-Cycles, the two organizations sold upwards of 300 bicycles during the months of April and May as people prepared for Bike to Work Month and the rest of the summer. On top of the sales, Paul Wylie, Cycle Salvation’s Operations Manager, said that the organization also served approximately 1000 people throughout the month and received over 120 bike donations, many of which have already been stripped for parts and recycled.
For Right Bike, this year’s Bike to Work Month was the biggest yet. The social enterprise had an incredible amount of bike rentals, sales, and tune-ups throughout the month, due in part to a change in scenery. Earlier this year, the organization transferred operations from its Hintonburg location to a pop-up shop at 366 Rideau Street, operating out of the EnviroCentre office. In addition to the move, Right Bike offered its famous free bike tune-ups at both Ottawa City Hall and Landsdowne during the month. Although the free tune-up offering began as a Bike to Work Month initiative, the City of Ottawa’s “Safer Roads Ottawa” program has supported Right Bike in offering their tune-ups at events and in communities across Ottawa throughout most of the year.
Bike to Work Month may have already come and gone, but the services that these incredible social enterprises provide have not. Visit their websites below to find out more about what they offer year-round:
Right Bike: https://rightbike.org/
Cycle Salvation: https://www.cyclesalvation.org/