- Published: Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:34
The 42nd season of Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays begins this Sunday, May 20, 2012. This program is presented by the National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with title sponsor Alcatel-Lucent and volunteers from KPMG LLP, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Red Cross and Tommy & Lefebvre.
Every Sunday morning until Labour Day weekend, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy more than 50 kilometres of scenic parkways in the heart of the Capital and Gatineau Park that are closed to motorized traffic and reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.
“For a 42nd season, the NCC offers car-free parkways to residents and visitors to the Capital on Sundays,” said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer at the NCC. “Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays is a scenic and safe opportunity to enjoy the Capital Region and discover all of its natural and cultural attractions.”
“At Alcatel-Lucent, we are proud of our long standing partnership with the National Capital Commission to present Sunday Bikedays. It is rewarding to see people enjoy this healthy, eco-conscious activity,” said Steve McCaughan, Vice President and General Manager, IP Division at Alcatel-Lucent. “By encouraging the use of bikes and means of transportation other than motor vehicles, we can all have a positive impact on our community and the environment.”
PARKWAYS RESERVED FOR ALCATEL-LUCENT SUNDAY BIKEDAYS: OTTAWA
Ottawa River Parkway — 9 am to 1 pm
The westbound lanes of the Ottawa River Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, are closed to motorized traffic from 9 am to 1 pm, from Vimy Place (Canadian War Museum) to Carling Avenue. The Parkway is monitored by volunteers from Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. (Length: 5.5 kilometres)
* May 27, 2012: Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays will not take place on the Ottawa River Parkway due to the Ottawa Race Weekend.
Colonel By Drive — 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of Colonel By Drive, located on the east side of the Rideau Canal in the heart of the Capital, are closed to motorized traffic from 9 am to 1 pm, from the Laurier Bridge to the Hog’s Back Bridge. The Parkway is monitored by volunteers from KPMG LLP. (Length: 7.6 kilometres)
* May 27, 2012: Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays will not take place on Colonel By Drive due to the Ottawa Race Weekend.
Rockcliffe Parkway — 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of the Rockcliffe Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, are closed to motorized traffic from 9 am to 1 pm, from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orleans. The Parkway is monitored by volunteers from the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Canadian Red Cross. (Length: 8.4 kilometres)
Tommy & Lefebvre will provide mobile bike technicians that will be patrolling all three parkways during the Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays season. These patrollers will offer assistance to cyclists in need of minor bike repairs as well as general cycling information and tips.
* Parkways in Ottawa will not be accessible for Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays on Sunday July 1st, Canada Day. Parkways in Gatineau will remain accessible.
PARKWAYS RESERVED FOR ALCATEL-LUCENT SUNDAY BIKEDAYS: GATINEAU PARK
The Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Parkways, which are ideal destinations for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills, are closed to motorized traffic from 6 am to 11 am. One section, to the north of Lac-Meech Road, is ideal for families with young children and is closed for two additional hours, from 6 am to 1 pm. (Length: 30.5 kilometres)
CLINICS – SUMMER 2012
Once again this year, representatives from the Alcatel-Lucent Switchbacks will be on hand to offer free bike checks.
Club: Alcatel-Lucent Switchbacks
Clinic: Free Bike Checks
Location: Colonel By Drive (near Pretoria Bridge)
Date and Time: Every Sunday, from May 20 to September 2, from 9 am to 1 pm
Members of the Ottawa Public Health and the Pathway Patrol will offer instructional sessions on helmet fitting and recreational safety tips for the whole family.
Clubs: Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Clinic: Helmet fitting information and recreational safety
Location, Date, Time: Ottawa Public Health: Ottawa River Parkway, July 8 and July 22
(rain date: July 29), from 9 am to 1 pm.
Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services: Colonel By Drive near Clegg Street and Echo Drive, June 10 and August 12, from 9 am to 1 pm.
For more information about the Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays activity, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/biking.
Source : Jasmine Leduc, NCC Media Relations.