If you live in the national capital region, it’s time to put some air in your bike tires and hit the (car free) road for another season!
The Nokia Sunday bike days starts today. Here is where you can ride your bike without having to deal with car traffic:
Car-free Ottawa parkways
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (9 kilometres ): 9 am to 1 pm
The westbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, located on the south side of the Ottawa River just west of the downtown core, from Booth Street to Carling Avenue. The parkway is monitored by NCC volunteers.
Colonel By Drive (8 kilometres): 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of Colonel By Drive, located on the east side of the Rideau Canal, from Daly Street to the Hog’s Back Bridge. The parkway is monitored by volunteers from Gowling WLG.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway (8 kilometres): 9 am to 1 pm
Both lanes of the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway, running along the south side of the Ottawa River, just east of the downtown core, from the Aviation Parkway to St. Joseph Boulevard in Orléans. The parkway is monitored by volunteers from the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario.
* NOKIA Sunday Bikedays will not be held on Colonel By Drive, Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway on Sunday, May 28, for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.
Car-free Gatineau Park parkways
The Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways, which are ideal destinations for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy steep hills, are closed to motor vehicles from 6 am to 11 am. One section (3.5 kilometres), to the north of Chemin du Lac-Meech, is ideal for families with young children, and is closed for two additional hours, from 6 am to 1 pm. (Length: 30.5 kilometres)