It’s a beautiful day in Ottawa: get out on a bike!

Photo credit: gobiking.ca

Happy long weekend Ottawa!

It is a beautiful day today, and we hope the wonderful weather continues. So what better way to enjoy Ottawa than to get out and enjoy the city by bike?

We’re told there are more than 170 kilometres of bike paths in the city: check out the maps from the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission, or visit www.gobiking.ca for a great snapshot of the top trails.

Don’t have a bike? No problem.

Photo credit: OutdoorOttawa.com

This week the NCC installed seven BIXI bike stations in downtown Ottawa, and three more in Gatineau.

Here they are (via CTV Ottawa):

Ottawa locations:

  • Elgin/Queen: at the intersection of Elgin and Queen Streets
  • William/Rideau: close to the intersection of William and Rideau Streets
  • Booth/Vimy: close to the intersection of Booth Street and Vimy Place
  • Lyon/Queen: at the intersection of Lyon and Queen Streets
  • O’Connor/Queen: at the intersection of O’Connor and Queen Streets
  • York/Dalhousie: at the intersection of York and Dalhousie Streets
  • Murray/Mackenzie: at the intersection of Murray Street and Mackenzie Avenue

Gatineau locations:

  • Du Portage/Laval: at the intersection of Promenade du Portage and Laval Street
  • Des Allumettières/Laurier: at the intersection of Des Allumettières Boulevard and Laurier Street
  • Alexandre-Tâché/Montcalm: at the intersection of Alexandre-Taché Boulevard and Montcalm Street

All together, 100 bikes are available around the city for just $5 per day, $12 for three days, or you can get a month or year-long subscription.  We doubt that is enough bicycles to sustain Ottawa’s cycling needs – so if you’re still on the hunt for a quick rental, you can also check out: www.rentabike.ca.

Interested in local biking events and other bicycle news? Check out Citizen Cycle, a growing cycling website powered by the Ottawa Citizen.

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