We hear from people everyday who have questions about commuter cycling. We have put together some of the most common themes to help you find answers. Below are resources to help you feel more confident and prepared for cycling in Ottawa.

Getting started

Biking basics (video)

Bicycle Commuting Basics (article)

MTO cycling guide/Rules of the Road (online booklet)

MTO young cyclists guide (online booklet)

Route planning

2017 City of Ottawa Cycling Map (PDF)

City of Ottawa Cycling Map (website) – After zooming in be sure to select “I want to > See a legend”

Google Maps (look for the bike icon when using directions)

NCC Pathways (website)

OC Transpo Rack and Roll (website)

How to videos

Bike Helmets 101

How to Fix a Flat Tire

Rack and Roll


Sharrows and Bike Boxes

Turning left on to a side street

Community resources

City of Ottawa Cycling (website)

City of Ottawa: Cycling in the City (newsletter)



VeloGo (Bike Share)

Vrtucar (Car Share)

Cycling organizations

CanBike Canada

Citizens for Safe Cycling

Kanata Nepean Bicycle Club

Ontario by Bike

Ottawa Bicycle Club

Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Sustainable transportation

Don’t want to bike? Not to worry, there are lots of other ways to enjoy your commute, save money and reduce stress. Why not look into a carpooling option? You could join OttawaRide Match and find local partners.

Transit is a great solution too. Check out the OC Transpo route planner and give it a try for a week. (We secretly love the bus to catch up on our reading sometimes!)