Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bike to Work Month?

Bike to Work Month is an annual campaign, run by EnviroCentre in partnership with the City of Ottawa, with the goal of promoting commuter cycling and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Who can participate?

The campaign is meant to celebrate people who choose to commute by bike! To be eligible for a prize you must be 18 years or older.

What is a commute?

A commute is any trip a person regularly takes.  That can be to work, volunteer, post secondary school.  If you think you are commuting, feel free to sign up!

Do I need to create a new account this year?

Yes! You need to register in order to log your commutes and participate. 

How much does it cost to join?

Nothing! Zero dollars! Completely free! We just want you to ride your bike!

How do I sign up?

Go to www.biketoworkottawa.ca and hit the JOIN NOW button. You will be directed to a page where you create a user name and password, fill out a few questions and voila you have signed up!

How do I create a team?

Once you have created your own account, log in and go to the dropdown menu, click on Create a Team and fill out the short form. 

How do I invite people to join my team?

There are two ways to invite people to join your team. Copy the link provided on your team profile page and invite your coworkers by email. Or keep your team searchable by team name or workplace. 

How do I join a team?

Once you have signed up to Bike to Work Month go to the Join a Team page in the drop down menu, you will be able to search by team name or workplace (if your team captain has opted for this feature). 

Why should I join a team?

Teams are great to

  • help each other in finding pleasant routes to work
  • build a bit of a fun competition
  • get workplaces/employers and other colleagues to understand that supporting cycling benefits everyone!

How do you calculate savings for bike vs car?

We are using the CAA Drive Cost Calculator which includes depreciation, maintenance, license and registration, insurance, and average monthly car payments for a 2013 Toyota Corolla. This works out to $0.61/km.

We would love for everyone to become “car free” but you probably still have to pay your insurance and car payments, even if you bike to work.

If you want to know JUST FUEL costs, it is currently estimated at $0.17/km.

How do you calculate the Greenhouse Gas averted for bike vs bus?

This calculation is based on an average OC Transpo vehicle with 45 passengers aboard approx. –OC Transpo data

1.57kg GHG/KM (for the whole bus) divided by 45 passengers is our best estimate for the per person carbon footprint.

Oops! I made a mistake logging my commute – what can I do?

Under kilometres logged, click on the date/commute that you need to fix.

There are two options – you can either delete it entirely, or edit it. Click on which option you prefer. Edit will keep the same date but will allow you to change kilometres but keep the same date stamp. Delete simply makes your entry disappear.

What are the System Requirements for using the Bike to Work Month app?

The app will work on any recent browser. It has been tested on Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Please note that it may not display well on very small screen sizes (like the iPhone 5). 

How do I install the app on my device?

If you use a non-Apple device, you will be prompted to install the application when you sign-up. If you dismissed the prompt when you signed up, you can install the app from the dropdown menu on the right, where you will find an “Install on my device” button.

If you use an Apple mobile device, you will only be able to install the app if it is running iOS 11.3 and above. To install the app simply tap the iOS <I have added an “Action button” icon to the WordPress media library you can insert here> icon, and then the “Add to Home Screen” option.

How do I install the app on my iPhone or iPad?

If you use Safari as your web browser on your Apple device, you can install the app simply by tapping the iOS Action button icon icon and then the “Add to Home Screen” option.