selling the Bells Corners brand

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I did my best to plug Bells Corners at the Citizens for Safe Cycling conference, since prominent journalists and powerful decision-makers were present. Eric and Charles, arguably Ottawa’s most popular and influential bloggers, were also there.
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CfSC president Hans introduced Paul Dewar, the first presenter at the sold-out event. Whatever you think of the NDP, you have to admit that it’s the bike-friendliest political party. Here’s Jack giving a great biking speech.
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I followed the (bike-unfriendly?) chair of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee. That’s the first Bells Corners slide projected on the Knoxdale-Merivale councillor.
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Coun. Egli announced that there’s a good chance that a velodrome will soon be constructed somewhere in Nepean. Obviously Barrhaven wants it (Jan Harder just bought a bike!), and Rick will want to locate it near the Bells Corners skateboard park, but our new velodrome will probably be located in Knoxdale-Merivale ward.
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CfSC events are quite popular.
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Many of the participants arrived by bike at the Causeway Work Centre, located in livable Wellington West, near the Somerset bridge.
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Homemade cookies were served.
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Door prizes were amazing.
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The NCC presentation was especially interesting. We won’t be getting any more bIXIs this year but the NCC has many other cycling-friendly projects that will continue in spite of its “dismemberment.”
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I’d heard of the Pathway Patrol but I hadn’t realized how great they were.
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We have GOT to get the Envirocentre people out to Bells Corners, in our schools or at a community Fun Day.
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My favourite bike shop (after Recyclore and Frank Dinardo’s, of course) is ridemore.ca.
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Peter, a CfSC and Recyclore volunteer, made the seat covers.
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A former CfSC president who is now one of the City of Ottawa’s top planners gave the day’s most interesting presentation.
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Cycling numbers are way up, but is there enough political will to take it to the next level?
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An important council decision will soon be made, and many of our politicians are strong advocates of suburban sprawl and car-centric planning.
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At least Rick’s not on it.
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I praised Bells Corners to the rooftops, especially its strategic location surrounded by the Greenbelt.
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We’re well connected to all parts of the city thanks to the NCC pathways.
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We’re so lucky to have active transportation corridors on our doorstep – it should be central to our efforts to sell the Bells Corners brand, which might help generate more local economic activity and meaningful job creation.
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But I didn’t sugarcoat it – we have four major weaknesses that need to be addressed.
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