Power of the Crowd for an Active City Agenda


613 Update is a weekly email digest that connects those who care about a more active Ottawa of tomorrow, and tells their stories. The update has 5 sections:

  1. Parkways for People – reimagining the parkways as space for people
  2. Word on the Street – key discussions in the community
  3. This Week’s Big Idea – concepts for change
  4. Stand Up For Something – be heard; get involved
  5. Bike Ottawa Suggested Reading – great articles worth a look

613 Update Archives
(posted with a week or two delay) 

2022-05-19. Crunch Time for Lansdowne

2022-05-12. We’re Celebrating this Saturday at 2pm

2022-05-05. Your Summer Parkways Schedule, Including One Bonus You Might Have Missed

2022-04-28. Ottawa Could Build a Complete Bike Network Now By Front Loading 25 Years of Spending

2022-04-21. Drop Off Your Hazardous Waste by Bike, at Tunney’s Pasture on Sunday around Noon

2022-04-14. This is How to Flatten the Hills on the Gatineau Park Parkways

2022-04-07. Meet for Coffee at Champlain Lookout?

2022-03-31. Join Us for a Critical Mass Ride?

2022-03-24. Two Critical Discussions Shaping the Capital Region

2022-03-10. On March 29, Hear NCC Plans for the Gatineau Park Parkways

2022-03-03. What’s In Store For the Gatineau Park in 2022?

2022-02-24. 7 Important Wins Are In Reach Following The Occupation

2022-02-17. Retractable Bollards For the Win

2022-02-10. Occupiers Are Making the Case for a Car-Free Wellington St.

2022-02-03. As Big a Change Today as the Canal Skateway was in the 1970s

2022-01-27. 25 New National Parks are Coming … What About One in Central Ottawa?

2022-01-20. Could Free Transit be an Election Issue This Year?

2022-01-13. 7 Ideas for Transforming the Canal Parkways

2022-01-06. Decisions are Coming on 2022 Active Parkways 

2021-12-09. One Action to Connect All the Bike Lanes Near the Rideau Centre 

2021-12-02. Now That We Have Your Attention … 

2021-11-25. Canada’s First Active Superhighway?

2021-11-18. A $250m Green Bond Could Build 25 Years of Bike Infra Now 

2021-11-11. You Are Invited to Our Ottawa 2022 Budget Boot Camp 

2021-11-04. Ottawa’s 2022 Budget to Spend More on Parking than Biking 

2021-10-28. 6 Amazing Ideas for the QED Parkway 

2021-10-21. A New Urban National Park in Ottawa? 

2021-10-14. How to Do a Decade of Bike Infrastructure in a Year 

2021-10-07. 2 Proposals for a Better Queen Elizabeth Driveway

2021-09-30. Ottawa’s bike network in 2045 

2021-09-23. On Saturday, vote with your feet, bike, scooter, … 

2021-09-16. The return of street hockey 

2021-09-09. Introducing Parkways for People 

2021-07-29. 80% increase in biking when painted lanes turn into protected lanes 

2021-07-22. Let’s build an Ottawa SuperPark 

2021-07-12. Power of the crowd

2021-07-05. 5000 a day

2021-06-28. Bike path or parking garage? 

Neil Saravanamuttoo, the former chief economist of the G20’s Global Infrastructure Hub, is the curator of 613 Update and principal behind the Social Motion Project. He can be reached at neil@socialmotion.ca