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Bicycle Parking

Public Bike Parking in Ottawa


The City of Ottawa offers a number of options for parking your bike:

  • At city-owned parking lots and garages
  • Bike racks at various Transitway and LRT stations
  • Bike racks at City of Ottawa Client Service Centres, community and recreation centres, and parks
  • Permanent bike racks (Ring and Post, multi-ring) as well as advertising-based seasonal bike racks along the street (April to November)
  • Bike Corral Program – seasonal bike corrals can be found at the following locations from April to November: 
    • Centretown
      • MacLaren and Bank streets
      • Gloucester and Bank streets
      • Cooper and Bank streets
    • Glebe
      • Second Avenue and Bank Street
      • Glebe Avenue and Bank Street
    • Westboro
      • Golden Avenue and Richmond Road
    • Wellington West
      • Wellington Street West and Fairmount Avenue
  • OC Transpo offers secure bike parking at at Greenboro, Strandherd, St-Laurent, and Fallowfield Stations.

Winter bike parking

The City of Ottawa is currently piloting an initiative where bike racks in close proximity of essential services (such as grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) will be maintained, allowing cyclists to use them throughout the winter months. This winter, bike parking will be available at the following locations:

  • 760 Somerset Street West 
  • 1057 Wellington Street West 
  • 1069 Wellington Street West 
  • 1085 Wellington Street West 
  • 1101 Wellington Street West 
  • 1130 Wellington Street West 
  • 1188 Wellington Street West 
  • 1308 Wellington Street West 
  • 1399 Wellington Street West 
  • 300 Richmond Road
  • 298 Richmond Road 
  • 410 Richmond Road
  • 1355 Wellington Street West 
  • 111 Albert Street
  • 174 Bank Street
  • 752 Somerset Street West
  • 712 Somerset Street West
  • 793 Somerset Street West
  • 794 Somerset Street West
  • 225 Preston Street
  • 304 Preston Street
  • 276 Bank Street 
  • 296 Bank Street 
  • 326 Bank Street
  • 375 Bank Street
  • 455 Bank Street
  • 386 Bank Street
  • 754 Bank Street
  • 702 Bank Street
  • 778 Bank Street
  • 738 Bank Street
  • 869 Bank Street
  • 264 Elgin Street
  • 280 Elgin Street
  • 50 Rideau Street
  • 200 Rideau Street
  • 306 Rideau Street
  • 322 Rideau Street
  • 363 Rideau Street

Request a New Bike Rack or a Replacement Rack on Public Property

Are you aware of a location in the public space where bike parking is unavailable or insufficient? Please submit requests for new or replacement bike racks to Please include an address or intersection of the request and any relevant details, including pictures (optional). We will respond to all inquiries within five (5) business days.

We will assess all requests to identify the bike parking solution that is best supported. The outcome may be influenced by space constraints or other factors, such as visibility, accessibility and sidewalk conditions. Where a need for bike parking is identified, locations will be prioritized for installation

As part of the City’s Public Bike Parking Strategy, we plan to offer more types of bike parking services in the future.

Report a Damaged Bike Rack, or an Abandoned Bicycle

If you notice a bike rack on a public right of way is damaged, or you want to report an abandoned bike, please call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1. Please be ready to provide an address or intersection, and any relevant details.

Public Bike Parking Strategy

On April 14, 2021, Ottawa City Council approved the Public Bike Parking Strategy(link is external) and Implementation Plan.

The Public Bike Parking Strategy provides us with a framework to shape the way our City responds to the needs of our residents. As we build the Public Bike Parking Program, we will be following through on the Strategy’s recommendations — like developing a Bike Parking Index tool, restructuring the parking request intake process, and establishing program-related roles, responsibilities and timelines as we move forward in 2021. Over the next three (3) years, expect to see upgrades in technology, more secure bike parking options, and other innovative programs.

Things to look forward to as we develop the Public Bike Parking Program include:

  • A streamlined, customer-focused bike parking request intake process, which will make it easier for residents and visitors to provide feedback on all matters related to bike parking where they live, work, shop and play
  • A data-driven & proactive approach to bike parking installation and maintenance
  • Forward-thinking bike parking solutions that account for emerging trends in active transportation
  • Public access to bike parking information; and
  • Research and development of more secure bike-parking options in the City, which meet the needs of commuters, residents, business owners and visitors.

If you have any questions related to the Public Bike Parking Strategy or the Public Bike Parking Program, please contact

Bike Racks on Private Property

Does your organization require bike parking for its staff or patrons? Hello Vélo – a new initiative by Parking Services – incentivizes private organizations (such as local businesses) by subsidizing 50 per cent of the cost when purchasing a bike rack from the City’s inventory. 


A poster describing how to request a new bike rack for private property

Only while quantities last! Black 4-ring “hanger” bike racks can be purchased for $400 plus tax, which is 50% off our bulk purchase cost. A fantastic deal! 

Photo d'un porte-vélos à 4 anneaux

Interested in getting a new bike rack for your organization? Please email and Parking Services will help you place your order. Please note that we only accept payments via e-transfer and that your organization will be responsible for pick-up and installation. 

Are you looking for bike parking zoning requirements for your development or business?

Do you want to make your business more bicycle friendly?

Bike Safety Tips

No matter how you secure your bike, make sure it’s registered.

Looking for some tips on keeping your bike safe?


Bike Repair Station

Tube Replacement Instructions

  1. Remove the wheel from your bike.
  2. Inspect the outside of the tire for glass or anything else poking out. Remove if found.
  3. Deflate the tire completely by letting the air out of the tube.
  4. Opposite the valve, wedge two tire levers (not a screwdriver!), next to each other, between the tube and the rim.
  5. Hold one tire lever in place and slowly work the other lever away from you, prying one side of the tire off of the rim. The edge of the tire you are prying against is called the bead.
  6. When one side is removed, remove the tire levers and pull the other bead off the rim.
  7. Inspect the inside of the tire for glass or anything else poking out. If there is a large hole in the tire, such that the inner tube can poke through, you may need to apply a temporary tire boot, and consider replacing the tire.
  8. Inspect the band of rubber, plastic, or cloth tape on the rim. Make sure it is covering the spoke holes on the rim.
  9. Put one tire bead back on to the rim.
  10. Inflate the new or patched tube a bit. This will make the next steps easier.
  11. Put the valve through the proper hole on the rim.
  12. Slowly work the tube inside the tire and on to the rim.
  13. Put the other bead of the tire back on the rim. If possible, do not use tire levers to do this. Use your hands instead.
  14. Once both beads are on the tire, using your hands, pry between the rim and the tire and make sure the tube is not sticking out anywhere. Do this on both sides of the tire.
  15. Inflate the tire to the pressure range recommended.
  16. Re-install the wheel onto your bike.

Manual Pump - Instructions 

1. Read the pressure range from the side of the tire.
2. Remove the cap from the tire valve. On Presta valves, loosen the tip of the valve.
3. Connect the tire valve to the pump nozzle and flip the lever up.
4. Using both hands, move the pump handle up and down. Stop when the desired pressure is reached.
5. Flip down nozzle lever and remove the nozzle from the tire.
6. Replace the cap on the tire valve. On Presta valves, re-tighten the tip of the valve first.
7. Happy riding!

Videos: Bicycle Repair Stations

Changing Tire
*Guitar strumming*

How to change a tire

Place seat onto stand
Remove wheel from bicycle
Deflate the tube by pushing valve
Break the seal between the tire bead and the rim
Use the leaver to pull tire bead over the rim
Slide lever around the wheel
Remove the tube and hang safety off the ground
Remove tire, and inspect tire and wheel for debris and damage
Re-mount one tire bead mount tube at valve hole
Tuck the tube into the tire
Starting at the valve stem mount the other bead hook
Apply pressure evenly with both hands around to the opposite side of the valve stem inflate your tire (see “how to pump a tire” video)
Remount wheel into frame
Patching Tire
*Guitar strumming*

How to patch a tire

Before you watch this:

complete steps 1 to 7 of “how to change a tire”
Inflate tube as full as possible (see ‘How to pump a tire’ video)
Maneuver tube to listen and feel for air escaping
Identify the puncture and circle it with a marker
Open your patch kit
Choose the sandpaper, sand an area larger than the patch, until darker
Apply glue
Spread glue to a larger area than the patch
Wait 3-5 min for glue to dry
Test by touching edge (glue should be tacky)
Select patch from the kit
Firmly place the patch
Roll finger to make sure the full surface area is covered
Now, refer back to ‘how to change a tire’ at the appropriate step:

If the tire may be damaged, proceed to Step 8. Otherwise, go to step 9.
Perform a visual inspection before riding
Pumping Tire
*Guitar strumming*

How to pump a tire

Remove valve cap
Presta valve and Schrader valve
Loosen Presta valve and press to release air
Unscrew Schrader cap, and place pump chuck
Place the correct style of pump chuck onto the valve and lock into place.
Note: there are 2 different slots in the pump head depending on which type of valve you have
Pump and monitor the gauge.
Inflate to recommended PSI, and defer to lower range on tire
Close lever to unlock
Screw in Presta valve, install valve cap and tighten lock ring
Preform a final visual inspection before riding 
Troubleshooting the pump:  

*guitar strumming*