We help Ottawa residents get around and stay healthy through community bike repair events and bike mechanics training programs.

As a member of the Causeway Group of Social Businesses our mission is to offer training and supportive employment, providing a bridge to economic independence for those living with mental health challenges and other barriers to employment.


Free Bike Tune-up Events

We're working with community partners to promote bike safety all over the city. 

You've probably seen our crew in your neighborhood or at Ottawa City Hall. We've been working with municipal agencies, community associations, nonprofits and employers create access to free, quick bike tune-ups since 2014.

Contact us today to bring our crew to your next community, work or private event. 

Bike Share Solutions

Promote sustainability and healthy lifestyle choices at your office, campus or community.

We started out in 2011 as a community-based bike share service in Ottawa's Hintonburg and Wellington West neighborhoods. As the city has evolved, so has our bike share service. 

Right Bike is now working with clients like Carleton University, Algonquin College, QuadReal Property Group, Town of Mississippi Mills and the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce to bring our signature purple bikes to their communities. 

We provide:

  • A set of our famous refurbished vintage purple bikes with baskets
  • A lock and key for each bike
  • Maintenance coverage for each bikes
  • The installation of a secure bike rack with a sign explaining the service
  • Insurance covering the service

Contact us to talk about how we can design a customized bike share solution for your community. 

Ottawa Bicycle Academy

The place to learn bike mechanics. 

Launched in 2014, the Ottawa Bicycle Academy is educational program within Right Bike dedicated to training in bicycle mechanics for people looking to start a career in the field or just to learn how to maintain their own bikes.

Over the past few years we have been working with organizations like the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Safer Roads Ottawa, Pathway Patrol and the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre to deliver customized bike mechanics training to specific groups. 

Contact us to talk about training options for your group. 

Bike donations

We take old bikes and turn them into supportive jobs. 

Donated bikes are refurbished using a multi-point process and sold back to the public at fair prices. This diverts bikes from landfill, promotes cycling and helps us to provide supportive jobs and training to members of the community with disabilities and other barriers to employment. 

Donations of used adult bikes for Right Bike and our sister company Cycle Salvation can be dropped off at the following locations: 

  • Cycle Salvation: 473 Bronson Ave (Centretown)
  • Heartwood House: 404 McArthur Ave (Vanier) 

Our story

We help Ottawa residents and visitors get around and stay healthy with friendly bike repair events, workshops and bike share solutions. As a member of the Causeway Group of Social Businesses our mission is to offer training and supportive employment, providing a bridge to economic independence for those living with mental health challenges and other barriers to employment. 

Right Bike was originally conceived by a business improvement association and a grassroots environmental organization as a means to build community and reduce congestion in Ottawa West. In 2011 the concept was brought to Causeway Work Centre to explore its potential for job creation and training.

From 2012 to 2015 we delivered Ottawa's community-based bike share service with our signature fleet of refurbished purple bikes. Over that time, the program spread from three hubs in one neighborhood to 18 hubs in 12 neighborhoods. 

While our services have changed and evolved since we started out, our mission has stayed the same. So far, we have trained and employed over 50 members of the community who are working to overcome barriers to employment. 

Our partners

For more than 80 years, United Way Ottawa has been working to make our city great for everyone. As well as our research and advocacy work, we invest in the most effective local programs to create opportunities and change lives forever. We have been supported by United Way Ottawa since 2014. 

EnviroCentre brings environmental change to life by offering people, organizations and communities across Ottawa and the province practical solutions to lighten their environmental impact in lasting ways. EnviroCentre provided space for our pop-up bike shop at 366 Rideau Street for the 2017 season.  

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa. We work with Safer Roads to deliver free bike tune-up events at City Hall and in neighbourhoods across Ottawa.

Zibi is a world-class sustainable community and redevelopment project by Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. Zibi has been providing us with logistical support since 2015. 

The Causeway Group of Social Businesses

Right Bike is a member of the Causeway Group of Social Businesses. Causeway Work Centre transforms lives and fuels community economic development in the Ottawa region through an integrated network of innovative training and employment programs, one-on-one support, cross-sector partnerships and by creating socially minded businesses.

Cycle Salvation

Cycle Salvation is a social business that provides employment opportunities refurbishing donated bikes using a multi-point process. They offer bikes to the public at affordable prices from their store at 473 Bronson Avenue in Ottawa.

Good Nature Groundskeeping

Good Nature Groundskeeping is a social business that provides professional quality landscaping services and provides supportive employment opportunities and skills training in landscaping and yard maintenance.

Krackers Katering

Krackers Katering is a social business that offers exceptional quality catering services in Ottawa and provides supportive employment opportunities and culinary skills training.