Preston Street embraces the power of the pedal

Little Italy
Little Italy

Why Sakto Corporation is the title sponsor for Ottawa’s first CycloFest

On May 8, Ottawa’s Little Italy will play host to the city’s first ever CycloFest. It’s a fitting celebration of all things related to the humble bicycle, given the recent opening of the Trillium line multi-use pathway just west of Preston Street.  

For the team at Sakto Corporation, it only makes sense for Preston Street to be a centre of all things cycle-related. It’s the natural conduit between Dow’s Lake and the Rideau Canal, and the river scenery of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, which itself is the setting for the NOKIA Sunday Bike Days each summer.  

In fact, Sakto Corporation is the title sponsor for CycloFest.  

“As an organization that has been active in the Preston community for almost 30 years, we’re quite excited to be part of this event,” said Sean Murray, President and CEO of Sakto Corporation. “Bringing a bike path to this community is something we’ve fought hard for. A big percentage of our commercial tenants’ employees cycle to work.”  

Sakto Corporation has a mixed-use property portfolio of around 750,000 square feet over six acres on Preston Street. It’s those blue-green towers adjacent to the Queensway — Preston Square.  

How devoted is the Sakto team to getting more people to pedal? Preston Square offers secure bicycle storage for all commercial tenants, as well as outside bike racks and complimentary shower facilities. But anyone who finds themselves in need of emergency help – be it first aid, a tire pump, or a tire repair kit – is welcome to stop by the Preston Square security office at any time.  

This bicycle-friendly approach is all part of Sakto Corporation’s effort to help Preston Street earn a “Bicycle-Friendly Business Area” stamp of approval from the Ontario by Bike Network.  

Come out and bring your pedal power  

CycloFest was borne out of the recognition that Little Italy now represents the ideal urban neighbourhood for those who want multiple transportation options, including a cycling-friendly lifestyle.  

The festival will include a wide range of activities that will offer fun for the whole family. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 8, the street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Carling and Gladstone, giving people and their wheels – be they bikes, rollerblades, scooters or boards – plenty of room to roam and enjoy the festivities.  

CycloFest is free and everyone is welcome to attend. To learn more, please visit