significantly investing in biking infrastructure
Bridget Mallon photographed at Mint Hair Studio in Hintonburg.
I recently photographed communications strategist Bridget Mallon at a Hintonburg Happening event. It wasn’t surprising to see Bridget out supporting her favourite neightbourhood – like so many people who either live in/or just love Hintonburg, Bridget is always out supporting the many creative events that help paint Hintonburg as Ottawa’s creative neighbourhood. Bridget also loves Ottawa’s continued and great access to green-space, nature and wilderness, but is also really enjoying how Ottawa is evolving as a progressive urban city. “Compared to ten years ago, I love that we have many more interesting restaurants and watering holes, more creative food, and thriving fashion, arts and culture scenes.” Bridget is also really loving that Ottawa, albeit slow off the mark, is making significant investments in bike infrastructure and better public transportation.
© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project
Bridget’s favourite Ottawa restaurants and cafes are mostly all walking or biking distance from home, and are all very much about the people who are behind them. “Summer at the Hintonburg Public House, George and Donna at BackLane Café, Ian and Big Al at Cyclelogik Powered by Caffeine, the Elmdale Tavern, Lisa at Tennessy Willems, Tracy at the MoonRoom.” We’re all so lucky that Ottawa is in the midst of an independent restaurant explosion, which so many great locally owned and run restaurants to choose from.
Bridget is also a fan and supporter of the local music scene with the likes of Tribe Called Red, Sounds of Lions and Sue Foley – and when asked if she has a favourite venue, her answer was all about the festivals. “All the ‘fests!! Arboretum Fest, House of PainT were especially great last year. And of course Westfest and Bluesfest.” A cool note to make, is that one of Bridget’s favourite Ottawa non-profits Citizens for Safe Cycling, offered free bike valet parking this year at Bluesfest.
I love asking people if they have any hidden gems in Ottawa – I’ve learned so many new things about Ottawa by asking. Bridget has a favourite space, it’s the Fumihiko Maki designed glass building on Sussex that’s home to the Aga Khan Foundation. “It’s the most peaceful space I’ve ever entered. The Aga Khan is passionate about architecture and how the built environment can improve the quality of life – it’s worth going to check it out!”