Archive for the ‘Cycling’ Category

Watson Left Out Of Bike Corral Loop

- October 8th, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson doesn’t like that no one at the city told him staff would be hauling away a bike corral from Welly West after some businesses complained.

Here’s Watson today in response to a question on the corral’s removal:

“This was a pilot project that, we were told, was going to last the season and they made a change. I was out there tweeting and supporting this and I thought it was a great initiative. I knew there was some opposition to it by a couple of store owners. My understanding is Coun. Hobbs was consulted and it came as a surprise to me because cycling is something that is important to me and we’ve done a lot of good work and I think that was a very innovative pilot project and we should have stuck it out.”

It’s a little insight into the importance of keeping the mayor in the loop in the Watson administration.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

Cycling Advocates Call For More Infrastructure

- September 14th, 2014

Hot off the press…

Citizens for Safe Cycling Launches 2014 Election Platform

“I Bike, I Vote” campaign calls for more spending on cycling, support “Vision
Zero”

Ottawa (September 15, 2014) Today, Citizens for Safe Cycling (CfSC) launched it’s 2014 election platform, dubbed “I Bike, I Vote.” The platform outlines measures for the next term of council that CfSC believes will help make Ottawa the best cycling city in Canada.

“The ‘I Bike, I Vote’ campaign outlines measures that the next council can take to improve cycling in Ottawa, “ said CfSC municipal campaign coordinator Mike Powell. “Excellent cycling facilities are an important part of a liveable city. It’s important that cyclists of all ability levels feel comfortable riding in their own neighbourhoods. The steps outlined in this campaign help achieve that.”

“I Bike, I Vote” reflects the views of hundreds of cyclists that responded to a survey CfSC conducted over the summer. It calls for four simple, practical actions from the next council that will serve to improve cycling in Ottawa and help the city reach it’s cycling objectives.

These actions are:

1. Link spending on cycling infrastructure to ridership.
2. Support “Vision Zero”, a city free from cycling fatalities.
3. Collaboration. between the city, the NCC and the cycling community.
4. Complete projects that will complete the cycling network, making it easier for Ottawans to bike within their neighbourhood and elsewhere in the city.

“With a large number of open and heavily-contested council races, more than ever every vote will count,” continued Powell. “It is important for cyclists to take advantage of this and make their voice heard and ask candidates for council what they are going to do to improve cycling in this city. For aspiring councillors, it’s important to remember that cycling issues are a major vote determinant for electors.”

To help further inform voters, CfSC will be sending a questionnaire to all registered candidates, asking them their views on a number of important cycling issues. These results will then be posted to the CfSC website later in the municipal campaign.

The full CfSC I Bike, I Vote platform is available at www.bikeottawa.ca .

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

Time For Dooring Reminder Signs?

- September 9th, 2014

This happens too often.

Is it time the city posts these kinds of signs, in addition to the regular education campaign, to remind motorists and their passengers to look before opening?

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

Where The New MUPS Will Go

- June 12th, 2014

Yes, MUPS. Just like it sounds. Another new acronym emerging at City Hall. That would be “multi-use paths.”

I wrote yesterday that the city has confirmed it will install a new path system around Tom Brown Arena so cyclists and pedestrians don’t have to deal with the narrow routes over the O-Train tracks. It’s part of the Scott-Albert redesign and bus detour.

That means people no longer will have to slog up the hill behind the arena to access Albert St.

Here’s what the MUPS will look like:

Where new paths will be built around Tom Brown Arena.

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.

What People Are Saying About Sharrows

- June 4th, 2014

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Follow City Hall reporter Jon Willing on Twitter at @JonathanWilling and at ottawasun.com.