Archive for the ‘Cycling’ Category

Do Not Screw With The Segregated Bike Lane

- March 21st, 2014

Do not screw with the city’s segregated bike lane on Laurier Ave. People will get city management on you, STAT.

(By the way, I find it fascinating this driver either backed into the bike lane or drove forward on it and parked. Is it possible the bike lanes are confusing to motorists? Do some people think this is segregated car parking? I don’t really mean this sarcastically. Do they?)

I didn’t include all the tweets from people who participated in this lengthy conversation. There were many. And, there were pictures of more offenders.

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

Record Month For Bike Lanes

- May 31st, 2012

May 2012 is poised to be the busiest month for the Laurier Ave. segregated bike lanes since they were constructed last summer. According to the online counter, we’re closing in on 50,000 rides for the month.

You might have read that a group called the Bay Bronson Residents Action Group for Fair Access to the Road — more easily remembered by its acronym, BBRAGFAR — wants changes to the bike lanes.

A friend of mine pointed out a cheeky bike lane supporter managed to snag bbragfar.ca to proclaim, “Everyday thousands of cyclists use the Laurier Bike Lane…”

Reviewing The City’s Transportation Bible

- May 15th, 2012

This is going to be an interesting exercise.

Really, all the master plan reviews are intriguing in different ways, but the transportation master plan has such a strong focus at City Hall and messing with any of the priorities in the document could start some battles.

I saw a hint of this recently while writing about how the western corridor LRT extension. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley wants to improve rapid transit going west to his neck of the woods, and Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches talked about bringing rail into Riverside South in a more timely manner.

The city will take a hard look at what it can realistically do by 2031 and what it can afford.

What about this: Does running LRT farther east make more sense in the shorter term than trying to navigate the tricky extension to Lincoln Fields? Bringing LRT to Orleans is not part of the current transportation master plan, while the Baseline Station (via Lincoln Fields) LRT extension is.

Then there are the road projects. Should West Hunt Club Rd. be widened from four to six lanes by 2031, as suggested in the plan? Are there better road widening priorities?

Mayor Jim Watson has talked about keeping focus on the immediate transit projects, like the downtown LRT system, but this council obviously can’t avoid taking a long-term view of transportation planning.

The transportation committee is going to have some fun.

Raised Bike Lanes For Churchill Ave.

- May 4th, 2012

Churchill Ave. will be torn up this year to renew the underground infrastructure and receive a facelift on the surface.

You’ll notice the city is installing a raised cycling lane between the sidewalk and the road. It’s not quite a segregated bike lane like the one on Laurier Ave., but it removes cyclists from traffic and Churchill Ave. is a busy, narrow street.

“Everything we do, I’m pushing for cycling,” Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs said.

As roads are torn up under the city’s massive reconstruction program, we could see more of this kind of cycling infrastructure.

Avid cyclists will be able to point out other areas that have a similar raised lane in Ottawa, but the street that immediately came to mind for me was this small stretch of Percy St. between Centretown and the Glebe.

Bike Shelter Under Shelter

- October 20th, 2011

If you have been around City Hall lately you have noticed the crazy amount of construction on and around the property.

Some work is being done on the heritage wing and we have the Rink of Dreams being dug out on the front lawn. Across City Hall on Lisgar St., there’s a new condo high rise going up.

Then we have a bike shelter project near the Lisgar St. entrance at City Hall.

A sign tells us it’s a stimulus project and while I don’t know the exact cost of the project, this report tells me there is $500,000 in all bike shelter work in the city’s stimulus project budget.

I can only assume the work will be complete by the Oct. 31 deadline.

Just wondering, does anyone know how this bike shelter is going to function?

There looks to be a gate being constructed where the bike racks were, and when I first saw that a bike shelter was being constructed, I thought it was odd it would be built under an existing shelter.

I talked about it with some observers at City Hall earlier, but no one really knows how this shelter will operate.

Little help?

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