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.

Categories: Cycling

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3 comments

  1. JFJ says:

    Getting sillier and sillier. Cyclists as pedestrians on wheels and exposing them at greater risk. Katherine Hobbs is a menace who really doesn’t have a clue.

  2. eric says:

    Do you have the metrics to claim this as a “busy, narrow street”?

  3. Les Humphreys says:

    This design of bicycle path was tried in Britain in the 1930s and extebded along many niles of arterial road including the A4, A10, A406, A54, A12, A1 to name but a few. At intersections, even those of minor streets, cyclists were forced to come to a stop when traffic entering the arterial from a side street blocked the bike path. As a result, cycliists avoided using the bicycle paths and unlimately, the system was abandoned.

    The same problem will exist with the Churchill Avenue proposal, except that the issue will be compounded because of the many driveway accesss belonging to households along the road.

    I believe these hazards will make the bicycle path more dangerous than the road.

    Les Humphreys 613-256-2498

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