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City of Ottawa Cycling Newsletter

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Cycling in the City – April 2015

O’Connor Street Bikeway

Sketch of proposed bikeway
The City has developed a recommended plan for a new cycling facility along O’Connor Street between Wellington Street and Glebe Avenue. The plan achieves the goal for a cross-town bikeway linking Confederation Boulevard, the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe. This new facility will require reallocating the existing road space between the curbs. For most of the project length, a separated bi-directional bikeway on the eastside of the road is proposed. Pre-cast concrete curbs, paint and flexible bollards will be used to separate the cycling facility from the adjacent traffic lanes.

The current proposal identifies that the project would be constructed in two segments; with the first segment, Laurier Avenue to Glebe Avenue, tentatively planned to begin in 2016. The second segment will be undertaken following the construction of the Confederation Line. More information about the project, including a plan showing all of the proposed changes, is available on the project webpage.

May is Bike to Work Month

Photos of bike to work month 2014
May 2015 is Bike to Work month in Ottawa. Kick off the spring season by biking to work and participating in our online pledge. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist, or getting back on your bike for the first time in years, Bike to Work Month is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your commute and show your support for cycling. Plus you can win great prizes! Participate by:

  • Registering for the free online pledge (open now!). You can register as an individual or as part of a workplace team and be eligible to win fabulous prizes; and
  • Engaging your workplace by booking one of our popular Lunch & Learn presentations. Visit the website to find out more about our workshops.

We encourage you to pump up your bike tires, spread the word to your colleagues and sign up straight away! Bike to Work Month is brought to you by the City of Ottawa.

Hickory Street Bridge – Progress Update

Proposed bridge image and photo of construction
Construction is underway on the Hickory Street Bridge, which will provide improved walking and cycling access over the O-Train Trillium Line. As of mid-April, the casting of the abutments had been completed and preparation to receive the bridge structure is on-going.

The bridge improves the active transportation network in this neighbourhood and provides better connections between Carling station and the communities on either side of the O-Train Line. The bridge will also connect with an existing pathway on the east-side of the rail line, which is identified for future improvements too. These improvements will include a safer crossing at Carling Avenue and additional paving. Further details can be found on the City’s website.

Bike Corral Pilot Project – Continuing in 2015

Photo of bike parking corrals
In the spring of 2015, the City of Ottawa will be continuing the on-street bike parking pilot project. The on-street bike parking units, known as bike corrals, will be reinstalled into the curb-side vehicle parking lane on Second Avenue at Bank Street in the Glebe, and on Wellington Street West at Fairmont; a third location is still to be finalized. . Each corral will provide parking for up to twelve bikes within the space that can typically accommodate one automobile. The trial project will be in place for the duration of the 2015 cycling season and its effectiveness will be evaluated following that period. Look out for the bike corrals appearing on-street soon.

For more information contact Alex Culley.

A Safer Crossing of Colonel By Drive at Clegg Street

Before / after images of Clegg Street and Colonel By Drive intersection
As part of National Capital Commission (NCC) ongoing efforts to improve the level of comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the parkways, the NCC and the City of Ottawa are working together on improvements at the Colonel By Drive and Clegg Street intersection. Throughout late 2014, the planning and design phases have taken place towards implementing a safer crossing at this location. The result is that a traffic signal will be implemented at the intersection along with changes to the layout of Echo Drive at Clegg Street. Construction on this project began earlier in April and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

More information including images of the proposed changes can be found on the NCC’s website.

Major Milestone – Rideau River Bridge

Photo of Rideau River bridge construction
In early February a major milestone was achieved in the construction of the new Rideau River pedestrian and cyclist bridge when the large metal girder components were craned into place.  Three metal spans now stretch across the river from the east side in Overbrook to the Sandy Hill shoreline on the west side. The spans are supported by two mid-river piers which were completed in late 2014. Work through 2015-2016 will involve construction of the travel surface of the bridge including the deck, railings and lighting, and new connecting multi-use pathways. These will connect through Strathcona Park to Somerset Street East/Range Road on the west side, and along the south side of Donald Street to North River Road on the east side.  Landscaping at both ends of the bridge and along the pathway connections will be the final work item planned to occur in 2016.

Airport Parkway Bridge Opening

Photo of Airport Parkway and bridge opening celebration
On 29 November 2014 Mayor Jim Watson and former River Ward Councillor Maria McRae officially opened the new bridge over the Airport Parkway. The bridge brings significant local benefits; Residents will enjoy shorter commute times with a direct link to the South Keys transit station and the O-Train. They will have better access to nearby recreational space and retail areas, and the shops and businesses in adjoining neighbourhoods will benefit from the increased traffic.

The new connection provides improved access to the Sawmill Creek multi-use pathway, which opened earlier in 2014. Using the connection at Plante Drive, local residents can take this long-distance multi-use pathway for travel between Hunt Club Road and Confederation Heights.

Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge Opening

Photo of Coventry Bridge opening
February 9 2015 marked the opening of the Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge, another important connection between neighbourhoods. The bridge connects existing multi-use pathways on Coventry Road and Tremblay Road, providing a crossing over Highway 417. The bridge also provides a means for residents to safely access the Ottawa Baseball Stadium, the Ottawa Train Station, and the future site of the Tremblay Light Rail Transit station. Undertaken as part of the Confederation Line project, landscaping is currently being done as part of the final bridge works.

Further details about the bridge are available on the City’s website; Confederation Line construction updates are also available.

Spring Sweeping

Photo of bike lane sweeping
With the change in seasons, the City’s maintenance focus transitions from snow and ice control to spring sweeping. The Public Works department began their main spring clean-up operation in mid-April, deploying staff and vehicles across the City’s networks of roads and pathways to clear the winter debris. This year, following a recommendation in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan, the City has increased the focus on sweeping of the East-West Bikeway. As debris typically ends up at the edges of the roadway, it can cause a hazard for cyclists who are riding in the same space. Undertaking sweeping of the bikeway as a high priority helps to create a safer cycling surface for residents. With the amount of debris on the City’s roads, several sweeping passes are often required to ensure that the roadway and bike facilities comply with the City’s standards.

Residents can use Service Ottawa to report road, sidewalk and pathway hazards using the Service Ottawa website or by calling 311.

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