Cycling in the City - November 2015

East-West Bikeway Update

New east-west bikeway connection
A project to address a missing connection on the east-west bikeway is now complete. A new multi-use path connecting the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lanes with the Albert Street multi-use pathway was opened on November 13. The new pathway provides a more direct route for cyclists, separated from motor vehicles and with dedicated 'crossrides' at the intersections.
A key component of the project is a new signalized pedestrian and bicycle crossing on Albert Street. This provides a safer route between the two cycling facilities; the alignment of the new pathway can be seen on the City's GeoOttawa website, within the existing cycling facilities layer.

Winter Cycling Network

Winter cycling conditions
Following a recommendation in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan, a network of approximately 40km of cycling facilities will be maintained during this winter season. The Cycling Plan identified several important cycling routes, in addition to those facilities that are already maintained, that form a modest network centered around the downtown core. The network combines routes on City and NCC properties, as well as key connections through lands owned by the University of Ottawa. The City's Public Works Department will be responsible for undertaking the clearing of facilities on public property and rights-of-way (staff are currently working to finalize official agreements for the maintenance of those facilities located on non-City property). Cycling facilities will be maintained to the same standard as the neighbouring sidewalk or vehicle travel lanes. This means that on-street cycling lanes will be plowed following 2.5 to 5.0 cm of accumulation and will be maintained to a bare pavement standard within the timelines identified in the Maintenance Quality Standards (within 24 hours following the completion of snow accumulation).  Raised cycle tracks and multi-use pathways will be also be plowed following 2.5 to 5.0 cm of snow accumulation, however they are maintained to a snow packed standard with the exception of those adjacent to arterial roadways.  Snow removal will be scheduled when snow banks are encroaching on to 50% of the existing width of the bike lane.
The Council-approved winter cycling network can be found on the City's GeoOttawa website.

Macdonald‑Cartier Bridge Rehabilitation and Multi-purpose Sidewalk

Macdonald-Cartier Bridge construction
In April 2014, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) undertook the Macdonald‑Cartier Bridge Rehabilitation project to replace aging bridge components, including both sidewalks. A new three-metre-wide multi-purpose sidewalk on the eastern side of the bridge, adjacent to the Gatineau-bound traffic lanes, will be available to cyclists and pedestrians late fall. This new sidewalk will allow them to commute between Sussex Drive in Ottawa and Laurier Street in Gatineau.
As with all major infrastructure projects, weather plays an important factor and can sometimes impact the work schedule adversely. PWGSC thanks all users for their patience and understanding during the construction. For quick and easy bridge updates, please follow PWGSC on Twitter or consult the project website

Mackenzie Avenue Cycle Tracks

Artist's impression of MacKenzie Avenue cycle tracks
The City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the Embassy of the United States are working collaboratively to improve mobility on the Confederation Boulevard by constructing dedicated cycling lanes on Mackenzie Avenue. A plan was jointly developed that includes a partially raised, bi-directional cycling facility on the east side of Mackenzie Avenue that will be built to the design standards of the Confederation Boulevard. The new cycling facility will connect the existing cycling lanes on Sussex Drive, St. Patrick Street and Alexandra Bridge to Wellington Street/Rideau Street and the Eastern Rideau Canal Pathway.
Once this plan receives approval from all authorities, a detailed construction plan and schedule will be created that respects the planned Canada 150 celebrations in 2017. A news release and project details can be found on the City's website. 

Bronson Avenue Improvements at Colonel By Drive

Bronson Avenue plans
There has been significant progress in the construction of a new signalized pedestrian and bicycle crossing of Bronson Avenue. Provision of a new crossing at the interchange with Colonel By Drive follows a recommendation from a safety review conducted in 2013. Alongside providing a safer way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Bronson Avenue By, the project also includes modifications to the adjacent intersections with the aim of decreasing the speed of vehicles turning to and from both Colonel By Drive and Bronson Place.
Information on the project can be found on the City's website along with a schematic drawing of the new crossing.

2014 Bruce Timmerman Award Winner – Monna-Leigh McElveny

Monna-Leigh McElveny receiving the Bruce Timmerman award
Monna-Leigh McElveny has been recognized with the 2014 Bruce Timmermans Award for her work promoting safe cycling in the community and in particular with the Kanata Nepean Bicycle Club. The annual award recognizes someone who proactively and publicly promotes the benefits and virtues of cycling as a principal mode of transportation. Concillor Wilkinson, ward Councillor of Kanata-North, presented the award to Monna-Leigh.
"Monna-Leigh's efforts have helped grow not only the number of active cyclists in Ottawa, but the number of cyclists who are knowledgeable about safety," said Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City's Transportation Committee. "We owe our thanks to volunteers like her for the work they do to keep cycling safety in the collective consciousness of both new and seasoned cyclists."  
For further information, please refer to the news release on the City website.

Trillium Line Pathway Extension, Young Street to Carling Avenue 

Trillium Line Pathway construction
On September 9 construction began to extend the Trillium Line multi-use pathway from Young Street to Carling Avenue.
The project includes construction of a new asphalt multi-use pathway, pathway lighting, a raised crossing at Beech Street, a new connection to the Adeline Street-Hickory Street Bridge, and a new signalized cross-ride at Carling Avenue. Once completed, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use this new link from Carling Avenue to the Ottawa River Pathway; a future project will address the final segment of the Trillium multi-use pathway, between Carling Avenue and the Rideau Canal western pathway at Dow's Lake. Construction will be complete in spring 2016. This project is being built in partnership with the National Capital Commission.

Cycling Data – Strava

Screenshots of Strava smartphone app
The City of Ottawa in partnership with Ville De Gatineau recently entered into an agreement with Strava Inc to obtain Strava Metro cycling data for the National Capital Region. Strava is a free website and smartphone application that allows individuals to record their cycling trips via a GPS device or a GPS-enabled smartphone. The agreement provides the two cities with access to two years' worth of cycling trip data. Strava Metro uses GPS points to determine information on cyclists' trips, such as where and when people are riding. The data is then aggregated to provide a pattern of cyclist trips across the region.
The City aims to use this data to assist in planning the cycling network and to help understand the pattern of trips currently made by bike. Residents can download the smartphone app or register at to begin using Strava.

2015 Roundup

 New cycling infrastructure and pavement markings on St. Patrick Street, Bank Street and Elgin Street
Several other projects recently completed across the city have delivered improvements for cyclists in the form of new facilities or safety improvements. Notably this includes new infrastructure in the form of bike lanes along Sussex Drive (from St. Patrick Street to King Edward Avenue), a new multi-use path along the north side of St. Patrick Street (St. Andrew Street to Island Lodge Road), a grade separated crossing of the O-Train line on the Brookfield multi-use pathway and a new pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting Hickory Street to Adeline Street.
Significant projects under the Cycling Safety Improvement Program have included modifications along Elgin Avenue and at Bank Street, adjacent to the Billings Bridge Plaza. Along Elgin Street, green thermoplastic material has been used to highlight the movement of bikes at Laurier Avenue, Albert Street and Slater Street and create a two-stage turn box for cyclists making left turns. At Billings Bridge Plaza the same green material has been used to highlight the presence of the existing bike lanes with the goal of reducing bicycle - automobile conflicts.
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