Wednesday, November 17, 2010

City of Ottawa Segregated Bike Lane Pilot Project

The City of Ottawa is holding another public meeting on the segregated bike lane pilot project. If you cycle frequently in the downtown area you may want to attend. The following is from an email I received from Diane Holmes:

    The City of Ottawa is conducting a planning and feasibility study for a segregated bike lane pilot project in the downtown core in partnership with the McCormick Rankin Corporation and VĂ©lo Quebec.
A segregated bike lane is a designated on-street bicycle lane that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic through the use of curbs, planter boxes, parked cars, delineators, and/or other buffer treatments. 
The study area for this project is from Preston Street to Elgin Street and Wellington Street to Catherine Street. The study will determine what east-west downtown streets are best suited for a pilot project and what type of facility is most appropriate.
The study commenced in January 2010 and is expected to be completed later this year. An update memo to the transportation committee provides additional information regarding the current status of this project. 
The next steps for this project includes developing block-by-block designs for the top preferred east-west routes as determined through the consultation and technical processes.   A final report that includes a detailed summary of the consultation process, design work, costing and implementation recommendations will be submitted to Transportation Committee by end of this year, with a view to implement the pilot project in 2011.
This Council-directed project represents a strategic initiative towards a cycle friendly city that improves the quality of life for Ottawa residents, benefits local businesses, improves safety for cyclists and attracts a broader group of cyclists including women, children and the elderly.

See you there!

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