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Recap: Mapping Change at Spring.Bike.Ottawa 2015

Professor Nicole Laviolette discussed her book "Every Cyclist's Guide to Canadian Law" at the 2015 CfSC Spring.Bike.Ottawa event  photo:Paul Clarke

This year, Spring.Bike.Ottawa brought out just short of 90 community members on a damp, snowy first day of spring, including city Councillors Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper, and David Chernushenko; MPP Yasir Naqvi and MP Paul Dewar. Some of our counterparts from Cycle Toronto also made the trip to learn about CfSC’s work.

Ottawa Budget 2015: Cycling Funding Pushed Into "Strategic Initiatives" Pot


City Council leaves cycling decisions for May or June (photo: Hans Moor)

This month’s Advocacy Working Group meeting fell just after Ottawa City Council passed the 2015 budget on March 11th. This year, money for cycling infrastructure was not in the transportation budget, but has been pushed into a pot of money for “Strategic Initiatives” under the broad category of “neighbourhood road safety, including pedestrian and cycling mobility”.

Active Transportation Network

At our December 2/2014 meeting, we received a presentation from city cycling planner Sam Roberts.  He went through the proposals that staff are about to make to City Council for expanding the winter maintenance program on cycling and walking facilities. If you have comments, please send them by no later than Dec 10/14. Early March we have sent a letter of support to City Council in advance of the budgt discussion, although it appears that the network might be funded from the strategic initiatives envelope, which is discussed later in spring/early summer.

Rehabilitation of Mid-Town Queensway Bridges: Cycling Perspective on Recommendations


Image courtesy of Brian Smith, who went on a cycling recon mission to check out all of the underpasses that will be a part of this MTO project. Read his findings and see his photos on his blog

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) plans to replace eleven Queensway bridges crossing over mid-town Ottawa roads from Holland Avenue to O’Connor and has presented recommended preliminary designs for community feedback. CfSC is urging the MTO and the City of Ottawa to consider how this reconstruction could be an opportunity to make underpasses safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

CfSC's Next Ottawa Report on Bicycling

The Advocacy Working Group discussed the upcoming 2015 Report on cycling in Ottawa. A CfSC team dedicated to the task has already begun preparing our annual tally of progress and concerns.

Some issues suggested for the next report include addressing the dangers that right-turning trucks pose for cyclists at red lights, better communicating/educating about the implementation of new cycling infrastructure and how to use it, as well as intersections where cross-rides could enhance safety.

Stay tuned for the release of the 2015 report to see which issues are featured, and how progress on last year’s top 10 problems measured up. For info, check in with Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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