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Strava Metro - Every Trip You Make...

...is a Vote for Where You want to Walk or Ride.

Screenshot from the Strava Global Heatmap, showing GPS traces from Strava users. Notice how some streets are no-go zones, and that there are a substantial number of people cycling on the Portage bridge west side sidewalk, bypassing the counter on the east side cycletrack. Metro will give us insights into how these usage patterns are established, and we'll even see how they will change as new cycling infrastructure is built - Image: Strava

Bike Ottawa Supports Photo Radar

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A typical residential speedway. Signed at 40 km/h due to a nearby elementary school, but built twice as wide as needed, just in case anyone would like a place to park. A road diet is clearly needed here, but in the meantime, photo radar could help to keep this neighbourhood safe, while calming the noise and unpleasantness of speeding cut-through traffic. Photo from Google Streetview.

This Wednesday, Ottawa City Council will vote on whether to request the option for our police to enforce speed limits using photo radar. We think this can be a useful tool for the police. Here's the letter we submitted to council in support of this initiative.

CfSC Letter to Minister Morneau - 2016 Federal Budget Process

A path leading towards the Trillium path south of Carling   photo: Hans Moor

Canada's new federal government is seeking public input before the budget is set. Of course, we couldn't miss out on this chance to ask for what we want most: a focus on cycling! Read on to see the letter we submitted to the Minister of Finance. If you'd like to submit your own comments, visit: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/prebudget-prebudgetaire/index-en.html

This is a busy week for cycling advocacy

In Ottawa these days, there's always a cycling project to talk about. Photo by Hans Moor

With so many meetings about public projects that have an impact on cycling, it is great that we have a large contingent of volunteers to cover them - especially since there is sometimes more than one per evening.

Feedback to Councillor Egli re: Maintenance of Winter Bike Network

2016 Leiper bikecam screenshot Churchill track Jan 21 2016

Screengrab from Councillor Leiper's bikecam on Churchill Ave raised bike track            photo credit: Jeff Leiper

This message was sent by Citizens for Safe Cycling to Keith Egli, Chair of Transportation Committee for the City of Ottawa.

Dear Councillor Egli:

Ottawa has had several snowfalls since late December, and Citizens for Safe Cycling's Advocacy Working Group has been canvassing user opinions on the state of maintenance on the expanded winter cycling network that is being supported this winter.

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