The New Official Plan

By 2046 it’s expected that Ottawa’s population will hit 1.4 million, and the new Official Plan is the legal document that will contain the City’s goals, objectives, and policies that will manage and guide this growth. The Official Plan implements the City’s Strategic Plan in relations to land use, which impacts the economy, environment, and communities. The Official Plan also provides direction for many city plans, including the Infrastructure Master Plan, the Transportation Master Plan, and the Parks and Greenspace Master Plan.

The “5 Big Moves” from the Draft Official Plan


The Official Plan is centred around the “5 Big Moves” which includes Growth Management (“more growth by “regeneration” than by greenfield development); Mobility (“By 2046, the majority of trips in the City of Ottawa will be made by sustainable transportation”); Urban and Community Design (improve urban and community design, including priority areas, and policies that tailor to distinct neighbourhoods); Climate, Energy and Public Health (environmental, climate and health resiliency will be built into the framework of planning policy); Economic Development (“Embed economic development into the framework of planning policies”).

Bike Ottawa is encouraged to see the goal of having most trips be taken by sustainable transportation by 2046, and that discussions of mobility are at the core of the Official Plan. We believe that with some thoughtful consideration of how to make active transportation a more attractive option for people to move around all parts of the city, Ottawa can combat the climate crisis and develop in a way that makes it more of a space for people. We have studied the Official Plan Draft and submitted the following letter and addendum for consideration.

Embracing winter on two wheels

Since the inception of the Ottawa Winter Cycling Network 5 years ago, the number of trips made by bike during winter has roughly doubled (based upon City bike counter data)!

With an increase in ridership comes a more extensive knowledge pool to be shared.  Whether you are thinking about extending your trips by bike into our colder months or have been cycling year-round for a long time, there is a wealth of information in this Winter Cycling Guide from the perspective of one of Bike Ottawa’s members.

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Release of our 2018 Ottawa Report on Bicycling

BikeOttawa is proud to announce the release of our 2018Ottawa Report on Bicycling. This year, in addition to our usual updates and assessments, we’ve drilled down into Ottawa Centre, South, East and West to showcase some new infrastructure, budget highlights, and cyclists’ stories from all across our big city!

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Release of our 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling

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BikeOttawa is proud to announce the release of our 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling. This year, our report reflects the excitement of 2017—marking a milestone 150th for Canada, and a promising year for enjoying and continuing to improve cycling in our capital.

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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 advocacy@bikeottawa.ca