2017 Bike Ottawa Masthead line

We asked the candidates who run for Ottawa City Council three simple bike related questions. Over 50 candidates responded already. Here are their reactions. Going through the list, you can easily see who is serious about cycling. While this might not be your only reason to search for the right candidate (you might be more upset about biweekly garbage pick up or snow removal for example, or even lack of free parking down town), at least you know what they think about cycling. And..check back once the elections are over to estimate what our council will stand for if all the votes are in. See the result by hitting the read more button.


Councillor name  What is the next important bicycle infrastructure project in your ward?  What measures should be implemented to ensure the safety of all road users?  Would you support increasing the proportion of the transportation budget spent on bicycle infrastructure to 2.5% to more equitably represent the current ridership? 
    Ward 1 - Orleans
 Bob Monette

 Completing the multi-use pathway link to Prescott-Russell as well as improving access points to this pathway throughout the community while continuing progress on paving the Ottawa River Multi-use pathway.

Also, the construction of a segregated bike
lane on St-Joseph Boulevard which will also offer a distinct pedestrian corridor,
both of which will be separate from cars. I have
been working closely with the Heart of Orléans BIA on this project and I look
forward to continuing to work with them to make this a reality. This project will
not only provide a much needed cycling link for our community but will also ensure
that all road users can do so safely and without
interfering with one another.

 Education from all levels; cyclists, pedestrians and automobile drivers on top of
clear bicycle markings that are not directly competing with vehicles. We must all
share the road and I believe that all users must contribute to the safety of others.

This is one of the reasons why I have been working
in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa to promote shared multi-use pathways
throughout Orléans by holding pathway safety sessions held directly on local pathways with the help of local residents as well as the Ottawa Police and I plan to
continue to hold these in the future.

 As with any financial question, I do not make promises unless I have the full budget in front of me so that all aspects of it can be reviewed. I am open to discussion and a possible increase if we can do this within the financial limitations that we are faced with.
 Jennifer Robitaille      
    Ward 2 - Innes
 Laura Dudas      
 Chris Fraser      
 Eldon Holder      
 Chantal Lecours      
 Jody Mitic      
 Andrew Modray      
 Fred Sherwin  Currently there are no major bicycle infrastructure projects in the Ottawa On The Move program. However, I would like to see the addition of bike lanes along Bearbrook Road between Westpark and St-Joseph Blvd when the road is resurfaced in the next three years.  The primary thing that is needed to ensure the safety of all road users is the proper maintenance of all of our roads including having them resurfaced in a timely manner and not letting them deteriorate to the point where they are unsafe  YES
 François Trépanier  The next important bicycle infrastructure project in my ward will be to connect all the pieces of bike path that currently do not connect with each other as well as the creation of new bicycle paths.  One measure I have put in my transportation engagements is to ensure the safety of all road users is to create protected bicycle paths where the road speed is above 60 Km/h.  Yes, I would you support increasing the proportion of the transportation budget spent on bicycle infrastructure to 2.5%. However, I would suggest to increase it to 1.5% in the first year and then increase it by .5% over the two following years.  Essentially, spread the 2.5% increase over three fiscal years.
 Teresa Whitmore      
Ward 3 - Barhaven
 Ian Bursey      
 Jan Harder  There is good investment in cycling in Barrhaven we will connect pieces of a  future network, formalize cycling opportunities with Greenbank Rd widening, extend the network to Farm Boy on Woodroffe, add cycling to Strandherd north.  "

I will make sure our decisions regarding cycling in the Master Transportation Plan are implemented.

We have struck a good level of investment in all modes of travel. We just approved this Transportation Master Plan with more public feedback than ever before. I see no reason before it's implementation to make changes

 Syed Asghar Hussain      
Ward 4 - Kanata North
 Matt Muirhead  
It begins and ends with consultation of other cyclists across Kanata North. As a cyclist myself I have often thought that line-width rumble strips would be most useful for drivers and cyclists between the driving portions of the pavement and the cycling lane on high-speed roads, such as March Road & Terry Fox Drive. 
I would also like to make cycling safer across the Eagleson Bridge (across the 417). A study on how best to do that will be needed after consultation with cyclists in the community. 
I would also like to connect all bike pathways so that road riding can be avoided where possible.
As mentioned, I think a line-width rumble strip would be most useful for drivers and cyclists between the driving portion of pavement and cycling lanes on high-speed roads.
I would also like to explore having  designated traffic signals and phases for cyclists as is done in parts of the United States.
I also believe that we need an education program for BOTH drivers and cyclists on how to share the road. Too often, people - both motorists and cyclists - fail to obey the rules which can lead to tragic consequences. 
 Not under current revenue structures, however I would be prepared to look at a system of licensing cyclists - say $15 for 2 years - with funding being directed to augmenting bicycle infrastructure. 
 Jeff Seeton  A separate cycling pathway along Campeau Drive. Separating the road from the bike pathway.  This was discussed as an option when I sat on the environmental assessment process for the expansion of Campeau Drive.  We need separate bike lanes to keep cars and cyclists apart. Proper education and an awareness campaign is needed so drivers and cyclists understand their responsibilities on roadways.  I believe that cycling infrastructure needs to be funded by all three levels of government. The provincial and federal levels should make up the difference between the current City of Ottawa budget spending and the suggested 2.5%. I believe in the concept of complete streets and support all new roadways being cyclist friendly.
 Marianne Wilkinson  A multiuse pathway along the north side of Campeau Drive to separate pedestrians and cyclists to travel off the road surface  More education of both cyclists and motorists to ensure rules of the road are followed by both.  Providing separate bike areas on busy roads, use flags to mark cycle lanes.  Much of the cycling costs are within road budgets as well so the amount will need to be segregated to ensure adequate funding is provided - more is needed but as current funding includes specific projects funded outside tax dollars it will need to be 2.5% of tax dollars used for capital transportation infrastructure.
Ward 5 - West Carleton
 Alexander Aronec      
 Eli El-Chantiry  As outlined in the Transportation Master Plan, if a road is identified as a major cycling route in the City, then when the road is resurfaced the shoulders will be paved. For example, Galetta Side Road is a major cycling route and the shoulders were paved. Kinburn Side Road is not identified as a major cycling route and therefore the shoulders will not be paved.  Safety on our roads is everyone's concern (motorists, cyclists and pedestrians). We all need to follow the rules of the road, but also be engaged and report speeding, unsafe driving and road hazards. Road safety is everyone's responsibility.  This is a discussion that needs to take place as part of the Budget process, to see if the money is there to support something like this.
 Brendan Gorman  Paved shoulders on all main roads  Paved shoulders, education, bike paths  Yes. I should note that I am a former competitive road cyclist so I am quite pro-bike. I am probably the only candidate canvassing their entire ward by bike and this is the biggest one by area.
 Jonathan Mark      
 James Parsons      
Ward 6 - Stittsville
 Shad Qadri      
Ward 7 - Bay
 Alex Cullen  Bike lanes on Carling Avenue, Richmond Road, plus a pilot project with the NCC to clear the Ottawa River bike path from Andrew Haydon Park to the Rideau Canal locks.  Public education programs for both cyclists & drivers on how to share the road; better traffic enforcement; but the best measures are the physical separation (bike lanes) on arterial roads.  Yes. We need tangible progress in safe bicycle infrastructure to increase the safety and confidence of bike users, and that takes $.
 George Guirguis      
 Brendan Mertens      
 Michael Pastien  I am keen on quickly developing my personally conceived exciting new initiative of a CARLING Ave Median “SAFE BIKE RIDING LANE” which I announced on Sept 20 aspart my 2014 platform. The project 's stages will be sparked as soon as I am elected!  I suggest that regulars radio ads could be aired to remind drivers to be naturally mindful of cyclists multifacetedly. The ads could be sponsored by a variety of local businesses, as a "pay-it-forward" healthy goodwill community deed!  The city budget is tight, but my clearly outstanding fore announced " CARLING Ave Median “SAFE BIKE RIDING LANE” will cost money, and I am convinced that the City will vitally want to quickly pedal it forward!
 Mark Taylor  The redesign of the Carling avenue underpass at the train bridge on Carling avenue. This is a very challenging area for cyclists and dissuades people from the Kanata commute. Throwing in one other would be the installation of bike lanes on our main spine, Carling avenue.  The eventual deployment of complete street designs wherever possible. This insulates all forms of traffic to their own mode and alleviates cross modal conflict. Put simply, cars don't hit bikes and bikes don't hit pedestrians.  I would support an increase but prior to committing to a percentage would prefer to have knowledgeable participants from city staff and Citizens for Safe Cycling outline what spending at a given level would allow provide for.
Ward 8 - College
 Guy Annable  white painted lines on Robertson road Moodie and on the newly paved baseline road as they are two main roadways that are used highly by bicycles in high traffic cooridors  white painted lines as a minimum to segragate bikes from vehicular traffic,  plastic bollards  before turning lanes to ensure cars and bike do not mix  in turning enviroment,  Cyclists obeying stop signs and following the rules of the road  no
 Rick Chiarelli      
 Craig MacAulay  I would have to consult with everyone before picking JUST ONE important infrastructure project, but my personal favourite, something that would make a HUGE difference at VERY LITTLE cost: a safe way for cyclists to enter and leave Bells Corners/ navigate the main strip WITHOUT having to choose between obeying the law and risking a horrible death. Shame on Councillor Chiarelli for his doublespeak. After that I'd nominate Baseline - I know that eventually segregated bike lanes are in the Plan, but I'd like to experience them in my lifetime, and I've only got another two or three decades to live in spite of all the exercise I get riding my bike.  I'm worried about road rage. Car drivers need to be educated so that they understand that cyclists are REALLY their friends - by choosing their bikes instead of their cars they lighten traffic and reduce the need for hugely-expensive car infrastructure. Car drivers also need to be told that cyclists already pay MORE than their fair share of taxes and that licencing cyclists is a silly idea pushed by angry CFRA talk show hosts and Ottawa Sun "journalists." Mind you, bike riders have to be educated too, as some of us are pretty dumb, riding unsafe bikes without lights, pulling dumb moves that piss off car drivers, and generally behaving as if we have an invisible force field that protects us from harm. My motto is "cycle defensively, stay out out of the way of cars, don't give them a chance to kill you. Always take the safest route." Segregated lanes work best, but they can never be the only solution.  Of course! Take the politics and the emotion out of it, and how could ANYONE except my opponents in College Ward, Conservative activist Guy Annable and slippery professional career politician Rick Chiarelli (arguably the LEAST bike-friendly councillor next to Allan Hubley and Bob Monette), possibly be opposed to such a common sense measure?
 Scott Andrew McLarens  I believe the next big cycling infrastructure for College Ward should be the completion of delineated bike lanes along main roads, north-south and east-west. Baseline road, for example, is a main passage east to west in the ward and really ought to have a safe cycling option along it's entire length.  Firstly, I believe adding the delineated bike lanes would increase safety. The simple addition of a white line seems to do wonders for drivers. I also believe in a campaign, which needs not even be for profit, wherein off duty police officers lead a half day course on cycle safety and then perhaps take a group cycling trip towards city hall. If participants were to pay ten dollars a head costs could be, hopefully, covered. I can't guarantee how well it would work, but it seems to me to at least be an idea worth considering. Lastly, I think adding specific signage for cyclists which give directions for cycle safe routes would be a safety bonus. For example, notification of where to reach the Trans-Canada trail which runs through Bell's Corners and on bicycle specific paths reaches the downtown core. Or simply a notification, as an example, that "bike lane ends after intersection, take left on "Merivale Road" for cycle lane to downtown." The wording could be better but the sentiment is what's important  I definitely support an increase in funds, and believe that 5% is an achievable goal. However hands on experience with budgets of this size is where I lack experience and I am therefore against making promises on a monetary basis.
 Basil Swedani      
Ward 9 - Knoxdale-Merivale
Keith Egli  The next important cycling project in my ward is the completion of the Nepean Trail cycling pathway  The Complete Streets approach to road building and road renewal is the best way to ensure safety for all as it seeks to balance and enhance road accessibility and usage for all users. Each road project and community has different needs and concerns. The Complete Streets policy adopted this term of Council provides numerous tools and options to be considered by the City and the impacted community going forward on road renewal and new build projects. It attempts to balance all users needs and concerns through techniques such as wider sidewalks, transit lanes and cycle tracks or sharrows. Road users' safety should be part of any discussion related to road renewal or construction.  An increase in spending on cycling infrastructure in light of the stated aim is an important discussion that Council needs to have. The amount of any proposed increase would have to be considered in light of competing needs and services at the time of any budget deliberation but debate and dialogue on this issue is necessary.
Christian Lambiri I would support finishing the Nepean Trail. As I stated during the Rogers TV debate I fully support walking and biking projects that enhance our transportation network.  
Ward 10 - Gloucester
 Rodaina Chahrour      
 Diane Deans      
 Meladul Haq Ahmadzai      

 George Marko

 Lilly Obina      
 Brad Pye      
 Mohamed Roble      
Ward 11 - Beacon Hill-Cyrville
 Nicolas Séguin  Many biking infrastructures are needed for safe cycling in Beacon Hill – Cyrville.
Every traffic infrastructure should incorporate a section on how improving
active transportation, especially cycling. The main roads in the ward (Montréal, Ogilvie and Blair (at least) should include lanes with physical
obstacles with motor traffic. The goal is to quickly create a safe cycling network through the ward and the City.
 Public safety awareness addressed to new cyclists and to motor vehicle drivers. Putting active transportation as a priority for the City is also a must.  

I would love to see trips made by bike double or more! Cycling is a dangerous transportation mode in Beacon Hill – Cyrville. If we want to see changes, we have to prioritise and, yes, invest into that way of thinking transportation. The spending regarding safe active transportation mode should be increased to reflect the priority it should have in our City. Investment is a must!

 Michel Tardif      
 Rene Tessier      
 Tim Tierney      
 Francesca D'Ambrosio I don't know what the next important bike infrastructure project is in this ward, but I do know it's crucial ward 11 be included in all future city plans. I am reading everything I can get my hands onand I  have a meeting Friday with members of the city to find out exactly where ward 11 stands in terms of priorities on this list So far I have met with a lot of officials who feel that biking is for such a short period of time due to our weather that it isn't a priority and I disagree. My logic is if you are re doing the roads anyway, why not plan for our future by including bike lanes without hesitation. ( and that lends to safety) bike lanes with solid barriers are a necessity not a luxury. I shouldn't have to explain to my 8year old why there is a white bicycle with flowers at the end of her street. Sadly, active healthy living has not been a priority for ward 11 and I can only feel that is due to being poorly represented. I feel that without context nor seeing other expenses it would be irresponsible for me to make any promises on what I can or can't do. I can however, assure my fellow constituents that if the numbers aren't representative, then council will absolutely hear about it from me.
Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier
 George Atanga  Create more bicycle lanes in the ward especially at Vanier  Completely divert heavy trucks and tractors crossing to Gatineau from city roads.  Sure
 Marc Aubin  To fix the connection from the Corktown bridge underneath the Campus Transit Station to eliminate the conflict between cyclists and pedestriansand then complete a continuous bike lane through Sandy Hill down Somerset St East, across the new pedestrian bridge currently under construction at the Rideau R, and then continuing along Donald St through Vanier to St. Laurent Blvd.  The single most important measure is to reduce the speed limit within the downtown urban area to 40km/hr.  This should then be accompanied with more cycling infrastructure that separates cyclists from general vehicle traffic wherever possible.   Education of both drivers and cyclists to understand the unique challenges each faces will also help and I believe the City can play a role in highlighting the importance forall users to share the road and respect eachother.   Yes I would support a 2.5% level of investment.  Although the City has been increasing its investment in cycling, which is a welcome development, it still lags where it should be.  This proposal to invest at a level consistent  with the mode share is a good starting point.  Given the superiority of cycling as a means of transportation from a health, environmental, and congestion reduction perspective, spending to better facilitate cycling is one of the wisest ways the City has to invest in its future
 Mathieu Fleury  

Over the last four years, we have worked hard to increase the cycling facilities in our community. The Donald-Somerset pedestrian bridge is under construction, which will connect residents to Sandy Hill, Vanier and beyond. We also have the East-West Bikeway and new cycling facilities on Sussex Drive, St. Patrick Street, Rideau Street, and key neighbourhood routes in Vanier.

It is now important that we build on this network and connect our communities together, so that all residents can access the new cycling lanes from their residential streets in Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and Vanier. Two key projects include creating connection points into the ByWard Market, which we have already begun with the counterflow lane on Cumberland and Rideau Street, and making Montreal Road a model complete street through renewal.

 I am happy that the City is embracing segregate bike lanes and cycle tracks on main streets. Although painted bike lanes are great for residential streets, it is important that the City install cycling facilities appropriate for each roadway's use and volume. We also need to support and expand the public education program so that all road users can feel safe and happy when travelling.  Absolutely. It is important that we continue to build on the established network and expand the the projects set forward by the 2013 Cycling Plan. If we want to increase the number of cycling trips made residents we need to do all possible to make cycling welcoming, attractive and friendly for all residents.
 Catherine Fortin LeFaivre  

Making Rideau St. more comfortable to bike on. From the Cummings bridge (despite the addition of so-called "super sharrows") by the Rideau Centre, a mix of heavy truck traffic, high-speeds, bus lanes and more make it daunting or impossible to bike on what should be one of Ottawa's most accessible main streets. Lack of safe options here hinders access to the market, makes it difficult for those travelling from Vanier and leaves an uncomfortable street experience.  

There is more to do on all of the main streets in the ward (i.e. Montreal Rd, Beechwood, St-Patrick) but Rideau is most pronounced. 


I support Vision Zero, as outlined by CFSC. I think that we need to reduce the speed limit on roads, to focus on improving infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, and to design roads so that they reflect the interests of all users, not just those of vehicular commuters. 


Yes, I would. The city will never reach cycling targets without more infrastructure; this is a commitment to work towards that. 

 David-George Oldham  To expand free community bike program services offered by centres such as the vanier community centre. This will allow constituents to benefit from the social services they require, grant them the oppurtunity of having a deeper connection with their fellow consituents and send a message to "big business interests" to limit their expansion of capitalistic social service ventures.  A second design of bike lane (expanded sidewalk style) has been constructed on Laurier avenue directly infront of city hall. The architecture of the design is pleasing visually, unlike the bike lanes (concrete pillar columns) found further down the same street. We should review what oppurtunities we have to make expanded sidewalk style lanes for cyclists/boarders.  Our debt as a city is quickly rising and though I may support increasing the transportation budget, projects such as LRT are historically known to go over budget. I am resolved to not see social services cut to accomodate any future budget issues during and following LRT's development. For that reason, I feel that I should be honest in my promise to select the best option for constituents, after properly leveraging all avenues. Again, this does not mean that I would not support increasing the transportation budget for bicycles. Rather, that I do not currently feel that increasing the financial investment figure by an amount equal to that of the goal of increasing cyclists/boarders will help us reach that goal.
 Marc Vinette  While cycling is certainly something I enjoy and use as one of my primary modes of transportation, the focus of my reasearch and planning for a role as councillor has yet to encompass bicycle infrastructure. It's not that it isn't important, more that there are only so many hours in the day. It's something I'll be taking a hard look at.  I'm very leery of "mixed use" strategies that throw together cyclists and motorists (I've personally seen the tragic aftermath of this approach, several times).
As an avid cyclist myself, I have concrete proposals I'll be announcing in detail.
 Yes, if it's justifiable fiscally and on practical grounds.
Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe
 Peter D. Clark      
 Cam Holmstrom  

In my opinion, the first is to see the complete of the new foot bridge on the Sommerset to Donald Street, which will help make a major connection for cycling in the south end of the ward.

After that, I would be looking at the proposed cycling lanes on St. Laurent Blvd. There is a north/south cycling connection needed in our end of the city, and I want to make sure that any cycling lanes that we add are going to be safe and with as few sharows in place as possible.


Firstly, I believe that we need to see more police enforcement of speed limits in many parts of the ward, especially in more residential neighbourhoods. I believe that getting more compliance with the post speed limits will help make the roads safer for all.

After that, I want to look at trying to create more cycle parking infrastructure outside of the downtown core, where we are starting to create more cycling routes. This is a growing need in our ward as more people are starting to use this new cycling infrastructure, and is a logistical need for this.


This is an idea I would be open to, but under the knowledge that the cost building cycling infrastructure can vary greatly from the relatively inexpensive (like re-purposing traffic lanes for bike lanes, adding physical barriers or simply painting lines) to the  much more expense (like building a bridge like the Sommerset to Donald Street bridge) depending on the projects that are on the table for any given year.

Given that the projects that may come forward may vary in expense in that way, it's hard to say that we can lock into that 2.5% every year. But I would look to that 2.5% as a target to aim for every year and would be very open to making it the standard going forward if we can make it work.

 Jevone Nicholas      
 Tobi Nussbaum  

The planned Somerset-Donald St bridge will be a critical piece of infrastructure for those who travel from our ward to the downtown core.  We will need to explore how to extend cycling infrastructure east of the bridge to ensure good connectivity. I would like to see the completion of cycling connections between the east-west and north-south routes that already run through our ward but do not completely connect with the 'spine' routes in the City's 2013 Cycling Plan.

Our Ward needs one or more complete streets with infrastructure designed as much for cyclists and pedestrians and public transit as for cars.  Donald St, Montreal Rd, St. Laurent Blvd.and Beechwood Ave. are potential candidates and are important routes for connection with the city's cycling network.


The planned Somerset-Donald St bridge will be a critical piece of infrastructure for those who travel from our ward to the downtown core.  We will need to explore how to extend cycling infrastructure east of the bridge to ensure good connectivity. I would like to see the completion of cycling connections between the east-west and north-south routes that already run through our ward but do not completely connect with the 'spine' routes in the City's 2013 Cycling Plan.

Our Ward needs one or more complete streets with infrastructure designed as much for cyclists and pedestrians and public transit as for cars.  Donald St, Montreal Rd, St. Laurent Blvd.and Beechwood Ave. are potential candidates and are important routes for connection with the city's cycling network.


I am a firm believer in the importance of safe cycling infrastructure.  However, I don't think fixed targets are the best way to get policy outcomes. As Councillor, I would advocate that transportation dollars be spent smartly - with a focus on providing safe and convenient choices for transit users, cyclists and pedestrians.  

Before the budget is allocated, it will important that Citizens for Safe Cycling articulate to City Council its views on the highest priority needs for cycling infrastructure in Ottawa.  

 Sheila Perry

As a City Councillor for Ward 13, I will support the following needs for infrastructure

·         Connecting links to neighbourhood communities east-west and north south Via NCC pathways year round

·         Hardy Street connection to Coventry Road and St. Laurent requires a safe connection and lighting

·         Pathway Lighting under the Hwy 417 bridge connection to University of Ottawa/Hurdman Station

·         Winter clearing of 500 m. from North River Road to Hurdman Station

·         Completion of the Donald/Somerset Bridge over the Rideau River (2015)

·         Completion of the pedestrian bridge to the VIA train Station (2015-16)

·         Beechwood – east west connection completion and identification of connecting routes

Supporting Vision Zero is very important. As a city councillor for Ward 13, I will support the following:
·         Reducing speed limits in residential areas to 40 km. / hour or less.   This is very important in residential cycling locations that are connecting links to schools, workplaces and recreational areas. My plan includes safety and signage audits that will identify priority locations in Ward 13
·         Separating bike lane traffic from trucks and buses is important for the safety and peace of mind for all cyclists. Major spine connections include St. Laurent Boulevard, Sussex, Beechwood, Coventry, Blair and Ogilvie Roads and the Vanier Parkway. The recent construction of the Beechwood lanes physically separates the cycling and pedestrian areas from the traffic of buses and cars.   Safer cycling routes will encourage participants in our urban area.  It is important to note that many cyclists choose to use less traffic routes such as the Presland/Hardy Street connection rather than a busy route such as McArthur/Donald Streets. My plan will include meeting with community stakeholders, city planning and safety staff, cycling groups and interested residents to determine best routes and supportive plans for infrastructure.
·         Continue to support positive educational partnership efforts with Safer Roads Ottawa, Lights on Bikes and bike rodeos. In addition, I propose to encourage educational opportunities with neighbourhood schools, community centres, University and groups such as Bike Safety Ottawa. These partnerships are essential for promoting safe and responsible cycling for all ages. I will support an advisory committee structure for planning and coordinating best practices and funding.
·         Work with the Ottawa Police Service Board to promote cycling awareness amongst all road users and to focus enforcement on the most serious safety hazards.   Linking with the OPS Board is essential for improving cycling safety and responsibility. Provincial and local laws require cyclists to be equipped and to travel appropriately. These requirements need the coordination and educational support for enforcement. My plan is to utilize an advisory team for resources, promotion and funding.
 Yes!   The infrastructure is very important for the goal of increasing the modal share of transportation. Our goal of 5% for 2031 is very modest. In order to honestly increase the cycling numbers, we need to provide the best possible funding from all levels of government. Linking partnerships at all levels is part of my commitment to this ward and the City of Ottawa.
 Penny Thompson  A feasibility study is currently being conducted on St. Laurent Blvd. between Hemlock Rd. and Montreal Road. The study will examine the potential of a Road Diet on St. Laurent from 4 lanes to 2 with an additional lane in the middle to accommodate a  turn lane. The road diet would see the addition of a bike lane on each side of St. Laurent Blvd thereby creating connectivity to the East West Bikeway and to the Dunbarton/Vanier Neighbourhood Route.

 An education campaign for all road users is a good starting point. Rob Wilkinson of safer Roads Ottawa does great work!

I support the development of cycling infrastructure on future road work projects.

 I support the City moving forward to improve active transportation options. I see the investments by the City over the past four years to improve bike infrastructure as positive. I fully support the complete streets approach. While I believe we should provide the resources necessary to continue with bike infrastructure commitments, I am not prepared to assign a specific dollar figure at this point, without a full understanding of the comprehensive transportation budget.
Ward 14 - Somerset
 Martin Canning  

The Albert-Scott Street corridor will be the major connection hub in the new Ottawa that is developing in the northwest corner of Somerset Ward; how cycling infrastructure along this corridor complements the existing cycling network, as well as how it interfaces with the LRT, will be critical. We need to work with the surrounding communities and the city as a whole to realize the great potential of this area of the ward.

The upcoming reconstruction of Elgin Street is also a great opportunity to rejuvenate and renew Elgin Street as one of the finest streets in Canada. This would include complete street treatments and more cycling infrastructure.


If elected, I will formalize Ecology Ottawa’s active transportation audit as part of future street reconstruction planning in Somerset Ward and include community stakeholders in the process.

I’ve also committed to work with the cycling community, residents, local businesses, and city staff, to ensure that a downtown grid of north-south and east-west cycling lanes gets implemented within a timeframe that matches our community’s expectations.

Prioritizing safe, sustainable, and affordable transportation options at council will be one of my top priorities if elected.

 There is a clear business case for additional investments -- cycling infrastructure promotes economic growth, as well as a health and safety imperative. Appropriate cycling infrastructure saves lives. I will consistently communicate that message at council, and around the city.

Although I support in principle that investments in active transportation should be consistent to meet the ridership demands, I would need to consult with the community, stakeholders and other experts to review a business case for increasing spending on bicycle infrastructure to 2.5% of the of transportation budget. If the evidence is there, I would support it.
 Edward Conway      
 Catherine McKenney  The most immediate is the O’Connor segregated bike lane.  The data is clear and shows that over the last 15 years there have been fewer motor vehicles travelling into the downtown yet the number of residents and visitors has increased.  So the shift to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit travel has been successful and there is a need to continue to improve these alternate modes of transportation.  If elected, I will also ensure that Albert and Slater become Complete Streets upon the completion of the LRT.  

The City must ensure that its Complete Streets Policy is always implemented.  This will provide all road users, pedestrians, cyclists, transit and para-transit riders, and motorists, with the same level of safety and comfort.

I have stated publicly that I will advocate for $1m in funding to be earmarked in a separate fund for Complete Streets that can be used for immediate improvements to any sidewalk or roadway, moving them closer to becoming a complete street model.  Rochester Street is an example of a street that is slated to become a complete street however this will only happen with a full reconstruction which won't happen for many years.  We should not have to wait for this to happen.  The $1m fund would be used now to paint a cycling lane protected by planters to offer cyclists a safe and comfortable cycling lane.

 Yes.  I have publicly stated that I would advocate for spending $70m over the next term of council on improved cycling infrastructure, i.e. over the next 4 years.  This is the amount that is presently slated to be spent in the Transportation Master Plan over the next 15 years.  It should be used now to increase cycling lanes and other important cycling facilities in advance of the completion of the LRT.
 Thomas McVeigh  The O'Connor bikeway will be the next important infrastructure project in the ward, combined with the conversion of the Laurier Bike lanes from temporary pilot to permanent infrastructure, and connecting it both east and westward.  Number one is a reduction in the default speed from 50km/h to 40km/h. That is the single cheapest and most effective measure that will save lives and make the roads safer for all. 
Over time, a shift to complete street designs will add to safety, and there are lots of small traffic engineering details that will add to safety, and having active transportation advocates working within the traffic engineering department at city hall will help as well
 Conor Meade The official cycling plan calls for a new lane to be built on O’Connor during the next Council term, which will be a welcome addition and a good start. It also calls for new lanes around Bronson, but these aren’t scheduled to be complete until 2031. This doesn’t make sense to me. If we’ve decided they are a good idea, why wait twenty years? As the City Council representative for Somerset Ward, I will advocate for the implementation of the official cycling plan over the next four years  

There is no substitute for segregated bicyle lanes. We need a city-wide network of segregated lanes that can take commuters wherever they need to go.

Traffic calming and driver awareness are also crucial.

For their part, I believe cyclists need to do a better job of respecting pedestrians. I often see cyclists using pedestrian sidewalks, and many cyclists fail to use their bells on shared paths.

Also, pedestrians need to be taught how to recognize and respect the segregated bike lanes. I frequently see people walk blindly out onto the Laurier lane. Segregated lanes are new to Ottawa, so I expect pedestrian awareness will increase with time.


Not only do I support this proposal, I think it is unnecessarily modest. Active transportation users are creating social benefits for the community, while drivers impose burdens such as smog, congestion,  noise, safety hazards, and carbon emissions.

An equitable distribution of transportation funds – i.e, the 2.5% proposal -is a good starting point. But as any economist will tell you, we should be subsidizing actions which generate social benefits (cycling, walking), and discouraging actions which generate social costs (driving). 

 Jeff Morrison  A north-south bike lane on O'Connor Street.  Also, once the LRT is fully in place, I'd like to see a dedicated one way bike lane on Slater, and another on Albert. An Albert lane in particular will allow for a more seamless westward transition, since it can more easily connect to the existing bike lane west of Bronson.  A few things:
-Better maintenance of existing bike lanes.  The marking on some lanes (eg, on Somerset west of Bronson) is so poor that users don't even know a lane exists.
-Better connection points and marking between bike lanes, including where bike lanes intersect main streets.  (As an example, I was sideswiped by a car while biking at an intersection point between two lanes). 
-There needs to be better promotion of the rights and responsibilities of all road users.  There are cyclists who do not fully follow the rules of the road, and many motorists who do not believe that cyclists are legitimate users of the road. With the increasing number of cyclists, a campaign to remind everyone of their respective rights and responsibilities would be timely.
 I think it's common sense and reasonable that the city's transportation budget should be roughly proportional to the percentage of transportation users.  If the data demonstrate that cyclists compromise 2.5% of trips, then it's logical that the transportation budget should be in line with that proportion.
 Silviu Riley  The development of bike lanes on Albert and Slater streets (after the completion of the LRT) should be the next major bike infrastructure project for Somerset ward. I hope the current bus lanes are used as bike lanes once the buses are no longer running on Albert or Slater.  More segregated bike lanes should be built to increase the safety of cyclists, rather than painted on-street lanes. Intersection crossings should be shortened to allow pedestrians to cross with greater safety, and advanced pedestrian crossing signals should be implemented more widely.  I would support an increase in funding for cycling infrastructure. It is important that the infrastructure is created to spur demand, to give residents more transportation options.
 Denis Schryburt  

There are two that I believe to be important cycling infrastructure projects in Somerset Ward that should be next on the list.

a) The cycling facility along the O'Connor Street corridor from Wellington Street to Glebe Avenue is an important cross-town bikeway.  I've participated in the planning workshop in June and supported a bi-directional segregated bike lane.

b) Rochester Street should also be considered as a top of the list project.  However, this one will take a bit longer as it should be the Ward's first truly complete street connecting Lebreton Flats to Dows Lake.

 Everyone has a role to play when it comes to road safety and more education is key.  I will, as city councillor, work with Trustees and school boards to bring bike safety back to our elementary schools.  It is important that our future cyclists learn at an early age the proper rules of the road.  That said, I will also push for more education for car drivers to always keep cyclists in mind when driving/parking and for pedestrians so they understand that a segregated bike lane shouldn't be used to pass others who may be going a bit slower on our sidewalks.  I've seen too many near misses on Laurier Avenue that could have resulted in serious injuries.  Yes.  In fact in my platform I state that as city councillor I will support the City's current plan, but believe the timeline should be cut in half and finished in the next 8 years rather than 15.
 Curtis Tom      
 Lili V. Weemen  So far I have only heard of the upcoming O'Connor bike lane.  I assume that two bikelanes one north south and one east west resumes what biking infrastructure in Ottawa is all about.  If you are serious about a proper biking infrastructure it has to be implemented city wide wherever cars go that's where bikes have to go.  Are you supposed to push your bike once you are outside Laurier bike lane or ride in unsafe conditions and get "doored" by cars?  We should have coloured bike paths painted across the city not only downtown because cyclists are not killed only downtown.  Educate vehicle owners and school kids to hop out of the car using door near the side walk or else check for traffic before hopping out of car.  We need proper coloured bike paths painted across the city not only downtown to ensure cyclists safety.  All way cross or "scramble" at busy intersections is safer and better for traffic flow.  Allow pedestrian few seconds to cross before cars can turn.  Install cameras on dashboards for blind spots and reverse cameras.  YES
Ward 15 - Kitchissippi
 Katherine Hobbs

 Like your members, I bike and I vote. I’ve been car free since August 2011 and I rely on walking, cycling and transit every day.

Rather than a single project, what Kitchissippi and Ottawa as a whole needs next is a completed minimum grid across the City. Ottawa has a responsibility to do so following the Ontario Coroner’s Report on Cycling Deaths, and I am committed to this.

New critical links like the Hampton Park link between Kirkwood and Island Park Drive, new raised cycle tracks on Churchill, improvements to the Holland/Tyndall/Byron intersection, the O-Train MUP, new lanes on Scott Street between Churchill and Holland have been important steps toward this goal.

Ahead of detours during the construction of the LRT, a new eastbound cycling lane will be implemented on Scott Street between Holland and Bayview (with a bike box), and two new MUPs will be built on the north and south sides of the Albert Street bridge connecting to the O-Train MUP. This is a critical link completed, which along with the connection between Albert and the Laurier SBL, will mean a cycling spine in place from Sandy Hill to Westboro.

I have a number of cycling projects underway, including lanes on Byron between Golden and Sherbourne, segregated cycle tracks for Scott Street in 2018, a cycling link from Scott Street to Richmond via Rochester Field, the next phase of the O-Train MUP across Carling Avenue to Dow’s Lake, new pedestrian-cycling bridges across the O-Train at Wellington and at Hickory, and a new cycling link on the Prince of Wales Bridge to Gatineau.

In terms of new development, I have always insisted on visible outdoor visitor parking as well as interior secured bike parking, and I’ve always insisted that bike parking be located conveniently, preferably on the ground floor or P1, and that appropriate ramps, exterior accesses and tuning rooms be provided wherever possible.

·         Start with a Vision Zero approach to road safety, that no death is acceptable
·         Build the downtown truck tunnel to remove large trucks from downtown streets.
·         Reducing the speed limit on all residential streets to 40 km/h as soon as the province amends the Highway Traffic Act, and pushing to reduce it further to 30 km/h in line with policies in London, New York and Paris.
·         Completing a minimum grid of protected cycling infrastructure across the City.
·         Continuing and expanding public education campaigns about safe cycling, bike rodeos, and driver education to avoid dooring and collisions with cyclists.
·         Distributing lights for bikes. I have given hundreds of cycling lights as Councillor.
·         Increasing cycling visibility both through infrastructure and actions, like green street paint to highlight points of conflict and Bike to Work Month.
·         Strategically addressing key conflict points as identified by CfSC and others.
·         Implementing the Ottawa Cycle Plan’s winter maintenance plan
 Yes. I agree that increasing funding for cycling infrastructure will help us meet our targets to grow ridership and create safer cycling for all.
I’m proud that Kitchissippi has more cycling infrastructure than any other ward, and I want more.
I’ve always insisted on cycling infrastructure be included in all major construction, including the new raised cycle tracks on Churchill Avenue, improvements to the Tyndall/Holland/Byron intersection, and new Hampton Park MUP between Kirkwood and Island Park Drive
Many more challenges lay ahead, and additional funding for cycling in the transportation budget will help us get there.
 Jeff Leiper  There are several.

First, just outside the boundary of my ward, we need to complete the O-Train Multi-Use Path all the way to Carling. This has been approved, but the design has to be done properly to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists can each safely use the path unimpeded. This path will be a major route for people to access the LRT in a rapidly intensifying area. It must safely connect to the cycling routes at Dow’s Lake. Another important consideration is that snow needs to be cleared from the entire path in the winter and spring for cyclists and pedestrians to be able to use it all year round. Why are the existing sections of the pathway not cleared? This needs to be remedied.

Second, we need to ensure that cyclists are safe on Scott Street and its connections during LRT construction when all the Transitway buses are diverted onto those roads, including in planning for the phase 2 western LRT. We must also plan for complete permanent cycling networks along Scott and Albert all the way downtown as part of the LRT construction.

Third, we need to tackle making Richmond and West Wellington roads safe for cycling from one end of the ward to the other.

Fourth, we need to address the dangerous situation where the cycling route along Tyndall Ave. intersects Parkdale.
 I would like to highlight five.

First, a huge issue is the unsafe conditions where bike lanes cross bridges (such as the Bank Street bridges) and major intersections. This includes everywhere multi-use pathways cross or end at roads without provision for cyclists.

Second, we need increased numbers of dedicated bike lanes like the highly successful Laurier bike lanes. In my ward, it is great we managed to make a segment of Churchill into a “complete street,” but we cannot wait to do this elsewhere only when streets undergo major reconstructions. We must decouple implementing safe cycling infrastructure from replacing underground infrastructure like sewers and pipes. Why cannot safe cycling be a priority during simple road resurfacing or sidewalk replacements, which are much more frequent?

Third, missing links in the bike routes must be filled in so that every neighbourhood is bikeable without dangerous gaps.

Fourth, I strongly support reducing the speed limit on local and residential streets to 40 kph.

Fifth, we need to fund education campaigns, initiatives such as “bike boxes,” and signage that effectively encourages automobiles and bikes to safely coexist while our cycling infrastructure investments catch up.
We should tie the funding level to the percentage of trips that are by bike,
and increase our funding for bicycle infrastructure until it reaches at least
2.5% as soon as possible. One of my major campaign issues is making budget
decisions much more transparent, and pushing for priorities of constituents
(including cycling and other active means of transport) in the budget. This
will allow us to put in place more safe cycling infrastructure without having
to wait for major road reconstruction, and will allow us to prioritize where
such cycle routes are actually most needed. Safe cycling infrastructure should
not be an afterthought driven by the need to replace sewers. Instead, we need
to devote actual resources to cycling infrastructure if we really are serious
about increasing the modal share. This means implementing the Ottawa Cycling
Plan with real funding. It is not enough for a Councillor to just commute by
bike. I have always commuted by bike and transit, but I promise also to do the
hard work as Councillor to ensure safe cycling throughout Ottawa.
 Ellen Lougheed      
 Michelle Reimer  The most important project I will lead when elected in Ward 15 is a review of the Kitchissippi road and path-way system.  We need to review our outdated road-system and disconnected pathways and determine a more effective way to solve today's problems.  Similar to Down Town Moves but more focused on residential input, I will request  transportation budget dollars to host street labs throughout Kitchissippi to solve the problem.  The most effective measure to be implemented will come out of the street lab meetings I convene in 2015.  The solutions will only emerge once we closely looking at the problems that exists today and agreeing on what we want it to look like in the future.  With the help of residents and experts we will determine which roads & paths are in most need of an upgrade to ensure safely for all.  The street labs will provide us with a comprehensive list of solutions as well as an action plan that can be phased in over time.  I support more equitable dollars on cycling infrastructure in Kitchissippi.  As part of urban renewal it only makes sense to invest in our ridership which is growing annually.  Today my focus is on getting elected so I can move forward with this project and implement the solutions that emerge.
 Larry Wasslen  I would like to consult more directly with the various community organizations
before picking "the" infrastructure project. Some individuals in the ward have
mentioned expansion of city owned cycle rentals in the ward and others have
suggested connecting Wellington-Rideau-Montreal Road as a way to improve both
cycling tourists and commuters options.
 Improving cycling safety is critical.
Reducing speed of motor vehicles is the most effective safety step for cyclist and
Dedicated cycling lanes are also important.
Snow clearing of cycle paths and dedicated bike lanes will also make cycling safer
year round.
As a member of council kin would also fight for some kind of tax credit from the
federal and provincial govt for cyclists.
Ward 16 - River
 Antonio Giannetti      
 Jeff Koscik      
 Michael Kostiuk  Bicycle lanes on Carling Avenue.  Creation of bike paths that connect parts of the city that allow bike users  to bypass busy roads.

Bicyclists need to obey the rules of the road for other car drivers and  pedestrians better than they do now. Perhaps an education campaign is in  order?

Bicyclists need to have a licence plate to identify them. Too many Bicyclists  go through red lights at busy intersections.

I am a life long bicycle rider myself, so my comments are not just coming  from an automobile perspective.

 I believe that we need to have adequate funding to support transportation  infrastructure for all modes of transportation.  Your proposal seems to  makes sense, but I cannot say one way or the other on the budget target without  being presented with more research on the subject. However I am open to the  idea.
 Mike Patton      
 Colin Pennie  We have a growing number of cyclists in our area and concerns about the safety of existing bike paths. The first step for our bicycle infrastructure projects is to establish official channels of communication with cyclists to identify unsafe conditions to address on our pathways. We need safe routes and to focus infrastructure development on the issues that matter to cyclists.  We need specific communication for cyclists to report any unsafe conditions or problem areas for bike pathways to address hazards.  Yes, I would support this increase to better represent those using bicycle infrastructures and as part of the city-wide initiative to increase the number of people who use bikes as part of an eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle choice.
 Vanessa Nicki Sutton  I would like to see increased dedicated cycling routes. Currently cycling routes merge into turning lanes and bus lanes, which is very dangerous. In an effort to promote sustainable transportation methods, cycling routes should be expanded and protected; expand not only the network of cycling paths but also the actual size of the paths. The existing cycling paths that share roadways should be redesigned to improve their safety and visibility.    Clearly demarcated paths, clear signs indicating cycling right-of-way, enhanced driver and cyclist training to remind everyone of the rules of the road, and period checks; just as there are cautionary speed reminders, there could be cautionary reminders for both cyclists and drivers to remind everyone of the rights, rules and responsibilities of each.    YES. Increasing transportation infrastructure is not limited to increasing motor or rail vehicle transit; cycling paths are a vital transportation network that are more than just aesthetically pleasing - they provide a very valuable service for the residents of this city. I believe the whole city benefits when cycling is encouraged, so I would whole-heartedly support an increase on bicycle infrastructure to allow the city to offer its residents more opportunities to get around safely while increasing physical activity. 
Ward 17 - Capital
 Scott Blurton Expansion of the Percy Bike Path South into Old Ottawa South and Heron Park. This would include pedestrian bridges across the Rideau Canal and Rideau River.  Improve high traffic intersections using innovative designs such as "Dutch Junctions" in order to improve the flow of traffic and reduce collisions involving cyclists I would have to see the funding breakdown before committing to an exact percentage. I think that Council needs to exercise its judgment on how we can spend our transportation dollars in order to maximize "Transportation Choice". At this time, I believe that cycling is under-utilized by the City and needs more investment.
David Chernushenko  
1. The Glebe Bikeway project
2. O'Connor North-South segregated lane project
3. Fifth-Clegg pedestrian and bike bridge
 Reducing speed on almost all roads where mixed traffic exists, most notably on arterials that are shared by bikes and a reduction to 40kph in all residential areas. Ongoing education of all road users about the legitimate place of cycling as a transportation option, what they can do as cyclists and drivers to improve road safety and basic skills for beginner adult and children cyclists. Continued construction of appropriate infrastructure for cycling. Yes 
 Espoir Manirambona  i use to cycle quite a bit (i dont drive) until i got my bike stolen. I dont have money for a bike. wud be useful sometimes for long distances as i dont have money for transit either. im sure many Ottawans are in a similar position. wud be nice to have community bikes that people who dont have a bike and dont have money for one cud borrow, kind of like borrowing a book. Bike lanes of course is key. in my view we shud prioritize bikes on roads, make it clear that the city intends to encourage people to bike more and transform all our roads into walk/bike friendly roads. Theres a need for bike lanes pretty much throughout old ottawa south/glebe/heron park/old ottawa east. segregated bike lanes like laurier wud be even better. My vision is a city where the vast majority of people are walking and biking and cars become a thing of the past. gotta elect more cyclists/walkers!  roads that give priority to cyclists/pedestrians. like smoking, car use shud be significantly reduced through active municipal policy. getting rid of cars is the best way of ensuring safety :) until then, bikes lanes. other bicycle infrastructure. free helmets, and bike repairs perhaps. not everyone has money to maintain a bike. more workshops to teach ppl how to cycle on roads. If elected, id sit down with u to discuss this as im sure ur much more familiar with the issues.  yes!! id even go much further. if were serious about being environmentally sustainable, conscious of climate justice and the disaster (!) that is car use, we need to put much more resources into making Ottawa a pedestrian/bike city. Id give priority to finding the necessary resources locally for free (i believe in resources, not money) but if ur gonna have a budget then much of it shud go to encouraging sustainable transportation. We need to elect councilors who primarily walk/bike or use transit in order to make that happen. These are the people who lead by example. Many of these people dont have a choice; they dont have money to drive. wud be nice to tie cycling issues to social justice and other progressive demands in order to ~unite~ forces for change to get an activist municipal gvt that represents our shared interests. In order to do that we need a more proportional voting system to make it easier for great groups like urs to elect members that'll go to city hall and get the job done. Countries that have proportional representation tend to have better environmental policies (Netherlands, Denmark, etc)
Ward 18 - Alta Vista
 Adam Bowick      
 Daher Muse Calin      
 Jean Cloutier      
 Clinton Cowan  I am proud to share that I will promote adding 40km of new cycling lanes and paths in Alta Vista Ward. Our area has some great north/south lanes however the east/ west routes are without lanes and especially near the hillside parts of Alta Vista near the river, as they are some of the riskiest roads to ride on.  I support the efforts at the provincial level to reduce the unposted speed limit to 40km/h this is important part to improving road safety. Additional stepping up traffic enforcement, to three times a week to identified areas, many who create much of this risk on road do so daily. This will break the habit fast and even lead to removal of driving privileges. As we continue to repair our local roads it is important to look at the projects with a lens that includes pedestrian and cyclist as well.  Yes. Over the next term it will be a priority to ramp up funding this essential infrastructure. Riders pay their fair share of taxes and the recent results from New York City's additional bike lanes on its main roads have shown that vehicle traffic continues to flow along with increased trips by cyclist and most importantly it reduced the number of collisions, injuries, a fatal events involving vehicles and cyclists. We must ensure shorter and safer commutes for all.
 Jeff Dubois  All cycling infrastructure project are important to cycling enthusiasts.  I believe the current city focus is on an east-west corridor.  Educational initiatives, tempered with modest enforcement, encouraging the sharing of existing infrastructure should be encouraged and promoted.     I would like a basis for the 2.5% ridership figure upon which your group relies.  I have also asked your group if they felt the cycling community would embrace a vehicle registration system (much like pet owners) to facilitate the sorts of budgetary expenditures they're seeking.  I would welcome any opportunity to test the validity and reliability of the 2.5% figure you suggest.  Please provide the statistical methodology you've used to obtain this figure.
 Hussein Mahmoud      
 Perry Marleau The next major cycling infrastructure for Alta Vista is cycling paths starting at Russell/St-Laurent reaching the Hurdman station to the LRT station All new road re-constructions will include widening of roadway that will have clear cycling marking on the road. Should financial resources are available, this is something I would support the next time the Master Transportation Plane comes for review (2017)
 John Redins      

 Ward 19 - Cumberland

 Marc Belisle  Our ward is mainly rural. Extending the shoulders would be a first step and having it paved  If we can find a way to separate as much as possible bikes and cars it would eliminate a lot of problems but this is not always possible. I believe both cars and bikes have to be aware of the rules of the road and follow them. This would help reduce collisions  Yes I would see this being a possibility
 Stephen Blais  The most important cycling project in Cumberland ward is what I am calling the Trans Orléans Pathway.

This dedicated and 100% segregated multiuse pathway will connect Trim Road in the east with Navan Road in the west.

It will be built along the Cumberland Transitway corridor and provide an excellent opportunity for cyclists and pedestrians alike to enjoy the fresh air and truly connect Orléans from one end to the next.

 Road Safety has been a top priority of mine since coming into office.

We have undertaken a number of education campaigns including my Slow Down Campaign.

As part of Slow Down! We measured traffic volumes and speeds on some of the busiest streets in Cumberland Ward.  Based on the results we implemented a number of measures ranging from enhance police enforcement to road paint modifications, signage and traffic calming measures.

You may have seen these traffic calming measures in the centre line of some streets in our ward – particularly in front of schools and parks.

We have also undertaken measures to enhance the safety of pedestrians by completely rebuilding and extending the sidewalk along Trim Road in Navan and through the Rockdale Road renewal project which is about get underway.

Both shoulders on Rockdale will be paved and widened and a concrete rumble strip will be installed to create a segregated area for pedestrians and cyclists.

 On any budget item before I submit it I ask several questions.  Is this enough money? Too much or not enough? Where are the funds coming from?  Is there something more pressing that these funds could be used for?  How does this impact taxes and fees?

These are just some of the questions I ask myself and others before making any financial decision.

I certainly look at every proposal with an open mind.

 Troy Dubé      
Ward 20 - Osgoode
 George Darouze      
 Tom Dawson  

Bicycle infrastructure in Osgoode should be considered in all future development projects. For example Old Prescott Road was recently resurfaced. This was a missed opportunity to create multipurpose laneways that incorporate the diverse needs of local residents – such as extending the road for cyclist and pedestrian traffic.

Planning with foresight can ensure that the city efficiently extends infrastructure to ensure the safety of cyclists in all wards. Our roads need to accommodate tractors as well as cyclists.

The city has outlined several safety concerns in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling plan, continuous monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of this plan will ensure we are addressing safety concerns as cycling infrastructure within the city grows.

The downtown center of Ottawa remains the area with the highest cyclist collision rates in the city. Safety concerns are and should remain integral to discussions from planning to implementation of any infrastructure development. Some key safety priorities highlighted in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan are the maintenance of pathways, comprehensive network development and separation of cycle traffic from trucks and buses. Strong consideration and implementation of these key measures that can ensure the highest safety standards for all road users.
 I support the efficient use of city funds to incorporate the fortification of
cycling infrastructure in the city into development projects. It is better to remain flexible with budgets
rather than earmark specific amounts. We
can do more with what we have through better planning and involvement of stakeholders.
 Bruce Faulkner      
 Davis Jermacans  

The School to Pool pathway is a high priority.  Council has asked the City to consider adding it to the city’s funded pathway projects. This pathway would connect St. Mark Catholic High          School on Dozois with the Village of Manotick’s outdoor pool, thus giving them access to the village without having to cycle on busy major roads.

In addition, the Greely community wants pathways to interconnect its neighbourhoods and communities and connect to the Osgoode Multiuse pathway, so cyclists can get to the Leitrim Park and          Ride transit station facility in greater safety.

Rural cyclists wanting to commute to work by bicycle are in danger every time they do so.  Sharing rural highways with vehicles          going 80km/hr (often more) is not desirable and may lead to tragic results. Nonetheless, cyclists will continue cycling. Though not as good as a grade-separated or barrier-separated bicycle lane, paved shoulders along these highways would offer them a slightly safer commute than the existing narrow, rutted gravel ones.  


We need shouldered roads in villages and residential areas where the posted speed is 40 km/hr.  This is probably the most significant item that will address a broad range of issues and make all road users more comfortable:

  • Shouldered 40 km/hr - 50 km/hr residential and village roads (where  there are no curbs and sidwalks) offer the following benefits:

  • Safe space for cyclists.  

  • Drivers are not faced with the anxiety of pulling completely into an oncoming traffic lane to pass the cyclist.

  • Safe space for pedestrians - sidewalks are few and where there are none, often gravel shoulders do not exist or have too great a slope to walk on.

  • Increased  road longevity.

  • Lower collision rate rate for vulnerable road users.

 We should learn from places that have high cycling ridership that increasing ridership safely requires grade-separated cycling          infrastructure.  Building this infrastructure takes money. Ottawa’s cycling strategy needs to be balanced in the context of budgetary demands for all forms of transportation          infrastructure in urban and rural Ottawa.
 Jean Johnston-McKitterick      
 Liam Maguire  To my knowledge there is no bicycle infrastructure project for Osgoode Ward. Regretfully it's Osgoode Ward where the woman was killed in the 'Ride the Rideau a week and a half ago. The project that should be entertained is having a back up plan for adverse weather and perhaps moving that event to a  Sunday from a Saturday especially on weeks where it's following a long weekend because then garbage pick up is Saturday's. Other than that given our numbers of gravel roads, dirt roads and paved roads in a constant need for repair there is little movement that's come to my attention anyway to worry about bicycle infrastructure  In my experience as a driver in the ward, ( 39 years ) I have found the bicyclists that venture out our way, I'm assuming for their long rides, or sight seeing, etc., have managed quite well for the most part. Perhaps they would tell a different tale, I'm not sure. I'm not a cyclist so it's hard for me to say. To ensure the safety of all users it's incumbent on the cyclists  to maybe be better educated on the 'hot' spots where traffic moves quicker on average than the posted limit and the areas where riding 3-4 abreast could be an issue. A frustrated driver as much as they may be or are in the wrong are still frustrated drivers where unfortunately any collision is potentially disastrous for the cyclist. I would advocate better education for those biking into the rural areas of Ottawa and additionally press releases or information sent out publically in advance of events such as Ride the Rideau where drivers can be warned and advised and asked to take a few extra minutes, understand the complexity of a 1000 bicycles on the road and maybe allow a few extra minutes for your travel time. 
  There are a number of events in Manotick annually that see Main Street closed to traffic for five hours. Quite a bit of notice goes out for these events and as a result many ( not all I'm sure but most residents and thorough traffic)  understand and as a result you can plan your route around main street. There is no capability to change anything to the roads in Osgoode Ward to make it any safer for bicycles so it has to be education on both sides with this terrible tragedy still on everybody's mind.
 At this point, as a candidate I'm not comfortable suggesting what programs or plans should receive extra funding. I don't know the full extent of the budget and fiscal restraint for the city is one of the platforms I''m running on. I  need more information before I would commit to extra funds not knowing the numbers, ridership, etc.
 Bob Masaro      
 Kim Sheldrick  In my opinion, in a specified area, an important project would be a pathway linking St Mark Catholic High School to the village of Manotick. A pathway would allow students safe access as opposed to travelling down Mitch Owens Road. In the Ward as a whole, I would like to see linking of Metcalfe and Greely through a multi use pathway along the hydro corridor.  I believe it should be mandatory for all cyclists to wear helmets. I also believe bikes should be registered and have plates similar to cars so those chosing not to abide by rules can be identified and reported to the Police. Incorporating a bicycle safety course at school, including the rules of the road, for young children is something else I believe in.  I would be supportive if the increase were not solely cycling but also included pathways which would be accessible for other means of transportation (walking, horseback etc). I do support creating new bike lanes as rural roads are resurfaced.
 George Wright  In my opinion, paving the shoulders of the road is the most important.  Bicycles should ride in single file, on the paved shoulder where present. Packs should immediately be ticketed.  No
Ward 21 - Rideau-Goulbourn
 Scott Moffatt  Finding a safe crossing for cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchairs over the Rideau Canal in Manotick as an alternative to Bridge Street.  The preferable solution would be making the dam at Watson's Mill accessible.  In the rural area, the key is paved shoulders.  As we resurface roads that are identified as preferred cycling routes, we need to ensure we pave the shoulders as well providing safe space for cyclists.  
I have supported cycling infrastructure projects in my first term, such as the Laurier Avenue SBL and various complete street projects, such as Scott Street and Churchill Street.  At this point, however, I think it is premature to speak to spending unless I know what the impact of increasing that spending was.  For instance, in Rideau-Goulbourn, we need more money on infrastructure renewal so I wouldn't be in favour of reducing that budget in favour of increasing the cycling projects budget.  However, the more roads we resurface in the rural area, the greater the likelihood of paved shoulders on busy roads.
 Daniel Scharf      
Ward 22 - Gloucester-South Nepean
 Kevin Fulsom      
 Scott Hodge  The principal bicycle infrastructure in our Ward is to ensure that all our primary rural roads have paved shoulders allowing for safer cycling options between our communities and to the north through the greenbelt.  I would like to see designated bike lanes on all arterial and major collector roads throughout our Ward, ensuring that the roads are designed to facilitate the sharing of the road by cars and bikes.  No, I would not support this increase because the cost of the infrastructure does not equate to the percentage split of the types of transportation. The inclusion of bike lanes and related safe cycling options do not have the infrastructure costs that the overall road construction and other transportation infrastructure incur.
 Jason Kelly      
 Michael Qaqish      
 Bader Rashed      
 Susan Sherring  I think we’ve done a good job at making sure newer transportation infrastructure – addresses the needs of cyclists – especially in terms of the creation of cycling lanes.  I think we need to stay current on the latest trends in streetscape development with a view to making sure we implement best practices as we proceed with new development – and of course making sure older development is updated where necessary.  I also think one issue in the suburbs is connectivity.  We need to make sure our pathways and our cycling infrastructure make sense – that there are appropriate linkages  

Like Citizens for Safe Cycling I believe strongly in the power of public education – and that means awareness not only for drivers but increased awareness for cyclists as well.  Sharing the road has got to mean getting everyone to respect and follow the rules of the road.  Yes infrastructure must be improved and -- if as a city we want to promote cycling-- we must make sure it is safe to do so.  We need an approach that focuses on infrastructure and education.

I still believe there is a lack of awareness in terms of the rules of the road and sharing the road.  We put in a lot of effort in terms of ‘teaching’ people about the new downtown bike lanes – but I would argue there is much more ‘teaching’ to be done.


I am always wary of pre-committing budget dollars, or setting arbitrary percentages before careful analysis and considered debate.  I understand that setting arbitrary targets can appear to be a solution, but in my experience it is often that kind of isolated analysis that leads to poor planning.

I agree that the current funding on bicycle infrastructure needs to be examined more closely – but always in context.  That means taking a good hard look at all the priorities within the transportation budget – and then making the case.  I can certainly commit to that kind of analysis and I agree that increasing the percentage of trips made by bike will require new investment.  It’s the targeted budgetary percentage, without deeper analysis, that I cannot support.

 Ward 23 - Kanata South
 Allan Hubley      


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