A 2012 rendering of the Bayview platform, by Rideau Transit Group.
In this guest post, CfSC member, engaged citizen, and frequent AWG attendee Eric Darwin provides some insight into how an LRT station planning process with public input has evolved into a contractual arrangement without public input. The result has been some, er... surprises... in how well the designs seem to be respecting Ottawa's stated goal of prioritizing walking and cycling. Recently released designs for Pimisi station have neglected to include safe and connected active transportation routes, and there are now concerns that Bayview station will interrupt the very popular Trillium (aka O-train) MUP. How did it come to this? And is enough being done to fix it? See what Eric has to say...
Paul Clarke, leader of Citizens for Safe Cycling's Advocacy Working Group, receives the Bruce Timmermans individual award for his leadership and insights on how to make a wide range of infrastructure projects safer for Ottawa's cyclists. Pictured with Councillor Keith Egli (left) and City of Ottawa's acting General Manager of Planning and Growth Management, Michael Mizzi (right). Photo: City of Ottawa.
Sharrows and parking. On Byron, the first vehicle in line is parked illegally, but the rest are legally parked on top of sharrows along this designated bike route. Is this really what is meant by "share the road"? Photo by Paul Clarke
While some experienced and confident cyclists find sharrows help emphasize their right to use the road, sharrows do not generally improve the safety or comfort of the average person. They are not a suitable substitute for cycling infrastructure for people of all ages and abilities.
Some of our members, getting ready to roll out from Parliament Hill. The theme for the ride was fancy dress. With the warm weather, a light dress with bike shorts was the outfit of choice. We didn't see many wool suits. Photo by Sean Flynn.
Monday May 30 was Bike Day in Canada, a nationwide celebration of cycling. Here in Ottawa, we were lucky to be able to attend "Bike Day on the Hill". This was a fun bike ride, a BBQ on Parliament Hill, and, most importantly, an opportunity to discuss a national cycling strategy with parliamentarians. If you weren't able to join us, maybe we'll see you there next year, but for now, here's a recap of the evening...
This year our Tulips on Two Wheels event will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 11am-2pm. Find CfSC volunteers in the same location as last year: along the canal at Queen Elizabeth Drive and Fifth Avenue, beside the Canal Ritz Restaurant.
Two mechanics from Cycle Salvation will be onsite with us offering free bike tune-ups, and volunteers can provide CfSC membership information, free maps, and t-shirts for sale. It's a great opportunity to get out and see the tulips, meet fellow cyclists including CfSC board members and volunteers, and make sure your bike is in good condition for the summer.
We hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, May 21st | 11am to 2pm
Where: Near Queen Elizabeth Drive and Fifth Ave, beside the Rideau Canal
Here is a 3 minute clip of the bike tour that BikeOttawa organised for Janette Sadik-Khan. As we only had an hour, we couldn't venture out too far, so we stuck to a loop around the Ottawa river downtown. We showed some new bike infrastructure and we discussed some issues that have not been solved.
CfSC is proud to be joining forces with Ecology Ottawa and a number of other partners to present an evening with Janette Sadik-Kahn, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City and author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.
Based on her experience leading innovative urban design projects in NYC, Sadik-Kahn will share tips for making Ottawa's streets safer and more livable.
When: April 27th, reception at 6pm (with cash bar and books for sale), presentation runs from 7-8:30pm, book signing until 9pm.
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3.
RSVP: Tickets are free but you must register using the form on this page. You'll also have the option to share on Facebook that you're going, as a way to tell your friends about this interesting event.
CfSC will have a booth at the event-- come say hello to us! We look forward to seeing you there.
Minister and MP Catherine McKenna and Councillors Jeff Leiper and Keith Egli were in attendance to show their support for safe cycling in Ottawa. (Photo: Paul Clarke)
This year, to avoid stealing the Easter bunny's thunder we kicked off spring a week later than usual on April 2nd, the second Saturday of the season. Our Spring.Bike.Ottawa event was more popular than ever with 100+ community members out to hear from an impressive line-up of speakers, watch a Canadian premiere video screening, and mingle with fellow cyclists from around the city.