Ottawa’s most effective cycling advocacy group, the Citizens for Safe Cycling, has released their 2017 Ottawa Report on Bicycling report.
This year’s report details how Ottawa residents are using their bikes, how various levels of government are investing in cycling infrastructure and programs, as well as some articles on cycling with cargo, bikig outside of the downtown core, and more.
This year’s cycling report also includes CfSC’s top-10 list for the coming year:
2017 TOP 10 OTTAWA CYCLING RECOMMENDATIONS
- Introduce one snow clearing in early spring on NCC MUPs that are not already winter-maintained.
This would make the pathways accessible to cyclists and pedestrians earlier in the year.
- Twin pathways along the river and canal where space permits and where there is a critical mass of users per day at peak season.
Different MUP users travel at different speeds: in congested areas, twinning pathways would improve flow and safety for all.
- As a policy, make bike lanes a minimum requirement on new bridges and bridges being reconstructed.
Without planning space for bike lanes from the outset, bridges easily become a traffic pinch point. Planning for bike lanes from the construction phase would help to avoid potential bottlenecks.
- Install bike counters in new facilities that are further from the core, particularly outside of the Greenbelt and near LRT stations.
This would help to inform bike infrastructure planning in areas beyond the downtown core.
- Fill missing connections in the winter cycling network.
Portage Bridge is a key example of a missing link in winter for cyclists travelling between Ottawa and Gatineau.
- Enhance winter cycling by improving on-street snow-clearing on low-volume streets that are identified as important cycling connections.
Streets with lower motor traffic volume and speeds are often most appealing to cyclists, and could be particularly so in the winter if maintenance standards and priorities took cycling routes into account. Examples might include Echo Drive or Sherwood Drive.
- Improve practices for installing permeable barriers to make them safer and easier to navigate for cyclists.
While intended to keep motor traffic off trails, some permeable barriers– such as p-gates–can be dangerous for cyclists if they are difficult to see and/or to ride through.
- Make bike sharing a component of the public transit service, integrating bike rentals with the transit fare system.
This could help to encourage multi-modal trips using both bikes and transit.
- Maintain OC Transpo Rack n’ Roll year-round.
This may encourage potential winter cyclists to make part of their commute by bike.
- Implement reasonable wait times and visual/audio feedback for signals triggered by cyclists.
There are still numerous examples of intersections where cyclists can trigger a signal, but the wait time is unreasonable. Feedback once triggered would reassure cyclists that the signal will change.