Coming up in two weeks: Spring.Bike.Ottawa - April 2

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Subject: Coming up in two weeks: Spring.Bike.Ottawa - April 2
Date: March 20th 2016

This is an update from Citizens for Safe Cycling - March 20, 2016

Spring Bike Ottawa 2016 edition

Our annual Spring.Bike.Ottawa is on April 2 this year. Usually we organise it on the first Saturday in Spring, but Easter got in the way, hence we postponed it by a week. We hope you all come out to Ottawa's popular premier bike advocacy event to listen to speakers and to bask in the spring bike vibe. 

Doors are open at 12:30, the program starts at 1 pm

Here is the program:

City Of Ottawa - Kornel Musci - intersection design, 

Report on Winter Cycling Congress 2016, St. Paul, Minnesota - Presenter: Kate Whitfield (Parsons)

Bike Ottawa’s Annual Report on Cycling

2:30 - 3:00 pm Refreshment and networking break 

Short Film Screening - Mama Agatha (16 minutes)

Update from the NCC - Bruce Devine

Cycling research presentation - Felicity Borgal

What to do if you are involved in a collision - Burn Tucker Lachaine Injury Lawyers

We have a merchandise table (credit and debit accepted), and several other organisations will be there too with a table. 

Sign up at our Eventbrite page, so that we can estimate the number of participants.

We have space for about 100 people.


And now we have your attention, here is some other news you might be interested in:

Safe Streets Ottawa (deadline approaching)

Kevin O'Donnell set up a petition to support councillor Riley Brockington's  (Riverward) intended motion about increased efficiency for the Ottawa police force to use photo radar to catch speedsters. Provincial politicians are not overly excited about the idea yet, so Riley needs your support. The idea is that the police shouldn't be doing work that can be perfectly done through automation. There is some confusion among the public: speed traps exist already for a long time, the point of councillor Brockington is to be more efficient with our resources. Add your name to Kevin's list:


Not to be missed: Janette Sadik-Khan in Ottawa (Ecology Ottawa)

When: Wed, 27 April, 18:00 – 20:30
Where: 1525 Princess Patricia Way Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3

Janette Sadik-Khan, co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution and former Transportation Commissioner for New York City, will be in Ottawa to talk about how she re-imagined public spaces and helped transform the streets New York – one of the world's greatest, toughest cities –  into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. 

For more information contact:
Neil Kabesh
613 402 6831


Byron Avenue Advisory Lanes

Bicycle advisory lanes in Sevenum, Netherlands

The City is considering improvements to Byron Avenue (Sherbourne Road to Island Park Drive) to improve conditions for all road users. A traffic calming plan for Byron Avenue was approved as part of a wider area study for the McKellar Park community initiated in 2005. The Byron traffic calming measures have now prioritized for implementation. 

Fifth Ave advisory lanes in Ottawa

However, given the higher policy emphasis on cycling and pedestrian needs, the approved plan will be reviewed and updated to ensure these users are considered and to address other localized concerns along the study corridor. This includes the potential consideration of a new type of cycling facility - advisory cycling lanes. They are not really new for Ottawa though as you can also find them on Fifth Ave at Queen Elizabeth Driveway ((see screen grab above).

Tell the city what you think (at the end of the questionnaire, you'll get the opportunity to see the results so far. You may want to see a quick video of advisory lanes in the Netherlands first:

Then go to the questionnaire:


Nepean Trail

Movati is building a retaining wall. The MUP will be on right of the wall. (photo: Hans Moor)

Work on the Nepean Trail is coming along. Movati, building at Merivale and Meadowlands, set aside space for a Multi Use Pathway (MUP) at the back of the mall. The city is talking to the owners of the Emerald Plaza to get some land to continue the path so that it connects to the neighbourhood behind Merivale Road (there are only a few goat paths now). The functional study for a MUP at Merivale (part of the Nepean Trail) underneath the railway underpass is more or less completed. Our Advocacy Working Group has been activily involved with suggestions for the designs as were the community associations in the area.


Winter Bike Network

The city maintained a winter cycling network this winter. Our Advocacy Working Group ( collected feedback and will submit suggestions for improvements to the Transportation Committee. 

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Happy spring cycling!

Citizens for Safe Cycling

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