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Addressing cyclists' concerns around the National Arts Centre

NAC connections

Approaching the NAC heading towards the Ottawa River Pathway, a sign tells cyclists to walk their bikes for the portion of the path along the Canal that passes the NAC.

Our 2015 Report on Cycling identified improving connectivity on the Northbound Rideau Canal multi-use pathway around the NAC as a top ten concern for cyclists in the city. Seizing the opportunity of the NAC rejuvination, CfSC reached out to the managers of the project to voice concerns, and advocate for practical solutions to be implemented through the renovations. 

Bike Ottawa Supports Photo Radar

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A typical residential speedway. Signed at 40 km/h due to a nearby elementary school, but built twice as wide as needed, just in case anyone would like a place to park. A road diet is clearly needed here, but in the meantime, photo radar could help to keep this neighbourhood safe, while calming the noise and unpleasantness of speeding cut-through traffic. Photo from Google Streetview.

This Wednesday, Ottawa City Council will vote on whether to request the option for our police to enforce speed limits using photo radar. We think this can be a useful tool for the police. Here's the letter we submitted to council in support of this initiative.

Strava Metro - Every Trip You Make...

...is a Vote for Where You want to Walk or Ride.

Screenshot from the Strava Global Heatmap, showing GPS traces from Strava users. Notice how some streets are no-go zones, and that there are a substantial number of people cycling on the Portage bridge west side sidewalk, bypassing the counter on the east side cycletrack. Metro will give us insights into how these usage patterns are established, and we'll even see how they will change as new cycling infrastructure is built - Image: Strava

This is a busy week for cycling advocacy

In Ottawa these days, there's always a cycling project to talk about. Photo by Hans Moor

With so many meetings about public projects that have an impact on cycling, it is great that we have a large contingent of volunteers to cover them - especially since there is sometimes more than one per evening.

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