There will be eight fresh faces on Ottawa City Council. Of course you want to know what they think about cycling. Not all of them filled in the survey we sent around, so we did some research after the results were in.
It took a few years of hard work, but cycling is now an election issue in our Nation’s Capital according to the CBC. We asked the candidate mayors about cycling and here are their answers.
Have you noticed that the bike infrastructure is gradually getting better in Ottawa-Gatineau? Every year the city makes improvements based on the Ottawa Cycling Plan which was written in 2013. Many designs are being rolled out currently and we need your to help keep an eye on all the designs.
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.
Our election page is hugely popular and generated a lot of interest, both from residents with an interest in cycling (“Everyone should read this page as a guide“) to residents with no interest in cycling (“Let’s put the blame where it belongs, cyclists should pay for their own infrastructure”).
Around 350,000 bike rides are counted on Laurier Ave every year. The East-West Bikeway is slowly being built. Work on the bike and pedestrian bridge over the Rideau River has started. These are all positive developments for cycling in the city.
Citizens for Safe Cycling is preparing a platform for the municipal election which takes place on October 27th, 2014. The document will distributed directly to candidates, and residents can also use it for reference when talking to candidates.
To get an idea of what we are talking about, we wrote one for the 2010 election. The bike folks in Waterloo apparently used our document in 2010 too, so assume it is pretty reliable.
To prepare this updated 2014 document, we are soliciting opinions from candidates, cyclists and other residents. This survey’s results will be used to prepare our platform in the coming weeks. The deadline for submissions is August 11.
Here’s the survey. It should take only 5-10 minutes to complete.
Thanks for your time! We have received dozens and dozens of answers already so don’t let this chance slip by.
Citizens for Safe Cycling hosts regular bike advocacy meetings.