amf673's picture

City of Ottawa is surveying its cyclists, asking to identify problem areas.

The City of Ottawa is surveying its cyclists, asking to identify problem areas.

You can see the survey:

and a CBC story on it:

I would like to see Calgary do the same.

What is your problem area?

For me it is 10 St NW, northbound between 16 and 23. Two narrow lanes each direction,
slight up-hill. I get squeezed, yelled at, honked at, flipped off, one fellow even got out
of his car to give me a shove, on a regular basis. My left hand was clipped by a mirror
when I stuck it out to signal. I'd go another way, but most of the others
are just as bad or miles out of the way.


ride's picture

No more surveys

...and no, my name isn't Steven Harper!

The City of Calgary has surveyed cyclists here several times. They know darn well what we need. Now let's get on with building it.

Instead of spending $500 Millioni on a half kilometer of suburban underground roadway serving a few motorists in a far-flung corner of the city (aka the airport tunnel), let's spend just 20% of that amount - $100 Million - and build a city-wide cycling infrastructure that benefits 1 million residents.


'ride' at ''
Bicycles aren't obstructing traffic, they're part of traffic

BCDon's picture

Well at least

They already have some infrastructure so they are ahead of Calgary and, they have an online survey to actually capture the issues from a cyclists perspective. Not just the reported incidents but all the close calls we all have and are never reported.

CPat's picture

List of Ottawa cycling

List of Ottawa cycling upgrades:


Cycling in the City - September 2017

Rideau River Western Pathway

Construction is well underway on an extension to the Rideau River Western Pathway. This current project will lengthen the existing multi-use pathway between Strathcona Park and the uOttawa Lees Avenue campus a further 1.4km to the south to Onslow Crescent. The project will provide an active transportation corridor that will connect the uOttawa Lees Campus, Springhurst Park, Greystone Village and Brantwood Park. At Brantwood Park southbound cyclists will transition to the shared-vehicle lanes along Onslow Crescent, Bullock Avenue and Rideau Garden Drive to continue southwards along the Rideau River. Although some segments of the pathway will open in fall 2017 the full pathway is not expected to be completed until early summer 2018.

A separate project currently underway within Windsor Park in Old Ottawa South is renewing the existing park pathway and upgrading it to the City's multi-use pathway standard as part of the long-term plan for walking and cycling within the Rideau River western corridor. Additional information can be found on the City's website.

Campeau Drive Multi-Use Pathway

Construction is also advanced on the Campeau Drive multi-use pathway. This project is replacing the existing sidewalk on the northside of Campeau Drive with a multi-use pathway to better serve residents of this area. The new segment of multi-use pathway extends from Knduson Drive to Teron Road, a distance of approximately 1km.
The main 3m-wide asphalt pathway has been installed and is now operational, with the restoration and regrading of the boulevards also completed. Short segments of cycle tracks have been constructed to the west of the Knudson Drive intersection to provide a connection between the multi-use pathway and the roadway. The project is anticipated to be fully finished later this fall, once the pavement markings and signage are completed.

St. Laurent Road Rehabilitation

As part of the improvements currently being constructed for transit services along St. Laurent Boulevard between Industrial Road and Smyth Road, improvements for cyclists are also being delivered. The reconstruction of the road to accommodate a bus-only lane also includes new raised cycle tracks in both the north and south directions, and provides a cross-ride at the Industrial Road and Innes Road intersection for cyclists using the east-west multi-use pathway, which is also being extended. Construction on this project is ongoing, and the segments of raised cycle tracks have been partially constructed although are not yet operational.
Completion of this multi-year project is anticipated in late 2017; details can be found on the City's website.

Trans-Orléans Multi-Use Pathway

Construction of the Trans-Orléans Pathway is anticipated to begin later this summer. This long-distance pathway, approximately 3km in length, is a predominantly off-road route between Liska Street and Trim Road, approximately halfway between Innes Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard. This facility provides a low-stress east-west route that connects to a number of community destinations within the Avalon and Notting Hill neighbourhoods, including Avalon Public School, Cumberland Millennium Sports Park and OC Transpo's Millennium Park and Ride facility. The Trans-Orleans Pathway project will connect to another multi-use pathway also being built in the neighbourhood this year; the Avalon Pathway is located within the hydro-corridor between Chardonnay Drive and Brian Coburn Boulevard.
Completion of the Trans-Orleans pathway is expected in late-summer 2018; a drawing showing the pathway route can be found on the City's website.

Hunt Club Road Cycling Link – Consultation Now Online

The City of Ottawa is in the planning stage for improving cycling conditions along Hunt Club Road between Riverside Drive and Paul Benoit Driveway. The draft design proposes a shared pedestrian and one-way (westbound) cycling facility for the northside of Hunt Club Road, and a separate cycle track and sidewalk for the southside where there is more space.
This project is identified within the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan to be constructed within the period 2020 to 2025, however the City of Ottawa has received federal stimulus funding to complete the design work ahead of this time. To view the proposed design and submit your feedback by 20 September, please visit the project webpage.

Booth Street Bridge Improvements – Design Solution

A combination of cycle tracks and bike lanes have been proposed as a preliminary design solution for the Booth Street Bridge. This infrastructure project will provide a safe cycling facility in a key active transportation corridor serving a number of important local destinations. These destinations include the Confederation Line Pimisi station, planned development sites such as LeBreton Flats and Zibi, and onward cycling connections both along and across the Ottawa River.

This preliminary design solution was developed as a collaboration between the City and several community active transportation groups including Citizens for Safe Cycling, Healthy Transportation Coalition, EcoDistrict Ottawa, West Side Action (Blog), Ecology Ottawa, Share the Road and the City of Ottawa Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. For more information, please visit the City's Confederation Line website.

Use the Yellow Dots to Activate the Green Light

The City would like to remind Ottawa cyclists to wait on the three yellow dots to make sure that you get a green light when waiting at a traffic signal. The three yellow dots are installed at signalized intersections to indicate to cyclists where the most responsive part of the metal-detecting 'loop' is embedded in the asphalt. This loop senses when vehicles, including bicycles, are stopped in this location and sends a request to change the signal to green within the next cycle. If you are not stopped on the yellow dots, you may not get the green light.

Mackenzie Avenue Cycle Tracks

The Mackenzie Avenue cycle tracks opened in mid-May and the data collected in the first couple of months shows some positive trends. Firstly, the bike tracks have encouraged more people to ride within this corridor, with between two to three times more cyclists using Mackenzie Avenue compared with before the cycle tracks opened. Secondly, combined with efforts made to encourage cyclists to use the new cycling facility instead of the sidewalk on the west side of Mackenzie Avenue, recent counts showed that over 85% of cyclists within the corridor are now using the cycle tracks, reducing the risk of conflict with pedestrians.

Overall, cyclist volumes in July and August are averaging slightly less than 10,000 per week, with 2552 trips counted on the busiest day (Friday 28 July 2017). The majority of cyclists are travelling southbound (75%), with most continuing along Colonel By Drive to connect with the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. City staff plan to begin the functional design process for extensions to the Mackenzie Avenue facility at its current southern terminus, to improve the cycling connections to the south and east directions. The improvements will make the Mackenzie Avenue facility an even more important connection within the City's downtown bikeway network.

Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Funding

In late May the Ministry of Transportation launched the multi-year Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program. In 2017 this program is making up to $50M available province-wide to invest in cycling infrastructure to help reduce the volume of greenhouse gases generated from the transportation sector. On 23 June 2017, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi announced the allocation of $5M in 2017 OMCC funding for the City of Ottawa towards the construction of the new Rideau Canal crossing. Construction of this new bridge, connecting Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street, is anticipated to begin this fall. For more information on the Rideau Canal bridge project, please visit the project webpage on the City's website.


CPat's picture

$50 million Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program

... In late May the Ministry of Transportation launched the multi-year Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program. In 2017 this program is making up to $50M available province-wide to invest in cycling infrastructure to help reduce the volume of greenhouse gases generated from the transportation sector. ...



It'd sure be great if Alberta had something like this.  It's in addition to the one that's geared towards recreation paths/bicycle touring too.


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I have wondered if there are opportunities at some intersections in Calgary to have sensor-based signals for separate-phase signalization where a road is crossed by a cycle track or pathway, particularly at busy intersections. Basically, cyclists would ride over a sensor somewhere prior to an intersection, with the signal timed to give right-of-way (ideally) as the cyclist(s) arrives at the intersection or (less ideally) soon after the cyclist(s) arrive there. The idea being to eliminate the safety concerns with turn conflicts at intersections and not unnecessarily impede other traffic if there are no cyclists in the cycle track or on the pathway during signal changes. I imagine there are some instances it would work, but it might be difficult to incorporate such variability into a system where numerous signals are synchronized. I do know that there can be a lot of waiting at some signals and it would be nice to keep it safe and streamline things.