whether for recreation or as
a way to commute, has become easier in many ways since the
reconstruction of Wellington Street. While Wellington was almost
impassable for many years due to its condition, and the new street is
much smoother. Due to its narrowing, traffic has been slowed
considerably, and we hear anecdotally that cyclists are taking greater
advantage of it as part of their route to work. We believe that the
draft Community Design Plan estimation of 3% bike commuters in
Hintonburg is drastically understated.
however, lists just two commuting routes from Hintonburg to downtown.
Wellington is a suggested, but unsigned route, and the NCC's Ottawa
River path can also serve as a commuting route. The City has now also
turned its attention to using Armstrong as an alternative to Wellington
for slower cyclists, and has described plans to create a "contra-flow"
lane on Garland to assist riders get from Armstrong to Somerset as part
of their commute from the core.
May 16, the Hintonburg Community Association hosted a cycling summit
with school and City officials, along with cycling advocates and
police. Among other topics, we heard from City cycling facilities
director Robin Bennett that the City is considering suitable locations
in the city to test "sharrows".
Sharrows - lane markings that help cyclists understand where they
should ride for greatest safety, and to alert drivers to these patterns
- have benefits. But, if cyclists don't use them properly, drivers will
not become accustomed to the need to share lanes, and the harm could
potentially be greater than the benefit. The City has also directed a
trial implementation of "bike
- advanced stop lines that give cyclists priority for making turns and
proceeding through intersections in either Kitchissippi or Somerset
wards (likely to be at the northbound Bay/Wellingtion intersection).
And, the city is eyeing a "contraflow" lane on Garland that would allow
southbound traffic for bikes only to ease the transition from the
calmer Armstrong/Spencer route to Somerset to cross the O-Train bridge.
the City is eyeing modifications (over many months) to the Ottawa
Cycling Map that would indicate Scott as a signed route with bike
lanes, Holland as a signed route, and Wellington/Somerset as a signed
route with bike lanes where those exist.
Leadman at our Cycling Summit described that the City's priority for
boosting cycling commuting is in communities within 5km of the core. We
have the opportunity here to ensure everything that can be done to make
cycling safer is being done. The new road
configuration appears to have had the effect of making lane-sharing
practical without additional measures, but we - and the City - would
like to hear more about what you think needs to be done in our
there intersections or stretches of road in Hintonburg that are
particularly problematic? Do you consider that bike boxes and sharrows
would be a helpful addition to our streets? How can cycling, for
recreation or commuting, be made safer and more attractive. Please let
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