It’s a case of good-new, bad-news, when it comes to the growth in the number of people cycling in Ottawa.
The good news is that the number of cycling trips has gone up by 44% over the past five years according to bike counters in key locations in Ottawa. The bad news is that this growth is reaching the point where it may start to outstrip the existing infrastructure’s ability to handle the increased bicycle traffic.
The number of cyclists outpacing infrastructure capacity should come as no surprise. Five years ago there were reports that Montreal’s most popular bike lanes were starting to get seriously congested.
Here in Ottawa, I remember ten years ago the racks were almost empty where I used to park my bike in an underground garage in a downtown office building. Today, it can sometimes be difficult to find one free space to lock up a bicycle.Share this with others: