The O’Connor Street bike lane will officially open on Thursday, October 25, 2016.
The new bike lane is 1.7 kilometres long and runs from Laurier Avenue to Fifth Avenue in the Glebe. It will provide an important north-south route for cyclists in downtown Ottawa.
The section north of the Queensway is a fully segregated bike lane, while in the Glebe, parts of it consists of a painted bike lane. At the moment, the bike lane ends at Laurier Avenue in the downtown area, but there are plans to extent it to Parliament Hill.
The new bike lane looked ready for use since the beginning of October. However, there was a need to complete work on signage before it could officially open. Nevertheless, the project is still a month ahead of schedule.
The O’Connor Street bike lane project was not without its controversies. Last April, it was reported that, to the surprise of many, the city suddenly decided to change what had been planned in sections of the Glebe – instead of being a full bike lane, it was going to be a ‘shared’ one. Whatever the case, compared to what happened with the Laurier Avenue segregated bike lane five years ago, there was a lot less resistance to this one.
The opening ceremony for that O’Connor Street bike lane will be taking place at 1:30 pm on Thursday.
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