There is an interesting story in the Ottawa Citizen about how local councillor Tim Tierney is starting to make some headway in improving cycling infrastructure in the Beacon Hill-Cyrville area in east-end Ottawa.
Basically, he said the area used to be a “black hole” in Ottawa’s cycling network. However, he has been promoting several projects to change things for the better.
For example, there used to be a dangerous gap on Ogilvie Road ( between Blair and Montreal Rd) that was lacking any kind of cycling infrastructure. This was remedied last year with the installation of painted bike lanes and, for a short stretch, a multi-use pathway. Next year, this entire section of Ogilvie Road is suppose to get a new multi-use pathway.
Work on another important cycling infrastructure project for the area will begin later this summer. It will see the installation of a new multi-use pathway on Shefford Road which will link up with the NCC’s pathway along the Ottawa River.
In addition to making it easier for local residents to get around on their bicycles, these projects also fill glaring gaps in the region’s cycling network which benefits everyone. It would be nice if city-wide cycling networks could instantly be implemented overnight, but such infrastructure is usually put in place incrementally by people trying improve the situation in their local communities.
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