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Posted by Michael McGoldrick, Tue May 8 2012 at 9:52 am
Ottawa is thinking about building another segregated bike lane.
The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that the city is thinking about building its second downtown segregated bike lane next spring. It would be a north-south bike lane that would run along OíConnor Street.
The Ottawa Citizen article quotes Councillor Diane Holmes who says the city is pleased with the early results of the segregated bike lane pilot project on Laurier Avenue, and that there is a need for some sort of north-south bike lane on the eastern side of the downtown core. She indicated that plans are underway for such a route, and the Citizen report suggests that it could well be a segregated bike lane where cyclist are physically separated from motor traffic.
However, Councillor Holmes said that the type of bike lane that should be built on OíConnor Street hasnít been decided yet. It could be a segregated lane or one that is created by simply painting a white line on the pavement.
It is also interesting to note that Diane Holmes said that the city learned some lessons with the Laurier bike lane. This includes not removing visitor parking spaces or blocking easy access to peopleís front doors.
It remains to be seen if what has been learnt from these so-called lessons is compatible with the creation of segregated bike lanes. And itís far from clear how a row of parked cars is less of a barrier to peopleís front doors than a segregated bike lane.