David Reevely is a columnist, blogger, sometime editor, with the Ottawa Citizen, and he is also a cyclist (as least a cyclist insofar that he has been commuting to work by bicycle for years).
He recently wrote a column entitled “Ottawa’s bike-friendliness is a lie“. In it, he lists a whole slew of matters where Ottawa does a half-ass job or completely fails at accommodating cyclists. Unfortunately, I have to agree with him. All too often, the city (and the NCC) deals with cycling need as an afterthought, an optional undertaking, or as a major exception to the way things are usually done.
His column generated the usual feed back from people who think cyclists already get too much and are “jerks”. As a result, he wrote a follow-up piece entitled “The biking myths that won’t die“.
Both are worth a read.