8 Bike Infrastructure Improvements in Ottawa

Since 2011, when Laurier Ave got segregated bike lanes, many other infrastructure projects where built in Ottawa. You may have seen a few of my images in Janette Sadik-Khan’s presentation last night (I couldn’t be there myself). If she didn’t use them or if you weren’t able to be there or if you are not from Ottawa, here are a few examples of the improvements the city and the NCC have made. I thought I use a ‘before’ and ‘after’ image, so you can see the difference. There are more examples, but I want to keep the post to a reasonable length.

5th Ave and Queen Elizabeth Drive

Ottawa before after 02
Before: 5th Ave and Queen Elizabeth Drive (Google)
Ottawa before after 01
After: 5th AVe and Queen Elizabeth Drive. Road narrowed, bike signals and (black) signal posts (Photo @HansontheBike).

Albert Street

Ottawa before after 04
Before: Albert St just west of Bronson (the gravel preparation started already). (Photo: @HansontheBike)
Ottawa before after 03
After: Albert just west of Bronson. The pedestrian signals make no sense at all, but it is required because it is now a ‘signalised intersection’ The traffic design manuals has perhaps not foreseen bike path-road intersections (photo: HansontheBike) ….

Carling (west) – Trans Canada Trail

Ottawa before after 06
Before: unsignalised crossing of the TransCanada Trail on Carling (Google).
Ottawa before after 05
After: (seen from the pathway) crossing of the Trans Canada Trail on Carling. The centre is designated for cycling, it now has bike symbol stencils. Again useless ped signals. Also not sure why there are two bike signals across the street. One would be sufficient I’d guess.(@photo: HansontheBike)

Churchill Ave

Ottawa before after 08
Before: Churchill Ave (Google)
Ottawa before after 07
After: Churchill Ave (Google)

Laurier Ave and Kent

Ottawa before after 13
Before: Laurier Ave and Kent, looking south (Google)
Ottawa before after 12
After: Laurier Ave and Kent, looking south. Despite its impact, Laurier’s changes are actually hard to capture because of the many parked cars. In the summer months, between 2500-3000+ bike trips are counted per day (photo: @HansontheBike).

Island Park Drive at Merivale

The intersection itself saw minor changes, but there was a new path built leading towards the intersection. An improvement was made to get to the path from Island Park.

Ottawa before after 09
Before: Island Park looking south. There was no good connection to the new path into the park (top left). There is an off ramp of the highway on the far right. The traffic manual doesn’t allow a crossing there as it is too close to the highway. (Google)
Ottawa before after 10
After: the median was modified for cyclists so that they can turn left into the park. Not ideal as you have to move over to the left into traffic from the bike lane on the right. (Photo: @HansontheBike)
Ottawa before after 11
After: the same intersection as seen from the new path through the park, looking east. The bike signal is not obvious. Does it give you the green light to cross island Park or Merivale NB? (Or both?)The yellow dots trigger a bike signal. Note the cut in the median across from the path as seen in the previous photo and the off ramp in the back of the picture. (Photo: @HansontheBike)

Trillium (O-train) Pathway and Carling

Ottawa before after 15
Before: Facing northbound, here is a well worn desire line in the median on Carling, just 100 meters west of Preston. The O-train runs in a trough on your left. (photo: @HansontheBike)
Ottawa before after 14
After: Facing southbound, now an official intersection with the familiar unnecessary and largely ignored (actually not even registered by many pedestrians) ped signals. The lights are slow to change so many people walk and bike across through red to the median, wait and then proceed to cross the second half. The signals are apparently synchronised with nearby intersections, which causes peds and cyclists to wait for no traffic for half a km in sight. Yest a very welcome addition to the bicycle network as it connects Dow’s Lake and Arboretum paths with the Ottawa river pathways. (photo:@HansontheBike)

Laurier at Nanny Goat Hill

Nanny Goat Hill before
Before: Laurier, steps east of Bronson. (Google).
Laurier - After with Nanny Goat
After: segregated bike lane on the right, raised bike lane on the left and entrance to Nanny Goat Hill MUP bypass on the right of the two trees. (photo: @HansontheBike)
after - Nanny goat hill connection
After: continuation of the Nanny Goat Hill MUP bypass along Slater towards Bronson. Note the bike repair station on the right. (photo: @HansontheBike)

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