Friday, February 18, 2011

Another segregated bike lane for Ottawa!

The NCC has announced some more good news for those who would like to cycle more in the downtown core. The following item is courtesy of the Centretown News.

"A National Capital Commission pilot project will see a segregated bike lane on Wellington Street as early as this summer.

The NCC plan follows the city’s recent approval of a highly controversial segregated lane for cyclists along Laurier Avenue, which was strenuously opposed by the Bank Street Promenade BIA before it was given a green light earlier this month.

The NCC’s planned Wellington Street route for its segregated lane stretches from Bay Street to the Portage Bridge. The protected lane is to run westbound along Wellington Street, with a non-segregated, eastbound lane marked in paint on the southside of the street.

NCC spokeswoman Jasmine Leduc called the northside route a “temporary segregated bike lane” that will be closely studied before officials determine whether it will become a permanent part of the downtown streetscape – and possibly whether it would be extended further east along Wellington."

Hopefully it will eventually be extended to cover the length of Wellington. The NCC is working with the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau to make Ottawa a bike friendly capital. Small steps now but it's a start.

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