As per our tweet yesterday afternoon:
It is with great excitement that we learned about the extension of the segregated Laurier Bike Lane in to Sandy Hill.
The extended lane will be segregated from Elgin St to the Queen Elizabeth Drive turn-off and from there it will be a painted lane across the bridge up to Cumberland St.
As a strong advocate of safe infrastructure supporting the use of urban “destination” cycling for all from 8-80 years we applaud advancement. Thank you City & Mayor Jim Watson for making this extension happen.
We urge the Mayor to consider extending this work, at least with painted line, – though segregated would be much better esp for those unsure or with young children – across King-Edward to Chapel St. This further extension would lead nicely – via a right-hand turn – to the soon-to-be build Donald St -Strathcona Park bridge connecting us to Vanier & Overbrook. While a left hand turn off Laurier at Chapel would take cyclists smoothly through Lowertown to Beausoleil (Ottawa’s 1st Bike-only interesection) and up York across King Edward in to the Byward Market. This network would truly unite all of Rideau-Vanier Ward 12.
It would be Ottawa’s first fully connected, full Ward cycle network – Let’s do it!