FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cycle to Complete our Streets
WHAT: On Saturday May 23 at 10 a.m., LEAF (Local Eco-Action Families) is hosting a bike ride from Lowertown Pool (40 Cobourg) to MayFair at Manor Park Public School (100 Braemar). This ride is supported by all the local community associations: Lindenlea, Lowertown, Manor Park, New Edinburgh, Overbrook and Vanier. Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum will be taking part. The ride will focus on the need for improved cycling infrastructure in this important corridor.
WHO: Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum, and representatives from LEAF and the local community associations.
WHEN: Saturday May 23 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Directly in front of Lowertown Pool
PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
Media interested in participating in the bike ride are invited to join.
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For more information, please contact:
613 741 9869
LEAF (Local Eco-Action Families) is organizing a bike ride from Le Patro on Cobourg all the way to MayFair at Manor Park School on Hemlock, going along Beechwood, to draw attention to the need for better and safer bike routes along this main street. The ride will take place on Saturday May 23 at 10 a.m. and has the support of all the area community associations (Lindenlea, Lowertown, Manor Park, New Edinburgh, Overbrook and Vanier).
This route is a major cycling artery, but is largely unsafe for bike use, particularly for children. Without protection along the busy, high-speed, and congested sections of St. Patrick, Beechwood and Hemlock, the East-West Bikeway cannot be safely used by children to access local schools located near it, including De La Salle, Rockcliffe Park Public School, Trille-des-Bois, and Manor Park Public School. Furthermore, in its current state the Bikeway is unsafe for use to access local recreational facilities, including Le Patro/Lowertown Pool. Residents have been complaining about this route to community associations for years, and last winter a serious accident took place involving a cyclist at Beechwood and Crichton.
We are requesting that this section of the East-West Bikeway conform to the City’s 2013 Cycling Plan, which specifies standards that include segregated facilities in high-stress zones, such as those found along St. Patrick and on Beechwood. We are aware that the city has recently painted bike lanes on the road east of Marier, has designated a cycling route along Barrette with an advisory cycling lane, and has painted sharrows on Beechwood between the Vanier Parkway and Mackay. These current facilities fall far short of the city’s own standards and present a major barrier to safety that makes the East-West Bikeway inaccessible to most would-be users.
Many local families have welcomed the city of Ottawa’s commitment to supporting active transportation, including new investments in walking and cycling facilities. We applaud the commitment to cycling investments, including the cycle tracks on Laurier, Main, Churchill and (soon) O’Connor, the almost-ready bridge connecting Donald St. and Somerset St., and the East-West Bikeway. These are great advances for Ottawa’s sustainability, and will help us to manage transportation pressure as the city grows.
Residents in our neighbourhood are taking up the call, increasing our use of active transportation options, and taking advantage of the new facilities where they are available. However, improvements to infrastructure are still needed.