Since 2011, when Laurier Ave got segregated bike lanes, many other infrastructure projects were 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, but I heard there were about over 1000 people). If she didn’t use them or if you weren’t able to go, 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
Before: 5th Ave and Queen Elizabeth Drive (Google)
After: 5th Ave and Queen Elizabeth Drive. Road narrowed, bike signals and (black) signal posts (Photo @HansontheBike).
Before: Albert St just west of Bronson (the gravel preparation started already). (Photo: @HansontheBike)
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 have perhaps not foreseen bike path-road intersections (photo: HansontheBike)
Carling (west) – Trans Canada Trail
Before: unsignalised crossing of the TransCanada Trail on Carling (Google).
After: (seen from the pathway) crossing of the Trans Canada Trail on Carling. The centre of the crossing is designated for cycling, it now has bike symbol stencils. Again useless ped signals. Across the street, two bike and two ped traffic signal lights. I think that is overdone. (@photo: HansontheBike)
Before: Churchill Ave (Google)
After: Churchill Ave (Google)
Laurier Ave and Kent
Before: Laurier Ave and looking south on Kent (Google)
After: Laurier Ave and looking south on Kent. Despite its impact, Laurier’s changes are actually hard to capture on photo 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.
Before: Island Park looking south. There was no good connection to the new path in Hampton 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 actual highway, traffic has too high a speed to expect a traffic signal I suspect.(Google)
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)
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
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)
After: Facing southbound, now an official intersection with the familiar unnecessary and largely ignored (actually not even registered by many pedestrians) ped signals, when crossing the path. 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. Yet 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
Before: Laurier, steps east of Bronson. (Google).
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: continuation of the Nanny Goat Hill MUP bypass along Slater towards Bronson. Note the bike repair station on the right. (photo: @HansontheBike)