Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is better known for its recreational pathways than for its "other" bicycle facilities. In truth, the approximately 140 km of recreational pathways are not "bikeways" in the sense of dedicated bicycle pathways. Instead they are multiuse pathways that attract joggers, pedestrians, in-line skaters, and cyclists in large numbers. Recreational cyclists are well served by these facilities. In the past 4 years, there has been a significant shift toward examining the nature of and design for nonrecreational cyclists. Several surveys have revealed interesting data on the commuter cyclist as well as established a background of information on the demographic profile of cyclists in the area. A 1992 report by the Ottawa Cycling Advisory Group, a citizens committee advising the Department of Engineering and Works, is being used in the preparation of a plan to provide a system for utilitarian cyclists. All aspects of cycle planning will be addressed: from route design to parking provisions through zoning. An interim policy that establishes the number of bicycle parking spaces to be provided at all city buildings and facilities has been approved. In addition, several actual projects have been initiated to further encourage and support nonrecreational cycling. The Ottawa police have maintained a police bicycle squad for the past 3 years, and the city of Ottawa purchased bicycles for the use of parking control officers as a pilot project in 1993. In addition, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton has run a program of "blue bikes" for 2 years. These bicycles are available to staff for use on corporation business. Specific development projects, such as the rebuilding of bridges, have been reviewed with the intent to incorporate bicycle facilities into the design. All of these components--research, planning, and implementation of pilot projects--have served to provide a basis for information and to support the use of bicycles for nonrecreational purposes. The completion of Ottawa's Comprehensive Cycling Plan and the implementation of the recommendations contained therein will put Ottawa back on the map, not only for recreational cycling but also for nonrecreational cycling.


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Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 147-150
  • Monograph Title: Nonmotorized transportation around the world
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  • Accession Number: 00672550
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309055237
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 12 1995 12:00AM