Neighbourhood Association supports adding cycling lanes to St. Patrick Street during resurfacing
Mayor Jim Watson
110 Laurier Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
Re: St. Patrick Street Bicycle Lanes
Dear Mayor Watson:
The Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association supports the Lowertown CA, Vanier CA, and Beechwood Village CA in their call for better bike lane infrastructure on St. Patrick St., whether it be segregated bike lanes or multi-use pathways (MUP).
Given the safety concerns at certain intersections along St. Patrick and the sheer volume of vehicular traffic down that street, it seems to make good sense to install segregated cycling lane infrastructure or MUP's now, while the road is being resurfaced anyway. It would also provide a significant enhancement to what is already an important east-west part of the Primary Urban Cycling Network.
And, it would be another concrete example of the City's commitment to the Complete Streets concept. Complete Streets can and should be attempted based on need and opportunity when resurfacing work is being done, not just when they are being completely rehabilitated. Citizens can't wait that long on critical routes like St. Patrick.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Peter Eady, Vice-President
On behalf of the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association (CHNA)