Support for segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue

Support for segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue
Posted on March 1, 2013 | James O'Grady | Written on May 31, 2012
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

I wrote this letter to the City of Ottawa when they were seeking feedback on the Laurier Ave. segregated bike lanes in the spring of 2012.

I am writing a quick note to say that I support segregated bike lanes in Ottawa. I believe they are necessary in order to ensure the safety of cyclists in Ottawa while also promoting a healthy lifestyle and culture for all.

Having lived in Europe and other major Canadian cities, I know segregated lanes work well. I believe segregated lanes are the only way to provide a completely safe cycling experience for people of all ages.

The issue many residents have with the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Ave. is that they exist on both sides of the street, thus eliminating all street parking. Since one extreme is no better than another, I recommend the City look for a compromise by limiting the segregated bike lanes to one side of the street only, because if this project is cancelled altogether, it will be very difficult for the City to move in this direction again... something that I believe will prevent the City from reaching its objective of providing better and safer multi-modal transportation options for all its residents.


James O'Grady
Nepean Resident

Letter Response

Hi James, thanks for your letter - it contains a lot of good points. It’s been filed for the public record to be considered by the project team.


Colin Simpson

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I am the founder of Unpublished Media--A social media entrepreneur, communications professional, part-time school teacher and community leader living in Nepean, Ontario. I am also a hockey goaltender, political hack... More