City of Ottawa seeks feedback on missing bike and pedestrian links

The City of Ottawa has presented dozens, if not hundreds, of potential cycling and walking projects that it could undertake in the years to come, and wants the public to address the most important missing links.

The city recently released the first half of what will become Ottawa’s next transportation master plan, which will ultimately be approved by a new city council during the next term.

Staff scored 70 goals for the transportation network, such as assessing the risk of increased flooding caused by climate change, expanding the cycling network in winter, and updating truck route planning due to concerns about interprovincial traffic downtown or near new warehouses.

Staff members also created cards with candidate projects for cycling and walking.

Within the framework of online consultation, residents can see suggestions that are very specific to their neighborhood, and choose whether such a project is important to them.

For example, is it important for Brian Coburn Boulevard in Orléans to have a multi-use path, or for Clyde Avenue to have separate cycle lanes? Maybe a sidewalk is needed on Moodie Drive near the Crystal Bay Center for Special Education.

The city is seeking comments until February 7, 2022 so that the policy proposals can be submitted to committee and council next spring for approval.

List of the most expensive projects to come in 2024

The Transportation Master Plan is an important document that guides many of the city’s decisions – earlier versions set out the priorities that led to the construction of the first and second stages of the light rail system.

An update has been a long time coming. The current master plan dates from 2013.

City staff had to delay collecting critical data when the pandemic hit because it transformed residents’ daily travel patterns.

The survey will help staff develop a new list of road, transit, cycling and pedestrian projects the city should prioritize. Staff will also cost the work, what the city can afford, and suggested timelines.

The second major infrastructure plan for the transport network is scheduled for 2024, and will be dealt with by a new city council.

Advisors tend to be very interested in what makes up that shortlist. Residents have been frustrated when projects such as the realignment of Greenbank Road in Barrhaven or rapid bus transportation to the south of Orleans, for example, are only in the distant future.

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