Engineer Bike Lanes Better: Reader

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Frequent Bulldog contributer Sheridan says we need to build proper cycling lanes:

A frequently disturbing issue is that cyclists are killed by trucks. Many of these trucks are oversized compared to the trucks of decades ago — heck, even the buses are so much bigger than years gone by. Our roads are not really designed for these monster vehicles to share with bicycles.

Why is the city proposing a $2-billion truck tunnel (setting aside whether this is the correct option)? Is it because trucks are not obeying traffic laws? Is Alex Cullen saying that the solution to the truck related deaths of pedestrians in Lower Town is better road education?

The obvious problem is that the huge volume (and increasing every year) of trucks in that downtown corridor is unsafe for pedestrians. Therefore, the solution is to separate that truck traffic from those downtown streets. This issue is no different than the need to separate the busy city roads in Barrhaven from the Via Rail line — either by building new underpasses or overpasses.

Likewise, if you want to have safe bicycle lanes, you have to come up with a properly engineered route that will minimize the hazards of contact with motorized traffic. Indeed, Alex Cullen should know better than most the cases of the city being sued for unsafe design for all manner of city business, e.g. playgrounds, speed bumps, elevators, etc.

 


 

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3 thoughts on “Engineer Bike Lanes Better: Reader

  1. Sheridan,
    Ken’s whole questioning was revolving around safety and proper design.
    Proper design and implementation costs time and money.
    I don’t think your city’s council is willing to expend either; therein lies the rub.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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  2. Sheridan raises a great point.

    “A frequently disturbing issue is that cyclists are killed by trucks. Many of these trucks are oversized compared to the trucks of decades ago — heck, even the buses are so much bigger than years gone by. Our roads are not really designed for these monster vehicles to share with bicycles.”

    All too often in Ottawa, truck routes and bicycle routes are the same. Sixty per cent of cycling fatalities between 2011-2014 involved a heavy truck. Why is the city putting bike routes and truck routes on the same streets?

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    1. Steve:

      More to the point, why did Mayor Jim Watson allow the east-end bridge to be cancelled that would take heavy truck traffic out of downtown?

      A monumental mistake. Cyclists obviously have a justified complaint against heavy trucks, so too pedestrians and so will Ottawans in general when one of those trucks crashes spilling gasoline all over the road with its chance of a catastrophic explosion.

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