We’re overspending on bike lanes.
Now that shouldn’t be surprising because Ottawa tends to overspend on many things. Thus the $11 million operating deficit.
Many of our bike lanes are dead empty. A recent drive down Churchill Avenue, Ottawa’s first complete street, yielded but two cyclists during rush hour. Remember that’s during rush hour … not three in the morning.
We need ridership studies of areas where bike lanes might be appropriate.
But the bike lobby wants more lanes and councillors don’t have the guts to say no to worthless ones. Votes you know.
Accordingly, taxpayers suffer.
I suppose the question is whether it’s a case of “if you build it they will come”, and that seems to be the mentality with bike lanes.
I agree with you it’s insane to spending millions without any plan.
My problem with the bike lanes is they’re not bringing new riders to commute by bike, and then existing cyclists don’t necessarily use them in favour of using the road to go faster. Cyclists love cycling past traffic, now you put them on bike lanes where they have to slow down to the speed of the slowest common cyclist and at least a few will jump over onto the road.