How Many People Must Die Before Cycling Report Is Finished?



A young woman was killed last year on a Laurier Avenue cycling lane.

The sheer volume of cyclists mixing with traffic on Laurier has caused collisions with automobiles. Many of those accidents appear on YouTube as the cycling season progresses right now.

Mayor Jim Watson after the young woman was killed called for a study of the Laurier Avenue cycling lanes.

Video above: Cycling at night on Laurier Avenue.

So maybe no one noticed at Ottawa City Hall, but the cycling season has begun.

Where’s the report? Surely all winter was enough time to get this done.

Your agent inquired about the report at city communications.

Here’s what was sent:

Hello Ken,

The following response is sent on behalf of Phil Landry, Director, Traffic Services.

The City hired a consultant last Fall to conduct a safety review of the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue. This work should be completed later this spring so it is currently unavailable.

Thank you,


My question was actually “where was the report?” but this will do.

It’s just … what does it take to get a report where people’s safety is at stake to be completed in good time?



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9 thoughts on “How Many People Must Die Before Cycling Report Is Finished?

  1. When reports like this are requested, that request should include a deadline for its submission to planning committee or whoever is going to receive it. By not including a time frame, there’s no way to hold people to account.

    The other way to deal with it would be for council to set a mandatory time frame for any such report which would require staff to appear in front of committee to request an extension if there was a valid reason for not meeting the standard deadline.

  2. The absolute last thing I would call that bike lane is safe. There were too many gaps with no cement curbs and intersections where a car turning right will wipe you out in a flash.

    I have seen far far superior designs.

      1. Bob:

        In a perfect universe I would have put light rail on the surface in a downtown corridor with biking and pedestrian rights-of-way on either side. Unfortunately, that’s yesterday’s news.

        People are getting hit with the designs on Laurier and O’Connor. Perhaps we have to devote a full street downtown to bikes.

        If the city is serious about cycling, that’s the route to go.

        It’s that or we keep killing and injuring people on O’Connor and Laurier. There’s just too much bike volume mixed with cars.

        What’s your alternative, Bob?



      2. Bob,
        A while back when the Dawgsters were discussing biking I viewed several sites that showed many designs. The safe ones were where bikes and cars couldn’t cross paths with each other.

        I found many sites with the good old googler but I didn’t make any notes so I can’t direct you to any specific site.


  3. Not rocket science but just common sense.

    Don’t put two way bike traffic on a one-way street such as O’Connor. Laurier also an error, fatal in this case. There are a number of one-way streets south of Laurier that could have a dedicated bike lane.

    Maybe a trifle inconvenient for bikers, but maybe safer.

  4. Why don’t they take half of the Sparks St Pedestrian Mall and turn it into cycling lanes? The sidewalks on Elgin between Laurier and Sparks are wide enough to carve out bike lanes to get people to and from the bike routes along either side of the Canal and over the Laurier Bridge. It wouldn’t be perfect but it would remove the confrontations with vehicle traffic. They’d need to have some way for foot traffic to cross the Mall but that shouldn’t be too hard.


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