Is The City Moving Too Quickly On Bike Lanes? Bulldog Poll




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Cyclists are being killed, injured or having accidents on the city’s downtown bike lanes.

Many of these accidents are occurring in front of Ottawa City Hall.

So should the city be building new downtown bike lanes when accidents are occurring on its main Laurier Avenue bike lanes? As well, are the economic, safety, return-on-investment and environment issues associated with bike lanes being properly studied by city hall? Should the city be constructing new bike lanes before the safety audit of the Laurier Avenue example is completed? And does the half-year nature of the lanes (due to winter) justify their expense?


The poll is now closed. The final results will appear in Monday’s Bulldog.

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13 thoughts on “Is The City Moving Too Quickly On Bike Lanes? Bulldog Poll

  1. The issue appears to be driver and/or cyclist education about bike lanes specifically and the rules of the road more generally. An education blitz by police, cycling groups and the city might be in order as they increase the number of bike lanes.
    Does anyone know if bicycle/vehicle road-sharing is included in driver training or testing for Ontario? I don’t recall any mention of it which wouldn’t be unusual since it’s not an issue in most communities across Ontario.

    1. The Voter:

      I’m not sure it’s about driver education.

      If you have a busy cycling lane and you have to make a right turn, the bikes are coming at you very quickly and they are in your blind spot.

      That looks like a physical rather than educational problem.



  2. Ken, you pose the question of whether the economic, safety, return-on-investment and environment issues associated with bike lanes being properly studied by city hall. Why start now?

    This is a city administration that has failed to:
    – perform/release a comprehensive study on the impact on ridership for a $2.3-billion short-line LRT;
    – perform even a basic analysis of Orgaworld’s daily capacity to process organic waste;
    – perform a basic analysis of whether Sinking Ship (I love the irony of that brand name) had the money in place to fund their half of the Mooney’s Bay Canada playground, before cutting down the trees.

    The list goes on, but it’s time to go earn some money, so I can pay my property taxes next spring.

  3. This entire issue about cycling lanes confuses me.

    Between the ages of 9 and 15 I rode my bike laden with between 80 and 100 papers hung over the back fender, rode 12 months per year, rode within the busy downtown plus a section up and down Highway 2. I started after school and in the winter did most of my route after dark. The traffic was heavy at 5 pm and never once did I have even a close call with a car. Maybe that’s because I had mirrors, lights, was aware of the traffic and signalled my turns. Oh yes – no helmet either.
    Every kid I knew rode their bike to school and around for transportation. No body I knew of was ever in a bike -car accident.
    So what’s so different now? Are the car drivers idiots? Are the bike riders idiots? Somewhere along the way somebody is an idiot.

      1. Ken,
        Not only didn’t I wear a helmet when I was under 16 on a bicycle but I didn’t wear a helmet when I rode my motorcycles either.

        Of course , we also didn’t buy toasters or radios that came with those idiotic now-a-days warnings to don’t use the electric appliance in the bath tub.

        Here are two warnings that came with the remote phone I bought:

        – “Never touch the plug with wet hands. Danger of electric shock exists”

        – “Unplug the product from the power outlet if it starts to emit smoke, this condition can cause a fire.”

        So somewhere between 1945 and 2016 people became dependent on having someone try to save them from themselves.

        And I have never hit my head or had the stupidity to take my electric appliances into the shower. :)


        1. Chaz:

          It is good advice not to take the toaster in the shower.

          I’ve thought about putting this warning on The Bulldog: “Do not read while operating heavy equipment.”

          Should we have a poll on that?



          1. Ken,

            If I owned a cellphone, I might be tempted to read The Bulldog while driving or when in the shower. If you are going to give warnings, you must be specific and all encompassing.



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