This is a release from the National Capital Commission and no doubt will make the Bike Gnomes’ hearts go aflutter:
The National Capital Commission is currently developing a plan to improve the existing bidirectional cycle track on the Portage Bridge from the intersection of Laurier Street and Maisonneuve Boulevard in Gatineau to Wellington Street / Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway in Ottawa.
Before starting construction, which is scheduled to begin in summer 2018, the NCC is asking for public feedback on the proposed options. An online survey is now available for those who would like to comment on the improvement plan and will be available until February 1st, 2018.
- Enhancements to the existing bidirectional cycle track through widening the area between the cycle track and motor vehicle lanes;
- Enhancements to the existing bidirectional cycle track through the installation of a barrier between the cycle track and motor vehicle lanes; or
- Construction of a new southbound cycle track on the west side of the bridge, and conversion of the existing bidirectional cycle track to a northbound-only cycle track.
Public comments will contribute to the selection of the best option which will then be presented to the NCC Board of Directors for approval in 2018.
- The Portage Bridge currently includes a 2.5-metre-wide concrete bi-directional (two-way) cycle track on the east side of the bridge, which forms part of Confederation Boulevard, with a number of connections to existing and planned cycling facilities.
- A bicycle sensor on the Portage Bridge (installed in 2012) has counted, on average, over 300,000 cyclists every year since 2014.
- Between 2014 and 2017, the number of cyclists has increased by 4 percent each year. On an hourly basis, during the morning and afternoon commutes, the number of cyclists is over 400 per hour.
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