O’Connor Is A Nightmare: Reader


Frequent Bulldog contributor robert roberts wonders how tourists in 2017 will safely navigate O’Connor Street:

I rode my bike from home (Glebe area) to downtown for many years, approx. 15 years. I kept to side streets and avoided heavily travelled streets.

I took a roundabout way just to avoid cars as much as possible. I enjoyed biking. In all that time did it ever occur to me to encourage others to bike. I avoided winter travel and rainy days.

I don’t understand the religious enthusiasm of the “true believer” bikers who think that if they are biking, then everybody should do so as well. And more so that the city should prepare dedicated lanes for them. Is this part of the green religion movement?

The city could have put east-west bike lanes on one-way streets in the downtown area and could have put north-south bike lanes on one way streets as well. O’Connor is a nightmare for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Can’t imagine how the tourists visiting Ottawa in 2017 will figure things out.



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4 thoughts on “O’Connor Is A Nightmare: Reader

  1. robert roberts:

    You hit two nails on the head,

    I am still not convinced that bike lanes are a priority expenditure but if the citizens decide they can afford such, then let it be so.

    The true problem is that it has been decided to go ahead (that part is the will of the people part of the process), but no money is available to do it properly and safely.

    If the pols believe in and decide to implement a project that they can’t afford to do properly but go forward with a feel-good non-solution, then they’ve solved nothing and created another kind of risk that did not exist prior to them sicking their under-funded noses in.

    1. Chaz,

      My feeling is that the best downtown bike routes (going east-west and west-east) are Slater and Albert. However, it won’t be until at least mid-2018 that the downtown buses will start to be removed from those streets (replaced by the Confederation LRT service). But that means that politicians would miss out on the success (potential success) of those bike lanes (Slater and Albert) for the 2018 election.

      So, any downtown bike route was better than a delayed bike route. It is like the old adage: “there is no such thing as bad publicity”; namely, that even if your choice is bad you still get more attention and credit than inaction.

      We need to elect a reform-minded mayor who is more concerned about details and successful results than media attention.

      1. Sheridan:

        One small point … the downtown Transitway will be used by 90 buses when the train shuts down at 2 a.m.



        1. Ken,

          There is very little traffic downtown at that time of night (bicycle or otherwise); hence the oft repeated whine that Sparks is dead after hours. Furthermore, there is no reason that those 90 buses cannot be switched to other streets such as Laurier and Queen.

          So, at 2 am, for example, a bus like the 95-Orleans could travel from the west end via the Transitway to Tunney’s Station, then along Scott to Bronson to Laurier to Nicholas to the Queensway, and then along its current route (i.e. the detour made while the Confederation line has been under construction).

          Indeed, this raises a good question about Phase 2 of LRT namely, will any buses be allowed to use the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway? Maybe they will have to detour onto Carling. How ironic would that be?

          Of note, the O-Train on the Trillium LRT line operates from 6 am to midnight. I wonder if those hours will be extended once the Confederation LRT line comes into operation.


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