What Price Will Cyclists Pay? Whopper Watch

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“It’s early on. Our hope is as time goes on people will become accustomed to the new traffic flows, and bicycle flows, on that road.”

Phil Landry, city manager of traffic services

 

So at what point will the city declare the Laurier and O’Connor bike lanes a success or failure and how many cyclists will be hit by cars and trucks until we reach that point?

And why were the O’Connor bike lanes opened before the safety audit of the much-simpler but risky Laurier bike lanes was completed?

As well, Ottawa is a tourist town. How does Landry expect to educate out-of-town Ottawans about our tricky bike lanes?

 


 

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8 thoughts on “What Price Will Cyclists Pay? Whopper Watch

  1. Ken,
    A City Hall Pattern – Half Measures versus half-baked

    I have only been following the goings on of your city for a short while. In that short time I seem to have found a pattern emerging. Here is a list of the things that come to mind. I am sure I will have missed some.

    – cap property tax increases at 2%
    – Mooney’s Bay Park and the blocking of bringing it to council
    – give citizens boxes of sand that they themselves can spread on the city sidewalks
    – Truck by pass
    -Prince of Wales Bridge
    -snow plow app
    -LRT
    -Robots in the street
    -If they don’t like their jobs then let ’em quit
    -trip to Japan wherein one person’s expenses were quite a bit more than the other’s
    -fixing the flow of sewage into the river
    -single source contracting
    – official bread, tea and cakes, sod
    – not keeping up with social housing funding
    -allowing the city staff to grow so out of control that the new guy had to start firing excess
    -back to the drawing board condemnations coming before any debate or official review
    -Plasco
    -Lansdowne
    NOW:
    -bike lanes that FORCE cars to cross two lanes of moving bike traffic, from this day on I will forever refer to this maneuver as Forced J-driving

    While not all on the list are the result of politicians making Half-measure solutions, a lot are.

    ” Half-measure ” meaning to implement a ” quasi- solution ” because you can’t afford to pay for a true solution.

    You move ahead anyway just to make it look like you’ve done the right thing. You are really just trying to make people feel like it’s all okay now.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    1. Heard or read this weekend — the cost of City of Ottawa putting all the funds into a 2017 party instead of using a good portion for something of lasting value, i.e. a legacy. Am in agreement with the list by Chaz – i.e. let’s hurry up and pretend we are actually doing something.

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      1. Hi there Mike,
        Someone decided a celebration was needed for a sortta special anniversary (ie. not a centennial nor a bi-centennial, but a one-and-a-half centennial).

        The phrase sesquicentennial (sounds more significant than one-and-a-half) could be celebrated with some fireworks and some speeches but you guys are going all out,

        As an all-out celebration a legacy project could have been undertaken.
        Nope. A half-baked celebration has been organized instead.

        An official bread has been named just to show that some portion of the expenditure is completely baked :)

        Mike make sure you talk with your friends and inform them about what you read this weekend and how you feel about party versus lasting legacy.

        skoal,
        Chaz

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        1. Chaz, half-baked implies that if you keep it in the oven for a little while longer, it will be fully baked. Ottawa 2017 is missing too many key ingredients to create a legacy. It doesn’t matter how long you leave it in the oven.

          Contrast that with Canada 100. The former City of Nepean built the Merivale and Bell Centennial Arenas, both of which are still in use (after a refurbishment a couple of years ago).

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  2. Chaz has summarized the FARCE which is ongoing in Ottawa but I would add one more stick to the fire.

    How does Ottawa fund the cycling “improvements.” Cyclists do not register or licence their vehicles, do not pay gas taxes nor parking fees yet have free use of all roadways and special bike lanes. Would these cyclists like to contribute to a widening of roads so as to have safer lanes? Perhaps even restricted access to motor vehicle traffic on roadsother than O’Connor and Laurier? Traffic lights for bikes as we have for pedestrians?

    This bike program is costing money and more importantly lives in an experiment of mixing cars and bikes but the car world is footing the bill. A more shared cost might create a better solution.

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    1. Pedestrians don’t register their shoes, or pay gas tax and yet they have free use of sidewalks and special crosswalks, too.

      Has it ever occurred to you that most bicyclists also drive cars? That bicycles impose much less wear and tear on roads? That many of the drivers on those roads live outside the city and even the province so don’t actually contribute to the building and upkeep of those roads? That most parking lots are privately owned and pay minimal taxes when compared to what their owners would pay for buildings? That there are lots of things the city does that aren’t funded by specific taxes or fees, like parks, for example, though these are getting fewer as we keep taxes down.

      I am a driver and a cyclist and a pedestrian. Am I supposed to feel conflicted when I choose one method of getting around rather than another?

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      1. Merrill:

        I’m not too sure about adding a shoe tax but when motorists wanted EXTRA infrastructure down in Burlington they paid extra as a toll for using the bridge. When extra infrastructure was needed to bypass Toronto, the 407 was built as a toll road.

        When extra infrastructure was required to accommodate cars versus horse and buggies, they invented gas tax and licencing and toll roads. I wonder what kind of discussions were had back in those days about accommodating the extra cost related to these new concepts of horses mixing with automobiles.

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