Using The D3 Methodology
DESIRE | DESIGN | DEVELOP
Councillor Catherine McKenney participated in a bicycle ride to launch the D3 approach for Cycle In to improve cycling connections to and from the downtown core along with Don Grant, Executive Director of the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, Kate Whitfield from Parsons (an EcoDistrict Ambassador) and members of the media.
D3 stands for Desire, Design and Develop and it is a community driven process for developing safer infrastructure for cycling. The Cycle In Campaign will focus on routes to and from downtown using this approach. Today’s ride is the official launch of the campaign.
“Cycling is a priority for me over this next term of Council,” said Councillor McKenney. “I am very excited about having an opportunity to work with community groups such as the EcoDistrict to improve cycling infrastructure. Having the community engaged in the process of identifying better and safer cycling infrastructure will ensure that taxpayer funds are invested wisely.”
“When we engaged the community in February and March of this year the action that came out on top was improving cycling connections to and from downtown,” said Don Grant. “Over the next three months we expect to have over 50 volunteers out on the streets helping us to identify desired connections and to highlight the improvements that will be needed to improve safety and to meet the City of Ottawa’s goal of doubling the number of cycling trips within the core.”
Today’s ride included stops along the way to look at examples of existing infrastructure including: a contraflow lane on Gladstone; the future bi-directional bikeway on O’Connor; examples of spine routes with no infrastructure on Somerset and Gladstone; and an example of a raised cycle track on Laurier.
The next step will be a mid-summer series of up to 10 coordinated rides by volunteers along desired routes all ending at City Hall. Participants will take note of the current state of infrastructure and they will meet to discuss potential designs for improving each one. Work on this campaign will be coordinated with the City of Ottawa and several other groups focused on cycling within Ottawa.
You can find more information in the D3 Methodology Backgrounder.
Anyone interested in volunteering or assisting with the Cycle In Campaign should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.