One of our top community priorities is improving cycling connections to and from the downtown core. Cycle In is a campaign to identify the routes that commuters want to take downtown by working with residents – and asking the City, the National Capital Commission and others to develop these routes.
We also feel that we should be able to Cycle In to anywhere including schools, grocery stores, festivals and restaurants. It is our hope that Cycle In will become a movement of people demanding better infrastructure, street-side bicycle parking and other amenities to support our desire to be a truly bike-friendly city.
Mapping Our Desire Lines
The most effective way to improve cycling connections is to mobilize volunteers, use a simple assessment process and build-broad based support. Our plan is to use a D3 approach which is based on the following steps.
- Desire – work with volunteers to highlight desired connections – the ways we want to Cycle In to a target neighbourhood which in this case is the EcoDistrict (Ottawa’s downtown core);
- Design – get out on the roads and pathways to better understand where we are today in terms of infrastructure and safety, and then use that data to identify preferred future designs; and,
- Develop – work with partners including the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and private sector firms to finalize designs, secure funding and develop the connections that we want to see.
On June 19, 2015 we hosted a ‘lunch and plan’ session where we identified potential starting points for a ride that will launch the design step of our process. We will be hosting a minimum of 11 rides from 11 wards all ending at City Hall on September 14, 2015. Here are the list of proposed starting points:
Ward 7 – Bay
- Richmond and Woodroffe
Ward 8 – College
- Maitland and Navaho
- Meadowlands and Merivale
Ward 9 – Knoxdale – Merivale
- Meadowlands and Inverness Park
- Farlane and Baseline
Ward 10 – Gloucester – South Gate
- Hunt Club and Sable Ridge
Ward 11 – Beacon Hill – Cyrville
- Combermere and Rebecca
- Ogilvie and Palmerston
Ward 12 – Rideau – Vanier
- Montreal and Lajoie
Ward 13 – Rideau – Rockcliffe
- Cummings and Donald
- Montreal and Aviation Parkway
- Springfield and Rideau Terrace
Ward 14 – Somerset
- Preston and Aberdeen
Ward 15 – Kitchissippi
- Dovercourt Community Centre
- Mountain Equipment Co-op
Ward 16 – River
- Fisher and Cow (Experimental Farm)
- Meadowlands and Prince of Wales
- Mooney’s Bay at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre
Ward 17 – Capital
- Holmwood and Craig
- Cameron and Bank
Ward 18 – Alta Vista
- Killborn and Alta Vista
- Alta Vista and Industrial Avenue
- Pleasant Park and Saunderson
We Need Volunteers
Success will depend on mobilizing volunteers to lead at least one ride from each Ward. You can help us by:
- Being a Team Leader – We need to find experienced cyclist who would be willing to lead a ride to City Hall from one of our starting points on Monday, September 14, arriving downtown at about 9:00 AM.
- Being a Rider – We need additional participants to document the ride, either by GoPro camera during the ride or by taking notes along the way.
- Meeting to Discuss the Preferred Future State – We need the cycling community to come to a meeting on Tuesday, September 22 in the evening. We need to take the information that we collect on each of these rides and to work on designing ‘better connections’ in a way that can be shared with the City and the NCC.
If you are interested bringing better bike routes to the downtown core, sign-up here to volunteer!
The OCED will dedicate staff time and resources to organizing the ride, hosting the preferred future state meeting and taking the recommendations forward to the City and the NCC. We also commit to working with the City and the NCC to engage them as much as possible before, during and after the ride.
For more information contact Don Grant, Executive Director, Tel.: 613-256-6262 x1, email: email@example.com.