September 14, 2015 Ottawa, ON – Today over 60 cyclists ‘cycled in’ to the downtown core from 12 City wards and recorded ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of their rides. With cameras and GoPros in hand, or on handlebars, they met in small groups and followed 21 different routes to City Hall, taking notes along the way.
City Council was well represented at today’s event.
- Riding with Cyclists: Councillor Tobi Nussbaum, Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Councillor Jean Cloutier, Councillor Tim Tierney, Councillor Jeff Leiper and Councillor Catherine McKenney.
- Greeting Cyclists at City Hall: Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor David Chernushenko, Councillor Riley Brockington and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson.
“Ottawa has lots of great infrastructure, talented, dedicated staff on the cycling file, and commitments to complete Phase 1 cycling plan projects by 2018,” notes OCED Executive Director Don Grant. “However the City and the National Capital Commission need to do a better job of connecting the bits – creating safe and accessible cycling routes that are continuous.”
The Ottawa Cycling Plan sets a modal share target of 8% for trips originating within the Greenbelt by 2031 which would be double the 4% share in 2011. In order to do this more people need to choose to cycle. The biggest barriers that they face are incomplete infrastructure and safety issues. The Cycle In ride will build on the current City plans and make concrete recommendations for improvements.
“Ottawa is becoming a cycling-friendly city and Share the Road Ontario recognized us with a Gold Award in 2013. However, Canadian cities like Ottawa have a long way to go to catch up to cities like Amsterdam and even Montreal,” said Mayor Watson. “Having community groups such as the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict and others working to improve cycling adds an important citizen led component to the conversation.”
Riders are invited to meet again on September 22nd at 5:30 at City Hall to discuss their observations and to formulate suggestions for the City and the NCC.
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