The Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict is continuing to work alongside Citizens for Safe Cycling and the Environment Committee of the City of Ottawa on a new design for the Booth Street Bridge. On December 13, 2016 we had another excellent opportunity to provide comments to City of Ottawa staff on designs. So far so good. We expect to be able to look at more refined designs in January sometime.
In the meantime I had a chance to ask about the temporary configuration. A few months back signs were posted to indicate that the sidewalks can be shared by pedestrians and cyclists. The goal was to encourage northbound cyclists to use the east side and for southbound cyclists to use the west side. However, this included no cycling signs at the north end on the east side and on the south end of the west side, to promote one way cycling.
For a variety of reasons the City has decided to allow two way cycling on both sides of the bridge. All signs on both sides will be changed to indicate that it is a shared space for cycling and pedestrians. That way if cyclists want to avoid pedestrians on the east side queuing for the bus, they can take the west side of the bridge.