Laurier bike lanes fast approaching 400,000 cycling trips after first year

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City of Ottawa

Today marks the completion of the first year of the two-year Segregated Bike Lane pilot project on Laurier Avenue West.

So far, cyclists have made approximately 365,000 trips along the corridor. The highest single-day record was 2,714 on July 5, 2012, while this past May and June have seen the highest number of users. More than 50,000 cycle trips were made in May and more than 54,000 in June.

The bike lanes, located on either side of the street, are separated from motor vehicles through the use of concrete curbs, plastic poles, parked cars and planter boxes. Other cities are also experimenting with segregated bike lanes. However, Ottawa is the first city in Ontario to build lanes through its downtown core.

For more information on the Laurier Avenue segregated bike-lane project, visit