Call to artists to paint murals on underpasses

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is seeking artists to paint murals on the underside of Queensway underpasses located on Carling Avenue and on Bank Street.

This is the second year that the City has chosen to paint murals on underpasses. In 2014, murals were painted on Metcalfe Street where it passes under the Queensway, and Riverside Drive where it passes under Bronson Avenue.

This year’s locations were selected to enhance these underpasses as key gateways to the City, with the cooperation of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation.

Each location will feature a mural celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation to occur in 2017 on one wall of the underpass. Following neighbourhood-specific public consultations, local artists will install a community-inspired mural on the opposing wall of each underpass.

Interested artists can visit for more information on the application process and on selection criteria. The community-inspired murals will be chosen by an independent panel of local artists and community members.

Selected artists will be announced in July and they will be expected to complete the artwork by the end of August 2015.

Outdoor murals can reinvigorate main streets and bring vitality and civic pride to community cores. They have also proven to be successful in managing graffiti.

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Segregated cycling lanes coming to O'Connor (sooner) and Wellington (later)

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Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen

Cyclists who run the gauntlet of buses and other traffic on Wellington Street will probably have to wait a few more years for a segregated bicycle lane past Parliament Hill.

But those dreaming of a safer ride between the Glebe and the city’s core could see their wishes come true by next year. City council is expected to vote on a bi-directional cycle track on the east side of O’Connor Street as early as June.

The O’Connor bikeway, which would extend from Glebe Avenue to Wellington Street, has been in the planning stages since 2012.

An open house is planned on April 9, at which time the bicycle lane’s design and estimated cost will be revealed. The project is expected to go to the city’s transportation committee June 3 and to city council a week later.

The O’Connor project is “really quite significant,” said Alex deVries, vice-president of Citizens for Safe Cycling. “It’s probably the biggest cycling project before 2017.”

If approved, the O’Connor cycle track will be built in two phases, according to Robert Grimwood, a senior project manager at the City of Ottawa. Work on the section between Glebe and Laurier avenues will start next year and the section between Laurier and Wellington Street will be built “sometime after 2017,” Grimwood said.

O'Connor Bikeway Open House

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Thursday, April 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.

You are invited to attend the second open house for the proposed cycling facility along the O'Connor Street corridor from Wellington Street to Glebe Avenue. Information will also be presented for the Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan portion of the proposed cycling facility further south along O'Connor down to Fifth Avenue. Identified in the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a Phase 1 Cross-town Bikeway, the facility would link Confederation Boulevard (at Wellington Street), the Central Business District, Centretown and the Glebe.

At this Open House participants will learn more details about the project including:

  • Gaining an understanding of existing conditions and challenges
  • Reviewing the preferred concept for the bikeway
  • Sharing thoughts and ideas on achieving the project goal and on addressing potential community concerns.

The preferred concept:

  • Between Wellington and Pretoria where O'Connor is a one-way street: a separated bi-directional bikeway on the east side of the roadway with a buffer treatment consisting of pre-cast concrete curbs, paint and flexible bollards.
  • Between Pretoria and Strathcona where O'Connor is a one-way street: a uni-directional bike lane on the west side and a contraflow bike lane on the east side with a buffer treatment similar to above
  • Between Strathcona and Glebe Avenue where O'Connor is a two-way street: a painted bike lane on both sides.*

* The Glebe Neighbourhood Cycling Plan recommends the continuation of this treatment – a painted bike lane on both sides – along O'Connor from Glebe Avenue to Fifth Avenue.