Conflicts push city to consider new paths

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Carys Mills, Ottawa Citizen

Conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists have pushed the city to look at whether multi-use pathways should be designed differently.

Collisions and near-accidents on paths were brought up Wednesday, when the city’s transportation committee was updated on Ottawa’s pedestrian plan, which includes 96 projects to be completed by 2031.

“I can see where multi-use pathways serve a purpose and are very efficient, where you might not have the volume of either pedestrians or other wheeled-users for example, to merit dedicated facilities,” said Capital ward Coun. David Chernushenko. “What I’m getting at, is that we are seeing more and more conflict on pathways.”

He asked whether the city is looking to control speeds and behaviour on the paths, citing users of the western Rideau River pathway being “in the throes of this issue.”

“There are those who would love it to be a really efficient route, so a cyclist can go quickly ... there are others who are quite concerned that it might just become a speedway for cycling,” Chernushenko said.

The city is examining other designs, including widening multiuse pathways beyond the regular three metres or creating more separate spaces, said Kornel Mucsi, transportation strategic planning manager. “In terms of the conflict between pedestrians and cyclists, this is something that is kind of a new problem,” he said.

Innes ward Coun. Rainer Bloess gave his own presentation about missing links between sidewalks and pathways.

Clashes between cyclists, pedestrians go off-road

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians are prompting the city to reconsider how it designs multi-use paths.

For people who never use the paths, the fracas might seem ridiculous.

But anyone who regularly rides or walks the National Capital Commission paths, particularly the paths along the Ottawa River or Rideau Canal, will often see the friction between cyclists and pedestrians.

Cyclists are flying down the smooth surface and slam on the brakes behind pedestrians, who are sometimes walking two or three abreast across the lane.

The city is expanding its network of multi-use paths (nicknamed "mups" inside the walls of City Hall) and one councillor is running head-on into this debate.

Planning is ongoing for a path on the western side of the Rideau River south of Hwy. 417. Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said one group wants the path to be a high-speed commuter route for cyclists, while others want the path to be friendly to all users.

"I don't want to take away from either one," Chernushenko said.

Take it Back! Keep Household Hazardous Waste out of the Landfill

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City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is committed to helping residents dispose of their waste in the safest and most environmentally-friendly way and reminds residents that some of the waste in garages, basements and sheds is hazardous and cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Batteries (automotive/household)
  • Propane cylinders
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pool chemicals

Residents can safely dispose of many kinds of household hazardous waste, including fluorescent bulbs, batteries, paint and oil, by returning them to participating local retailers during their regular business hours. For a list of retailers who accept returns of HHW, please visit ottawa.ca.

Residents can also take HHW to a one-day depot on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 150 Tunney's Pasture Drive.

For more information on waste management and recycling, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Kids' play area finally reopens

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Ottawa Citizen

The children's play area at Lansdowne Park, which includes a play structure and skateboard ramps, has reopened to the public after a two-week delay.

The city said in a news release Friday that a rubberized surface has been installed to provide a safer and more accessible play space for children, parents and caregivers. The installation had been delayed due to inclement weather.

The public can access Lansdowne Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily via Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Except during major events, the Bank Street entrance is restricted to construction crews and related construction traffic.

Pedestrians and cyclists travelling through Lansdowne Park are asked to use caution as construction continues until late fall.