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.