Mayor says there's still a learning curve for drivers and cyclists
Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa Community News
The excitement surrounding the opening of a new two-way bike route in Ottawa’s downtown core was short-lived when only hours after city officials celebrated, a cyclist was hit by a vehicle.
Ottawa police responded to the call of a cyclist being hit at the corner of O’Connor and Waverly Streets on Oct. 25 at 5:23 p.m.
One male cyclist was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the car, who was making a left onto Waverley, was charged with failure to yield.
The O’Connor Street Bikeway consists of a combination of protected two-way bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and shared-use lanes connecting the Laurier Avenue Bikeway with Fifth Avenue, near Lansdowne Park. It is part of the Cross-Town Bikeway Network, a system of seven bicycle routes designed to provide a safer, continuous path for cyclists across the city.
The collision took place exactly four hours after city officials, including Mayor Jim Watson, Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney and Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko, celebrated the new bike route.
“Over the past decade, we have expanded our cycling infrastructure network to meet the growing number of cyclists in Ottawa, and to encourage that number to continue to grow,” Watson said at the opening. “The city of Ottawa is committed to being a cycling-friendly city, and with so many cyclists on the roads, everyone needs to be more dedicated than ever to safety.”
McKenney called the new lanes a great example of safe transit option in the city.
Chernushenko called the lanes a way to get the bike "wannabes" out on the road.