By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun
Metrics and forecasts can only go so far when preparing for the transportation crunch that will likely come with the new Lansdowne Park.
"When it opens you will see the real situation," council's transportation chairwoman Marianne Wilkinson said Thursday.
"You have to develop the best system based on the numbers you can expect to come."
She said the city will need to be nimble to adjust to unforeseen traffic issues.
One of the issues a special Lansdowne transportation advisory committee discussed Thursday was the local cycling network.
Wilkinson, the councillor for Kanata North ward, said there needs to be safe crossing for cyclists, especially on Queen Elizabeth Driveway. Even if it means painting the lines on the road, Wilkinson would like to see work begin next year before Lansdowne partially opens in summer 2014.
She was frank about a proposed $17.5-million pedestrian and cycling bridge over the Rideau Canal: There's no money in the budget right now.
Capital Coun David Chernushenko, who chairs the Lansdowne transportation group, doesn't have a lot of confidence that a traffic plan will sort out potential problems.
"They haven't been solved yet. We haven't come up with any magic answers," Chernushenko said this week. "Some of our solutions are just optimism at the moment."