Amy Yee, Metro Ottawa
The countdown to the opening of TD Place at Lansdowne Park continues with fans being encouraged once again to leave their cars at home and take alternative transportation to games.
Bernie Ashe, CEO of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), announced Sunday that 600 on-site parking spots will be available for cyclists riding into the park. For events with more than 10,000 fans, the park will have 1,000 spots available, partnering up with Wheel-Up to offer supervised and secure bicycle parking. The zone will open two hours prior to an event and close when the last bike is picked up.
The Lansdowne area now has a 20 km/h speed limit and super sharrows are now painted southbound on the bridge. This designates the outside lane for cyclists and requires cars to either follow behind them or pass onto the inside lane
“(Biking) is possible, it’s safe, it’s attractive and for the most part it’s actually the most convenient way, the fastest, simplest way to get here,” said Coun. David Chernushenko.
“Cycling is no longer an afterthought, it is now a consideration in all of our planning and you’ll see that reflected here at Lansdowne.”