Cycling & Walking

To see detailed designs of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, download the Streetscape documents in the Design & Plans section.


Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Features

Separation of Sidewalk and Cycle Track:

North of Clegg Street:

  • Visually (tonal) and tactile distinction in paving stone strip (0.2m to 0.6m wide) between cycle track and sidewalk
  • Utility zone separating the sidewalk and cycle track, with street trees, street lights, bike racks, and street furniture
  • Cycle track to use asphalt, but sidewalk to be lighter-coloured pavers

South of Clegg Street:

  • Where the cycle track abuts the concrete sidewalk, a distinctive surface will be used to provide sidewalk separation

Crossing the Road:

  • At non-signalized side street crossings, raised crosswalks and cross-rides enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • At all side street crossings, bicycle crossrides and 'elephant's feet' delineate ride path
  • Additional cross-rides are provided across Main Street, at Hawthorne Ave., Clegg Street, and Riverdale Ave., to integrate east-west community cycling routes
  • Accessible curb ramps with tactile walking surface indicators are located at all intersections

At Bus Stops:

  • Bicycles to yield to pedestrians getting on and off the bus — signage to be determined
  • Supplemental space (1.2m to 2.0m+) between curb and cycle track to assist with bus loading and unloading
  • No elevation change between curb, cycle track, and sidewalk to allow barrier-free movement
  • Tactile walking surface indicators opposite the bus's front door

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What is a Cycle Track?

A cycle track is a bicycle facility along a city street that is physically separated from the motorized vehicle traffic lanes, and is also separate from the sidewalk. It is generally sepa-rated from auto traffic by a narrow median, a raised curb, a planting strip, or on-street parking.

Benefits of a Cycle Track:

  • More inclusive to a wider spectrum of potential riders including youth, seniors, and casual cyclists;
  • Promotes much higher cycling use; and
  • Provides for greater safety through separation.

 

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Cycling Options During Construction

During construction on Main Street, any open travel lanes are available to cyclists.

Cyclists are exempt from 'local traffic only' restrictions.

Cyclists who wish to bypass construction activity on Main Street can use the following corridors as part of their journey, in addition to any local streets:

  • Mutchmor Road connects Main Street to Echo Drive, which is an available cycling route that travels north-south through the corridor.
  • Clegg Street is an available cycling route that travels east-west.
  • Marlowe Crescent runs parallel to Main Street from Clegg Street and Elliot Avenue, and is an available cycling route.

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If you don’t find the information you need on these pages, visit ottawa.ca or contact the project managers directly:

City Project Manager
Josée Vallée, P. Eng.
Infrastructure Services Department
Design & Construction Municipal – East Branch
City of Ottawa
josee.vallee@ottawa.ca | 613-580-2424 x 21805

Contractor Representative
Alphonse Blank
Karson Konstruction
613-913-9032
24-hour emergency number: 613-839-2816

    

Contract Administrator
Robert McKay
Parsons
Cell: (613) 883-7590


Senior Inspector
Greg Choquette
Parsons
Cell: (613) 327-7404