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The region is proposing segregated bike lanes from Charles to 7 on both sides of Ottawa (pages 102 and 112 Appendix B).

I guess this would connect to a mix of regular cycling lanes, and mixed-use trails on the other side of 7 (also in same link).

Public Consultation Centre 

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Kitchener Church of God 
533 Weber Street E, Kitchener 
Great news! Makes sense to do it at the same time the rest of Ottawa is re-done.
(11-03-2014, 10:44 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: [ -> ]The region is proposing segregated bike lanes from Charles to 7 on both sides of Ottawa (pages 102 and 112 Appendix B).

I guess this would connect to a mix of regular cycling lanes, and mixed-use trails on the other side of 7 (also in same link).

Yes, it looks like it would connect to Iron Horse on the West side. This is great. I wish they would take it a step further and tackle the segment of Ottawa further to the west, though.

Actually, I just wrote to Jane Mitchell yesterday about that. CBC had a piece about the Region's worst 10 intersections, and 3 of them are on Ottawa: Ottawa and Fischer-Hallman, Westmount, and Homer Watson. (When my spouse bike commutes to work, she needs to take Ottawa from Kehl to Strasburg. It's short, but easily the worst part of that ride.) Unfortunately, this project doesn't address that part at all.  And Strasburg includes a bike path too, so it would make sense to extend west from that respect.

I was surprised to read that Ottawa is a core cycling route. It is by geography: you can't avoid it, really. But it's also really hostile right now.

Still, with Manitou and Ottawa getting segregated bike paths, that part of Kitchener is starting to get some good bicycle infrastructure!
This is such a dangerous section of road, I used to ride to high school in the 90s from Strasburg to Cameron Heights. I'm not keen on sidewalk riding but it's really the only way to ride safely in that area if you're doing it during normal hours. I think the plans for the roundabouts at HW/Alpine/etc. all have multi-use trails criss-crossing the area but I don't recall details. It would be nice to see a continuous stretch of asphalt running from the Iron Horse to at least Westmount but ideally up to F-H.
(11-04-2014, 11:40 AM)clasher Wrote: [ -> ]This is such a dangerous section of road, I used to ride to high school in the 90s from Strasburg to Cameron Heights. I'm not keen on sidewalk riding but it's really the only way to ride safely in that area if you're doing it during normal hours. I think the plans for the roundabouts at HW/Alpine/etc. all have multi-use trails criss-crossing the area but I don't recall details. It would be nice to see a continuous stretch of asphalt running from the Iron Horse to at least Westmount but ideally up to F-H.

Yes, it is clearly the worst around. Strasburg to Cameron Heights along Ottawa sounds bad. At least there aren't a lot of driveways along the sidewalk (or many walkers for that matter).

There are a number of parks around there. What about connecting from Iron Horse to Shoemaker Greenway, Meinzinger Park, and across the Conestoga Parkway at Strasburg or at Concordia Park?
The redevelopment of the Schneiders Meats site will be an opportunity to create that link between the Iron Horse Trail and the parkway network.
(11-04-2014, 01:52 PM)panamaniac Wrote: [ -> ]The redevelopment of the Schneiders Meats site will be an opportunity to create that link between the Iron Horse Trail and the parkway network.

Yes, I had only looked at the map view and not the satellite view. ("Why is there a big empty space there?") Intelligent redevelopment of that area would indeed fill in a critical missing link.