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It’s a ruff city for cycling

August 30, 2010

Each year pugs suffer from unsafe and unscenic cycling experiences. Enough is enough.

– Cleo, August 27, 2010

As an urban pug commuter, I have a great deal of experience getting in and around this city on a bike. (Or rather, on a chariot attached to a bike being pulled by one of my humans. Unfortunately, the bike industry is not up to speed when it comes to making bikes to fit my puggy legs. Le sigh.) Ottawa is a beautiful city, which can brag being the home of a spectacular and involved bike community. Action needs to be taken to make biking a safe and viable commuting option for Ottawaians. Too many people have been hurt. And as long as cars and bikes are sharing the same space bikes are going to lose. My position: a painted line does not a bike lane make.

I want to hear from you. What do you think we need to do to make Ottawa safe city to cycle in?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2010 8:32 am

    I agree that the city is relatively cycling friendly. We have the fortune of having the NCC bike paths, but when they were designed, no one foresaw the enormous increase of cyclists. There are many alternative routes to get around town, but often, the different routes do not connect properly, disappear all of a sudden or make not always a lot of sense.

    It is important to realise that the number of cyclists will vastly increase, basically because of economic realities, an increased interest in our environment and worries about health care. If youth pays 300-400 dollars a month for car insurance or 100 dollar a month for a bus pass, cycling is a great alternative. IT is by far the cheapest -and often the fastest- way to get around Ottawa proper (don’t forget parking fees).

    Cycling needs to be promoted not as a hobby for spandex clad sporty types, but as a smart way of getting around town. The basic infrastructure is there, but it has to be tweaked. It is important to bring bike issues to the forefront in a a constructive way, and point the city to the plans that were made in the Ottawa Bike Plan. Volunteering for advocacy groups is another way to get your voice heard.

  2. August 30, 2010 4:15 pm

    I second the fact that we need to have some continuous cycle paths in this city, but considering I came from Winnipeg; Ottawa is BLESSED with bike paths so it makes it very hard to complain. Ottawa really does have it “that fucking good” đŸ™‚

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