Ottawa’s Echo Drive is an unlikely candidate for “bicycle street” status. But despite its absence from official cycling routes, this street has much more in common with the “fietstraat” than you would expect.
E-bikes are exploding in popularity and promise access to a range of new users. It’s time we upgraded our trails to embrace these users, rather than shutting them out with regulations.
Matt and Hans are visiting the South Gate area, known for the South Keys shopping mall. They are going on a walkabout, checking out the empty parking lots, plans for development, active transportation connections and hot chocolate.
I’ve come to appreciate that there are three distinct personas that come together to make cycling advocacy work. Like a chair with two legs, an organized advocacy effort without all three is bound to be unstable.
Ottawa’s former Greenboro Busway is a case study of ambitious plans that were never fully realized. The story offers a valuable lesson for transport and urban planners: creating plans without community support – no matter how thoughtful – is a treacherous path.
I made my first in-camera YouTube appearance this week in the latest video from Oh The Urbanity!, discussing Protected Intersections.