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.
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.
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.
Freeways are the pinnacle of car infrastructure, allowing motorists to travel long distances safely and conveniently. But when freeways run through urban areas, they have major impacts on people’s ability to walk and cycle.
Curious to get to know a new neighbourhood in Ottawa, I met up with another local blogger to walk his community’s main street.
After living car-free in downtown Toronto and Ottawa, I thought I could continue my car-free journey in the suburbs. For nine months, it worked fine, but eventually my wife and I caved.