Cycling ridership triples on Laurier Avenue with segregated bike lanes

Ottawa – The segregated bike lanes along Laurier Avenue West are among the busiest on-street cycling corridors in the country. During the first two months of operation, almost 100,000 trips have been recorded by motion detectors. There are more than 2,000 cycling trips daily - tripling the number previously recorded on Laurier Avenue.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular commuter or a recreational rider, the new segregated bike lanes provide added safety and comfort when cycling through the downtown core,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “With more people on bikes, we are building a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable city.”

Ontario’s first downtown segregated bike lanes were opened on July 10, 2011. Construction was completed ahead of time, and cyclists were able to enjoy the new facility all summer. The two-year pilot project is part of a strategic initiative towards a cycle-friendly city that improves the quality of life for Ottawa residents.

“The City has made safe cycling a priority and we are delighted with the response of residents in their use of the Laurier Avenue bike lanes,” said Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Chair of the Transportation Committee. “This increase in cycling is a great start to Sustainable Transportation Week.”

The motion detectors are placed in front of the Ottawa Public Library’s main branch, on both sides of Laurier Avenue. Live recording and further information is available on the city’s website at ottawa.ca/bikelane.

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