28 Oct Navigating the O’Connor Street Bikeway
The City of Ottawa recently opened the O’Connor Street Bikeway, a new cycling link that makes bike travel through downtown Ottawa easier and safer.
The O’Connor Street Bikeway consists of a combination of protected two-way bike lanes, painted bike lanes and shared-use lanes connecting the Laurier Avenue Bikeway with Fifth Avenue, near Lansdowne Park. It is part of the Cross-Town Bikeway Network, a system of seven bicycle routes designed to provide a safer, continuous path for cyclists across the city.
O’Connor Street now has two-directional bike lanes on the east side of the road from Laurier to Isabella. This means it is now one-way for drivers and two-ways for cyclists.
Cyclists and motorists are asked be respectful and courteous to each other.
Reminder to drivers:
• Be aware of cyclists coming from both directions, especially at intersections
• Before turning, look in both directions and make eye contact with cyclists
• You cannot turn left off of O’Connor on a red light
• You must yield to cyclists and pedestrians when turning left
Reminder to cyclists:
• Be aware of cars and trucks, particularly when they are turning and where green road markings indicate crossings
• Be aware of pedestrians
• When turning, look in both directions and make eye contact with drivers
• Use bike boxes to make turns
• Southbound left turns can be made by yielding to oncoming cyclists
• Do not ride across vehicle traffic to turn right
For more information on the O’Connor Street Bikeway, visit ottawa.ca.