McArthur Avenue is a main street in Vanier. It has two schools (Robert E. Wilson and Horizon Jeunesse), the Boys and Girls Club and multiple community centres. We would like it to feel more like a friendly, traditional main street. This is a difficult task given the speed of vehicles using this corridor. We initiated the process to make McArthur a slower street two years ago following concerns from the residents. We started by defining the school zones with signage, paint and speed boards and then encouraging local businesses to remove the outdated on-street parking restrictions.
The phase two objective is to reduce the road width in order to address speeding concerns, and increase the safety of all road users. Slower speeds will make a friendlier main street for everyone.
Reducing the travel lanes will also allow us to improve the cycling infrastructure along the corridor. Originally, Donald Street had been proposed as a continuation of the east-west cycle corridor. However, it was determined that McArthur has a wider right-of-way, meaning bike lanes can be used instead of sharrows. In addition, McArthur has greater connectivity to communities east of St. Laurent and close proximity to both the Adawe Crossing and the Rideau River multi-use pathway.
The bike lanes are proposed on McArthur between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. The draft functional design could be implemented using pavement markings, signage and planter boxes. We held an Open House on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 to receive feedback from the public. Please visit www.ottawa.ca/mcarthuravenue for more information. You can submit your comment online until March 22. 2017.