Soon cyclists in Sandy Hill will be rolling along.
Thanks to $2M Section 37 money from the development located at 151 Chapel cycling improvements, the neighbourhood is getting a significant boost.
Connecting existing cycling infrastructure in Sandy Hill, through Lowertown to enter the ByWard Market.
The route in focus begins at York Street and King Edward Avenue and goes east, across King Edward to Beausoleil Drive, then to Chapel Street to Somerset East.
Currently, a consultant is working with City staff to create this plan, which will also likely have the added benefit of offering traffic calming initiatives, to help favour a safe cycling corridor.
Once the draft plan is available, I am looking forward to sharing it with the community for input to make sure this route reflects the needs of our community and cyclists.
As we travel along to the other end of the neighbourhood, there are several concerns about crossing the Lees Avenue overpass. To name a few of the issues we are looking at fixing:
o The bike lane stops abruptly halfway up the overpass
o Busses stop on the top which blocks traffic
o People try to pass the busses and risk hitting oncoming traffic
o People do not stop at PXO
To address these, we are working with road safety and the City’s cycling teams to improve the cycling integration over the overpass to Mann Avenue. As a vital link for our community and new developments being proposed along the corridor, these fixes are necessary – especially as we will see more pedestrian and cyclist movement in the future. I look forward to updating the community about what these improvements will be and when we can see the changes implemented.
Safety in our community is of utmost importance. And one of the main drivers of worry is speeding along our residential streets. Now, this worry will soon be a thing of the past – with the introduction of 30km/hr zones in all Rideau-Vanier communities on residential streets.
The reduction of speeds make for safer communities. These targeted reductions in Sandy Hill will improve safety to get to and from place of parks, schools, places of worship etc. As many know, traffic speed has a direct impact on the safety of our streets and having gateway speed zones of 30 km/h—coupled with temporary traffic calming measures, enforcement and other traffic calming initiatives increases safety for all.