Residents of Nepean community will be pleased to hear that the City is planning to build a new cycling corridor that will link together existing pathways. The project comes out of the Ottawa Cycling Plan as a “missing link” in the cycling network (specifically P1-8). The project will interest walkers as well as cyclists as it will be designed for both user groups. Just under 5 kilometres in length, the “missing link” extends from Baseline/Farlane to the north and Woodfield/Merivale/Roydon to the south. A feasibility study is required for the future construction of the Nepean Trail.
A key map [PDF 1.55 MB] has been provided of the project area. The purpose of a functional planning study is to:
- Develop an understanding of the project parameters
- Consider what type of cycling facility and where
- Connect with various stakeholders
- Identify budgetary constraints going forward
- Develop recommendations
The general goal for the Nepean Trail “Missing Link” project is to:
- Provide a commuter route as well as for recreational users
- Provide connections to existing multi-use pathways
- Provide an alternative to Merivale Road
- Provide connections to stores
- Improve the connections across signalized intersections for cyclists and pedestrians
The original intent of a “trail” is all off-road; however, this project is leading to a mix of types of cycling facilities. Public feedback has been received for this project on the type of cycling facilities proposed and on where the priority should be for allocating the budget envelope for this project.
The following is a summary of the preferred solution as presented in the attached concept plans:
- Woodfield [PDF 3.03 MB]: painted bike lane (with option for painted buffer)
- Merivale [PDF 3.03 MB]: multi-use pathway on west side of Merivale from Colonnade to Woodfield/Roydon
- Grant Carman [PDF 5.10 MB]: painted bike lane (with option for painted buffer)
- Behind Meadowlands Mall [PDF 4.91 MB]: multi-use pathway (note: dependent on agreement with private land owners)
- Beaver Ridge to Farlane [PDF 3.56 MB]: Shared Use Lanes (i.e., sharrows and bike routing signage)
- Baseline Road [PDF 4.19 MB]: Baseline Road is currently the subject of an Environmental Assessment for a Bus Rapid Transit Line. The draft proposal includes cycle tracks and a new multi-use pathway connecting to the experimental farm.
- Colonnade at Prince of Wales [PDF 3.77 MB]: Multi-Use pathway on the north side of Colonnade connecting to existing pathways to Prince of Wales (or new alignment directly to Prince of Wales)
An additional drawing has been provided to illustrate the proposed treatment under the CN bridge.
For more information, contact the City Project Manager, Jeff Deloyde. Following public comments already received, the concept plans are being revised and high level cost estimates are being prepared. The goal is the completion of the Functional Planning Study by September 2016. Preliminary/detailed designs would then be prepared based on the functional planning study with the goal of construction in 2018.
For more information, contact:
Jeff Deloyde, Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Drive
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
613-580-2424, ext. 28403