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Beechwood Avenue Transportation Corridor

Cyrville Road Cycling and Pedestrian Facility Enhancements


The City of Ottawa will be upgrading the cycling and pedestrian facilities on Cyrville Road from Meadowbrook Road to Ogilvie Road.

  • Cycling facilities: New buffered bike lanes, multi-use pathways and bicycle crossings will provide a continuous cycling route along this section of Cyrville Road, part of the City's Orleans Bikeway.
  • Pedestrian facilities: New sidewalks, multi-use pathways and connections will make this section of Cyrville Road safer and more comfortable for pedestrians.
  • Vehicle capacity: No impacts on vehicle capacity are anticipated along Cyrville Road.

Planned Improvements

The City will be implementing a number of improvements on Cyrville Road, including the following:

  • New multi-use pathways on both sides of Cyrville Road from Meadowbrook Road to Labrie Avenue.
    • One-way for cyclists, two-way for pedestrians.
  • New concrete sidewalk for missing sections and buffered bike lane on both sides of Cyrville Road from Labrie Avenue to Ogilvie Road.
    • Exception: A paved shared use shoulder with ripple strip on the east side of Cyrville Road from Cummings Avenue to Beauparc Private.
  • Proposed new passenger pick-up and drop-off areas at Beauparc Private and at Cyrville Transit Station
  • Concrete pads at all transit stops for future potential shelters.
  • Connections between Cyrville Road facilities and the Cyrville Transit Station.
  • Bicycle boxes, green pavement markings and cross-rides at intersections where appropriate.
  • Narrowing and pavement markings at entrances with new MUP.
  • Road resurfacing from 270m north of Meadowbrook Road to Ogilvie Road.
  • Widening of Cyrville Road to the west at Ogilvie Road to accommodate a buffered bike lane and new sidewalk to the east.
  • Upgrades to traffic signal controls to be compliant with Ontario accessibility legislation.

Cyrville Road Cycling and Pedestrian Facility Enhancements Plan [ PDF 7.509 ]

Notations on the map by letter provide additional detail on the planned construction in accordance with the following legend:
A. Relocate existing concrete sidewalk
B. Revise pavement markings to include buffered bike lanes
C. New concrete sidewalk
D. Green Thermoplastic Treatment
E. Transition from paved shoulder to sidewalk
F. Widen roadway within ROW
G. Widened existing paved shoulder to accommodate shared pedestrian cyclist facility, separated by concrete ripple strip
H. Widened existing paved shoulder to accommodate new buffered bike lane
I. Proposed passenger pick-up and dropoff (PPUDO) (to be confirmed)
J. Existing facility on Highway 417 bridge
K. Reduced corner radius to reduce pedestrian/cycling crossing distance
L. New 2.5m asphalt MUP
M. Transition from paved shoulder to asphalt MUP
N. Proposed bus stop relocation with potential bus shelter
O. Entrance Treatment (zig-zag markings and flexible post delineators) (to be confirmed)
P. Mixed crossride with green thermoplastic treatment
Q. Concrete ripple strip
R. Transition from MUP to bike lane
S. New painted 1.4m bike lane
T. Transition from paved shoulder to bike lane
U. 2-stage left turn bike box
V. New connection to existing MUP

Contact Information

For additional information on this project please contact:
Jamie MacDonald, P.Eng.
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 16151

Heron Eastbound Cycle Track from Colbert Crescent Multi-Use Pathway to Jefferson Street

Mackenzie Avenue Bike Tracks

The City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Gatineau have a long-term goal to complete a cycling facility around Confederation Boulevard, as depicted in the plan view below. As an initial step towards such a facility, the City, NCC and the United States Embassy are evaluating a plan to add a bi-directional bike track along the east side of Mackenzie Avenue, from Rideau Street to Murray Street.

Map showing the route of Confederation Boulevard running in a loop between Ottawa and Gatineau, using the Portage and Alexandra Bridges. The major road segments on the Ottawa side are Mackenzie Avenue and Wellington Street.

The Mackenzie Avenue element of this project is identified as a Phase 1 project in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan (project P1-12). The completion of the cycling facility including Wellington Street, between Mackenzie Avenue and the Portage Bridge, a Phase 2 project in the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan, is targeted for implementation in the 2020-2025.

An artist rendering of what the bike track will look like near the United States Embassy, showing two cyclists on the bike track

The Mackenzie Avenue project will include the construction of a two way bike track on the east side of Mackenzie Avenue (area A), improved connectivity to the NCC's Eastern Rideau Canal Pathway, consisting largely of cycling pavement markings (area B)and connect to a recent cycling project north of Mackenzie Avenue on St. Patrick Street (area C).

A plan view showing the project limits.

The new cycling facility along Mackenzie Avenue will consist of a two-way bike track, paved primarily using asphalt, and will be buffered from road traffic by a combination of curbs and bollards in front of the United States Embassy, and curbs and road-flush segments between the United States Embassy and Rideau Street.

Mackenzie Avenue will retain its current function and cross-section as a two lane arterial roadway, expanding to three lanes at the Rideau Street Intersection. The configuration of vehicle lanes at the Rideau Street intersection will continue to function as it does today with a single Straight Through /Left Turn lane, and two Right Turn only lanes. The location of the vehicle lanes will shift to the west approximately 3m, and the total length of one of the right turn lanes will be reduced.

A cross-sectional view of Mackenzie Avenue near Rideau Street, showing a 3.0m wide raised bike track on the east side.

Mackenzie Avenue Cross Section near Rideau Street

Twelve off-peak parking spots currently located along the south-east side of Mackenzie Avenue will be removed, along with a tour bus parking location.

The functional design for the Mackenzie Avenue bikeway includes a new cross-ride, at Mackenzie Avenue and Murray Street, connecting to the existing Alexandra Bridge bike track, and a protected signal phase at Mackenzie Avenue and Rideau Street to allow for a conflict-free southbound connection from the Mackenzie Bike Track to the existing bike lane on the south-west side of the Colonel By Drive on-ramp. The Mackenzie Project will be coordinated with proposed pavement markings (sharrows) along Colonel By Drive from Rideau Street to a location where cyclists can access the NCC Eastern Rideau Canal Pathway.

The existing pedestrian mid-block crossing just south of the US embassy will remain, a cross-ride will not be provided at this location.

Project Timing

The Mackenzie Avenue project is 95% complete.  The remaining tasks including line painting, signage and bike signal work will be completed in the Spring of 2017 at which point the cycling facility will be opened for use.

Project Drawing

Plan View [ PDF 2.502 MB ]

Plan view of Mackenzie Avenue between Murray Street and Rideau Street, showing the two-way bike track on the east side of the roadway

For further information contact:

Zlatko Krstulic, Planner
Transportation Strategic Planning
City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 21827