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Heron Road separated cycling facilities (Clover Street to 40m east of Gilles Street)

Project Status: 
Underway

Project Overview (June 2020)

Background

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design and construction for separated cycling facilities in the Heron Road corridor between Data Centre Road to the west and Bank Street to the east. Through a combination of raised cycle tracks and multi-use pathways on both sides of the road, this design addresses the need for seamless connections with:

  • Cycle tracks designed for the Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit Corridor

(Woodroffe Avenue to Data Centre Road), and

  • Cycle tracks designed for the Bank Street Renewal project (Riverside Drive to Ledbury Avenue).

As part of the Ottawa Cycling Plan (2013), new cycling facilities on Heron Road will provide a safer cycling route to:

  • Key transit nodes
  • Area retail and commercial destinations along Bank Street
  • Employment and transit destinations near Confederation Heights
  • Other cycling facilities planned along Bank Street and Baseline Road

Key plan showing the project limits on Heron Road from Data Centre Drive to Bank Street, with links extending north to the bus stop on Data Centre Drive and south to the Brookfield multi-use pathway.

Upcoming projects will extend the continuous separated cycling facility to over seven kilometres from Woodroffe to Bank Street, including the cycling facilities to be included as part of the future Baseline Road Rapid Transit Corridor.

This construction project consists of two sections. In 2019, the first section of the Heron Road separated cycling facilities was completed. A combination of raised uni-directional and bi-directional cycle tracks were built between Data Centre Road and Carlsen Avenue, consisting of:

North side (westbound)

  • Transition from on road cycling to a raised westbound cycle track at Clover Street
  • A raised bi-directional cycle track between Clover Street and the access pathway to Heron Station

South side (eastbound)

  • A raised eastbound cycle track from Data Centre Road to Carlsen Avenue Protected intersection at Clover Street and Heron Road

The second section of the cycle facility, Clover Street to 40m east of Gilles Street, is expected to start in the summer of 2020 and be completed by the end of the year.

Budget

Project Funds to construct the second section of the cycle facility will be provided through City of Ottawa and Province of Ontario (Ontario Municipality Commuter Cycling Program) resources. Project funds approved to date from the City of Ottawa is approximately $1.5 million and $1.25 million from the Province of Ontario for a total of $2.75 million.

Project Schedule (Clover Street to Street to 40m east of Gilles Street)

  • Design Completion: July 2019
  • Construction Start: summer 2020
  • Construction Completion: December 2020

Project Update

The current section of the project is expected to begin in the summer 2020 and scheduled for completion by the end of 2020. Construction will start on the raised cycle tracks on the north and south sides of Heron Road, which will be extended further to the east from Clover Street to 40 metres east of the Gilles Street intersection. Other elements of the project will include:

  • Construction of protected intersections, designed expressly to give cyclists more visibility and protect them from car traffic at Kaladar Avenue and Clementine Boulevard
  • Remaining intersections (Falcon Avenue, Chasseur Avenue and Gilles Street) will be constructed to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) and will include Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI), new pavement markings to align crosswalks to maintain a direct path of travel and demarcation tiles to separate pedestrian and cycling facilities
  • To improve transit service efficiency, bus bays along Heron Road will be removed.
  • Pavement marking and signage will be installed requiring cyclists to yield to pedestrians at bus stops.

Traffic Impacts

To accommodate construction, it is anticipated that single lane reductions during non-peak hours will be required. Police assistance will be required at the signalized intersections. Access to local businesses and private properties, will be maintained throughout the construction period.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained.

Key plan [ 600 KB ]

Frequently asked questions

I live on Heron Road. What do I need to know about having a cycle track in front of my house?

The raised cycle track will provide you with easy access to a network of City cycling routes, directly from your driveway. The grade-separated (i.e. raised-to-curb-height) feature of the cycle track means that riding to the nearest quiet side street or beyond can be done without mixing with the flow of motor vehicles using the corridor.

In most cases, the cycle track will occupy the bottom 2.0 to 2.5 metres of your driveway. This property is City land (part of the Heron Road right-of-way), just as is the case for the sidewalk in front of your residence. As with the sidewalk, you will not be permitted to park your vehicle if it is blocking any part of the cycle track.

When driving your vehicle out of your driveway, you will be expected to stop before the cycle track to watch for cyclists and other motorists before proceeding into the roadway.

The cycle track may receive winter maintenance by the City. In such case, you must refrain from moving snow from your driveway onto the cycle track, just as you would avoid doing so on City sidewalks.

What about putting out my waste for collection at the curb?

When placing garbage and recycle bins for curbside pick-up, be advised that you must ensure that the cycle track remains clear, at least during snow-free periods. You will be advised by the City if you are to respect four-season operation of the cycle track.

How are motorists impacted, once such facilities are built?

Motorists traveling along Heron Road may see more cyclists but they will be riding beside the road between intersections. At intersections, cyclists will maintain their own space, off to the right, in what is known as a crossride. There will be minimal changes to the width of the road’s general-use travel lanes under the proposed design. The expected higher volumes of people cycling mean that a little extra care will be needed on the part of motorists as they make turns at driveways and side streets, but they should not have difficulty passing bicycles riding on the separated bike tracks.

Why can’t cyclists just ride on the road or sidewalk?

Sidewalk cycling is not permitted. A few people do ride on Heron Road today. However, many potential cyclists are deterred from sharing a lane of a multi-lane road with traffic speeds of at 60 km/h or faster. The raised cycle track design provides a physical separation from motor vehicles, thereby encouraging more people of varying cycling skill levels to ride with confidence. Cycle tracks, which first achieved prominence in Europe, are gaining wide adoption in North America. The protection of a curb and specific pavement markings at intersections with side streets visibly convey the space to be occupied by those on bicycle.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s project manager below.

City project manager:
Jamie MacDonald, P.Eng.
Design and Construction - Municipal
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
100 Constellation DriveOttawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 16151

Construction notice (July 2020)

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community.

The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces to reopen, including all municipal construction projects, as long as they comply with strict measures for public health and safe operations. In addition to the City’s ongoing work on critical infrastructure projects, we are now able to resume work on other construction projects that were paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

This notice is to advise that construction in your neighbourhood is expected to start in July 2020. This work is being conducted to complete the cycling and intersection modifications from Clover Street to 40 metres east of Gilles Street.

What: Work will involve the construction of a multi-use pathway and include overhead wiring for the existing streetlights and traffic signals in preparation for the installation of new poles and underground ducts required along the route, removal and replacement of sidewalks, final asphalt paving and landscaping reinstatement.

Why: As part of the Ottawa Cycling Plan (2013), new cycling facilities on Heron Road will provide safer cycling.

When: Construction is expected to start in July 2020 and anticipated to be completed at the end of 2020.

Where: Heron Road between Clover Street and 40 metres east of Gilles Street.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the Contractor, Ottawa D-Squared Construction, to complete the construction work.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Traffic Impacts

To accommodate construction, it is anticipated that single lane reductions during non-peak hours will be required. Police assistance will be required at the signalized intersections. Access to local businesses and private properties, will be maintained throughout the construction period.

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will maintained.

On-Street Parking

As the various road reconstruction activities are in progress on your street, on-street parking will be restricted. In the event that access to your driveway is restricted due to construction activities, a Temporary On-Street Parking Permit (orange form) will be distributed to permit on-street parking within two blocks of your residence.

Impact on the Right of Way and Adjacent Private Properties

The construction is within the City’s right of way but may result in some disruption to part of the private property directly adjacent to the work. The City will reinstate all sections of landscaping, driveways and walkways that are disturbed by construction. However, if you have plants or any other assets located within the City’s right of way that you want to preserve, we suggest that you may want to move the plants in preparation for the construction work.

Property Damage Caused by Construction Activities

As part of this contract, the Contractor is assuming full responsibility for the construction work until it is entirely complete, as well as any damages to private property resulting from these construction activities. In the event of such occurrences, all claims for damages should be immediately reported both verbally and in writing to the Contractor and to the City’s Project Manager. This will ensure prompt notification of appropriate authorities to complete the claim investigations.

Construction Disruptions

The Contractor will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the everyday life of your family and/or operation of your business, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the construction work, such as delays and lane closures, parking restrictions, noise, dust. You may also feel vibrations due to heavy equipment operations. Vibrations from construction activities are quite common and rarely cause any problems. We would like to thank you for your patience and co-operation.

For construction activity hours of work, the City of Ottawa follows provincial requirements and the City’s Noise By-law (2017-255).

For any emergency outside normal working hours, please call the City at 3-1-1.

For general project information, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

For construction related questions or concerns, please contact the:

City’s Project Manager
Jamie MacDonald, P.Eng.
Design and Construction – Municipal
Tel.: 613-580-2424 x16151

Contractor’s Representative
Craig O’Regan
Ottawa D-Squared Construction Ltd.
Tel : 613-978-6788

Project Coordinator
Rukmina Bista, M.Eng.
R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Tel.: 613-226-1844 x 3237

Open House - November 27, 2017

Posted: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 1:30 pm
Last updated: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 3:56 pm

Dates & Times

Monday, November 27, 2017,
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Location

Jim Durrell Recreation Centre - Elwood Hall
1265 Walkley Road
Ottawa, ON

Open House
Monday November 27, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre - Elwood Hall
1265 Walkley Road

On-line consultation: November 23 to December 4, 2017
Ottawa.ca/HeronWestCycling

The City of Ottawa is developing a design for separated cycling facilities in the Heron Road corridor between Data Centre Road to the west and Bank Street to the east.  Through a combination of raised cycle tracks and multi-use pathways on both sides of the road, this design addresses the need for seamless connections with:

  • Cycle tracks designed for the Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit Corridor (Phase 1 - Woodroffe Avenue to Data Centre Road), and
  • Cycle tracks designed for the Bank Street Renewal project (Riverside Drive to Ledbury Avenue).

Heron Road is identified as part of Cross-Town Bikeway #7 and Phase-1 project P1-19 in the Ottawa Cycling Plan of 2013.  This design project is partially funded through the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

You have the opportunity to review and comment on:

  • The proposed configuration of raised cycle tracks and protected intersections in the corridor
  • The proposed alignments of multi-use pathways at the west end that connect to nearby facilities such as major transit stops.

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 3.732 MB ]

Roll Plan [ PDF 6.225 MB ]

Background

Heron Road is a four-lane divided urban arterial road with a posted speed of 60 km/h through the major portion of the study area except near Bank Street, where it is 50 km/h.  There are concrete sidewalks on both sides of the road.  There are currently no cycling facilities on Heron Road within the project limits. Cyclists must either ride on the road while sharing lanes with motor traffic or dismount and walk their bikes on the sidewalks.

The Heron-Baseline network spine is being developed into Cross-town Bikeway #7 in stages. This proposed section of the bikeway will provide a means for residents of the local communities such as Heron Park to more safely cycle to:

  • key transit nodes
  • area retail/commercial destinations along Bank Street
  • employment and transit destinations near Confederation Heights
  • points further away, via similar facilities planned for Bank Street and Baseline Road.

In combination with the cycling facilities on the future Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor, this section will bring the continuous separated east-west facility to over 7 km in length (Woodroffe Avenue to Bank Street).  The future Bank Street cycle tracks extend that continuous route further, if heading north or south from Heron.

The improved ability to access key transit nodes such as Heron Station on two wheels will foster the “bike-ride-walk” commuting strategy—ride from home to transit and park the bike, ride to the transit stop nearest your destination, walk final portion of journey.

Funds to construct this design have not yet been approved within a City budget.  Sections of this design may be built at different times.  For instance, the link southward to the Brookfield Pathway can occur only after changes in the rail network forming part of the Trillium Line Stage 2 LRT work.

Key plan showing the project limits on Heron Road from Data Centre Drive to Bank Street, with links extending north to the bus stop on Data Centre Drive and south to the Brookfield multi-use pathway.

Key plan showing the study limits on Heron Road and vicinity.

The proposed cycling facilities are as follows:

On the north side of Heron

  • From Data Centre Road to the path for Heron Transitway station: westbound raised cycle track (implemented by the Baseline Road BRT project)
  • From the path for Heron Transitway station to Clover Avenue: multi-use pathway (MUP), shared with pedestrians
  • From Clover Street to Bank Street: westbound raised cycle track

On the south side of Heron

  • From 35 m west of Data Centre Road to Junction Avenue: multi-use pathway (MUP), shared with pedestrians
  • From Junction Avenue to limits of the Bank Street Renewal: eastbound raised cycle track

Up to five bus bays along Heron Road will be removed to improve transit service efficiency. Pavement markings and signage will be installed, requiring cyclists to yield to pedestrians wherever there are bus stops.

In addition, existing connections to the bridge that crosses Heron Road just west of Data Centre Road are proposed to be upgraded for cycling.  This bridge, which contains a vehicle ramp that connects eastbound Heron Road to northbound Bronson Avenue and eastbound Riverside Drive, has a two-way barrier-protected MUP on it.  The plan involves converting 1.8-metre concrete pathways at the bridge approaches into 3-metre asphalt MUPs so that it will be legal to cycle all the way from one side of Heron to the other.  The MUPs will have grades that meet accessibility standards, meaning that they will be less steep than the facilities being replaced. 

A MUP to link the north side of the bridge to bus stops on Data Centre Road (adjacent to Heron Station) will be developed to further support the “bike-ride-walk” mode. 

A future MUP is also proposed to link the south side of the bridge to the Brookfield multi-use pathway and, from there, the Sawmill Creek Pathway.  This alignment relies upon work associated with Stage 2 LRT changes to the Trillium Line.

Questions and Answers

I live on Heron Road.  What do I need to know about having a cycle track in front of my house?

The raised cycle track will provide you with easy access to a network of City cycling routes, directly from your driveway.  The grade-separated (i.e. raised-to-curb-height) feature of the cycle track means that riding to the nearest quiet side street or beyond can be done without mixing with the flow of motor vehicles using the corridor.

In most cases, the cycle track will occupy the bottom 2.0 to 2.5 metres of your driveway.  This property is City land (part of the Heron Road right-of-way), just as is the case for the sidewalk in front of your residence.  As with the sidewalk, you will not be permitted to park your vehicle if it is blocking any part of the cycle track.

When driving your vehicle out of your driveway, you will be expected to stop before the cycle track to watch for cyclists and other motorists before proceeding into the roadway.

The cycle track may receive winter maintenance by the City.  In such case, you must refrain from moving snow from your driveway onto the cycle track, just as you would avoid doing so on City sidewalks. 

What about putting out my waste for collection at the curb?

When placing garbage and recycle bins for curbside pick-up, be advised that you must ensure that the cycle track remains clear, at least during snow-free periods.  You will be advised by the City if you are to respect four-season operation of the cycle track.

How are motorists impacted, once such facilities are built?

Motorists traveling along Heron Road may see more cyclists but they will be riding beside the road between intersections.  At intersections, cyclists will maintain their own space, off to the right, in what is known as a crossride.  There will be minimal changes to the width of the road’s general-use travel lanes under the proposed design.  The expected higher volumes of people cycling mean that a little extra care will be needed on the part of motorists as they make turns at driveways and side streets, but they should not have difficulty passing bicycles riding on the separated bike tracks.

Why can’t cyclists just ride on the road or sidewalk?

Sidewalk cycling is not permitted.  A few people do ride on Heron Road today.  However, many potential cyclists are deterred from sharing a lane of a multi-lane road with traffic speeds of at 60 km/h or faster.  The raised cycle track design provides a physical separation from motor vehicles, thereby encouraging more people of varying cycling skill levels to ride with confidence.  Cycle tracks, which first achieved prominence in Europe, are gaining wide adoption in North America.  The protection of a curb and specific pavement markings at intersections with side streets visibly convey the space to be occupied by those on bicycle.

Next Steps

The cycle track designs will be finalized in early 2018 after a review of comments received.  A construction schedule has not yet been established and will depend on funding through future capital budgets.

Tell Us What You Think

The questionnaire is now closed. The City would like to thank everyone who participated in the questionnaire.

Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 29882
Email: paul.clarke2@ottawa.ca