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Herzberg Road Improvements for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Project Status: 

Herzberg Road Improvements (March Road to 200 metres North of March Road)

Online Information April 15 to Nov 30, 2017

The City of Ottawa is in the process of designing improvements to Herzberg Road for cyclists and pedestrians from a point approximately 200 m north of March Road to March Road.  The work will correct a gap between existing bike lanes on March Road and existing paved shoulders on Herzberg Road by installing new cycle tracks and add a new sidewalk where it is needed.  

Both Carling Avenue and Herzberg Road are designated Spine Cycling Routes on the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan and the project was identified as part of the ‘affordable network’ within the 2013 plan.  They lead to major employment areas in Kanata North and the city is improving conditions to support bicycle commuting.  This project is supported financially by the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The purpose of the project is to address a missing cycling link for recreational, utilitarian and commuter users at an important junction of two routes; to create safe cycling and walking conditions at the March/Herzberg intersection and finally to create a new pedestrian facility along the west side of Herzberg Road between March Road and 100 Herzberg Road..

Residents are invited to review the functional design plan for the project:

Functional design plan [ PDF 335 KB ]

Project Timing

The project is currently in the engineering design phase which is targeted for completion in the fall of 2017.  Federal funding criteria requires construction to be completed by March 31, 2018.  A construction timeline will be identified after completion of detailed design.

Project Drawing

A plan view of the proposed cycling facilities is shown in the provided drawing.

Cycle tracks are the same as bike lanes except they are built above the curbs and thus are not adjacent to motor traffic.  A new sidewalk will be constructed adjacent to the southbound cycle track on the west side of Herzberg Road to improve pedestrian access to the employment centre at 100 Herzberg Road and to the bus stop on the east side of Herzberg Road. Cyclists and pedestrians originate from both March Road as well as from the residential community west of March Road that is served by an existing multiuse pathway (MUP) extending from Penfield Drive.

This project will introduce a new intersection design termed ‘Protected Intersection’ that is intended to provide maximum comfort and safety for pedestrians and cyclists in this high speed environment.  Cyclists will negotiate the intersection without the need to share space with motorists and will have their own crossing space, termed a ‘crossride.’  This design will facilitate integration of the intersection with the existing MUP leading to/from Penfield Drive.

For additional information please contact

Robin Bennett, RPP MCIP
Project Manager, Cycling programs
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa 
110 Laurier Avenue
613-580-2424 extension 21795