Lowertown Cycling Connections

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Lowertown Cycling Connections

Three active transportation projects in the Lowertown Area:

  • P1-25 Lowertown - New Edinburgh Neighbourhood Bikeway,
  • P1-35 Murray and St. Patrick Streets between Sussex and King Edward; and,
  • P1-38 Old St Patrick St.

Here is a key map showing the locations of the three projects:

Key Map [ PDF 160 KB ]

The functional designs for these three projects have gone through an internal review process. The plans are described and viewable below.

P1-25 Lowertown - New Edinburgh Neighbourhood Bikeway

The City of Ottawa has identified a need and opportunity to provide a low-stress bicycle connection between Lowertown and New Edinburgh. The bikeway is generally on local roads and bridges, Union Street, the Union Street Bridges and Cumberland Street north of Guigues Avenue. The project will provide a new bidirectional connection (east-west) for pedestrians and cyclists along the north side of Boteler Street, which currently lacks any facilities between King Edward Avenue and Cumberland Street.

Functional Design - Lowertown - New Edinburgh Neighbourhood Bikeway [ PDF 277 KB ]

Design features

For Boteler Street, the works will include the introduction of a new multi-use pathway (MUP) along the north side between King Edward Avenue and Cumberland Street. Pavement markings and signage have been designed to allow bicycles to transition between the MUP and Cumberland Street at the all-way stop intersection.

The key features of the design are:

  • New, accessible multi-use pathway, 2.75 m to 3.0m wide;
  • Mitigation measures to reduce impacts on the existing trees; and
  • Signage and pavement markings to facilitate connectivity.

Key safety features that are built into the design include:

  • Buffered, grade-separated multi-use pathway located at sidewalk level; and
  • A variety of pavement marking and signage features.

P1-35 St Patrick Street Bikeway

St Patrick Street has seen several cycling facility upgrades by the City of Ottawa. The segment between King Edward Avenue and Dalhousie Street forms a gap which does not have a cycling facility. As part of the 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan this link was identified as a priority connection. The planned facility is generally on-street bike lane. At the approaches to Cumberland Street and Dalhousie Street a general traffic right-turn lane develops in a mixed configuration with cyclists. There is a single bus stop just west of Cumberland Street, where the bike facility will transition to a new ride over bus platform. This will improve the interactions between cyclists, bus operators and transit users. Transitions to and from intersecting bike routes have been provisioned for with two-stage bike boxes at Cumberland Street. In summary, this project will provide a new connection for westbound cyclists along the north side of St Patrick Street with connections to/from Cumberland Street.

Functional Design – St Patrick Bikeway [ PDF 328 KB ]

Design features

The works will include a new ride-over bus platform just west of Cumberland Street. Pavement markings and signage have been designed to allow bicycles to transition between the St Patrick Bikeway and Cumberland Street at the intersection.

The key features of the design are:

  • New, reserved bike lane, 1.2 – 1.6 m wide;
  • A ride-over bus platform; and
  • Signage and pavement markings to facilitate connectivity.

Key safety features that are built into the design include:

  • 0.7 m wide dooring buffer adjacent to parking zones.
  • Grade-separated bicycle facility at sidewalk level in the bus stop zone; and
  • A variety of pavement marking and signage features.

P1-38 Old St Patrick Street Bikelane

Old St Patrick Street is a local road that serves an OCTranspo route, as access to De La Salle High School, a community services center, and St. Clement Parish church. The City of Ottawa identified a desire line here and an opportunity to provide bicycle facilities along the segment between Beausoliel and Cobourg Streets. It was considered essential to maintain parking spaces in front of the church for ceremonial processions. In order to mitigate the risks associated with dooring the bike lane and dooring buffer along the south side of Old St. Patrick were prioritized. The general configuration is a bike lane with dooring buffer in the eastbound direction and a shared / general traffic lane in the westbound direction.

Functional Design – Old St Patrick Bikeway [ PDF 230 KB ]

Design features

The project scope is limited to pavement markings and signage. These have been designed to reduce conflict between motorists / pedestrians / transit, and people on bicycles traversing the corridor.

The key features of the design are:

  • New, reserved bike lane, 1.4 – 1.7 m wide; and,
  • Signage and pavement markings to facilitate connectivity.

Key safety features that are built into the design include:

  • 0.7 m wide dooring buffer adjacent to parking zones;
  • Integration of the design with the traffic calming elements recently built; and,
  • A variety of pavement marking and signage features.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Hortop, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Transportation Planning
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 x20234
Email: adam.hortop@ottawa.ca