Open House: December 11, 2017
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tom Brown Arena - Hall
141 Bayview Road
Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station
Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway
Free parking is available
Online consultation: December 8 to December 18, 2017
The City of Ottawa is developing a plan for reconfiguration of the Scott Street-Albert Street corridor following the removal of reserved bus lanes used for the Transitway detour. This removal will occur after the Confederation Line of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system goes into service.
The City invites feedback on the reinstatement/redevelopment plans for the corridor segment between Holland Avenue and City Centre Avenue.
The Scott/Holland road components adjacent to Tunney’s Pasture Station are presented for public information purposes only.
You have the opportunity to review and comment on:
- The configuration of the separated eastbound bike lane
- The multi-use pathway and westbound cycling restrictions
- The layout of the roadway, with new parking on the south side.
The Scott-Albert corridor forms part of the City’s primary east-west bikeway (Cross-town Bikeway #2). The road has a speed limit of 50 km/h and is classed as an urban arterial.
Currently, construction of the adjacent LRT line has necessitated a detour of the Transitway bus routes along this section of the corridor. The road operates with one general-use lane and one bus-only lane in each direction, except at certain intersections where turn lanes are provided. An eastbound bike lane (width 1.8 m) with painted buffer was provided as part of the Transitway detour. Outside of winter months, the eastbound bike lane buffer is supplemented with flex posts attached directly to the pavement.
On the north side of Scott Street, the existing multi-use pathway (MUP) remained in place. This pathway terminates at crosswalks at all intersecting streets, requiring cyclists to dismount while crossing.
Albert Street between Bayview Avenue and City Centre Avenue does not currently have on-road cycling facilities. Cyclists use a continuation of the previously mentioned MUP that shifts away from the road corridor to pass around the north side of Bayview Station.
Key plan showing the limits of this study
As a heavily used cross-town bikeway route, the ultimate configuration of cycling facilities along Scott and Albert Streets will be separated unidirectional cycle tracks with separate sidewalks. This project represents the first phase of the evolution, which will continue as future infrastructure and re-development projects occur along this corridor.
Goals of this project:
- To provide cyclists with a unidirectional cycling facility on each side of the road’s right-of-way over the full length of the corridor
- To provide better buffering between cyclists/pedestrians and vehicle traffic along the eastbound direction, and to improve turning sight-lines between drivers and eastbound cyclists.
- To reduce conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians on the existing MUP.
Addition of bike lanes to the Albert Street bridge and its approaches will provide a continuous east-west facility. Space for the lanes will be gained when the bus-detour arrangement (1 general-use lane/1 bus-only lane per direction) is replaced with three general-use lanes (2 westbound, 1 eastbound).
The three-lane operation is being extended to the west of Bayview Avenue to provide space for extra separation (buffer from motor vehicles) for the eastbound bike lane. Westbound cyclists will use the adjacent multi-use pathway in the Scott corridor, during the early part of the evolution. The MUP will still be shared with pedestrians but, over the long term, separation between cyclists and pedestrians will be increased.
Increasing the buffer space for eastbound cyclists also shifts the moving traffic further from the neighbouring homes to the south than today.
The three-lane operation of Scott Street between Smirle Avenue and Bayview Road may be revisited in the future, pending re-development plans along the corridor which may require reinstatement of the second eastbound general-use lane.
The plan is to change operation of the multi-use pathway on the north side of Scott, in order to reduce the opportunity for conflicts with pedestrians. Cycling is proposed to be westbound only on the multi-use pathway. The eastbound cyclists will be directed to the improved eastbound bike lane.
Single-direction cycling operation is the default standard mode being adopted by the City for separated cycling facilities. This ensures predictable operations, particularly at signalized intersections. It also is necessary for the evolution as the intersections along the corridor will be converted to the so-called “protected intersection” design.
The proposed cycling facilities are as follows:
On the south side of Scott Street
- From Smirle Avenue to the approach to the Holland intersection: eastbound bike lane with painted buffer and seasonal flex posts.
- On both sides of the Holland intersection and extending to east of the bus stop at Holland: eastbound raised cycle track as part of a protected intersection
- From east of the bus stop at Holland Avenue to Bayview Road: an eastbound bike lane separated from the nearest motor vehicle lane. Separation proposed is an enhanced painted buffer space containing either a line of precast curbs or parking bays.
On the north side of Scott Street
- From Bayview Avenue to the approach to the Holland intersection: westbound-only operation on the multi-use pathway (MUP)
- A mixed crossride at the Hinchey intersection to permit riding across for the westbound cyclists on the MUP
- On both sides of the Holland intersection and extending to the location of bike racks for Tunney’s Pasture Station: westbound raised cycle track as part of a protected intersection
- From the bike racks to Goldenrod Driveway: bidirectional multi-use pathway.
Furthermore, the Scott/Holland intersection will be made into a protected intersection with separate crossings and signals for cyclists and pedestrians.
On Albert Street (both sides)
- Between Bayview Avenue and the east end of the bridge over the Trillium Line: bike lane.
- Between the east end of the bridge over the Trillium Line to City Centre Avenue: raised cycle tracks.
- A crossing of Albert Street at Bayview Station
(Details of the crossing are subject to the pending development on Albert Street, opposite to Bayview Station.)
The questionnaire is now closed. The City would like to thank everyone who participated in the questionnaire.
Paul Clarke, P.Eng.
Transportation Services Department
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 29882