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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Segregated bike lanes the way of the future [YourOttawaRegion.com]


Local cycling advocates bring message from international conference



Citizens for Safe Cycling. Citizens for Safe Cycling president Hans Moor, left, hands a bicycle seat cover to Post Velo-City panelist Colin Simpson as a thank you for speaking at the Aug. 9 event at the Causeway Centre.Laura Mueller

Painted bicycle lanes are a thing of the past and Ottawa is on the right track for the future by starting to build a network of segregated bike lanes, according to local delegates who attended the Velo-City cycling conference in Vancouver last month.
The delegates brought that message back to Ottawa during a port-mortem session on Aug. 9 organized by Citizens for Safe Cycling.
Five panelists – cycling advocates and city staffers from Ottawa – shared their thoughts after attending the conference, which is the largest cycling planning conference in the world.
A main theme that emerged was the need for cities to create a network of separated bicycle lanes, said Jamie Stuckless, an active transportation planner who works with Green Communities Canada in Ottawa.

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