Originally Posted by Kitchissippi
A fourth and a fifth could be bridges on both ends of Leonard Avenue in Old Ottawa South. The Bank Street and Bronson Ave bridges are brutal on a bike, and it would be nice to have an alternate route in between these. The Percy/Craig corridor is an ideal way to bike into downtown from the Glebe, and if this axis is somehow extended farther more cyclists could use it. From Data Centre road, a pathway link could even go all the way to the Airport.
I would agree that the bike routes to the southend are terrible. We have built the Airport Parkway, the O-Train and the Transitway along the Sawmill Creek corridor but no multiuse pathways, leaving cyclists to Bank and the Airport Parkway (expressway), which are far from ideal.
We do forget that the North-South LRT project would have given us a pedestrian bridge between Vincent Massey Park (and the Rideau River bike trails) and Carleton University. Seems to me, that was roundly criticized at the time.
I fully support the idea of making Ottawa more walkable and bikeable and key pedestrian bridges will be a big improvement. This is all part of the puzzle in reducing our dependance on cars for travelling everywhere. Let's get moving on these bridges. It is time for city council to actually get something done. We pay them to make decisions, not just to endlessly debate.