Originally Posted by umbria27
Works for me. I'll take half a dozen please. Deposit the rest at:
Across the Canal:
Fifth & Clegg ( Ottawa East)
Leonard ( Old Ottawa South)
Across the River
Clegg (Ottawa East)
Vincent Massey Park (to Carleton U)
Avenue Rd or Sunnyside (Ottawa South)
All great suggestions. While we're at it, let's add:
Across the Canal:
Carleton to Arboretum (at the base of Dow's Lake)
Avenue Road to Lansdowne Park per the design competition plan
Main Street to Robert/Delaware (Ottawa East Northern Annex to Golden Triangle)
Across the Rideau River:
Leonard (Ottawa South, continuing your route over the Canal)
Porter Island to Stanley Avenue (Lowertown to New Edinburgh)
Laurier Street East to MacArther (Sandy Hill to Vanier/North Overbrook - this route is key, regardless of the also important bridge this thread is named for to the south, in continuing to create a safe cross-town cycling route)
Robinson Field to North River Road (South Sandy Hill to Overbrook)
Across the Ottawa River:
The Prince of Wales Bridge - just because it is closed to transit doesn't mean that there couldn't be a pathway opened up alongside the track (think of what's been done on the Alexandra Bridge).
Bank Street to Museum of Civilization (there have been increasingly frequent calls for an urban Gondola here, I think this is an excellent idea)
There are many other areas of the city which would similarly benefit from pedestrian bridges, such as over sunken transportation corridors such as the Transitway and the O-Train. I don't have time to list the all the ideas I have for these at the moment.
I believe that there should be a City-wide Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge Strategy & Taskforce. The current ad hoc method of constructing these linkages is insufficient. This would be a group of city employees permanently assigned to the MUP-style bridge project which would be supported by a citizen-led advisory committee. The group would constantly be focusing on four bridges, each in a different stage (corresponding to year) of development:
Identification of location (a broad study which would identify possible ped/cyclist linkage locations, and evaluate how to prioritize which one should be pushed forward to Stage 2 next).
Environmental Assessment & Design
Follow-up (completing construction per delays, installing public art, evaluating the success of the bridge and whether alterations could be made to it/its approaches to improve its success).
I do not believe this program would be all that expensive at all (1 - 5 million $ a year), especially considering the benefit it renders and comparing the program's value to other transportation alternatives (transit & roads both are more expensive to build and operate/maintain). By increasing connectivity of the city through ped/cyclist bridges we are increasing the city's vibrancy, the number of eyes and feet on the street, its desireability, decreasing commutes, increasing the attractiveness of non-car-oriented transportation, and overall improving the character of Ottawa. These bridges MUST be a priority.