Is it safe to cycle in the winter?

When the snow starts to fall and the frigid Ottawa winter begins, most people think it’s time to store their bike away until the season is over. But this isn’t the case for everyone. Winter cycling is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation in Ottawa, and this is bringing more attention to safety issues for cyclists brave enough to bike through snowy winter streets. In recent years Ottawa has taken many steps to promote cycling. They have implemented segregated bike lanes on many of the roads such as Laurier Avenue and O’Connor Street, and have connected bike paths across the city for commuters in the spring, summer, and fall. In 2013, Ottawa released a cycling master plan that allocated […]

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RRRA gearing up for bike-share program

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) is initiating a bike-sharing program this summer. The program is tentatively set to begin in August, according to RRRA vice-president (administration) Arif Jaffer, who is organizing the program. He said they hope to hold the full launch in the second week of September. Bikes will be rented by the day to residence and off-campus students, as well as faculty members. The cost will be five dollars per day for faculty and off-campus students, and free to residence students as part of their payments to RRRA through their tuition, according to the RRRA website. Yearly memberships are also free to residence students and $20 for everyone else. A $20 safety deposit is required to take […]

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City presents plan to make Bronson safer

The City of Ottawa transportation committee unveiled detailed proposals to conceptually change Bronson Avenue at a forum in Carleton’s atrium Feb. 27. The city worked with Carleton’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), CU Cycling, and Ontario Public Interest Research Group -Carleton to bring the open house to Carleton. The open house was meant to get input from all the groups that are most immediately affected by traffic issues on Bronson, according to Capital Ward councillor David Chernushenko. Chernushenko said it is essential to address the issue of speeding cars, collisions, and pedestrian and cycling safety in light of the death of Carleton student Krista Johnson. A vehicle struck Johnson in October while she was cycling against traffic on Bronson. “The recent death […]

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