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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Third-party developers map city’s public toilets

People in Ottawa may find relief with multiple apps now available to help users locate the nearest public washrooms in the city. These apps are based on public data provided by the City of Ottawa on where toilets are located, but are solely being mapped by third-party developers. Third-party projects such as the aptly-named “ottpee” website, created by city hall watchdog blogger Kevin O’Donnell, have sprung up in recent years. There’s also Bathroom Scout and Toilet Finder, which have mapped out hundreds of thousands of washroom locations in several cities across the world. Toilet Finder has covered Ottawa since 2009, but was able to add more than 100 listings since mid-March with more recent data, according to project manager Eric […]

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