A (crazy) commute: Cycling safety for students in Ottawa

Bronson Avenue is unavoidable for 22-year-old math and physics student Ben Wilkinson-Zan when he commutes to Carleton University on his bike. His daily route takes him twisting through the side streets known to local cyclists as “dangerous.” First, he heads down Lyon Street South, turning right onto Fifth Avenue, then a left onto Muriel Street before heading west down Holmwood Avenue towards the lights on Bronson—he said it is safer to turn left at the lights, but it is not guaranteed. Safety is important for every type of commuter, but cyclists need to be particularly cautious, considering the City of Ottawa reported 1,509 cyclist collisions—which included one fatality and 246 injuries—in the 2015 Ottawa Road Safety Report. The City of […]

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Students react to River Building name change

Many memes, a Facebook page, and a demonstration have been organized by Carleton students in response to last week’s name change of the River Building to Richcraft Hall. Sasha Chuchin, a second-year student and co-creator of Students United for River Building Awareness, said he helped start the satirical group in response to the building’s name change. “We felt that some things are too funny to be true so we started this as a joke protest, because it’s just too funny to be true,” he said. The River Building was renamed Richcraft Hall on Nov. 1 after a $3 million donation from the Singhal family, owners of local real estate company Richcraft Homes, to the university. The lecture theatre on the […]

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