Friday, 7 June 2013

Prince of Wales Bridge: Why Isn't This a Bikeway

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As early as 2005, after the rail line was discontinued and the City of Ottawa purchased the bridge for possible future public transit use the NCC proposed using the bridge as a pedestrian and cycling bridge (Wikipedia: The Ottawa Citizen. (15 November 2005), NCC plans to link Ottawa, Gatineau with new recreation paths).

Since then the bridge has sat idle, although I assume, since the city purchased it for future public transit use, it's structural integrity has been maintained.

Such a shame. All those wasted years when the cost to use it as a Bikeway, even if temporary, would be minimal and if action had been taken in 2005 we'd be getting to close to ten years of use now. But it is never too late to do the right thing.

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All that would be needed is for a wooden boardwalk with railings to be built over the steel rails and approaches connected from the recreational pathways that are already on both sides of the Ottawa River. The timing is ideal with the newly built O-Train Multi-User Path (MUP) following the rest of the rail line on the Ottawa side all the way to the recreational pathway along the Rideau Canal. This would make an ideal link in the region's pathway system. The minimal cost would justify the expense, even if temporary, and it could be another ten years, if ever, before the bridge is used for public transit.

It is time for our elected, and unelected, officials to find ways through the bureaucratic roadblocks and make this happen for the citizens of Ottawa and Gatineau.

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2 comments:

rww said...

An expanded follow up to this post has been sent to all members of Ottawa City Council and published on Unpublished Ottawa here:

http://www.unpublishedottawa.com/letter/254/prince-wales-bridge-why-isnt-bikeway

rww said...

Posted on Twitter:

Jon Willing ‏@JonathanWilling

As part of transportation plan, city proposing to open Prince of Wales Bridge (north of Bayview) to Gatineau for bikes, pedestrians.

Retweeted by Lana Stewart