EDITORIAL: Let’s repair this highway earlier than one other bike owner will get killed


One metropolis councillor calls the world the place a bike owner died in a hit-and-run with a car this week a “dying strip.” Different individuals have known as it “harmful in its design,” and a transportation professional termed it “full lunacy.”

Sadly, in a metropolis that wishes to encourage individuals to stroll or cycle, a person is useless. A minimum of a part of the rationale would be the logic-defying structure of this a part of Laurier Avenue.

As of this writing, Ottawans don’t know the exact circumstances underneath which the bike owner was hit; the driving force of the car fled and had not been discovered as of Friday afternoon. Nonetheless, no person is arguing: The highway design for cyclists close to Metropolis Corridor wants fixing, quick.

Evaluations of that stretch of roadway are underway, we’re instructed. Higher late than by no means. For what’s stunning on this tragedy is that nobody who commutes downtown is definitely stunned.

Metropolis officers discovered some issues after the horrifying dying of bike owner Nusrat Jahan in 2016. She died on Laurier too, however blocks to the west of the Elgin intersection. Should you cycle on Laurier right this moment, you’ll discover not solely devoted biking lanes however precise curbs separating them from the site visitors west of Elgin. It’s cumbersome for site visitors and pedestrians, to make certain, however no less than everybody is aware of their place.

Not so proper close to metropolis corridor. Right here, the bike lane is simply painted, and elements of it run between site visitors. With a number of buses, vehicles and vans, and varied entrance ramps, plus pedestrians who aren’t at all times even positive the place to stroll, issues could be complicated.

And final time we checked, painted lanes weren’t a lot of a protecting protect.

This isn’t the one stretch of highway with built-in dangerous design. The vice-president of Bike Ottawa says Laurier and Nicolas is simply as dangerous. In the meantime, who can neglect the town’s bike lane fiasco final summer season on Holland Avenue. The mayor needed to make officers backpedal on that design.

Some traffic-flow specialists just like the mannequin in place on Churchill Avenue within the west finish. The biking lane is raised so occupants of automobiles, no less than, know the place to not drive.

Designing streetscapes for a mixture of automobiles, cyclists, and naturally pedestrians, isn’t straightforward, and an ideal design received’t assure security: Everybody should be accountable for what they do on our roads. However that’s no excuse for metropolis inaction.

Let’s repair this highway earlier than one other biking tragedy takes place.