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Active Through Streets. The Problem. Cyclists, joggers fear busy streets feel unsafe, air is polluted Paths Don’t go to desired destinations Isolated - scary at night, often unlit Residential streets too many stop signs - drivers & cyclists ignore still has dangers at intersections

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active through streets

ActiveThroughStreets

Citizens for Safe Cycling - http://www.SafeCycling.ca

the problem
The Problem
  • Cyclists, joggers fear busy streets
    • feel unsafe, air is polluted
  • Paths
    • Don’t go to desired destinations
    • Isolated - scary at night, often unlit
  • Residential streets
    • too many stop signs - drivers & cyclists ignore
      • still has dangers at intersections
      • slow progress - many stops, starts
      • tiring for cyclists - accelerate, brake, accelerate, ...
goals
Goals
  • Increased safety and comfort for cyclists and joggers
  • Reduced effort
  • More cyclists, cycling longer trips
  • Accommodate both fast commuters and slower families
  • More continuous jogging & cycling
  • Encourage active transportation
methods
Methods
  • Distinctive road design
    • Prioritise cyclists, walkers, joggers, wheelchairs
    • 30kph limit
    • Blocks to motor traffic when necessary
    • Use Signage, intersection paint, planters, benches
  • Pedestrian-friendly features
    • Benches, drinking fountains
  • Arterial crossing help, e.g.:
    • Signals, roundabout, crosswalk
safety benefits
Safety Benefits
  • Lower motor traffic volumes, speeds
  • Low speed differential with motorists
    • Less injury potential
    • Easier to avoid accidents
  • Less conflict at intersections
  • Safer arterial crossings
efficiency benefits
Efficiency Benefits
  • Fewer stops or delays than current local streets
  • Signals/roundabouts reduce delays at arterials
  • Continuous network - go anywhere

--result in--

  • Reduced cyclist fatigue, especially when using trailers for goods or children
  • More continuous protected jogging routes
  • Reduced travel time & effort for cyclists
benefits to pedestrians
Benefits to pedestrians
  • More pleasant environment for walking or sitting
    • Less noise from acceleration or braking
    • Less pollution from acceleration
  • Safer and more pleasant street crossings
    • Lower volume & speeds
    • Crossings protected by 2-way stop sign
    • Signals or roundabout at arterial crossings
benefits to neighbourhood
Benefits to neighbourhood
  • Reduced through motor traffic
  • Safer, more pleasant environment
  • “Locality” improvements
    • more sense of a neighbourhood centre, focus
    • more pedestrian interaction
  • Less stop sign usage reduces acceleration, deceleration, resulting in
    • Less noise
    • Less pollution from brakes, acceleration
    • Less fuel usage
choosing a street
Choosing a street
  • Residential street
    • Community routes in Ottawa Cycling Plan
  • Access to destinations
    • Schools, parks, shopping, community centres
  • Connections to
    • other bike streets, bike lanes, paths
  • Avoid
    • truck, transit routes - big vehicles, blind spots
    • retail shopping streets - many stops, parking
  • Create a network of connected routes
slowing or diverting motor traffic
Slowing or Diverting Motor Traffic
  • Sometimes not a problem
  • Prevent or slow throughuse of street by cars using
    • Intersection diverters
    • Street obstructions
    • Roundabouts
    • Other methods
woodpark active through street
Woodpark Active Through Street

Gives easy access to the Western Parkway path, Woodroffe, and Carlingwood

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Extends Dovercourt bike route

Blue/Green______Paths

Red________Bike lanes

Dashed lines are Ottawa Cycling Plan routes:

Black - - - - - Community

Red - - - - - - Spine

Woodpark

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Active through streets
  • Through street for cyclists, joggers, walkers
  • Largely residential streets
  • Low speed, low traffic volume
  • Use distinctive signage, paint, planters
  • Shared with motor vehicles
  • Signals/roundabouts at arterial intersections
active through street benefits
Active Through StreetBenefits
  • Provide healthy, sustainable, efficient, and quick routes for cyclists and joggers
  • Faster, easier for cyclists and joggers
  • Encourage pedestrian & cyclist trips
  • Safer for all at intersections
  • Provide a pleasant community axis