Tag Archives: Bronson Avenue

Display Boards from the Bronson Ave Crossing Open House

The display boards from the Bronson Pedestrian & Cycling Crossing near Colonel By Ramps Open House are now available on David Chernushenko’s website. We’ve also uploaded the files here:

For more information and to provide comments on the proposed changes,   contact:

Shawn McGuire
Coordinator, Cycling and Pedestrian Safety
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
613-580-2424, ext. 32576

Upcoming second open house

If you missed the open house at Carleton, a second one will be hosted in the Greenboro-South Keys neighbourhood.

  • Date: Monday, December 15
  • Time: 7 – 9 p.m
  • Location: Greenboro Community Centre (Room A-B), 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

Upcoming Bronson Avenue changes, Active Transportation Audit, and Public Open House

On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, representatives from C.U. Cycling attended a Bronson Avenue Safety Review Advisory Group meeting with the City of Ottawa, their consulting engineer and other interested parties. The focus was on the addition of a crosswalk/crossride across Bronson Avenue between the canal and Sunnyside Avenue, as was shown in the public open house in December 2012.

There was some very good ideas for improving Bronson Avenue in the area of the proposed crossing. Notably, the proposed changes were solutions and not short-term bandaid fixes. To praise the meeting itself, everyone in attendance thought critically about how the changes would impact all road users and the consulting firm took a lot of our suggestions quite well. The revised changes will be presented at a public open house. We’re very interested to see how they revise their proposals and what the new concepts will look like.

The proposals were excellent, but they were limited in scope to the area around the crossing.   C.U. Cycling looks forwards to working with Councilor Chernushenko’s office and the City of Ottawa as they work on developing plans for these areas further. It is worth noting that more changes are to come to Bronson Ave.

In particular, we look forward to improvements to better link Bronson Avenue north of the canal to better connect to Holmwood Ave, as improvements to the intersection of Sunnyside and Bronson, as well as changes further south.

Three conceptual designs were presented, with consideration to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s (MTO) Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 18, which was released in March 2014, and gives updates guidelines for how to plan for cycling infrastructure in the province of Ontario. Book 18 has caught up to the planning goals of cities and lays out rules on how to use new infrastructure, such as bike-specific lights and crossrides. This is particularly useful for Ottawa, since the city is home to bike boxes, cross rides, cycle tracks, and more. Book 18 will allow Ottawa to develop better bike-specific infrastructure, in harmony with the rest of the province.

Public Open House

TWO public open houses are scheduled:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
River Building – RB 2220-2228 (bike parking is available north of University Drive)
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Monday, December 15, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Room A-B, Greenboro Community Centre
363 Lorry Greenberg Drive (sheltered bike parking is available)
Ottawa, ON K1T 3P8

Proposed changes will be presented at these open houses.

Active Transportation Audit

If you want to get a better feel for what Bronson Ave is like today and start thinking of how it can be improved, the Glebe Community Association and Ecology Ottawa are hosting an Active Transportation Audit on November 22 at 10am. 

Find out more on the Ecology Ottawa website and RSVP if you can make it.

Support for the Bronson changes: position statement for the Transportation Committee

The following statement, sent for the Transportation Committee meeting on April 3, 2013, outlines C.U. Cycling’s position on the proposed changes to Bronson Avenue. There are a lot of great aspects in the plan, so we’re looking forward to see how they will be implemented to make Bronson Avenue safer for all road users.

C.U. Cycling expresses it’s enthusiastic support for the proposed changes to Bronson Avenue between Brewer and Holmwood. It is encouraging to see the City pursuing such an aggressive approach to the safety concerns raised by many citizens regarding Bronson Ave in its current form. The changes proposed are unique and sensitive to the area’s specific needs.

This stretch of Bronson Ave. not only carries traffic though from areas south of the Rideau River to the west end of downtown, but it is also the entrance to Carleton University. The roadway is wide, four to six lanes through the area of study, but functions as a transition between a high speed two lane freeway: Airport Parkway, and a tighter four lane road configuration north of the Rideau Canal. Spanning two waterways a short distance apart, it is one of a limited number of routes to cross the Rideau Canal and River in the area.

The solutions presented in the report by the City of Ottawa are effective at addressing the needs of all road users. Bronson Avenue carries a large volume of through traffic in cars, but a large population of Carleton University students and staff choose to walk, cycle or bus to and from campus. Bronson avenue currently exists as a barrier to these movements. For students, including the over 3500 who live in residence and are likely living in Ottawa for the first time and without cars, having safe and easy access to and from campus is just as important as the many commuters who travel to and from work and the suburbs. We believe this report works to effectively balance the needs of drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

As Airport Parkway opens up into the six wide lanes of Bronson Avenue crossing the Rideau River, speed limits have proven ineffective at reducing the overall speed of traffic. C.U. Cycling is pleased that the report acknowledges that speeds on this stretch are far above the speed limit and measures other than an unenforceable reduction to the speed limit will be taken to reduce vehicle speeds. Instead, the proposals to reduce motor vehicle lane widths and add flexible delineators, which will provide physical separation from moving traffic and hopefully inspire motorists to slow, without negatively affecting the overall quantity of traffic moving through the corridor.

Additional short term improvements, such as signage, crosswalks, signal timing, and road striping will also have major benefits to people travelling to and from Carleton University and around the area, however the long term plans will bring the most widespread improvements. C.U. Cycling is most impressed with the plan to add a contra-flow cycle lane and crosswalk, allowing cyclists and pedestrians to avoid Bronson entirely. This is a major change and will be beneficial to all road users, making travel safer through the corridor and at intersections.

Missing links are a major issue for cyclists and pedestrians and although this plan is proactive in addressing some of them, such as improved N/S cycle route signage, many issues remain. Approaching Findlay headed north, the bicycle lane ends to permit motor vehicle traffic to cross into the left turn lane. C.U. Cycling believes this is a major flaw that will result in further high speed collisions between vehicles and cyclists. The area also lacks good connections to and from the NCC pathways, especially in the winter with Winterlude. Correcting these minor deficiencies going forward would greatly improve the cycling facilities in the area at a low cost.

C.U. Cycling is in strong support of the current changes and looks forward to upcoming plans, proposals, and detailed designs of the changes to be made. We also believe that exclusive funding is a requirement for this project. Funding should not be drawn from the existing allocation for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. The proposed changes will have benefits to all traffic moving through and across this major highway, and will not be limited cyclists and pedestrians. To fund these improvements through the existing and small cycling budget would greatly affect the ability to improve cycling across the city.

Please consider our support, and the needs of the tens of thousands of Carleton students, staff and visitors when you make your decision.

Bronson Operational and Safety Review Open House: Display Boards

David Chernushenko has posted the display boards for tonight’s Open House on his website (pdf), which outlines:

  • the study purpose
  • existing conditions
  • issues identified
  • conceptual cross-sections
  • conceptual short-term treatments (on the bridge and at Sunnyside  Ave and Brewer Way)
  • conceptual medium-term treatments
  • next steps

Conceptual short-term treatments include:

  • Shortening the right-turn lane at Findlay Ave on Bronson Ave northbound
  • Installing signage to alert drivers/ pedestrians of cyclists
  • Shortening the southbound right-turn lane on Bronson to Colonel By Drive
  • Improving the visibility of crosswalks at Sunnyside Ave and Bronson Ave
  • Relocating the bus stop on Bronson Ave at Brewer Way farther south, near the lights
  • Installing a pedestrian/ cyclist crossing at Bronson Ave and Brewer Way
  • Installing a push button for cyclists at the intersection of Bronson Ave and Brewer Way (on the Carleton, west side of Bronson)

Conceptual medium-term treatments include:

  • Installing signage
  • Signalized crossing for pedestrians and cyclists north of the gravel path leaving Carleton
  • A bi-directional bike path on the west side of northbound Bronson Ave. This would allow cyclists heading north on the gravel path at Carleton to continue north, cross at the signal (go east), and then continue north, but on the east side of Bronson Ave.
  • Modifying the ramps to Bronson Place and Colonel By Drive

Also see Alex de Vries explanation of the proposed changes with some great diagrams. This explains the major changes proposed.

What do you think of the proposal? What would you change? What do you like? Leave a comment!

Contact the City

Comments or suggestions can be directed to Shawn.McGuire@ottawa before the report is finalized and sent to Transportation Committee in April.

Bronson Operational and Safety Review Open House: Feb 27 at 6:30pm

Call Out to Cyclists and Pedestrians:

Bronson Operational and Safety Review Open House

Date: February 27, 2013
Location: The Atrium, 4th floor of the University Centre
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

In conjunction with the Graduate Students’ ABronson Operational and Safety Review Open House Posterssociation and C.U. Cycling, the City of Ottawa will be holding an Open House for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and neighbours. The Bronson Operational and Safety Review Open House will outline the City of Ottawa’s list of recommendations brought forward by staff in collaboration with the community and Councilor David Chernushenko.

All the members of Carleton University and the surrounding area are invited to see the upcoming developments for Bronson Avenue between Brewer Way and Holmwood Avenue.

There will be display boards set up to show the proposed changes to Bronson Avenue and city staff, GSA representatives, and C.U. Cycling representatives will be available to talk to residents one-on-one. The open house is an opportunity to provide your final input on the recommendations before city staff deliver the report to the Transportation Committee in late April.

Some of the options being considered include:

  • a new traffic signal at the canal,
  • bigger signage,
  • better paint markings at the Brewer intersection, and
  • creating a buffer zone between cyclists and motorists.

Currently, cyclists and pedestrians share the sidewalk over the bridge. This is a stopgap measure until there is a safer way to cross.

You can see some of the proposed changes listed on Citizen Cycle.

Please spread the word and let your friends and colleagues know! It will be a great event if you want to learn more about how the community and the city are working to make Bronson Avenue safer.

You can join the Facebook event so that we have an idea of how many people will be attending or just for fun! Hope to see you there!