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Cycling to work offers many advantages to cars and even public transit – a morning workout, zero carbon emissions and a pass on traffic. Yet according to Statistics Canada, barely 2% of commuters in Ottawa regularly bike to work. This could be because, according to a recent report from Bike Ottawa, only 53% of people feel safe on cycling paths during the day, and only 19% feel safe at night. This is why the Government of Ontario is committing up to $225 million in provincial funding to cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling program over the next five years.
How will the money be spent? – The Ontario Climate Change Action Plan outlines many funding streams. Money will be spent on more cycling facilities, parking and lock racks, improved commuter networks, separated cycling lanes and signs – everything needed to make regular cycling safe and enjoyable.
How much of this will go to Ottawa? – For the first year of funding, the province has committed $5 million to the Clegg Street – Fifth Avenue pedestrian and cycling bridge. The new bridge will be built over the Rideau Canal connecting Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East to Fifth Avenue at Queen Elizabeth Drive in the Glebe. The City of Ottawa plans to begin construction as early as this fall, with completion in 2019.
What about the next four years of funding? – The Ottawa Cycling Plan outlines ways in which the City can better connect public networks with cycling lanes, increase space for commuter cycling and connect existing cycling networks throughout the downtown and suburban areas for a more complete and cycling-friendly city. Municipalities must re-apply for funding every year
What can I do? – Whether you are an avid commuter cyclist or have only begun to consider the possibility, we challenge you to push the envelop! Sign our Commuter Cycling Pledge and commit to a personal cycling goal that makes sense for you.
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