The mystery of the Adàwe Crossing cycling numbers

August 23, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

Gone are the days that councillor Fleury walked through the Rideau river on his way to university following a self imposed desire line. Now there is the Adàwe crossing. And it is hugely popular. To get a better idea of its success, I took a belated look at the 2016 and 2017 data of the cycling and walking trips on [Read more…]

Trailer capture "North of Nightfall"

August 23: North of Nightfall: Proceeds to Nunavut Foodbanks

August 22, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Tomorrow, August 23, a special screening takes place at the new offices of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in Ottawa at 50 Sussex Drive (next to Terrace at the Falls). The Arctic Kingdom premiere of Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment’s highly anticipated film, North of Nightfall! is tomorrow. Proceeds go to Nunavut foodbanks. Axel Heiberg Island, [Read more…]

Artist impression from 2014 Downtown Moves report

Bike lanes on Confederation Boulevard in Downtown Ottawa

August 14, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

When the O’Connor bike lanes were built, we were told that it wouldn’t go all the way to Confederation Boulevard (Wellington St) in front of Parliament Hill yet for reasons I forgot already. It wouldn’t make much sense to dump cyclists on Wellington anyway with nowhere to go unless you are an experienced cyclist. And even experienced cyclists like myself [Read more…]

The new path underneath the Hurdman Transitway bridge

Visiting Hurdman bridge and the New Pathway

July 31, 2018 Hansonthebike 10

Hurdman Transitway bridge reopened The Hurdman transitway bridge is open again for cycling and walking now the Transitway has been converted to LRT. The pedestrian and cycling space next to the tracks, separated by a high fence, is an important link over the Rideau River. It connects with the NCC eastern pathways, which connect to the Hospital Link I described [Read more…]

A pedestrian and cycling bridge next to the current heritage bridge at Billings could make a huge difference for cyclist coming from the south end.

How About a 2nd Billings Bridge in Old Ottawa South?

July 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

A hotly debated area for safe cycling in Ottawa is the intersection at Riverside and the Billings Bridge, built in 1916. According to BikeOttawa’s website, the intersection at the south side is the one that has the most reported collisions in Ottawa, including a deadly one, when Meg Dussault was waiting on her bicycle at a cramped sidewalk/MUP and a [Read more…]

Thank you note on Harmer Ave bridge

Harmer Bridge Replacement: Lack of Clear Policy

July 17, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

For 55 years, the Harmer bridge over the Queensway served walking and cycling citizens on both sides of the Queensway, but this month it will be closed and removed in order to build a new bridge. The old bridge over the Queensway will be removed overnight and the new one eventually put in place overnight. The replacement will take two [Read more…]

New pathways Along Hospital Link in Altavista-Riverview

July 11, 2018 Hansonthebike 7

Although the Hospital Link is not completely finished yet, I decided to go out and take a look recently. The weather was finally a pleasant 20 degrees again, unlike the sweltering 34-36 Celsius (nearly 100F) last week. I had been doing some 20 km and 30 km bike tours with tourists in the heat, and although it is bearable when [Read more…]

I Cycled with an Astronaut through Downtown Ottawa

July 8, 2018 Hansonthebike 2

Wednesday June 27, I got a phone call from the office of the Governor General of Canada.: if I would like to join GG Julie Payette on a short bike ride on Canada Day. The Governor General is the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II in countries that recognize the Queen as Head of State. Which Canada does. The role [Read more…]

Are ankle bands the solution for the casual summer cyclist?

Cycling in Quebec: don’t get caught without reflectors!

June 28, 2018 Hansonthebike 6

In Quebec province a new law aims to make cycling safer. More reflectors on your bike, cycling with prudence on cross walks, no more demerit points for cyclists, no more signalling of an intention to stop for cyclists, hands on the bar override signalling when needed. Read more about the details here: some good and some questionable regulations. July 2, [Read more…]

The K&P Trail in Kingston, Ontario

June 26, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Summary During a stay in Kingston, I explored the city’s waterfront and the K&P Trail. A lovely 30 km route that touches on many different aspects of Kingston. It needs a few improvements, such as crossing the VIA Rail tracks on Division Rd and access to the trail right after the overpass and the Sydenham Rd crossing. Wayfinding could be [Read more…]