As one of the few remaining residents of Lebreton Flats, and one who is both an avid cyclist and the owner of 2 dogs, I have 2 big problems with my neighborhood.
1. There is no way to get from the Western Bike Path along Scott/Albert to the Laurier Bike Path. (Actually there are two, but the official one is to carry your bike 84 steps up a cliff, the other is to ride alongside trucks up a 10+% grade on Bronson)
2. There is no official fenced in dog park within walking distance. The OCDSB has done a fantastic job of creating a space in the field next to the old Ottawa Tech High school, but it doesn’t have a proper door, and I feel extremely nervous bringing my dogs knowing that they could easily escape.
In one fell swoop, the city is promising to fix both of them.
To provide connectivity between the Laurier Avenue bike lane and the existing Multi-Use Pathway running along the north side of Albert Street, an off-road cycling and pedestrian facility will be provided as illustrated at links A and B on the map.
The new multi-use pathway will run alongside and through the existing pet-friendly field area on OCDSB grounds. Improvements will include a fence, southern access with spring-return gates. This area will be slightly reduced to 70 per cent of its current size.
I normally think of the City of Ottawa Planning Department as “A wretched hive of scum and villainy” but this is an absolutely brilliant Kudos to whoever came up with this plan, and may it be implemented as soon as possible.