Likely, like me, you have noticed that the multi-use pathway linking Barrhaven to Hunt Club along Woodroffe Avenue did not quite do its job completely. Even though projects like these tend to be built in phases, we had a path to “nowhere”; the linkage ended at Longfields Drive, just barely entering Barrhaven, and indeed just shy of reaching dense residential communities.
I knew it was important to include this extension in the revised Transportation Master Plan completed in the previous term of Council. The pathway will extend from Longfields Drive to Farm Boy/Scotiabank, along Woodroffe Avenue. Finally, the project is in the works. To be clear, if you are an earnest and confident cyclist Woodroffe Avenue already has bicycle lanes. However for those who want to travel from point A to B by themselves and without dealing with automobile traffic, or with their family and maybe aren’t the most confident cyclists, recreational pathways offer a great opportunity. Recreational pathways offer safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians.
The path will have a 10-15 metre separation from the road, except for one small stretch, where drainage, a culvert, and older trees are in the way. In that section the path does swing closer to the roadway. The path will be 3 metres wide throughout its length, meeting AODA requirements for accessibility on multi-use pathways.
I am excited for this project, because we will now have a path that links our community through the Greenbelt to the rest of the City. The path will also have an end point at the edge of a residential community, making it a far more useful path than what currently exists as more people will feel safe enough to use it.
The project is now in the public consultation phase. I strongly urge everyone to go to the project page and take a look and provide comments. The project webpage is: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/transportation/woodroffe-avenue-multi-use-pathway-extension
Another path that is under consideration is one near Tartan Drive. This project is a connector between Halley Street and the bike path portion of Harthill Way. This connector will cut a significant amount of unnecessary distance for cyclists/pedestrians cutting through to Strandherd Drive. The connector will be built on property that is used as a stormwater management area, while still maintaining its function as a stormwater management area. When Tartan built this area back in the 80’s the intent was to formally complete this connection then. It became a “forgotten opportunity” until now; it was always the plan to be a bicycle connection. For those of you who have lived here a long time you know that what is now Harthill was at the turn of the century Strandherd. It was only in 2000 I think we bumped out Strandherd to its current location.
The project will see one tree removed, and some shrubbery cut back. On the path, a stop sign will be integrated on the Halley Street end of the path, as users will be entering an active roadway. There will also be wayfinding signage on the path, directing users to local areas of interest. The path will not have lights, as it runs between two houses, and joins with the Harthill Way path which is also unlit. The path will be designed to be used from early spring to late fall. This path will also be AODA compliant at 3 metres wide.
This project is also up for public consultation. Again, take a look at project page and provide comments. The project webpage is: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/transportation/harthill-halley-link-multi-use-pathway
I would love to hear what you think of these two projects. Do you look forward to the increased bicycle connectivity we will see in Barrhaven? Do you have other ideas for better walking/cycling connections? Please contact me through email at Jan.Harder@Ottawa.ca, or by phone at (613)580-2473, or through my Facebook, Twitter, or webpage.