NCC to put in bollards alongside Champlain Bridge bike lanes

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The NCC is putting in “flexipost” bollards alongside the Champlain Bridge’s bike lanes subsequent month.

The bollards can be put in “as we work to repeatedly enhance the protection of our infrastructure for all customers,” stated the NCC in a tweet on Monday.

The announcement comes after a male pedestrian was killed and a feminine bicycle owner suffered crucial accidents in crash close to the Champlain Bridge on the night of June 10.

RCMP say round 7 p.m. that night time, a automobile travelling west on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway left the roadway and struck the pedestrian an and bicycle owner close to the intersection of Island Park Drive.

The motive force entered a pedestrian and biking path earlier than hitting the 2 folks, stated RCMP.  Based on Ottawa paramedics, they handled three sufferers on the scene, together with a person in his 50s who was in cardiac arrest.

The NCC’s announcement was greeted with approval by some cyclists, though others recommended that whereas the flexiposts have been an excellent begin, concrete bollards or a motorcycle lane can be safer.

“Lastly! Holy heck, that bridge is terrifying to bike over, due to dashing drivers! It’s handled as a freeway. Not enjoyable,” tweeted one bicycle owner.

“How about alternating the reflective flexiposts with some precise concrete bollards?” tweeted former councillor David Chernushenko.

“Offers some extra significant safety whereas nonetheless permitting quicker riders to move slower ones when site visitors situations enable for it.”