Adopted at Committee: Interim bike lane on Elgin St


Date: November 16, 2020

Agenda: Transportation Committee

Item / Article: Motion Re: Elgin St interim bike lane

Moved by / Motion de: Councillor S. Menard (on behalf of Councillor C. McKenney)

That the Rules of Procedure be suspended in accordance with Subsection 1(6)(c) of the Procedure By-law to consider the following motion in order to allow staff the opportunity to initiate the construction process in a timely manner, prior to the winter season.

WHEREAS Elgin Street is heavily used by motorized vehicles and cyclists; and

WHEREAS a cyclist was hit and injured by a truck on Elgin Street in June 2020; and

WHEREAS the 2020-2024 Ottawa Road Safety Action Plan calls for an integrated, comprehensive and proactive strategy for making our roads safer for all users and for continuing to advance toward zero fatal and serious injury collisions;

WHEREAS Transportation Services would like to pilot the use of Qwick Kurb, a continuous rubber curbing lane separator system with plastic bollards or markers, which would be supplied by QMB Barrier, and can be redeployed elsewhere when traffic volumes are back to pre-COVID volumes;

WHEREAS the estimated cost to install such a system on Elgin Street between Argyle Avenue and Isabella Street is $78,000 and $10,000 for winter maintenance for the 2020-2021 winter season; and

WHEREAS the Elgin Street Renewal project (account # 906882) has funds available to fund this initiative;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Transportation Committee Recommend Council Approve that a temporary semi-permanent bike lane be constructed on the east side of Elgin Street between Argyle Avenue and Isabella Street and on the west side of Elgin Street between 35 metres north of Catherine Street and Isabella Street;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an evaluation of the Catherine Street and Elgin Street intersection take place in the months following the completion of the bike lane to report on the intersection’s safety and effectiveness of the product; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the cost to install the Qwick Kurb system and to winter maintain the temporary semi-permanent bike lane for the 2020-2021 winter season, in the amount of $88,000, be funded from the Elgin Street Renewal project (account # 906882).

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