Alliance responds to Minister Del Duca, presses for public education
OVCATA has replied to Transport Minister Steven Del Duca, who informed the Alliance on July 27 of the decision to build partial bike lanes on newly repaved sections of Highway 17 west of Petawawa, with the following letter:
September 23, 2016
Stephen Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
cc: Eleanor McMahon, MPP
John Yakabuski, MPP
We are writing in response, with apologies for delays, to your letter of July 27, 2016 regarding cycling on Highway 17 between Chalk River and Petawawa, and paving plans for the section of highway. We are appreciative both of your letter and your actions.
As you may have seen in local media, we find your Ministry's response to our concerns a good first step toward resolving safety concerns of the many cyclists who must use this highway to travel across Canada. The width of the lane to the right of the buffered paved shoulder your Ministry is building in the sections in question constitute a definite improvement, but it does not conform with provincial policy for a road with the amount of traffic the highway has, so really, the move can only be considered a good first step. In our opinion the paved shoulder should be 1.2m or greater. Anything less is not acceptable in regards to the safety of active transportation users. We hope you are considering widening these lanes or investing in the CP rail trail alternative in the near future.
In the meantime, it's important that drivers and cyclists be educated so as to reduce risk and enhance safety. We believe highly-visible, frequent signage alerting drivers to the presence of cyclists on this highway is needed. Also needed is signage that will direct eastbound cyclists away from the highway onto regional roads at the Paquette Road intersection outside Petwawa.
We do appreciate your significant response to our concerns regarding this highway, and we look forward to opportunities to engage with you in future sessions to plan for maximum safety for all users of all the province's roads.
In particular, we would like to ask your ministry, in conjunction with the OPP, to take responsibility, in consultation with stakeholder groups, for the development of comprehensive public education campaigns to educate motorists and cyclists on safety issues. Last year, your government introduced a new law with many new requirements of which the public is poorly informed. It should not be the responsibility of citizens' groups to do the kind of massive educational effort needed to foster safety and understanding. We believe a comprehensive educational campaign including signage, public service announcements, inclusions in provincial and municipal mail-outs and training sessions is needed, and we would like to be involved in discussions on how to make such a campaign effective.
Thank you for your action.
Co-Chair, Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance
June 2022OVCATA Opens Bike Bank Renfrew County for 2022
May 2022County of Renfrew and OVCATA celebrate expansion of cycling networks
Silver Chain Challenge is back - enter and log your klicks in June
February 2022OVCATA and MPP John Yakabuski support road safety education and enforcement
November 2021Volunteers send bikes to Cuba from Eastern Ontario, with sweat and love
July 2021Bike Bank reaches 100-bike milestone
November 2020County municipal leaders and staff hear how Petawawa is becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Community "one bite at a time"
October 2020Fall is a great time for cycling in the Ottawa Valley.
Petawawa Bike-Friendly Communities champion to speak to OVCATA AGM
May 2020Algonquin Trail Report - May 2020
Citizens partner with County and OPP to make trails work for all despite pandemic - OVCATA
December 2019Active Transportation is growing in the Ottawa Valley
October 2019OVCATA launches municipal outreach campaign
August 2019OVCATA salutes Tour de Whitewater success, setting records for participation, activity
June 2019The Ottawa Valley is a cycling paradise
April 2019Renfrew County Council to lead on Active Transportation Month activities in June
Gearheads donates elite E-bike for OVCATA raffle
Volunteering at OVCATA - there's a place for you
Highway 17 rumble strips could have fatal consequences - OVCATA
2018 a big year for Active Transportation in Ottawa Valley
October 2018OVCATA meets with Ontario's new transportation minister - our own MPP John Yakabuski
June 2018OVCATA promotes active transportation for seniors with provincial support
March 2018Join OVCATA - Win A Bike
December 2017Local cycle routes win big with December provincial funding!
Education is key to bike collision prevention - OPP Sergeant
October 2017OPP to share bike collision stats at Renfrew OVCATA meeting
OVCATA Co-chair's report for 2017 - a lot accomplished in Year 1
June 2017New provincial cycling funding could be used in Renfrew County - OVCATA
May 2017Help Sprocketman fly! Online cycling advocacy music video
April 2017RIDE OF SILENCE 2017
OVCATA thanks Renfrew County Council and asks for more commitment.
Voyageur Discovery Route Funding a big step toward trans-Canada cycle route.
Community Rides in communities across Renfrew County this spring
Silver Chain Challenge relaunches in June, 2017
Adopt a Road
December 2016New hardened shoulders in Renfrew County in 2016
The Algonquin Trail - tell municipal councillors you support it
OVCATA's vision for cycling in Ontario
November 2016Share the Road Cycling Coalition wants to hear from you
MTO Public Consultation on Cycling Program
October 2016Véloroute Voyageur / Voyageur Cycling Route would connect Northeastern Ontario
September 2016Alliance responds to Minister Del Duca, presses for public education
Petition for cyclists and hikers in national parks
Partial lane for cyclists on Hwy 17 west of Petawawa