Narrow Booth Street bike lanes aren't really bike lanes after all, city says - Ottawa - CBC News

By Giacomo Panico, CBC News Ottawa, September 8, 2016

Hastily installed bike lanes on the new Booth Street bridge in Ottawa are too narrow to meet provincial guidelines, but that's OK — they're not "legally" bike lanes anyway, according to a top city official.

Book 18 of the Ministry of Transportation's Ontario Traffic Manual suggests bike lanes should measure 1.8 metres wide, and no less than 1.5 metres.

But the marked bike lanes on the Booth Street bridge, which opened Sept. 4 after two years of construction, measure on average just one metre wide. At one spot on the west side of the bridge the lane was found to be just 90 centimetres wide, or half the the width recommended in the manual.

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