It all started with a call from CFRA on the day a truck driver was charged in the tragic death of a cyclist in downtown Ottawa. I suggested I would look forward to working with the cycling community to help make Ottawa streets fatality-free for drivers, bikers and pedestrians alike. I also mentioned that I did not think trucks and cyclists mixed well together on our roadways. At that point, hell broke loose.
Since then, I have become the focus of both the “for cyclists” and “against cyclists” debate, including the enormous infrastructure our tax dollars have paid for. I have been bombarded with calls from as far away as New Brunswick, and from cyclists and citizens in this city. I do not think bike lanes work on certain roads in Ottawa, and further, I believe that we, the ones who pay for these expensive infrastructure projects, have been lulled into accepting a system that is dangerous.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/barr-cycling-debate-shouldnt-pit-some-groups-against-others-we-all-want-to-get-home-safe