‘We have this raging battle between bike lanes and parking’: Spencer Street blowback angers Ottawa cycling advocate
Ottawa Citizen

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 24, 2017

A businessman who was one of the first supporters of drawing bike lanes on Spencer Street says the removal of a big bike rack on Wellington Street West nearly three years ago has given opponents some swagger.

“We empowered them,” Randy Kemp said. “All the whining and complaining paid off.

”Kemp, a former chairman of the Wellington West BIA and now the organization’s treasurer, said the conflict over the bike corral at Clarendon Avenue in 2014 set the stage for the current debate over putting bike lanes on Spencer Street. The city removed the bike corral, which was placed in a spot used for on-street parking, after receiving complaints about the lost vehicle space.


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