Cyclist uses downtown sidewalks
Michael is a cyclist and sees little choice but to use the sidewalk in Ottawa sometimes.
"I am a daily cycle commuter. ... There are two places I take to the sidewalk in self-defence on my ride home. In front of the American Embassy on Mackenzie Avenue opposite Major Hill park ... the right (lane is) most heavily used by STO buses. It's a cyclist death trap during rush hour. The other is a 20m stretch on the east side of Colonel By between Pretoria and where Echo starts at Graham Avenue.Why don't I use the (multi-use pathway)?
I have more close calls with dog walkers, strollers, joggers, roller bladers, wheelchairs and, frankly, other cyclists on the MUP, than I do with cars on Colonel By. It's also in terrible condition. I try to be aware of, and defer to, pedestrians when I encounter them."http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-traffic-april-27-1.4087951