Police issue tickets for sidewalk cycling on street with new bike lane

By Ted Raymond, CFRA News, July 19, 2017

Ottawa Police say they issued 25 tickets Wednesday morning, to cyclists caught riding their bicycles on the sidewalk on Mackenzie Avenue.

As part of our STEP program for July. (Cycling safety) 25 tickets issued this morning on MacKenzie for riding on a sidewalk. @Denvale — Sgt Mark Gatien (@gatienmc) July 19, 2017

Gatien said, in one case, a cyclist clipped an officer who was giving a ticket to another cyclist.

Each ticket carries a $40 fine.

A $4-million bike lane recently opened on Mackenize Avenue, to mixed reviews.

Cyclists have said it's complicated, time consuming, and dangerous to reach the lane from Sussex Drive or Murray Street. The City plans to eventually connect the Mackenzie Avenue bike lane to one on Wellington Street.


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