Laurier bike lane safety audit shows increased safety, but concerns remain

By Ted Raymond, CFRA News Ottawa, October 3, 2017

A new study, made public by the City of Ottawa, suggests a safer ride for cyclists, but there are still issues to address.

The study, which was conducted by Dutch cycling consultancy firm Mobycon, looked at several factors involving the lanes, both before and after they were installed in 2011. It was commissioned after a 23-year-old cyclist was killed in a collision with a truck at Lyon and Laurier in 2016.

It found that the number of cyclists traveling along Laurier Avenue West increased by 330%. That jump in volume accounts for an increase in the net number of collisions, but when compared to the overall volume, the relative number of collisions involving cyclists went down.

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