DeVries and Shearer: Can cycling and the LRT mix? Indeed

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By Alex Devries and Heather Shearer, Ottawa Citizen, February 26, 2018

Will there be room for bikes on Ottawa’s new $2.1-billion LRT system? At last Wednesday’s Transit Commission meeting, staff recommended that bikes be banned completely during peak periods, from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. A number of the commission’s members were wondering why staff were suggesting we couldn’t get everyone on the train. It didn’t seem like the right move for a city that wants to be green and sustainable. Ultimately, the commission rejected the staff-recommended limits.

We were confused, too. It’s cost-effective if every train is jam-packed, standing-room-only. But that’s a terrible starting point for attracting new users. They expect a little personal space and a seat.