Drivers slam bridge detour as city defends shared route

By Marc-André Cossette, CBC News Ottawa, July 18, 2018

Cyclists aren't the only ones slamming the city's new Harmer Avenue bridge detour.

Drivers say they worry the shared route will anger other impatient motorists and endanger the safety of cyclists.

(...)Greg Kent, manager of traffic management with the City of Ottawa, downplayed safety concerns, saying that cyclists and drivers should both expect a learning curve.

"The cars will get used to those cyclists and the cyclists will get used to where they want to cycle," he said.

Kent noted that cyclists can ride either in the middle of the lane or off to the side of the lane, although cyclists have said that second option leaves them more vulnerable to dooring.

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