Rose: Cycling 'is not an efficient way to travel' - time to bring back sanity to Ottawa streets

By Roger Rose, Ottawa Citizen, August 4, 2018

“The number of people choosing to cycle to work, to school, for errands and for recreation continues to grow every year in Ottawa, across the city.” This is the first line on a city of Ottawa webpage about cycling. The city likes to boast about spending millions of dollars to build segregated bicycle lanes while at the same time eliminating car lanes and parking spaces. That appears to encourage cycling. Of course it would.

On the other hand, the city should also pursue other requirements for cyclists, that car users must deal with:

• Cyclists must be licensed;

• Cyclists must have insurance;

• Cyclists must have a licence plate;

• Cyclists must not be allowed to ride on sidewalks, pedestrian overpasses, or the Sparks Street mall. to name a few;

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