Councillor gains support for proposed ‘park-and-cycle’ pilot, staff report expected in 2019

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By Beatrice Britneff, Global News Ottawa, August 15, 2018

Councillors on Ottawa’s transportation committee say they’re in favour of launching a so-called “park-and-cycle” pilot project in the city, but the initiative proposed by Coun. Marianne Wilkinson has a few bureaucratic hurdles to jump before it can kick into high gear.

The Kanata North councillor got her colleagues to support a broader study of the idea on Wednesday, after a handful of residents complained about getting fined $95 earlier this summer for leaving their cars in the parking lot at Andrew Haydon Park during the work day.

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These commuters treat the lot off Carling Avenue, which they and Wilkinson insist is underused, like a “park and ride” – except instead of switching onto a city bus, commuters hop on their bikes and cycle on the Ottawa River recreational pathway into the downtown area.