'Complete lunacy': Laurier bike lane where fatal crash occurred denounced as unsafe

By Tom Spears and Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, May 17, 2019

Cycling on Laurier Avenue outside city hall is fundamentally unsafe and can’t be fixed so long as bikes share the same pavement as cars and trucks, say a transportation expert and some city councillors.

Barry Wellar, a geography professor from the University of Ottawa, got a long, close look at it last year. He was being inducted into the Order of Canada and he and his wife stayed at the Lord Elgin Hotel to skip the morning traffic.

“Our window overlooked that intersection (Elgin Street and Laurier). I could have died of a heart attack so many times it would make your head spin,” he said.


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