Cyclists frustrated, perplexed by hydro pole in middle of bike lane

By Trevor Pritchard, CBC News Ottawa, October 16, 2020

There's a new big name in Ottawa's cycling community, and anyone who bikes down Booth Street could bump into them — possibly, quite literally.

A roughly three-storey utility pole christened "Joel lePole" currently sits in the middle of a new cycle track being installed along Booth Street just south of the Chaudière Bridge.

The curious alignment gained a degree of attention this week when photos and videos of the pole appeared online.

"It's counterintuitive to most people," said Erinn Cunningham, a board member with advocacy group Bike Ottawa. "We're kind of left wondering ... how you get through the design and review process, and construction, before someone realizes that maybe a utility pole shouldn't be in the middle of a cycle track."

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