City wants to turn part of Johnwoods into a bike path

Johnwoods at Maple Grove

We’re used to roads being added to Stittsville, but it’s not very often that we see a proposal to subtract a street.  That’s exactly what the City of Ottawa is proposing for the north part of Johnwoods Street, between Rosehill and Maple Grove.

Johnwoods would be converted into a pedestrian/cyclist corridor, by removing the existing asphalt and creating a 3-metre wide recreational pathway.

The conversion would only happen once Rosehill Avenue and Santolina Street are completed. Rosehill runs east-west, connecting Johnwoods to Huntmar, and Santolina runs parallel to Johnwoods, connecting Maple Grove to Rosehill.

The City is hosting an info session on Wednesday, May 4 in the upper hall of the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena (10 Warner-Colpitts Lane).  There’s an open house at 6:30pm followed by a presentation at 7:00pm.

For comments or more information you can also contact Shad Qadri’s office, or Kathy Rygus in the City’s Planning and Growth Management Department at 613-580-2424, ext. 28318 or Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca

Looking south down Johnwoods from Maple Grove Road. The City is proposing to close the street from Maple Grove to Rosehill, and covert it to a recreational path.
Looking south down Johnwoods from Maple Grove Road. The City is proposing to close the street from Maple Grove to Rosehill, and covert it to a recreational path.

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7 thoughts on “City wants to turn part of Johnwoods into a bike path”

  1. Ridiculous idea. Will cut off people that live in that area from accessing a convenient route and could lead to cut through traffic in the new development. Makes no sense at all. Who’s idea was this? Another dumb idea from city planners?

    1. I think most of the people living in Bryanston gate and right on Johnwoods will enjoy a return to the quietness they once had. The newer, younger (transient) people will miss zooming over those speed bumps but i think they’ll get over it.

      1. Rick – they’re only proposing to close the north part of Johnwoods. So the traffic will still flow by the homes on the south end, and all the newcomers will still get to zoom over those speed bumps!

    2. Exactly. At some point in the history of Johnwoods, some NIMBY overlords took over and decided to make the street as close to useless as possible for anyone not living in that neighborhood. The people moving into the new Fairwinds west area deserve to have a practical route to Hazeldean. The fact of the matter is that neighborhoods don’t stay sparsely populated forever. Imagine! Other people want to have a place to live too! Of all the nerve!
      This street needs to be modified for sure. Remove the multi-directional stops. Get rid of the speed bumps. Make the area a 50km zone. Enforce the speed limit. The end. There’s nothing special about Johnwoods that would warrant reducing the traffic here; and all the fist shaking old men in the world won’t change that.

      1. Hi Joseph,
        Do you live in the neighbourhood? Or close by during a Sens game or are your kids catching a bus at one of those Stop signs??
        I agree closing the road may not be in the best interest of a growing community – but trying to manage the speed of a road used as a pass through to main arteries to keep all the kids and old men in the area safe – totally acceptable.

  2. Great idea. And it might give us folks over in Westridge and Timbermere an alternative way to get to Kanata without using Hazeldean. Is there a proposed map of this somewhere?

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