Cycling safety audit lists Queensway bridges as worst in Kanata North

Huntmar Bridge overpass
Huntmar Bridge overpass, October 2014.

A cycling safety audit of Kanata roads singled out two Queensway overpasses among the worst roads in the community for cyclists, due to high traffic volume and no shoulder.

The Kanata North 2015 Cycling Project was released in May and includes recommendations on how to improve cycling infrastructure on roads and pathways in Kanata. You can read the report here.

The report says that four roads are “not recommended for cycling”:

  • March-Eagleson Bridge over the Queensway
  • Richardson Side Road (Terry Fox to Huntmar)
  • Huntmar Bridge over the Queensway
  • Goulbourn Forced Road North

We’ve written several times about both of the Queensway bridges. The Huntmar Bridge is permanently off-limits for walkers despite being the only pedestrian connector from Tanger Outlets and Minto’s Arcadia neighbourhood to Canadian Tire Centre and other areas of Stittsville.  No sidewalks are planned until 2026 or later.

The March-Eagleson Bridge was closed to pedestrians last winter because the sidewalks were built too narrow for snowplows.

The report was prepared by Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, the Citizens for Safe Cycling, and members of the TACK committee (Transportation Action Committee of Kanata North).

ALSO: The Fairwinds Community Association has asked city councillors to look at narrowing the Huntmar bridge to a single lane in order to allow a safe way for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.  (Disclosure: Glen Gower, StittsvilleCentral.ca’s editor, is the president of the Fairwinds Community Association.)


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