Guide:
Name: Michael Powell & Alex deVries
When
Date: May 03, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Duration: 1.0 hr
Language: English
Where
Start: Carling O-Train Station
End: City Centre Parking Lot
Area: Little Italy/Hintonburg
Distance: 3.0 km
Accessibility:

We will be walking along the O-Train multi-use path, some of which is unpaved.

Discovering the O-Train Multi-Use Path



Description

O-trainpathway

There are few opportunities to build create new green space within our urban boundaries, but the O-Train path is such a place. The path runs beside the O-train through Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood, an area that has one of the lowest amounts of park space per capita in the city. That shortage is only going to become more pronounced as the area experiences dramatic intensification.

The first part of the pathway was opened in 2013, but few people know it exists or its unique value to local residents and people passing through. It could be so much more… a proper linear park, a route to Gatineau and an important link in the cycling network. This walk will have frequent stops to explain some of the infrastructure new to the city, some of the good and some of the bad.


Route

This tour will cover the entire length of the O-Train pathway, which runs from Carling Ave. to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. We will start outside the Carling O-train station, working north along the path. The tour will end at the City Centre parking lot; with the option to continue the discussion over coffee or lunch at Art-is-In Bakery.

About

Alex bikes throughout the city and has toured by bike in a dozen countries. His somewhat unusual hobby is tracking bike infrastructure. He’s discovered the untapped value of the O-Train path when it accidentally became part of his bike commute to work. Alex is Vice-President of Citizens for Safe Cycling.

Michael was chair of the city’s Roads and Cycling Advisory Committee and is president of the Dalhousie Community Association, which represents the area. He has been a member of the public advisory committees on the O-train path and the transportation and development plans for the area.