Cyclists frequently need to bike around the Foreign Affairs building to get from the pathway along the Rideau River and the MacDonald Cartier Bridge onto Sussex. The bike lane on Sussex is shared with buses, and this route is very busy with STO traffic.
Cyclists need to merge from the pathway, across a sidewalk and onto the road.
This was the site of the fatal accident that killed Melanie Harris on September 18, 2009. She was hit by an STO bus when she attempted this merge.
There are three specific problems:
- cyclists are distracted away from the bus lane merge as they negotiate the curb
- the angle at which the lane merges is makes it impossible to use a mirror to monitor for traffic.
- cyclists need to negotiate the heavy pedestrian traffic
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The NCC should formalize the intersection. This means having proper signage for cyclists, perhaps with a stop sign, and at a right angle. Signage for buses should be added to warn of the merge of bicycle traffic.