Hog’s Back is a bridge that crosses the Rideau Canal as it exits into Mooney’s Bay. The bridge is two lanes each way and has a traffic light at Colonel By.
The Rideau Canal Eastern pathway ends at Hog’s Back. Cyclists may want to go to the Rideau River Eastern pathway to the east, or to residential neighbourhoods south west of here. This link is used heavily by people going to and from Carleton University.
Let’s consider this in both directions, with a cyclist going between Meadowlands and Carleton University.
The cyclist rides on Hog’s Back going east. At some point, they must get up on the curb to get towards the bike path that will curl under and through a tunnel before going further north. This only works if you happen to know about it.
Going south is more problematic. Right now, the only way to do this is to cross the locks going over the canal, then go up through a parking lot to Hog’s Back. And that only works if you know about it.
- install signage to make this all clear
- smooth the curb on the south side of Hog’s Back so cyclists can easily enter the NCC path
- for the southbound direction, merge cyclists onto Colonel By early so that they join other vehicles, or build a proper bike path over the locks