Bank St. is a two-way each way road that runs north/south. Heading north, it intersects with Riverside eastbound, Riverside westbound, and then crosses the Rideau River over a small bridge.
Cyclists heading north lose the bicycle lane at Riverside eastbound. The bridge causes the road to narrow slightly. The bridge does have a sidewalk, which is clearly signed that bicycles are not allowed on the narrow sidewalk. The bridge is constructed such that a two-foot high metal barrier separates the sidewalk from the road.
Note that the same problem exists for cyclists coming along the NCC Rideau River pathway who want to go north on Bank.
Bicycles face a particular challenge on the north side of the Riverside westbound intersection. When the traffic light turns green, cars will pass the bicycles and force them to the right of the lane. The metal barrier is high enough to be damaging to wheels, but not low enough that it provides any buffer for cyclists.
- expand the bridge to support dedicated bicycle lanes
- make signage much clearer that bans cars from passing bicycles on the bridge
- continue the bicycle lane from Riverside eastbound all the way across the bridge.